UPDATED JULY 2019
New this month: Ian Anderson provides some previously unpublished photos taken when the Mi Amigo's mast collapsed in October 1973; and we have some 1979 Radio
Caroline Countdown of Album Sound charts courtesy of the Felixstowe & Offshore Radio Facebook page.
We were very sad to hear of the death of Tony Hall on 26th June at the age of 91. Many people will remember him from his Decca-sponsored shows on Radio Luxembourg, his co-hosting of ITV's
Oh Boy! or his columns in the music paper Record Mirror but he was also a very successful promotions man. Always supportive of the offshore stations of the sixties, it is thanks to Tony (and Radio Caroline) that the
Righteous Brothers reached number 1 with You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', that Radio London had the very first play of Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale, that River Deep Mountain High by Ike & Tina Turner
was a huge hit in the UK after failing in the States and that so many fantastic soul and bluebeat records were heard on the pirate stations. Tony was a true music lover. There is an excellent tribute to him
here and a fascinating interview in Record Collector.
RIP Tony. (Photo from Who's Who In Pop Radio, published by Four Square.)
Congratulations to David Gapes, one of the founders of New Zealand's offshore station Radio Hauraki, on being made an officer of the New Zealand
Order of Merit in the Queen's birthday honours. Wouldn't it be nice if
some of the UK's offshore radio pioneers were similarly honoured?
Ian Ross, one of the founders of Radio Caroline, has written a new book. Beached in Calabria has nothing to do with broadcasting.
It is the humorous tale of his attempt to buy a run-down building in Italy and turn it into a dream holiday home for his family. See this Daily Mail article for more details.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for
full details of this website.
IT WAS FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
3rd July 1964: Radio Caroline's ship, mv Fredericia, set sail for a new anchorage in the north.
Radio Atlanta became Radio Caroline South (more details here).
6th July: The Fredericia dropped anchor in Ramsey Bay Isle of Man and Radio Caroline North was launched.
17th July: Radio Invicta began regular programmes on “306 metres” (more details here).
29th July: Radio Noordzee began broadcasting in Dutch from the man-made “REM island” off Noordwijk, Holland.
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
4th July 1974: An attempted takeover of Radio Caroline was thwarted (more details here).
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 60s AND 70s
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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