UPDATED APRIL 2018
New this month: correspondent Terje Isberg provides a couple of Swinging Radio England Fun 50 charts (see here and here);
and we discover the man behind ‘Frobisher Collingwood’ whose adverts for Findus Foods entertained (or possibly annoyed) Radio Caroline listeners back in the sixties.
We were very sad to hear of the passing of David Sinclair on 13th March. The former Radio Essex, Radio 270 and Radio 390 man was a loyal supporter of this website, providing numerous memories,
photos and recordings. We will miss him. Our tribute to David is here. Hans Knot informs us that a DJ on Dutch language stations Radio 227 and Radio Dolfijn,
Dick Weeda, died at the end of February; Andy Archer has mentioned on Facebook that mv Mi Amigo engineer during the seventies Jaap de Haan passed away in March; and we have only just heard the belated
news that Radio Caroline newsman of the sixties David Williams died last year. Thanks to Nigel Fell for this. Our sincere condolences to all their families and friends.
The delayed launch of internet station United DJs Radio took place at 7am on 2nd April. Some former pirates are on the programme schedule including
Tony Prince, Dave Lee Travis, Emperor Rosko, Bob Lawrence (known as Richard Thompson on Caroline),
Randall Lee Rose (Chuck Reynolds on Caroline), Shaun Tilley and Alton Andrews, as well as a number of other big names.
The third and final part of Susan Moore's trilogy about her parents, Reg and Dorothy Calvert, is now available as an ebook. ‘Shivering Sands: 1960s Pirate Radio’ covers their time in offshore radio, running Radio City, and Reg's untimely death at the hands of Major Oliver Smedley. Parts one,
‘Popcorn To Rock'n'Roll’, and two, ‘Clifton Hall - School of Rock 'n' Roll’, are still available, as is a hardback edition containing
parts two and three. More information available from www.regcalvert-plays.co.uk.
The latest of David Lloyd's Radio Moments ‘Conversations’ is with former Caroline newsreader
The Seawolf returns! Laser-558's Charlie Wolf is back on the radio. He is hosting a Saturday evening show on London's new sports station LoveSport Radio.
10th April: We were saddened to hear the news yesterday of the death of Graham Gill. The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame's tribute to him will be published here soon.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
11th April 1973: Following the grounding of its own ship in a storm, Dutch station Radio Veronica began broadcasting from Radio Caroline's mv Mi Amigo.
20th April: Veronica's mv Nordeney returned to sea and resumed transmissions. Veronica broadcasts from the Mi Amigo ended (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 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
telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements they think will be of interest to you. If you would like more
information about this practice, please visit Google's Privacy page.