UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2015
New this month: there is another page in the ever-expanding ‘Eighties Supplement’, this time featuring DJs from that era with names beginning with Q or
R; one of them, Radio Caroline's Nick Richards, has kindly shared some photos from his time on the mv Ross Revenge; from the sixties, we hear about the Caroline
“Buoy-O-Boy” buoyancy jacket; and Michel Bands supplies more information about the last Radio 270 Top 40. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the
sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
The latest episode of Tony Prince's History Of DJ is now available, featuring the Radio London story.
Dave Root has been in touch to tell us that the Elva racing car, which was driven by Keith St.John in Radio London colours during the sixties, is back on the British racing circuit.
Previously owned by Australian Dr. Michael Henderson (see here) it has been bought by Bruce Bartell. Classic Formula 3 driver Bartell & his son Maxim now race the car again in the UK. So far this season it
has raced at Silverstone (where it came 5th overall), Donington Park (4th), Snetterton (1st), Silverstone (11th) and Oulton Park (result not known at time of writing). The car will also race at Spa (Belgium) on 19th-20th September,
Silverstone on 17th October as well as 31st October and 1st November, driven by Max Bartell & Callum Grant. There is a video of Max Bartell racing the car at Oulton Park last year on YouTube. Our grateful thanks to Dave for the information and this photograph. There are more photos here and
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
25th September 1965: Radio 390 opened, replacing King Radio on Red Sands Fort (more details here).
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
1st September 1970: The short-lived sweet music station Capital Radio began transmissions to the Netherlands.
24th September, 11am: Radio Northsea International closed down - for the first time (more details here).
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
18th September 1975: The first prosecutions took place under the Marine Offences Act, the law designed to scupper offshore radio.
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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