UPDATED MAY 2015
New this month: Two more pages of Radio 390 photos courtesy of former station librarian, Peter Berkeley; offshore memorabilia
from the collection of Radio City's Peter Jameson; a correspondent sheds some light on a mysterious reference in Carl Mitchell's notes; and we have another Radio 270 Top 40, this one from
7th May 1967, kindly provided by Ian Kellock. We are very sorry to hear that Radio London's Lorne King died in 2013. We have belatedly updated his biographical entry.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
Thanks to Ray Clark for pointing out this page of photos of Jimi Hendrix,
taken when the guitarist was living in Ringo Starr's flat in London's Montagu Square in 1967. A couple of the photos show a Caroline Bell Award in the background, presumably the one given to The Beatles in 1965. (More about
the awards on this page.) Ray Clark can be heard on Radio Caroline on Thursday afternoons, 2-6pm, from 7th May.
On 13th May it will be 20 years since ‘Daffy’ Don Allen passed away after suffering a heart attack. Don worked for Radio Caroline North & South in the sixties and Radio Northsea
International in the seventies, as well as spending time on Manx Radio and various Irish stations. His friend Kenny Tosh will be remembering him with a special Don Allen Revival Show on Radio Six International on Thursday 14th May at 19.00 GMT (20.00 BST).
Mark Wesley (also known as Mark West) has written a book. He says: “After nine months hard labour, I have finally
published my crime caper novel, ‘BanGk!’. It is available in both printed edition and
Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s is an archival exhibition that looks back at the inner-city tower block pirate stations of the eighties. It has already been seen at The Potteries Museum, Stoke on
Trent, and moves to London this month. From 26th May to 19th July it can be found at the ICA. From 23rd July to 24th August it will
be at the Phoenix in Leicester.
Thanks to Mike Barraclough on Facebook for alerting us to this silent film of Radio Atlanta in 1964,
produced by British Movietone News. There are shots of Colin Nicol on the air, with Dermot Hoy (later DJ Bryan Vaughan) operating the panel, and a rather
staged card game on deck featuring Colin, Head of Music Ken Evans, Tony Withers and Johnny Jackson. We also get to see the Captain, his
wife, some of the crew, the cook and a transmitter engineer.
We have previously linked to the colour footage of Radio Caroline, shot by Pathé News in 1965 (the Caroline content starts 1 minute 50 seconds into the film), and
to the out-takes they have made available on-line. Now former Radio Caroline Dutch DJ Lion Keezer has edited all the material together and added a soundtrack. He has
done a great job and you can find the resulting ten minute film on YouTube. The main DJs to feature are Simon Dee, Garry
Kemp, Tony Blackburn, Doug Kerr and Paul Noble, but Bryan Vaughan, Peter
James and Keith Skues also make brief appearances.
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
5th May 1965: Offshore radio's first live music session took place when organist Jimmy Smith and his group performed on the deck of the mv Mi Amigo for Radio Caroline South.
(Recording: mp3 / RealAudio.)
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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