UPDATED FEBRUARY 2015
New this month: There's more from the scrapbook kept by former Radio Caroline chief engineer, Manfred Sommer; the Radio 270 Top 40s
from this month 48 years ago; and, from the archives, three 1966 articles about offshore radio from The News of the World by DJ Mike Raven. See the contents page and DJ
Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
David Sinclair has written a fascinating account of his life as a pirate DJ during the sixties, working on Radio Essex, Radio 270 and Radio 390. Making Waves is available to download
as an e-book from Lulu.com,
the Apple iBookstore and Amazon.
There was a launch party in Dublin recently for the second edition of Steve Conway's excellent book about his time on Radio Caroline in the eighties,
Shiprocked. There are photos on his
blog. Among those in attendance were Gareth O'Callaghan (known as Tony Gareth
on Caroline), Stuart Clark and Caroline North engineer during the sixties Mike Wright.
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 can be seen at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent, from 14th February to 9th May, at the ICA in London from 19th May to 19th July and at
the Phoenix in Leicester from 23rd July to 24th August. More info
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
February 1965: Radio Invicta, based on Red Sands Fort, closed down. It was replaced the following month by King Radio. (More about Invicta here.)
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
11th February 1970: Medium wave tests began for Radio Northsea International (RNI) on 1610 kHz, 186 metres, from the mv Mebo II, anchored off the Dutch coast. They had started on FM
and short wave the previous month.
18th February: RNI began live test transmissions in English and German on AM, FM and two SW frequencies.
28th February: RNI began regular transmissions 19 hours a day. (More about RNI here.)
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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