UPDATED MAY 2016
New this month: Part 7 of the ‘Caroline In The Seventies’ story remembers the launch of the station's daytime service forty years ago
this month and the drama of the ship drifting onto a sandbank; we hear from Al Singer, who served as a news reader on Radio Caroline South for a couple of weeks in 1966; and correspondent
Per A Berggren has provided some Radio 270 Top 40s. We start with some updated charts from April 1967 and some new ones from the following month. See the
contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
There is a short film on the BBC.com website about Red Sands Fort, the former home of Radio 390,
and the project to restore the structure to its former glory. The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame gets a credit. Red Sands also features in this Mystery Jets'
video. (Thanks to Pauline Miller for the tip.)
Roger Day is celebrating his 50 years on the airwaves with a special event at the Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent on 7th May. Guest group are the UK Beach Boys. Tickets from the Dreamland
box office. He is also hosting a special programme on BBC Radio Kent to mark his half-century on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May, at 1pm. (Thanks to Mike Barraclough for the tip.)
Tom Edwards has posted on Facebook: “On April 2nd I was asked to do ‘An Audience with...’. I was worried that there would be no bums on seats (but) it was a sell-out and I
thank the large audience who came from far and wide for Edwards The Confessor. The whole evening was recorded by Steve Parry who, even as I type this, is in the final edit stage. If you would like a DVD or Blu-ray disc of
it all, please go to my web page, kindly set up by Russ Ganderson. All proceeds are going to St. Andrews Church here in Heckington. Thank you folks.” Tom's website is at www.tom-edwards.co.uk. There is a trailer for the DVD here.
A piece from The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame's page on sponsored radio shows of the sixties has been picked up by Stirling Moss's
We are sad to report the death of Chris Parkinson, one of the founders of the New Zealand offshore station, Radio Hauraki. More details at www.nzherald.co.nz.
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
3rd May 1966: Swinging Radio England and Britain Radio started test broadcasts from the mv Olga Patricia on 845 and 1331kHz (more details here).
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
15th May 1971: Radio Northsea International's ship, the mv Mebo II was fire-bombed. The station continued broadcasting (more details here).
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
15th May 1976: Radio Caroline resumed 24 hour broadcasting, on 1562kHz during the day and 1187kHz at night (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 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 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.
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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