UPDATED JUNE 2016
New this month: Paul Graham shares more photos from his time on Radio Caroline in the eighties and an archive snap from the
early sixties; there are pictures from the collection of Dutch offshore radio fan Luuk Meuwese; we hear from Swinging Radio England “boss jock” Rick Randall
and Radio 270's ‘Neddy’ Noel Miller; and correspondent Per A Berggren provides some Radio 270 Top 40s from June 1967. See the contents
page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
The second part of Susan Moore's trilogy about her parents, Reg and Dorothy Calvert, is now available. Clifton Hall - School of Rock 'n' Roll can be bought from
Amazon as a Kindle download. This volume concentrates on the period in the early sixties when the couple were managing a number of
pop groups and solo singers. Susan tells us that it will be published in paperback and hardback later, combined with the third book in the series which will cover the Calverts' involvement in offshore radio, running Radio
On 21st May the Daily Express featured Radio 270's Philip Hayton in their Where Are They Now
feature. (Thanks to Stuart Russell for the tip.)
The Irish edition of Radio Today has an interesting interview with Robbie Robinson, better known to Radio Caroline South listeners as
Robbie Dale, all about his post-offshore radio ventures in Ireland.
A new book Pop Pickers and Music Vendors by John Van der Kiste is published soon. It looks at the lives and careers of five of Britain's top DJs: David Jacobs, Alan Freeman, Roger Scott (the Capital Radio/BBC one, not
the offshore broadcaster of the same name), John Peel and Tommy Vance. It can be ordered now from Amazon. More information on the publisher's
Dutch radio historian Hans Knot reports that there are plans for an offshore radio museum in the Netherlands. If all goes to plan, it will be in the 192TV building in Nijkerk.
Hans also brings us the sad news that Dutch DJ Martin Groenhorst, who broadcast as ‘Martin Green’ on Radio City in 1965, had a serious accident while riding his scooter in Rotterdam on 5th May. At the time of writing, he
is still in hospital. Our thoughts are with Martin and his family.
On 1st May the Dutch/Belgian offshore station of the seventies, Radio Mi Amigo, was celebrated at the RockArt Museum
in the Hook of Holland. There are photos of the various disc-jockeys who attended on Flickr, including
Norman Barrington and Brian Anderson.
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
4th June 1966: Radio 270 started broadcasting from the mv Oceaan 7 off Scarborough on 1115 kHz (more details here).
18th June: “Swinging” Radio England began regular transmissions on 1322 kHz (more details here).
19th June: Sister station Britain Radio began regular transmissions on 845kHz.
19/20th June: Shivering Sands fort, the home of Radio City, was taken over by raiders and the station silenced (more details here).
21st June: Radio City owner Reg Calvert was shot dead by Major Oliver Smedley, the former chairman of Radio Atlanta.
26th June: The boarding party left Shivering Sands and Radio City returned to the air.
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.
THE OFFSHORE STATIONS OF THE SIXTIES
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.
MP3 recordings 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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