UPDATED JULY 2014
New this month: we have some wonderful photos taken by Paul May on board Radio Northsea International in the seventies; and there is another page in the
ever-growing ‘Eighties Supplement’, this time remembering Laser and Caroline DJs with names beginning with K, including such favourites as Caroline's Chris Kennedy and Laser's Erin Kelly.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
One of the most popular and talented offshore broadcasters, Tony Allan, died ten years ago this month. The tribute which we published at the time is here.
Conservative MP Tracey Crouch has tabled a Commons motion calling on the broadcast regulator OFCOM to grant a licence for Radio Caroline. The wording of the motion, along with details of which MPs have supported it,
at www.parliament.uk. (Thanks to Paul Rowley.)
Paul Rowley's excellent documentary about offshore radio, Pirates at 50, which was previously broadcast on various BBC local stations, is getting another airing on Manx Radio at 9am on 5th July as part of Chris Williams' sixties show Carnaby Street. Paul says: “It's perfect timing as the mv Caroline arrived off the Isle of Man 50 years ago on 6th
July 1964 - Tynwald Day.”
Radio Seagull which, together with Dutch sister station Radio Waddenzee, broadcasts from the former light-ship Jenni Baynton - usually moored in Harlingen harbour - is returning to sea to mark the fortieth anniversary of the
closure of Radios Atlantis, Northsea and Veronica. Between 20th and 31st August the ship will be broadcasting offshore and you can visit. Details at: www.radioseagull.nl. Former Caroline DJ Carl Kingston says: “I will be aboard Radio Seagull off the Dutch coast for the last week of August. I am so looking forward to this.”
Before starting Radio Caroline, station founder Ronan O'Rahilly operated the Scene Club in London's Ham Yard - now the home of a smart new hotel and residential apartment complex, complete with 1950s-style bowling alley. (Thanks to Ray Clark.)
We are sad to report that former Radio Scotland DJ Peter Mallan died on 20th June, aged 80. Obituary: The Herald. (Thanks to Mary Payne.)
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
3rd July 1964: Radio Caroline set sail for a new anchorage in the north. Radio Atlanta became ‘Radio Caroline South’.
6th July: Caroline dropped anchor in Ramsey Bay, Isle of Man and became ‘Radio Caroline North’.
17th July: Radio Invicta began regular programmes on 985 kHz, referred to as “306 metres”.
29th July: The Dutch Radio Noordzee began broadcasting from the man-made “REM island” off Noordwijk, Holland.
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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