UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2014
The Radio Caroline ship, the mv Ross Revenge, recently moved to a new home. We have pictures; also new this month Dave Rogers shares some
photos dating from his time on Radio Northsea International and Radio Atlantis; we have the latest page in the ever-growing ‘Eighties Supplement’, remembering
80s DJs with names beginning with L including Laser's Brandy Lee and Caroline's Johnny Lewis; there is sad news about seventies Caroline DJ Ed Foster;
and, after hearing from Derek Spencer, chief mechanic for Radio London's motor racing team, we have updated the page about Big L's cars. See the contents page and
DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
The late John Peel would have been 75 on 30th August. To celebrate his birthday and to mark the tenth anniversary of his death (on 25th October 2004), BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast a special
programme on 31st August. It will be available on iPlayer for a week after transmission.
A two disc DVD set of Radio Caroline's 50th birthday party (see here) is now available from the Caroline web-store,
Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History by Keith Skues and David Kindred is published on 28th September by Amberley Publishing. A 160 page hardback book, it features more than a
hundred fantastic photos taken by David Kindred with DJ Keith Skues telling the story. Available to order now from Amazon.
The Felixstowe Heritage Weekend runs from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September and will include a number of offshore radio-related events. The Felixstowe
and Offshore Radio Facebook page will have a display including photos, videos and other archive material - some never seen before - at ‘Fish Dish’, 69-71 Undercliff Rd West; Radio Caroline Sales will also be there
and they hope to have some special guests. In addition the Pirate Memories ‘Flashback 67’ display will be at Cotman Hall. More details, and a map, here.
Michael Parkin, who was Sales Director for Radio Caroline during the sixties, died on 4th August, aged 82. There are obituaries, of varying degrees of accuracy, in
and The Daily Telegraph. Also Keith Martin tells us that Arthur Pelteret, who ran
Caroline's commercial traffic department in the sixties, died recently too. Our condolences to both men's family and friends.
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
1st September 1964: TV Noordzee became Europe's first pirate TV station, transmitting to the Nertherlands on channel 11 from the man-made ‘REM island’.
13th September: Radio Sutch became Radio City after Lord Sutch's manager, Reg Calvert, took over the station.
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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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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