UPDATED NOVEMBER 2015
New this month: Thirty years ago Laser-558 closed down. We mark this sad anniversary with two more pages of photos taken by the Laser ship's steward Michael Dean;
forty years ago the British police mounted a raid on the mv Mi Amigo after the radio ship had drifted inside territorial waters. We remember this dramatic incident in part six of ‘Caroline in the
Seventies’. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the
Holding the Fort by Michael Bates is out now. The book tells how, after operating Radio Essex, the Bates family occupied Roughs Tower, an anti-aircraft fort off the Suffolk coast, and declared it the
independent principality of Sealand - and explains what happened next. It is available from Amazon or the
The Dutch Radio Day takes place on Saturday 14th November. This year's venue is Museum RockArt in Hook of Holland. The structure of this event has changed: a National
Radio Day will now alternate with an International one. This year's will be national, focussing on the Netherlands and Belgium, with particular attention paid to Radio Monique and the 50th anniversary of Hilversum 3. For more
details see www.radioday.nl.
Parts 8 and 9 of Tony Prince's video History of DJ are now available, and continue to tell the story of UK offshore radio. Part 8 concentrates on some of the
fort-based stations as well as Radio 270, Radio Scotland and the wedding of DJ Mick Luvzit on Radio Caroline North. Part 9 covers the introduction of the Marine
Offences Act, Caroline continuing and Radio Northsea International.
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
10th November 1970: The Dutch sweet music station Capital Radio was silenced when their ship, mv King David, went aground in a storm. The station never returned to the air.
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
14th November 1975: Radio Caroline and Radio Mi Amigo were temporarily taken off the air by a police raid on their ship. Two Caroline DJs, an engineer and the ship's captain were arrested
(more details here).
IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
6th November 1985: Laser-558 closed down following generator failure. Their ship, mv Communicator, was escorted into Harwich harbour by a government-hired surveillance vessel. The last
show was presented by John Leeds.
7th November: Radio Caroline moved onto Laser's vacated 558 kHz frequency while still using 963 kHz at night.
IT WAS TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
1am, 5th November 1990: Radio Caroline closed down for the night for the final time from the North Sea. The last show was presented by Neil Gates.
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 (still under construction). There are some that we know very little about - see the help wanted page.
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.
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
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