UPDATED OCTOBER 2015
New for October: Radio Essex began broadcasting fifty years ago this month. We tell the story of this unique station; we have two pages of fantastic photos taken on
Laser-558 by ship's steward Michael Dean; there is more about the Caroline “Buoy-O-Boy” lifejacket; and contributor Peter Mockler has sent two
photos of Radio London racing driver Keith St.John in action on the racetrack back in 1965. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties,
seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
The epic 640 page Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life by David Cavanagh is now available in
Kindle and paperback formats.
The book chronicles the legendary DJ's UK broadcasting career by looking at nearly 300 of his radio shows from Radio London's “Perfumed Garden” in 1967 until John's untimely death in 2004. (See this
article by the author and a
review, both from The Guardian. Publisher's website
The German Radio Day in Erkrath took place on 26th September. Two alliteratively named Radio Caroline colleagues, Andy Archer and Johnny Jason, were honoured guests.
Recordings of the discussions are available on Martin van der Ven's Offshore Radio Guide. Martin has also posted more than 100 photos
of the event on Flickr.
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
On or around 27th October 1965: Radio Essex began test transmissions on 1353 kHz, 222 metres, from Knock John fort. Regular programmes commenced on 7th November (more details
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.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame participates in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate
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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