UPDATED JANUARY 2022
This month's update is dedicated to the memory of our friend John Sales who died unexpectedly on 5th December. The photo on the right was taken on board his beloved Ross Revenge, the home of
Radio Caroline. Rest in peace John.
New this month: we pay tribute to Philip Birch (left), the former Managing Director of Radio London, who died recently at the age of 94; we have added some more offshore
radio charts; there are some great Radio London photographs courtesy of Alan Jux; and we have another of Ray Clark's fascinating interviews with Radio Caroline personnel. This time it is
the turn of Nigel Harris. We have also added a photo of some of the Caroline South DJs in December 1967 to our Christmas in International Waters page, courtesy of
Felixstowe & Offshore Radio.
We are delighted to report that, as of 30th December, we have had 53,009 visitors to The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame during 2021. 1,974 people are currently following
us on Facebook. It is gratifying that, more than half a century after the Marine Offences Act made offshore radio illegal, and
more than 21 years since we launched this website, so many of you are still interested. Our grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed or supported us. We wish you all a very happy new year.
You may have missed the sad news that we added after the last monthly update that John Edward died on 23rd October (originally reported incorrectly as August). John was a DJ on both Radio London and
Radio City (where he was known as Johnny Flux), but was also a musician, producer, owned an independent record label and invented and operated the children's TV star, the robot Metal Mickey. He was 76. Our condolences to his friends
And sadly we have also lost Jonell who was summer relief DJ on Laser-558 in 1985. There is a tribute to her on the Offshore Echos website. RIP.
All 12 issues of the fondly-remembered magazine Deejay & Radio Monthly are now available on the World Radio History website. Published during 1972-3 the
magazine included a number of offshore radio-related articles and interviews.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
If you click to follow us on our Facebook page, you will be alerted when the site is updated.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO:
23rd January 1987: The final “Caroline Overdrive” programmes were broadcast.
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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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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