FINAL HOUR RADIO CITY 8 Feb 1967

This is the final hour of Radio City formerly Radio Sutch the station was situated on Shivering Sands Fort in the Thames Estuary an ex-army defence complex that the Ministry of Defence had disowned. In 1964 following the launch of Radio Caroline Screaming Lord Sutch began Radio Sutch from the Shivering Sands Complex. It was a low powered low budget affair which he soon became tired of and sold the station for a reported £5,000 to his Manager Reginald Calvert. Calvert bought new equipment and generally updated the structure.The station only had a 2Kilowatt transmitter but with the height of the structure and the antenna the station could be heard for miles around  Southern England. The date was 8th February 1967. Managing Director Mrs Dorothy Calvert was fined £100 at Southend Magistrates Court  and did not appeal against the findings of the case proving the fort was inside territorial waters, which meant that Radio City closed at midnight on the 8th February 1967. Tom Edwards talks to all the DJS that were currently on the fort at the time, the closure itself was a rather quick affair and there was little time to organise anything special. The DJs chat about what they were doing before joining Radio City which transmitted on 299m. They talk about some of the pranks they got up to including one which involves an ice cream cornet!!!  Also a newscast broadcast from the Radio City toilet  !!! . A discussion starts as to why commercial radio is not allowed in the UK, remember its 1967. DJs on board were Ian Macrea, Alan Clarke, Paul Kramer, and RWB.  Tom Edwards then thanks all the people connected with the station, he then plays The Party's Over by Shirley Bassey announces Radio City is closing down, the National Anthem was played and Radio City was no more. This is a good quality CD considering the recording itself is now over 40 years old. Solid gold Nostalgia.  Footnote;  In 2004 the UK Government commisioned a survey of the fort with a view to dismantle the structure the total estimate was £9 million !!!!!!!!! .   In 2006 discussions about the structures future was taken. If a contract was passed its possible the towers could be reasited close to the Kent shoreline and possibly set up as a World War 2 and pirate radio museum.    
Obituary :  Dorothy Calvert  former Managing Director of the station died on March 8th 2010, she was 81

Approximate running time: 60mins

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