UPDATED OCTOBER 2016
New this month: correspondent André de Raaij has provided a fascinating log of the DJs he heard on Radio Caroline South during 1964/5;
we have more press cuttings and memorabilia from the collection of offshore radio fan Luuk Meuwese, this month focussing on Time & Tide magazine, Radio 270 and Radio Caroline. We also have two
conflicting versions of Radio 270's Top 40 for 9th April 1967. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies
and eighties for full details of the website.
Radio Adventures of the Communicator is a new book by Paul Alexander Rusling. It tells the story of the eleven radio stations which broadcast from the mv Communicator. Probably the two
of most interest to readers of this website were Laser-558 and Laser Hot Hits. The book is available now from Amazon.
Some time ago we mentioned the book Pop Pickers and Music Vendors by John Van der Kiste which contains biographies of five of the UK's greatest DJs, including two former pirates: David Jacobs, Alan Freeman,
John Peel, Tommy Vance and Roger Scott (the Capital Radio / Radio One DJ, not the offshore broadcaster). Unfortunately the book's publication date was put back but
it is now available from Amazon.
Radio Caroline has begun running boat trips to visit the mv Ross Revenge, the station's last ship, which is currently moored on the River Blackwater near Bradwell, Essex. See
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk for details.
We are sad to report that Gerard van Dam died on Friday 16th September, aged 69. Gerard was involved with a number of offshore stations in the Netherlands. He worked as a courier for Radio Northsea International, was a major player
in the relaunch of Radio Caroline off the Dutch coast in 1972, helped Adriaan van Landschoot put Radio Atlantis together and was behind the short-lived Radio Delmare. For the last ten years he lived in Hungary where he died from
cardiac arrest. According to his wishes, his ashes will be scattered on the North Sea close to where the radio ships were anchored. Our condolences to his family and friends. (Thanks to Hans Knot and Leen Vingerling
for the information.)
21st October - we are very sad to hear that Dave Cash has died, aged 74. His last show, on BBC Radio Kent, was on Sunday. We will be publishing a tribute soon.
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. 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 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.
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
adverts provided by Google. Please note that Google, and their advertisers, may use information (which does not include your name, address, email address or
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