OFFSHORE RADIO 1963-1992

Ronan O'Rahilly explains why Radio Caroline began, along with many other offshore stations, film clips of Tony Blackburn in glorious colour, the kiss in the car license, remember that?

 

In black & white you see Tony Blackburn and the late Simon Dee boarding Offshore 1 (supply tug), clips of Radio City, and then in September 1967 BBC Radio One begins with Tony Blackburn.

Johnnie Walker looks back at radio before 1964. On Easter Saturday 1964 Radio Caroline begins broadcasting she came from nowhere she was like a bolt from the blue, at that  time the station was a highly kept secret until that day. Theres  plenty of black & white film of the Mi Amigo home of the station and in January 1966 the ship ran aground on Frinton beach (shortly after the local council had passed a resolution banning all transistor radios from the beach, maybe they wanted to make a point to the council). You see early footage of some of the other offshore stations like Radio London, Radio City and Radio 270.

The Government decided enough was enough soon we could have an armada of offshore stations around the UK coastline.   August 15th 1967 the Marine Broadcasting Offences Bill becomes law, all the other offshore stations closed down. Radio Caroline continued after midnight on that day with DJs Johnnie Walker and Robbie Dale. But by  March 1968  the MV Mi Amigo was towed to Holland with huge debts. She later returns to the airwaves but sinks in a gale  1980. Hear the final frantic transmission before the ship goes down.

Amusing stories from DJ  Johnnie Walker on how Caroline operated after the M.O.A. You are taken back to mid 1960's with DJs Robbie Dale, Emperor Rosko, Radio City, Radio London, Radio 390 and Caroline, great black & white footage. You get to see the transmitters, studios and early DJs. Johnnie Walker reminisces about his days on board Caroline and is interviewed in a cafe on Clacton seafront.

There are early pictures of  the late Kenny Everett, Tony Blackburn,  the late Simon Dee, and Emperor Rosko. Tony Blackburn is interviewed and has his say on offshore radio, including how he helped the BBC set up the studio for Radio One, along with the late Kenny Everett. September 1967, Radio One begins transmissions , Tony Blackburn is the first voice to be heard. See early black & white film of Radio One opening, followed by old black & white photos of various radio ships and forts that were around the UK coast at the time.

We take a trip out to Radio  Caroline and Radio City, you see the forts as they stood 10 years ago with Radio City painted on the side. Screaming Lord Sutch is interviewed near Tower Bridge about the early days of his station. Phillip Burch, Managing Director of Radio London, explains the costs involved in having a ship at anchor manned 24 hours a day by about 30 people.

Roy Bates is interviewed on his Radio Essex platform a former Ministry Of Defence gun turrett. An early interview with Ronan O'Rahilly (looking so young). Tony Benn MP has his say on pirate radio and why they should be stopped.

15th August 1967 The Marine Offences Bill becomes law, Caroline continues and carries on broadcasting . Great footage of the original Caroline ship MV Frederica, followed by the famous DJs lament written by Johnnie Walker who visualises Radio Caroline sailing up the River Thames.

Another look back at the early pirates with DJ Andy Archer, mainly concentrating on Radio Caroline, he explains about the 'Frinton Flashing', followed by old film of the MV Frederica and studios on board, plus the news at that time. See Tony Blackburn on ITVs 'This Is Your Life' with the late Tommy Vance who tells an amusing story about Caroline.

Tony Blackburn is then interviewed on TV AM followed by clips of the new Radio Caroline (Ross Revenge). See her anchored with the tallest mast ever fitted to a floating vesselin the world. See the transmitters pumping out 50,000 watts of power.

Andy Archer chats about the station as does the then Captain  Joe Woods. Tom Anderson explains the sinkage in March 1980 and you even get to see the chef chopping up potatoes!!!    All in all its a real memory jerker. A brilliant DVD, this is definattly one for the avid collector.

News clips of  the Laser 558 vessel being towed into Harwich after loss of power.

Easter Sunday 1992 Radio Caroline obtains a 28 day temporary broadcasting license and transmitted from Dover Harbour, followed by a brief history of the station.

Summer 2006 Sky Television finally put Caroline on its own frequency listing. Sky channel 0199.

Approximate running time: 68mins

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