UPDATED JULY 2016
New this month: We hear from Radio 270's “piratess from Wagga Wagga”; there are pages of press cuttings from the collection
of offshore radio fan Luuk Meuwese; more photos from Laser-558's Michael Dean (both of these courtesy of Hans Knot); and correspondent Per A Berggren provides some Radio 270
Top 40s from July and August 1967. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties
for full details of the website.
Radio Mi Amigo (no connection with the offshore station of the same name) will be broadcasting from the LV18 in Harwich again this year, from Saturday 30th July to Sunday 7th August. A number of ex-pirates are expected to be heard.
Among those mentioned so far are Roger Day, Tony Prince, Dave Rogers, Rosko, John
Ross-Barnard and Alan Turner. For more information, see the station Facebook page.
Steve England has unearthed a home movie shot on Radio City by his friend, the late Leon Tipler. He has posted it on YouTube. Although the footage is undated, it includes a scene of a helicopter visiting Shivering Sands fort. Could it be from this incident
which took place on Tuesday 20th April 1965? (With thanks to Hans Knot, Jerry Pitcher and others for the tip.)
We are very sad to report the death of Cornelia Vandenberg, better known as Elija. She became part of the Radio Caroline family when the ship was broadcasting from off the Dutch coast in the early seventies and
was ‘house hippy’, record librarian and a great friend to the DJs. Elija was especially close to Tony Allan who she helped to care for during the last months of his life. She passed away
on 28th June at the age of 65. Our condolences to her family and friends. This photo, taken by Hans Knot, shows her with Dick Palmer (left) and Don Stevens
at the Radio Academy Celebration of Sixties Offshore Radio, held in London in 2007 (click to enlarge).
And there is another sad loss to report. Eddie Blackwell, sales executive for Radio London and a major player in the early years of ILR, died on 20th June 2016, aged 88. RIP.
IT WAS THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
24th July 1981: Test transmissions began for Radio Paradise on 1107 kHz, 271 metres, from the mv Lieve anchored off the Dutch coast. The station was closed when the police raided the ship
a few days later.
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 and 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.
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