OFFSHORE PIRATE RADIO ENGLAND 1966

Radio England should have been one of the most successful of the 1960s offshore stations as it was based on Radio London (Big L) which was hugely popular with its listeners, and financially very rewarding for its investors. Radio England was ahead of its time but was not successful as regards its advertising revenue. On 3rd May 1966 test transmissions began, the station started officially on the 18th June 1966. Anchored 3 and half miles off the coast of Frinton on Sea in Essex from the MV Laissez Faire formerley the Olga Patricia, Laisesez Faire roughly translated means "Leave them alone!!" She broascast on 227m 24 hours a day. Her sister station on board the same vessel was Britain Radio but both had entirely seperate studios and that station broadcast on 355m 24 hours a day, certainly a novel idea at the time 2 stations on 1 ship!!! Both stations shared the same 210ft radio mast. Listen to Garry Stevens on Radio England this is a full programme broadcast in the familiar brash American style that at the time wasnt popular. Hear plenty of Radio England jingles and listen to Garry at his best. Radio England didnt last long as it closed down on 4th November 1966 only 6 months after its conception and was replaced by Radio Dolfijn. During the day light music was played, (a bit of competition for Radio 390) in the evening it was top 40 all the way. The latter proved more popular and was adopted under Radio 227m until 21st July 1967 when the station closed down in advance of The Marine Offences Bill which became law on 15th August 1967 along with Radio 355. On this CD youll hear the great Garry Stevens with one of his shows in the afteroon. A brilliant recording of Radio England the station that, well, to be honest didnt last long!!! This is one for the avid collector, ah the memories.  Footnote: On 19th August 1967 the MV Laissez Faire set sail to Vlissingen to have her mast removed. 1s tSeptember she set  sail for Maimi , Florida with the mast broken and twisted. In 1969 there was a rumour the vessel was re-equipped for the United States Government and was used to broadcast to troops in Vietnam. In 1970 the MV Laissez Faire was remamed AJ Conrad Junior and was used as a cargo vessel. A mystery about the Olga Patricia developes because after 1971 her sister ship the Olga Princess was fused with the Olga Patricia the purpose seems to have been to make the Olga Patricia  dissapear. She was going to be sold to Don Pierson and was to become his home base for the Hiati Project. Just to confuse matters even more the rumours are she became a secret relay station for Cuba in the 1970s. There is no more information on the vessel and in theory she remains a mystery.

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