UPDATED AUGUST 2019
New this month: Pete Brady, Radio London's original Breakfast Show jock, has returned to the air! Many thanks to Bob Arnold for sending us this
article about Pete joining the internet community station 4 Legs Radio, serving an audience in the Lambourn Valley Berkshire; we have a five page vintage magazine article from 1966 - Requiem For The Radio Pirates courtesy of Colin
Nicol; an incomplete Caroline Countdown of Sound chart from November 1967; and we hear from Radio City's Dutch DJ, Martin Green.
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:
25th August 1974: The Flemish service of Radio Atlantis closed down. The station continued in English for the final week on air.
29th August: The Caroline ship mv Mi Amigo set sail for a new position.
30th August: The Mi Amigo dropped anchor off the English coast (more details here).
12 midnight: Radio Northsea International's English language service closed down.
31st August, 6pm: Radio Veronica closed down.
7pm: Radio Atlantis closed down (more details here).
8pm: The Dutch and World Services of RNI closed down (more details here).
12 midnight: The Dutch anti-pirate law took effect. Radios Caroline and Mi Amigo continued, alone.
IT WAS THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
5th August 1984: Radio Caroline began simulcasting its output on 576 kHz as well as 963 kHz.
IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
19th August 1989: The Dutch authorities carried out a raid on the mv Ross Revenge. Some equipment was smashed or confiscated. Radio Caroline was temporarily silenced and it was the
end of the short wave World Mission Radio and the Dutch Radio 819, both of which had been hiring airtime.
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
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