UPDATED DECEMBER 2013
Forty years ago this month Radio Atlantis began broadcasting from the mv Jeanine. We turn the clock back and relive the station's short but eventful life in
The Radio Atlantis story; offshore historian Hans Knot has generously provided some photos of Radio 355 DJs, taken by their Radio 227 colleague Tom
Collins; Guy Hamilton has added some more fantastic photos to his Radio Essex and Radio 270 albums; we pay tribute to Ken Evans
(left), the man in charge of the music for Radio Atlanta and then Radio Caroline South during 1964/5, who died on 28th November; with the festive season looming, we have carried out a minor update to the pages on
Christmas in International Waters and, with Christmas in mind, don't forget the Anorak gift guide for numerous present suggestions. See the
contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
Ray Clark's book Radio Caroline: The True Story Of The Boat That Rocked is due to be published on 3rd February - in time for the station's fiftieth
birthday. It is an affectionate account of Caroline's history told by those who were there, featuring many rare photographs and previously unpublished interviews. Copies can be ordered now from
When The Pirate Radio Hall Of Fame started, over 13 years ago, RealAudio was the favoured format for web streaming. The BBC and other UK broadcasters were using
it on their websites so it seemed sensible to fall into line. Since then things have changed and recently we have been receiving complaints, especially from people using smartphones or tablet computers, saying they
are having difficulty accessing the audio. There are currently more than 960 offshore radio airchecks on the website and we have begun the process of converting them to mp3. As of this month more than half of them
are now available in both RealAudio and mp3. The remainder will be added soon. Please get in touch if you spot any that don't work.
When two old pirates meet: ex-offshore DJ Keith Skues compares notes with ex-landbased pirate Gordon Mac on the Red Bull Music Academy
After extensive refurbishment, the former Radio Veronica ship mv Norderney is now moored in Amsterdam. She will be open to the public from Friday 6th December. There will also be regular events held on board. For details
see www.veronicaschip.nl (site in Dutch).
Merry Christmas from The Pirate Radio Hall Of Fame.
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
23rd December 1973: Low powered test transmissions began on 1115 kHz for Radio Atlantis from a new ship, mv Jeanine, anchored off Belgium.
24th December: With another new mast erected on the Caroline ship, tests began on 1187 kHz for a new Dutch/Flemish station, Radio Mi Amigo.
30th December: Radio Atlantis officially opened with programmes in Flemish and English.
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
adverts provided by Google. Please note that Google, and their advertisers, may use information (which does not include your name, address, email address or
telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements they think will be of interest to you. If you would like more
information about this practice, please visit The Google Privacy Centre, where
it is possible to opt-out.