UPDATED OCTOBER 2014
Manfred Sommer was an engineer on Radio Caroline from 1965 to 1968, working mainly on the north ship. This month we begin publishing his Radio Caroline
scrapbook; during the mid-sixties Ian Kellock was a fan of Radio 270, the Yorkshire-based offshore station. He used to keep a record of their Top 40 charts and this month we publish
three charts from October 1966; Radio City launched in September 1964. Fifty years later, a reunion was held to mark the anniversary. We have pictures of the event;
we take a boat trip to two of the Thames forts used for offshore radio and a correspondent has identified the location of our photo taken at a Radio London
stock car event. Since the last monthly update we have also added a Tribute to Bob Spencer who sadly died during September. See the contents page and DJ Directories
of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
On 31st August, exactly forty years after their radio station closed down, the Dutch staff of Radio Northsea International gathered for a reunion. Hans Knot and Martin van der Ven were also there and have posted more
than eighty photos of the event on Flickr. The reunion was also the launch party for a new Dutch language book about
RNI: De Gouden Glans van Radio (“The Golden Glow of Radio”) by Ferry Eden. Available for €35.95 including p&p in Europe, €28.79 in the Netherlands, see
www.degoudenglansvanradio.nl for details.
Pirate Radio Ships in the 70s by former Radio Caroline Dutch DJ Lion Keezer is a collection of photographs and “insider stories” from the stations which broadcast during the second decade of the offshore
radio era. It is available from iBooks for viewing on a Mac or iPad. Details from Lion's website.
A number of former offshore Radio Caroline DJs including Dave Richards, Bob Lawrence (aka Richard Thompson), Jeremy Chartham, Cliff
Osbourne, Brian Martin and Roger Mathews can now be heard on Quasar Radio, a new internet album station.
There is a great video of Joe Boyd, writer and record producer (The Incredible String Band, early Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Billy Bragg, REM and many others), rummaging through John Peel's record
collection on The John Peel archive website, along with details and audio of the records he picks.
Tom Danaher, one of the Texan businessmen behind Radio London and, to a lesser extent, the Radio England/Britain Radio project, died in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday 12th September, aged 90. Our condolences to his family and
friends. There is a two page tribute on the Radio London website and a number of other obituaries on the internet which mainly concentrate
on his amazing aviation career, including Dignity Memorial,
Texoma's Home Page and
Times Record News. There is also a profile on the
Airport Journals website. (Thanks to Mary Payne.)
7th October, from D.L Bogart: “Just learned that Laser Hot Hits evening jock Jeff Leonardi aka John “Rock'n'Roll” Anthony has passed away in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Jeff had suffered some recent health issues but I had thought they were behind him. R.I.P. Jeff.”
Jocelyn Stevens, a director of Radio Caroline in the sixties and a high-profile spokesman for the station during its first few months on air, died on 12th October 2014, aged 82. Our condolences to his family and friends.
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.
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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