UPDATED MARCH 2016
We were saddened to hear of the death of Keith King who spent time as a DJ on Radio Caroline in 1984-5 (see picture, left). You can read more about him here.
Also in February German DJ Axel (right), who was heard on Radio Northsea International in 1970, died in his home town of Lörrach-Haagen at the age of 67 after losing his battle with cancer. In recent years he had been living
and working in Thailand where he was known as Lung Sen. There is more about Axel on the Offshore Radio Guide. Our condolences to the families
and friends of both men. (Thanks to Hans Knot for the Axel information and the photo, taken by Bruno Brandenburg.)
New this month: we reach the final page of The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame ‘Eighties Supplement’, featuring broadcasters from that decade with
names beginning with the letters W to Z. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and
eighties for full details of the website.
For only the second time in the 16 years that this website has been operating, your webmaster is taking a short break from monthly updates. The next update will be at the end of April.
Joan Bates, also known as Princess Joan of Sealand, passed away on 10th March. Her late husband, Roy Bates was the owner of Radio Essex before going on to create the micro-nation of Sealand on Roughs
Tower in the Thames estuary. There is a tribute to Joan on the Principality of Sealand Facebook page. BBC report
Roger Day celebrates 50 years on the radio with a special event at the Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent on 7th May. Guest group are the UK Beach Boys. More information and tickets
available from the Dreamland box office.
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
5th March 1971: Radio Northsea International began running Dutch programmes 9am-4pm daily (more details 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 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.
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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