UPDATED NOVEMBER 2014
New this month: more pages from the scrapbook kept by former Radio Caroline chief engineer, Manfred Sommer; four Radio 270
Top 40s from November 1966; photographs from two sixties magazines featuring Radio Caroline South DJs as fashion models and we hear from one of them Eddie Anthony;
we also have a tribute to Sir Jocelyn Stevens, a director of Radio Caroline in the sixties, who died in October; and Laser-558's John Leeds gets in touch. See the
contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of the website.
Manx Radio will be remembering Radio Caroline North this month as both stations celebrate their fiftieth anniversaries with a week of special programmes. Manx Radio's
Saturday morning oldies show Carnaby Street will be coming from the last Caroline ship, the mv Ross Revenge, on Saturday 15th November; the evening programmes of Manx Radio during 17th-20th November will be relayed
via the Radio Caroline internet stream and will include documentary material, archive recordings and specially re-created programming featuring sixties DJs, music
and nostalgia; on those dates Manx Radio will also relay modern-day Caroline shows through the night. (Press release here.)
Don Robinson: The Story of a High-Flyer by David Fowler is a biography of the entrepreneur who, among many other things, was a wrestler, brought Little Richard to Bridlington,
organised the first charter flights between the UK and Las Vegas and founded Radio 270. Available now from Amazon.
(Thanks to Hans Knot for the tip.)
Robbie Robinson (formerly Robbie Dale) has been in touch to tell us there is a new website celebrating the eight year life of the radio station he used to run in Dublin, “super-pirate”
Sunshine-101. It can be found at www.sunshine101dublin.com.
Mike Spenser, the man behind the Garage Goodies show heard on Laser Hot Hits in March 1987 and Pirate 603 (which broadcast from the mv St Paul in the Aland Islands, Finland during 2004), has launched Trash Can Radio.
It is on DAB in Surrey, Sussex and south London, mobile phone apps and online. See trashcanradio.com for details.
The Pirate Radio Hall Of Fame has had more than 200,000 visitors so far this year and now has more than 700 ‘likes’ on Facebook. Thank you
for your continuing support.
We were very sorry to hear of the sudden death of Paul Ciesielski, the man who made such fantastic models of the offshore radio ships. Our condolences to his family and friends. The photo shows one of his models of the mv
Galaxy. (Click on it to magnify.)
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
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