UPDATED JUNE 2024

New this month: Laser DJ Erin Kelly has written a book - and she wants your help choosing the cover; we hear from her fellow “Laserette”, Chris Carson; there is part 2 of Caroline in the Eighties; and we've added a Caroline Top Tracks chart from July 1984.
 
BBC Radio 4's Open Country programme on 30th May was all about the Maunsell sea forts in the Thames estuary, built during the Second World War to defend London and used during the sixties for offshore radio.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame was delighted to help the production team contact suitable interviewees and the programme includes memories from Tom Edwards, Bob LeRoi and the son of Radio Invicta's boss Tom Pepper, David Featherbe. It is available now on BBC Sounds.
 
The new version of Laser-558, which we mentioned last month, has started broadcasting shows hosted by a number of former Laser DJs. Craig Novak, Chris Carson, Erin Kelly, Ric Harris, Jeff Davis and Jay Mack, who were all heard on the original Laser in 1985, are on the team. Details on how to listen are here.
 
Jeff Martin's Radio Rollback podcast is marking the 40th birthday of the original Laser-558 with three episodes about the station. Episode 1 has interviews with Paul Rusling and Johnny Lewis, the second features Erin Kelly and Stuart Vincent, the third stars Ric Harris.
 
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
 
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FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO:

2nd June 1979: Dutch station Radio Del Mare returned to the air from a new ship, the Martina (1566 kHz, 192 metres).
25th June: Test broadcasts began for a new Radio Mi Amigo from the mv Magdalena, anchored off Belgium (1100 kHz, 273 metres).

 

SIXTY YEARS AGO:

3rd June 1964: Radio Invicta began test broadcasts on a number of frequencies from the Red Sands fort in the Thames estuary (see here for more details).
 


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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.
 
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 Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is a British-based website. It only includes those DJs who broadcast in English and could be heard in the UK. Offshore radio also flourished in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel and New Zealand. The absence of the DJs from these countries in the Hall of Fame does not suggest that they are any less deserving, just that they are outside the scope of this site. Please see the links page for details of websites which cover offshore radio in other parts of the world.)
 

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.


 
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THE OFFSHORE STATIONS OF THE 60s, 70s AND 80s

The Radio Atlantis Story

The Laser Story (parts one and two)

Memories of Britain Radio/Swinging Radio England

The Radio London Story

Radio Caroline in the Sixties

The Radio Northsea International Story

Radio Caroline in the Seventies

The Radio Scotland Story

Radio Caroline in the Eighties (parts one and two)

The Radio Sutch/Radio City Story

The Radio Essex Story

Memories of Radio 270

The Radio Invicta Story

The Radio 355 Story

The Brief Reign of King Radio


 

The Radio 390 Story


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 in touch.

60s Disc-Jockeys A 60s Disc-Jockeys He-Hu 60s Disc-Jockeys Q-R
60s Disc-Jockeys Ba-Bl 60s Disc-Jockeys I-J 60s Disc-Jockeys Sa-Sp
60s Disc-Jockeys Bo-Bz 60s Disc-Jockeys K 60s Disc-Jockeys St-Sy
60s Disc-Jockeys Ca-Cl 60s Disc-Jockeys L 60s Disc-Jockeys T-V
60s Disc-Jockeys Co-Cu 60s Disc-Jockeys M-Mi 60s Disc-Jockeys Wa-Web
60s Disc-Jockeys D 60s Disc-Jockeys Mo-Mu 60s Disc-Jockeys Wes-Wy
60s Disc-Jockeys E-G 60s Disc-Jockeys Mac-Mc 60s Disc-Jockeys X-Z
60s Disc-Jockeys Ha 60s Disc-Jockeys N-P Books
Charts Contact us Credits
Disc-Jockeys' photo albums Disc-Jockey spotlight Fans' memorabilia
Guestbook hosted By Bravenet.com Guestbook archive 2000-02 Links
The Tom Lodge story Odds and Ends Offshore Engineers of the 60s
Plans Programme schedules Sixties DJ Directory
Sixties Timeline Seventies supplement Eighties supplement
Site contents Site contents - by station We need your HELP

 
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 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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