UPDATED AUGUST 2014
At the time of updating this website, Radio Caroline's mv Ross Revenge was under tow to a new position on the River Blackwater near Bradwell, Essex, after several years moored
in Tilbury. Thanks to Ray Clark for this photo of the ship on its journey.
Forty years ago the Dutch government legislated to close the offshore stations operating off its coast. It was the end of an era. This month we look back to that time with the ninth and
final part of the RNI Story and remember the mv Mi Amigo sailing back to the UK in part five of Caroline in the 70s; we also have more photos from RNI's Paul May - some pictures
of a visit to the Mi Amigo in Zaandam. See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and
eighties for full details of the website.
Radio Seagull which broadcasts from the former light-ship Jenni Baynton, usually moored in Harlingen harbour in The Netherlands, is returning to sea this month to mark the 40th
anniversary of the closure of Radios Atlantis, Northsea and Veronica. Between the 20th and 31st August the ship will be broadcasting offshore and you can visit. Details at: www.radioseagull.nl.
A history of Radio Seagull, covering its broadcasts from the Mi Amigo and the Jenni Baynton, is out now. Far Out At Sea by Gordon Kelly is available from
Amazon or the Seagull website.
Radio Caroline DJ Bob Lawrence, who broadcast as Richard Thompson from the mv Mi Amigo, has written a novel set on the station. The Last Great Adventure for Boys is
available in paperback or Kindle versions from Amazon. For more details, see thelastgreatadventureforboys.co.uk. Video advert here.
Ofcom has granted a license for an “offshore pirate radio nostalgia broadcast”, Radio Mi Amigo, to operate in Harwich from 14th to 17th August on 106.8 FM. Based on the former lightship LV18, the station will also
be available from www.LV18.org. An exhibition of offshore memorabilia will take place on the Ha'penny Pier and ‘Audience with the Pirates’ shows are planned for
the Electric Palace Cinema. (Thanks to Mary Payne.)
The Kenny Everett Extravaganza: The Television Everett, a video compilation of highlights and rarely-seen TV clips followed by a panel discussion about ‘Cuddly Ken’, is taking place at the BFI on London's Southbank
on Tuesday 2nd September. More details here.
Kenny's former radio partner Dave Cash is celebrating 50 years in radio this year and BBC Radio Kent has a special programme marking
this achievement on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August, at 12pm. (Thanks to Mike Lawrence for the tip.)
Ray Anderson, who has been involved in a number of radio-related ventures, has started a Pirate Radio Museum in Clacton-on-Sea. Open from 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week, admission costs
£5 for adults, £2.50 for children aged 8-16 and is free to under 8s accompanied by an adult. It is in the Atlanta Building, next to Clacton Pier.
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
25th August 1974: The Flemish service of Radio Atlantis closed down. The station continued in English only.
29th August: Radio Caroline's ship, the mv Mi Amigo, left the Dutch coast.
30th August, 3pm: The Mi Amigo dropped anchor 18 miles off the English coast.
12 midnight: Radio Northsea's English language service closed down.
31st August, 6pm: Radio Veronica closed down.
7pm: Radio Atlantis closed down.
8pm: The Dutch and World Services of RNI closed down.
12 midnight: The Dutch anti-pirate law took effect. Only Radios Caroline and Mi Amigo continued broadcasting.
IT WAS TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
19th August 1989: The Dutch authorities, with British observers, carried out a raid on the mv Ross Revenge. Radio Caroline was temporarily put off the air with most of the equipment
either smashed or confiscated. The short wave World Mission Radio and the Radio 819 Dutch service were both silenced.
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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