UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2021
Our tribute to “The Admiral” Robbie Dale, who died on 31st August, is here. RIP Robbie.
And more sad news: Eddie Austin has died. He passed away in his sleep at William Harvey Hospital, Ashford on 16th September following a short period of illness (see
Radio Today). A few months ago Eddie sent us these photos and a recording from his stint
on Radio Atlantis. Our condolences to his family and friends.
New: in March 1978 the London Evening News had a double page article about Radio Caroline. We have a copy of the article and hear from the
journalist who wrote it.
We were sad to read Roger Day's post on Facebook that Morris Brown, an engineer on Radio Caroline South after the Marine Offences Act of 1967, has died. You can see some photos he took on board and
read some of his memories of the Mi Amigo here. R.I.P Morris.
We have recently been compiling Spotify playlists of old offshore radio charts which many of you seem to enjoy. Crispin Bardsley contacted us on Facebook to request one from October 1966 so we have added a City 60 from
that month. See this page for details.
The History Channel has made a podcast about offshore radio of the sixties and, in particular, Radio Caroline. There are contributions from Nick Bailey, Gordon Cruse, Roger Gale, Mark Sloane, Keith Hampshire, Bryan Vaughan,
Colin Nichol, Paul Noble, Ian Ross, Chris Sandford and Steve Young. You can find it here.
Another new podcast, from FYI Music, features an interview with Caroline South's Keith
Radio A-Go-Go is a new novel by John Musgrave which tells the tale of a fictitious pirate radio station anchored off the north-east coast of England during the summer of 1966. It is available from bookshops and
Amazon now. More details on the publisher's website.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
If you click 'like' on our Facebook page, you will be alerted when the site is updated.
FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AGO:
21st September 1966: Radio 390 was charged with broadcasting from inside territorial waters (more details here).
28th September: Radio Essex was charged with the same offence (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.
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 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.
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