UPDATED FEBRUARY 2017
We are continuing to replace and refresh recordings of disc-jockeys from the sixties - this month some whose names feature on the alphabetical pages K to
P. Look out for the icon, right, or see the DJ Directory of the Sixties for details of which have been updated. There are still more audio improvements to come. We also have
news about the former Radio London Elva racing car.
Thanks to Mike Barraclough for alerting us to an article in Goldmine magazine about the late Caroline DJ
Samantha Dubois. It is an excellent piece, only let down by its lack of photo credits. A few of the pictures appear to have been taken from this website (see Onno van Buuren's album). A credit would
have been nice!
The Dutch Radio Day has been a must for offshore radio enthusiasts since 1978. It has just been announced that the 2017 Radio Day will take place at The Entrepot in Harlingen, the Netherlands, on Saturday 20th May. More details
will be available soon from www.radioday.nl, where you can also find photos and recordings of previous Radio Days. There are also photos from some past Radio Days on
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011,
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
We were very sad to hear of the death of Stuart Russell (NOT the DJ of the same name), following a stroke. Stuart, who lived in Gloucester, was an avid fan of offshore radio. He was an early
supporter of The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame and provided many of our recordings. We will miss him greatly and send our sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP.
January has also seen the passing of the original Herb Oscar Anderson, the American DJ whose name and jingle were temporarily borrowed on Radio Caroline South by Spangles Muldoon. HOA wrote
to The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame a few years ago: “I did the morning show on WABC and used to mention I was on the air in New York and England at the same time!” There is more about Herb
here, his obituary in
The New York Times and a recording of him on WABC from the morning after the New York City
Blackout in 1965 on YouTube. (Thanks to Dale R. Patterson of the Rock Radio Scrapbook for the
news and links.)
And out thanks to Brian Nichols of the Felixstowe & Offshore Radio Facebook page for the sad news that Carl Conway,
one of the original DJs on Radio Caroline and the voice on so many of their commercials, died on 10th February, four days after his 95th birthday. He had been living in a nursing home in Dover for the past few months following a
period of poor health. Our condolences go to his friends and family.
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
9th February 1967: Radio City was fined £100 for broadcasting inside UK waters. The station closed down (more details here).
22nd February: Radio 390 was back in court. It was found guilty of operating from inside UK waters but lodged an appeal and continued broadcasting (more details here).
IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
2nd February 1987: After aerial problems had silenced the station the previous month, Laser Hot Hits resumed regular programmes.
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
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