UPDATED JULY 2015
New this month: Former Radio Caroline DJ Tony Palmer provides some fantastic photos taken on the mv Ross Revenge in 1990; and we have more
Radio 270 Top 40s from 48 years ago. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and
eighties for full details of the website.
Ian MacRae (ex-Radio City and Caroline South) writes: “Here's some exciting news. (Well, it's exciting to me anyway.) I'm just about to launch my first
fiction eBook on Amazon. It's called The Wilton Bay Chronicles. The story is based on two competing radio stations in an idyllic beachside resort town. One has a ‘New Age’ type format and the other is a network
station playing ‘The Music of Your Life’. It also involves religion plus hypocrisy, spirituality, sex, drugs, comedy, drama and the end of the world.” It is available to download from
Amazon now, price £1-99. (1st July, message from Ian: “Thanks for the plug but please no-one buy this yet. I've been
having a problem with formatting and the text is all over the place. Just finished reformatting it last night and will upload today but it can take up to 48 hours for it to show up. Hoping my reformatting will work. I'll let you know
when all is good.”)
The Word Podcast, number 235, features Johnnie Walker being interviewed by David Hepworth and Mark Ellen. He talks about his days on offshore radio, joining the BBC, playing Lou Reed, trying to
avoid playing the Bay City Rollers and going to an authentic record company sponsored orgy. It is available free from wordpodcast.co.uk
Belated congratulations to Radio London's Ian Damon who celebrated his 80th birthday on 5th June.
Former Radio Caroline (and Radio Seagull) DJ Mickey Mercer has returned to the airwaves. He is now presenting a regular weekly programme on his local community station in Flagstaff, Arizona. You can
hear him on Sunnyside 101.5 every Friday 6-11am local time, 2-7pm UK time. Meanwhile former RNI and Radio Atlantis DJ Dave Rogers has also
come back to broadcasting (as 'Keith Rogers') hosting weekday drivetime, 3-6pm, on Phoenix FM, a community station serving Brentwood and Billericay, Essex.
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
1st July 1970: Caroline TV failed to launch (press cuttings here).
23rd July: Radio Northsea International's mv Mebo II moved back to the Dutch coast and the UK government jamming stopped (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
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 inductees in The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame are listed
alphabetically. More names are being added all the time. 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 (still under construction).
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.
Recordings in MP3 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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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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