An early Radio England publicity photo, autographed.
Roger joined Swinging Radio England at its launch in May 1966. Although the programme schedule changed almost daily, he usually presented evening programmes which proved very popular.
Roger on the 6-11pm show from autumn 1966 - near the end of Radio England's brief existence (duration 2 minutes 47 seconds)
In the Radio England studio. Photo © C.Richardson from ‘Offshore Echo's’ magazine
Roger presenting the American Hot 100 show on Radio Caroline International, one Sunday lunchtime in early 1968 (duration 2 minutes 17 seconds)
Autographed photo, courtesy of Raoul Verolleman.
One of the most fondly remembered features of Radio Caroline South's programmes was Frinton Flashing. Listeners on land would communicate with the disc-jockeys on the ship by flashing their car headlights:
Roger, out on deck, translates the messages from the flashing headlights while Andy Archer plays the music in the studio (duration 1 minute 31 seconds)
On Saturday 2nd March 1968 Roger announced that the station would be off the air on Monday. What he did not know was that by then the ship would be silent, having been hijacked by creditors.
With Caroline silenced, Roger joined Radio Luxembourg.
In 1970 English-language offshore radio returned with the launch of Radio Northsea International, and Roger was there.
An FM recording of Roger Day on Radio Northsea International, unable to go on shore-leave because of bad weather, 18th March 1970 (duration 4 minutes 9 seconds)
In June 1970 RNI temporarily changed its name to Radio Caroline International.
Roger on Radio Caroline International on 13th June 1970, towards the end of his time with the station (duration 2 minutes 29 seconds)
In the RNI studio, from the Northsea Souvenir Book, published by Hit-Publications, Switzerland
At the end of 1972 the old Radio Caroline South ship, mv Mi Amigo, returned to sea and, in June 1973, a familiar voice was heard.
Roger Day's first and only Breakfast Show on the new Radio Caroline International, 26th June 1973 (duration 3 minutes 20 seconds)
Roger's programme was pre-recorded on land. He was making plans to return to the ship but unfortunately that evening Caroline was silenced by generator failure. With commercial radio now launching on land and an offer of a job with Piccadilly Radio, it was to be the end of Roger's long and distinguished offshore career.
See also the Spotlight on Don Allen,
Spotlight on Tony Blackburn,
Spotlight on Kenny Everett,
Spotlight on Johnnie Walker
and Spotlight on Tony Windsor.
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