UPDATED APRIL/MAY 2017
New this month: Radio Caroline was launched at Easter 1964 and, to coincide with Easter 2017, we hear from one of the station founders, Ian Ross. He discusses the early days of Caroline in a
fascinating interview carried out by Ray Clark.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
David Lloyd's ‘Radio Moments’ conversations are always worth a listen and a recent one, featuring that great raconteur Radio 270's Paul Burnett, is particularly recommended.
Forthcoming events: As previously mentioned, the Dutch Radio Day is taking place at “The Entrepot” in Harlingen on 20th May. Guests already announced include Stevie Gordon,
Paul Alexander (Rusling) and Mike Spenser. See www.radioday.nl for more details;
Johnnie Walker will be telling The Story of Pirate Radio and the Summer of Love 1967 at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester on 11th August. More info and tickets available from
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk; Radio Caroline is planning a gathering at the Princes Theatre, Clacton, Essex, for Sunday 13th August.
More information will be available soon from www.radiocaroline.co.uk and you can register interest now; and there will be a celebration of offshore radio
in Felixstowe over the weekend of September 9th & 10th. More details as they are announced on the Felixstowe & Offshore Radio
Alex Hoek has uploaded a Swiss TV documentary to YouTube. It features a short clip of Radio Caroline, with Alan Turner in the studio,
some shots of Radio London's former ship, mv Galaxy, in Hamburg harbour in 1968 and the preparatory work on board for an aborted radio project, the launch of RNI from the mv Mebo II with Roger Day and
station boss Erwin Bollier. Thanks to Martin van der Ven and Hans Knot for the archive footage.
A petition has been launched to rename Junction 8 on the M20 in Kent after the late Radio London DJ Dave Cash who used to live nearby. The news story is here. To sign the petition, go to www.change.org.
We were very sad to hear of the deaths of former Radio London engineer Russell Tollerfield and Radio Seagull DJ Barry Everitt. Our condolences to their friends and
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IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO:
1st April 1967: An April Fools' Day broadcast from Radio London as “Radio East Anglia” fooled many of its listeners and received widespread publicity (more details
8th April: After a few weeks of silence following a court case, the Radio Scotland ship, the Comet, was towed to a new anchorage off Ballywalter, Northern Ireland, and the station returned to the air as Radio Scotland and Ireland.
At the end of the month the ship was moved again.
7th May: The Comet dropped anchor in a new position in the Firth of Forth. Radio Scotland returned to the air the following day (more details here).
IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO:
20th April 1987: The last programmes were broadcast from Laser Hot Hits.
Britain's first offshore radio station, Radio Caroline, began broadcasting at Easter 1964 from a ship anchored just outside UK territorial waters. She was followed by a host of other radio stations based
on boats and marine structures dotted around the coast.
These “pirates” rapidly won an enormous and enthusiastic audience. There are other web-sites which tell the stories of the various offshore stations but
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame
has been set up to honour the stars, the broadcasters, from that golden era of music radio.
This site is a tribute to the people who endured a daily battle with the elements to provide a soundtrack to the swinging sixties.
(The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is a British-based website. It only includes those DJs who broadcast in English and could be heard in the UK. Offshore radio also flourished in Denmark,
Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel and New Zealand. The absence of the DJs from these countries in the Hall of Fame does not suggest that they are any less deserving, just that they are outside the scope of this site. Please
see the links page for details of websites which cover offshore radio in other parts of the world.)
The inductees in The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame are listed alphabetically. To find your favourite voice from the sixties either select
it from the drop-down list below, search the site using the Google box or click on the appropriate page from the table of contents beneath. For broadcasters from the later decades, go to the Seventies
Supplement or Eighties Supplement. There are some that we know very little about - see the help wanted page.
THE OFFSHORE STATIONS OF THE SIXTIES
We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed information, recordings or memorabilia to The
Pirate Radio Hall of Fame. We are always on the lookout for more so, if you have any items of interest, please get
A number of the photos, stickers and recordings on this site are beginning to show
their age. Apologies for those that are of less than perfect quality. Many of the photographs were distributed freely by the various radio stations
and were intended for as wide a circulation as possible. Others have been donated to The Pirate Radio Hall of
Fame which are of unknown origin. Where photos have been scanned from books, newspapers or magazines, we have given credit.
However, if anybody believes that their copyright has been inadvertently infringed by the inclusion of an item on this site, please
get in touch and it will be removed immediately. Similarly, anybody who has supplied
audio for The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame has been credited but tapes get passed from collector
to collector and often there is no way of knowing who made the original recording. Our apologies to anyone who thinks their work has been used
here without due acknowledgment.
The offshore radio airchecks on The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame are in two formats: RealAudio and MP3. To listen to RealAudio
we recommend the Real Player or VLC Media Player.
MP3 recordings can be played on both of these as well as a number of others including Windows Media Player and Apple QuickTime.
The name ‘Radio London’ and the RL logo are used by kind permission of Radio London Ltd.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame links to MP3s which can be downloaded by UK-based
customers from Amazon. As in a traditional record shop, Amazon offers multiple versions of some songs. It isn't always easy to identify precisely which
version is which. We have endeavoured to ensure that each link leads to the appropriate version of the relevant track - the one that was played by the
offshore DJs of the era - but please listen carefully before purchasing. If you discover that any of them are later re-recordings, please
let us know.
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