JANET STREET PORTER VISITS THE MI AMIGO

On 24th April 1977 Janet Street Porter sets out from Ramsgate in Kent to visit  the Mi Amigo, home of Radio Caroline for 13 years, the station in theory should not exist!!!! She gives a brief history of all the offshore stations that appeared around the UK coast in the 1960s, but why is Caroline still on the air and sandwiched between LBC and Radio 4 broadcasting on 319m? How has she survived when all the other pirates have closed down? Listen to Radio Carolines  very first broadcast with the late Simon Dee opening the station on Easter Sunday 1964. Janet then goes on to interview  Ronan O'Rahilly owner of the station and he explains how Caroline started and why, he also explains why the station had to be on a ship. Hear a recording of Mike Lennox on Radio London or Big L as it was known. Listen to MPs views on the offshore pirates and why they will be closed down. Hear the late Tommy Vance commenting on the offshore stations and their laid back approach. The Marine Offences Bill then becomes law on 15th August 1967 and all the other pirates closed down but Caroline continued. Listen to Radio Caroline going into illegality on that fateful night. Caroline continued until March 1968 when she was towed to Holland owing huge debts. Janet speaks to Sir John Foster former MP and an expert on International law who explains the offshore debate and why Caroline is still on the air. Janet eventually draws alongside the MV Mi Amigo home of Radio Caroline, she was not allowed on board owing to the Marine Offences Bill but chats to the DJs on board through a loud hayler!!! John Foster explains its not illegal to listen to the station but it is illegal to wear a Radio Caroline t-shirt promoting the station!! The late Tommy Vance once said " Radio Caroline has freedom, its ahead of its time, totally contemporary, no Government restrictions, it has freedom and that's something very magical that you cant package or sell." A really  informative CD and solid gold nostalgia.

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