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 recently celebrated 50 years on the airwaves. The BBC Radio Kent programme, broadcast on 2nd May, to celebrate this milestone is still available on the website. (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 website.
 
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).
 


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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.


 
Google
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THE OFFSHORE STATIONS OF THE SIXTIES

Britain Radio/Swinging Radio England

The Radio Scotland Story

Radio Caroline in the Sixties

The Radio Sutch/Radio City Story

The Radio Essex Story

Memories of Radio 270

The Radio Invicta Story

The Radio 355 Story

The Brief Reign of King Radio

The Radio 390 Story

The Radio London Story


 
 


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 in touch.

60s Disc-Jockeys A 60s Disc-Jockeys He-Hu 60s Disc-Jockeys Q-R
60s Disc-Jockeys Ba-Bl 60s Disc-Jockeys I-J 60s Disc-Jockeys Sa-Sp
60s Disc-Jockeys Bo-Bz 60s Disc-Jockeys K 60s Disc-Jockeys St-Sy
60s Disc-Jockeys Ca-Cl 60s Disc-Jockeys L 60s Disc-Jockeys T-V
60s Disc-Jockeys Co-Cu 60s Disc-Jockeys M-Mi 60s Disc-Jockeys Wa-Web
60s Disc-Jockeys D 60s Disc-Jockeys Mo-Mu 60s Disc-Jockeys Wes-Wy
60s Disc-Jockeys E-G 60s Disc-Jockeys Mac-Mc 60s Disc-Jockeys X-Z
60s Disc-Jockeys Ha 60s Disc-Jockeys N-P Books
Charts Contact us Credits
Disc-Jockeys' photo albums Disc-Jockey spotlight Fans' memorabilia
Guestbook hosted By Bravenet.com Guestbook archive 2000-02 Links
The Tom Lodge story Odds and Ends Offshore Engineers of the 60s
Plans Programme schedules Sixties DJ Directory
Sixties Timeline Seventies supplement Eighties supplement
Site contents Site contents - by station We need your HELP

 
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.

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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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