UPDATED JANUARY 2015 - HAPPY NEW YEAR
New this month: The country's most successful offshore station, Radio London, began regular transmissions two days before Christmas in 1964. On 23rd December 2014, some of the DJs
and staff got together to mark the fiftieth anniversary. We have photos; plus there is the tenth page of The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame
‘Eighties Supplement’, remembering DJs from that decade with name beginning with M such as Radio Caroline's Ian Mac and Laser-558's Jay Mack; there's more from
the scrapbook kept by former Radio Caroline chief engineer, Manfred Sommer; and for chart-lovers, we have Radio Scotland's final Top 50 and the Radio
270 Top 40s from this month 48 years ago. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties
for full details of the website.
Tony Prince's DMC organisation has released the fourth episode in its video series History of DJ. It covers American radio of the forties and fifties, rock'n'roll DJs and the payola
scandal. It can be found at www.dmcworld.tv/historyofdj.
Steve Conway's excellent account of his time on Radio Caroline in the eighties, Shiprocked, has just been reissued in an updated and expanded version. It has a new introduction and extra epilogues bringing the story up to date. Highly recommended.
Last month we linked to a 1944 British Pathé newsreel clip showing the Thames forts being used as they were originally intended, to protect London during the Second
World War. Correspondent Geoff Toon has also spotted this 1948 clip, mistakenly titled “Thames Ports”.
252,291 people visited The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame during 2014 (116,886 unique visitors). It was not quite the record (we had 283,461 visitors in 2007) but it was close.
At the time of writing 750 people have ‘liked’ the PRHoF on Facebook. It is immensely gratifying that, nearly 25 years after the last offshore radio broadcast to the UK, so many people are still interested in
the subject of ‘watery wireless’ and this website. Our grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed or supported us. We wish you all a very happy new year.
Sad news. Radio Caroline station manager Peter Moore has reported the death, on New Years Day, of eighties DJ Paul Shelton (aka Paul Pornon). Peter's post is here.
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
23rd January 1970: The first test transmissions began on FM and the 49 metre short wave band for Radio Northsea International from the mv Mebo II, anchored off the Dutch coast. The
station launched the following month.
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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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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