UPDATED DECEMBER 2021
New this month: we have added some more audio clips to our pages on Christmas in International Waters; there is an RNI Super Hit 50 chart;
and we have another of Ray Clark's fascinating interviews with former Caroline personnel. This time it is Johnny Lewis with his memories of Eurosiege.
We have recently been compiling Spotify playlists of old offshore radio charts which many of you seem to be enjoying. This month it is the Caroline Top 50 from 11th December 1965. See this
page for details.
Bob Lawrence (known as Richard Thompson on Caroline in the seventies) has released a pop single. We Were There is available to download from all digital stores. The video can be seen on
The latest edition of the How To DJ podcast features an interview with Tony Blackburn who talks about his big break on offshore radio as well
his later career. It is available from Apple, Spotify and all the other places where podcasts can be found.
Thanks to correspondent Brian Thompson for alerting us to a website about Deep Sea Trawlers and, in particular this page about
the former career of the mv Ross Revenge before she became the home of Radio Caroline.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
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FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AGO:
11th December 1966: Radio Scotland received a summons for broadcasting inside territorial waters (see here for more details).
25th December: Station BBMS, the former Radio Essex, closed down (see here for more details).
31st December: Having closed the previous month, Radio 390 returned to the air believing itself to be outside the UK territorial limit (see here for more details).
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO:
1st December 1986: Test transmissions began from the mv Communicator for Laser Hot Hits on 576 kHz.
7th December: Laser Hot Hits began regular transmissions from the North Sea.
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.
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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