RADIO 1 STORY OF POP 1973 PART 18 'SHIP TO SHORE'

Introduced by a legend in broadcasting the late Alan Freeman. This recording traces the sucess of the offshore pirates that appeared around the UK shores in the 1960s from aboard ships and ex army defence forts in the Thames Estuary. Mixed with the music of the era this CD examines the effect of pirate radio and the developement of  BBC Radio 1. Ronan ORahilly, then a music promoter explains the difficulty of obtaining air time on the radio stations that were around at that time to plug his latest music artists. Georgie Fame then an unkown artist  at the time was a friend of Ronan and he used to go around his flat and see the plans of putting a tranmitter on a ship and broadcast outside territorial waters and play pop records 24 hours a day !!  Easter 1964 Radio Caroline began broadcasting from the SS Frederica, three and a half miles off Clacton in Essex within months a dozen other stations appeared from ships and sea structures from as far north as Scotland and down to the Thames Estuary in Kent. Listen to snippetts from Radio England, Radio 270, Radio City, Radio390, BBMS, King Radio, Radio Invicta, Radio Atlanta, Radio London and Radio Caroline. Hear Tony Windsor explain how some of the pirates operated. At last an outlet for budding new music artists existed, most new artists became household names. Listen to the comments raised by the record companies, record artists,and the now infamous Johnnie Walker ex pirate DJ.  A major downfall of some of the pirates what that some of them didnt pay copyright fees, Ronan himself had never even heard of it !!  Philip Burch MD of Radio London explains. The BBC also explain why they have a restriction on needletime a term used on how often they can actually play a record. In 1966 The Marine Offences Bill had its first reading in The House of Commons, created to put an end to offshore radio transmissions in  the UK. At midnight August 14th 1967 the Bill became law and all the offshore stations closed down apart from Radio Caroline. On this CD youll hear some of the final few minutes of tranmission from some of the pirate stations. Caroline continued until March 1968 , when suddenly  both Caroline North and South were towed to Holland due to huge debts. On this CD youll hear the final few minutes of the BBC Light Programme before it transfers  to the BBCs new station Radio 1, listen to the very first broadcast from the new BBC station  introduced by Tony Blackburn hear the late great one and only Kenny Everett poromoting the new station, in one of his classic musical catchy jingles that only he could achieve. BBC Radio 1 started at 7am on September 30th 1967 with ex pirate DJ Tony Blackburn opening up the station with a record called " Flowers in the Rain by The Move"  in fact there were an awful lot of ex pirate DJs on the new station see how many you can remember. Tony Blackburn , Duncan Johnson, Keith Skues, Emporer Rosko, Chris Denning, Pete Brady, and Johnnie Moran. Even the jingles were almost the same instead of  " Wondeful Radio London" it was  "Wonderful Radio 1" !!!!!!!!  This is a brilliant CD explainig the history of why Radio 1 is now on the air and how the station evolved. The official Radio 1 Theme Tune in on this recording also. Mixed with the 1960s music of the era this becomes a " fab " ( dare i use the term)  recording of what happened, and why Radio 1 evolved. This is pure radio nostalgia from the pirate stations that we all grew up with and  loved to the establised BBCs flagsip Radio 1.

Approximate running time: 70mins

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