UPDATED DECEMBER 2017
New this month: Former Radio Caroline executive Terry Bate provides more memorabilia from his collection and Ray Clark contributes some pages from a 1964 Caroline
accounts ledger which contains some famous names.
As we approach the festive season, you may like to check out our (updated) pages on Christmas and New Year in international waters.
The third and final part of Susan Moore's trilogy about her parents Reg and Dorothy Calvert is published this month. It covers their time in offshore radio, running Radio City, and Reg's
untimely death at the hands of Major Oliver Smedley. The hardback edition of Life and Death of a Pirate also contains the second part of the story, ‘Clifton Hall - The School of Rock 'n' Roll’, previously only
available as an ebook. See www.regcalvert-plays.co.uk for more details.
There is a profile of Radio Scotland's John Kerr, as he celebrates 60 years in broadcasting, on the Australian Radioinfo website.
We are sad to hear of the death of Geoff Westoby who was a cook on Radio 270's ship, the Oceaan 7. He passed away on 28th November. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Radio Caroline has been running test transmissions on 648kHz from Orford Ness in preparation for the commencement of their recently licensed service to Suffolk and north Essex. More information at
We have mentioned David Lloyd's Conversations before. These are hour long interviews with important people in the world of radio. He has recently added a couple which may be of interest to fans of offshore broadcasting - Tony
Blackburn and Emperor Rosko. All of them can be found at www.davidlloydradio.com/conversations.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
17th December 1972: Radio 199 started broadcasting from the mv Mi Amigo, anchored off the Dutch coast.
22nd December: Radio 199 changed its name to Radio Caroline with programmes in Dutch and English.
27th December: A mutiny by the ship's crew briefly put Caroline off the air.
31st December: The Caroline ship was towed into harbour by Dutch authorities (more details on all these here).
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
1st December 1977: Radio Caroline gave up daytime programmes. It now shared 962kHz with Radio Mi Amigo.
IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
4th December 1987: Following the collapse of the aerial mast the previous month, Radio Caroline returned to the air on very low power.
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.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame participates in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate
advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk. It is also partially funded by displaying
adverts provided by Google. Please note that Google, and their advertisers, may use information (which does not include your name, address, email address or
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