UPDATED DECEMBER 2014
New this month: Radio London began broadcasting in December 1964. We mark the station's fiftieth anniversary with the six-part Radio London Story; plus four
Radio 270 Top 40s from this month 48 years ago; more from the scrapbook kept by former Radio Caroline chief engineer, Manfred Sommer; the late Kenny Everett would have been
70 on Christmas Day - we celebrate his offshore career with an (updated) Spotlight on Kenny Everett; and speaking of the festive season, don't forget the (also updated) Christmas In
International Waters pages and, for all your present suggestions, the Anorak gift guide. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties,
seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
BBC Radio 4 Extra marks Kenny Everett's 70th birthday with a number of programmes this Christmas. 20th December, 8am (and repeats): Here's Kenny;
25th December, 10am (and repeats): Happy Birthday Maurice Cole; and a 25 episode Captain
Kremmen serial, starting at 5.55pm on 22nd December (repeated 5.55am the following day). The BBC World Service features Radio Caroline on its Witness
programme at 8.50am on Christmas Day. (Thanks to Ray Clark for the tip.) On BBC Three Counties Radio, Colin Berry relives his time with
Radio Caroline on Boxing Day at 12pm. (Thanks to Random Radio Jottings for the tip.) We were told that Andy Archer was returning to BBC
Radio Norfolk on Saturday 27th December, 4-6pm, but this programme is not currently listed on their website so maybe the schedule
has changed. If you missed the special programmes celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Radio Caroline North which were simulcast on Caroline and Manx Radio last month, there is another chance to hear some of them. They are going
out 1-6pm on Christmas Day and 12-5pm on Boxing Day on Radio Caroline. Details here. (Thanks to Steve Anthony
for the tip.) BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are giving Paul Rowley's documentary Pirates At 50 another airing at 6pm on New Years Eve
(thanks to Mary Payne) and BBC Radio Gloucestershire is repeating Paul's Kenny Everett - The Local Radio Years on 2nd January at 5am
and 12pm. Adam Dowling's documentary Dave Cash 50 Years On is repeated at 5pm on Christmas Day on BBC Sussex and Surrey and 12pm Boxing Day on
BBC Radio Kent.
Correspondent Peter Berkeley, who was a record librarian on Radio 390 in 1967, has drawn our attention to this 1944 British Pathé newsreel clip showing the Thames
forts being used as they were originally intended - two decades before they were taken over by offshore radio stations.
David Lloyd's Radio Moments blog has a one hour interview with former Radio Scotland, Caroline and RNI DJ Steve Merike: part one and part two.
Dutch station Radio 19 is broadcasting a two-part tribute to Radio London on Saturday 6th and 13th December, 6-7pm local time (5-6pm GMT), compiled by Paul de Haan and
Hans Knot. (Thanks to Mike Barraclough for the tips.)
Merry Christmas from The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame.
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
14th December 1964: Dutch offshore television station TV Noordzee closed down. It was based on the man-made “REM island”. The radio service continued broadcasting.
16th December: Tom Pepper, owner of Radio Invicta, drowned with two employees, Simon Ashley and Martin Shaw, when the station tender sank.
17th December: Dutch police raided the “REM island” and closed Radio Noordzee.
23rd December: Radio London began regular programmes 6am-9pm, on 1133 kHz, from mv Galaxy.
IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
16th December 1984: Radio Monique began regular Dutch language programmes on 963 kHz from Caroline's ship, mv Ross Revenge.
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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