UPDATED JULY 2017
We are sorry to report the deaths of two well-loved offshore broadcasters, one from the seventies and one from the eighties. RNI's Mike Ross passed away on
Sunday 25th June. Our thanks to his brother-in-law Brian Bosworth for the information. He tells us that Mike (real name Colin Novelle) had been suffering from throat cancer. On the same day we lost Blake
Williams (real name William Broderson), who worked on both Laser and Caroline, following a severe asthma attack. His friend Paul Rusling has posted this on-line tribute.
And the bad news keeps on coming. We have been informed that Radio Atlantis's Andy Anderson (real name Andy Gemmell-Smith) and CNBC's Paul Hollingdale have also
recently died. Our sincere condolences to all four men's family and friends.
We have another of Ray Clark's fascinating interviews with former Radio Caroline personnel. This month, engineering supremo Peter Chicago.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
Radio Mi Amigo (no connection with the Belgian-backed offshore station of the same name) will be broadcasting from the LV18 ship in Harwich this month. It will be available on 106.8FM and
on-line between 21st and 30th July. Check out their Facebook page for further details.
The LV18 will also be used in August for the return of Pirate BBC Essex. Johnnie Walker, Roger Day, Keith Skues,
Norman St.John and Tom Edwards are scheduled to take part. See this video
on Facebook for more information. For photos and memories of previous Pirate BBC Essex broadcasts, see here and following pages.
The Elva racing car which was driven by Radio London's Keith St.John back in the sixties takes to the racetrack again at Brands Hatch
on 1st and 2nd July in the Guards Trophy race. Our correspondent “Dave the Marshal” tells us that the car will also make an appearance at Oulton Park later in the year. Thanks to Dave for the information.
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
23rd July 1967: Dutch station Radio 227 closed down.
28th July: Radio London announced that it would close on 14th August.
28th July, 5.10pm: Radio 390 closed down, after losing its court appeal (more details here).
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
4th July 1977: Radio Caroline changed frequency from 953kHz to 962kHz. Both were referred to on air as “319 metres”.
25th July: Sister station Radio Mi Amigo changed frequency to 1412 kHz, 212 metres.
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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