THE RADIO CAROLINE STORY 1962-1973

The Radio Caroline Story. The 270 ton vessel was built in Germany in 1921, throughout her life as a coaster she transported wood to ports all over Europe until 1961 when she changed her name and she changed her job.  She was registered the MV Bon Jour and her job was to operate as a offshore radio station. Radio Nord operated off the coast of Sweden from 1961 until May 1962 when the Swedish Government imposed a ban on offshore stations. The Bon Jour was to reappear as a radio ship some 2 years later. The ship sails to America . Alan Crawford a businessman was looking for a ship for his Radio Atlanta project, he purchased the Bon Jour and sailed to the UK. Eventually  talks with Ronan O'Rahilly owner of Radio Caroline a merger was arranged and Radio Caroline North sailed to the Isle of Man and Radio Caroline South moored of Clacton in Essex. Included on this CD is the famous Keefers Commotion, Caroline Cash Casino featuring the late Daffy Don Alan. Both ships were very profitable attracting many advertisers they both continued until the British Government passed a bill banning offshore station off our coast. Listen to an interview with Robbie Dale on BBC Radio a week before this bill becomes law. The Marine Offences Bill came into effect on 15th August 1967 at midnight , all other pirate stations closed Caroline continued until March 1968 owing to unpaid bills and was towed to Amsterdam , Andy Archer takes up the story of what happened that  fatefull day when the station closed . For more than 5 years both ships Radio Caroline North and South were plundered by visitors and all valuable transmitting equipment was removed. It seemed impossible that the ships would return to broadcasting from the high seas. However just before the summer of 1972 the Mi Amigo was brought to Zamdam , the vessell was painted and repairs carried out. Find out how Radio Caroline returned and how they convinced the authorities with a huge lie . The Mi Amigo sailed out of Zamdam and returned, hear the test transmissions of her return. Also included on this brilliant CD is a short interview with Ronan O'Rahilly owner of Caroline from Dutch Television. This is an in depth documentary in the life of Radio Caroline and her chequered history as a radio ship. The late Tommy Vance once said " Radio Caroline has freedom, its ahead of its time, totally contemporary, no Government restrictions, it has freedom and thats something very magical that you cannot package or sell ".    Footnote; The Mi Amigo sank after running aground on 20th March 1980, the mast was visible until July 1986. Later destroyed as a shipping hazard.

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