2002 (last month's is
untimely death, his friend, Paul Rusling, writes about the funeral service:
Howard was most recently founder and Editor of The RADIO Magazine, which
became the leading news weekly for the UK radio industry.
It was warming to see such a wonderful turn out for Howard's funeral yesterday
(26th) I know he would have been so proud to have brought so many old
friends together, from the whole gamut of the radio industry.
ILR, offshore and the BBC were all well represented, and by such major characters
too; from Ronan O'Rahilly, to Paul Brown, the Chief Executive of the CRCA.
Ron Coles of Saga, Nigel Reeve from Fusion and Robert Stiby from Capital and
Radio Investments were present too, not to mention dozens of Howard's former
colleagues including Tony Allen, Steve England and Carl Kingston.
Roger Day read a superb eulogy chronicling Howard's periods afloat, while
Colonel Colin Mason reminded us of Howard's ILR days at Swansea Sound.
I'm proud to say that Howard and I were fellow anoraks for over thirty years
and I shall forever cherish those long hours we spent discussing radio.
While he is totally irreplaceable, let's ensure his name is remembered in
some form of memorial within the radio world.
He began his broadcasting career with Radio North Sea International in 1971
and worked at Radio Caroline, Radio 199, Atlantis, Swansea Sound, Radio Aire,
Viking, and many other stations. He was also instrumental in launching Radio
Sovereign, the UK's first all-gold station.
Howard Rose was 49 and leaves a wife, Patricia, and three children.
North's Tender Operator Passes Away
Chris Payne reports
Peel, in the Isle of Man,
a close-knit community famous for being the home of Manx kippers, is my
birthplace. The death of Harry Maddrell brings home to me yet again how
the island is inextricably linked to radio.
The people of Peel have
been mourning the death of one its most popular personalities, fishmonger
Harry Madrell, who died at the age of 64.
Born and bred in Peel, Harry
worked on the Radio Caroline North tender, which serviced the Fredericia
from Ramsey in the north of the island. In honour of Harry's involvement
with the station, the original Caroline ship's bell, which is still housed
on the island, was rung during his funeral service.
After Caroline closed down,
Harry bought Moore's fish shop in Michael Street, Peel. I well remember
the shop, but sadly was unaware of Harry's Caroline connection at the
time during my teens when I was spending holidays in Peel.
Harry's boat was called
"Essex Girl". Was this a nod to the southern Caroline ship,
or just another of those coincidences? We'll probably never know.
Bob Le-Roi has suffered a hard disk crash, resulting in the loss of a great
deal of site work. We have recommended to Bob that he 'does a Basil Fawlty' and
gives the PC a good thrashing with a bush!
Despite the set-back, Bob has managed to complete his site update, which
includes some 'treasures' in the Scrapbook section, in the form of pictures of
Radios Sutch and City, plus audio,
Hilarious micro-star, John Otway, guested on the
Johnnie Walker show on Monday, 22nd July.
With a bit of luck, the interview will be retained on JW's
Replay section of the Radio Two Website.
Peter Ford informs Radio Northsea
International fans that they can now download original RNI programmes at www.rni220.nl
As might be expected, painstaking restoration work on ancient reels of tape
has been required to provide this new service.
in the Life
Peter Young has alerted us to an
item on a site dedicated to the group Pentangle, called: 'A
Day In The Life Of John Peel' As PY says, the item, penned by Peelie himself,
is very funny!
Quote: "In the Spring of 1967, he returned to England, disguised as a four-mile
section of the East Lancs Road and went to work for Radio London until they
left the air."
by Kenny and Cash
Dave from Vintage Broadcasting
has added a clip
of Kenny and Cash to the site, from the day in 1974 when Capital Radio suddenly
hit a timewarp and turned into Big L, in 1966! The clue is the date April
Fools' Day! Hearing the recording out of context, you could be fooled,
(and we know some people have) but of course the show is full of anomalies,
such as Tommy Vance making an appearance. Not only had Tommy not joined Radio
London by April 1966, but by he time he had done so, on July 25th 1967,
both Kenny and Dave had already left.
There's also a clip of Ian 'Wombat' Damon on the
Capital section. Ian has recently enjoyed a trip 'Down Under', where he met
up with old pals like Norm St John and tickled
a real wombat! Ian was very surprised to find a clip of himself on the Vintage
Broadcasting site, saying farewell to Ken Guy,
LBC's first newsreader, at the time when Ken was leaving LBC to return to Oz.
Dave also mentions that his other website, Flashback
Sales, now sells high-quality DIN connecting leads as well as offshore
Since the recent decision by the Librarian of Congress, (see item 'Smothering
Webcasting', below), many of our favourite US Internet stations have been forced
to cease their Net feeds. 949thesurf.com
broadcasting to the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina, has made the brave
decision to continue, but will be obliged to charge on-line listeners to join
the 'Surf Club'.
Earl Taylor, GM/GEO of owners of the station, Broadcast Inc., says:
In order for 949thesurf.com to continue to bring you a
piece of the beach "Myrtle Beach and The Grand Strand" we will
have to charge a small fee. This fee will be used to pay the royalties that
949thesurf.com will incur. Otherwise 949thesurf.com will have to discontinue
the Worldwide Broadcast. Your membership in the Surf Club will come with perks
like discounts from our local advertisers.
LONG LIVE BEACH MUSIC and thank you all for keeping Beach Music WORLDWIDE!!
Listed by Warp Radio as one of the Top Ten most listened-to
stations on the Net, 949thesurf.com has been logging 150,000 listener hours
949 The Surf is a rarity, in that the station remains independent from any huge
broadcasting conglomerate. We wish Earl and the station every success with the
Surf Club and hope that listener support will enable the Net feed to continue.
Ian MacRae's Radio Wave newsletter, Issue
Six, warns anyone using a Hotmail account of problems they are likely to experience.
Ian asks: "Did you know that, if you take more than five minutes or longer
to read your newsletter, any active links go dead?"
He goes on to explain that if someone leaves a message open for more than
a few minutes, (i.e. while trying to read The Radio Wave on screen) the following
"Your email message has been idle and this link has become inactive. To access
the link, close this window and return to your MSN Hotmail Message. Then click
the browser's Refresh button or close your message and reopen it."
Having tested this, Ian ended up with dead links everywhere with the
exception of the message from Hotmail Member Services trying to sell the company's
Ian has also received complaints from some subscribers that, due to the increased
use of anti-spam filters, the newsletter has been dumped straight in their
Hotmail junk folder. Continuing in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek vein, Ian says:
Obviously I am extra-offended by The Radio Wave being classified
as junk and am looking at some way to litigate against Hotmail so I can make
lots of money and retire to some pleasant coastal resort.
Well, everybody else is suing somebody somewhere, so I might as well be in
The Radio Wave also contains Ian's opinion on the lack of credibility
of the American charts, where out of last week's Top Ten only five of the
singles were commercially available.
To subscribe to The Radio Wave, visit: www.allaboutradio.net
Ian also reacts to the news that Radio Caroline will commence test transmissions
on the Worldspace Afristar satellite at midnight on Monday, July 22. We suspect
his views on the subject will provoke plenty of feedback.
the Ross Revenge?
Caroline website radiocaroline.org
The once proud radioship Ross Revenge, home to Radio Caroline
during the 1980s, might be facing the final indignity. In what has
been described as purely a 'logistical evaluation', experts have been
drawn in to give a scrap value for the ship and its contents.
...There are three options for the Ross Revenge:
1) Do nothing
2) Sell it for scrap for an instant lump sum
3) Slowly dismantle and sell the contents individually.
The full report, posted July 11th 02, can be read on the website.
(Photo: courtesy of John Sales)
"The apparent irony is that Webcasting seems like something that the
record labels would want to nurture, not smother in the cradle...
...It's the exact opposite of broadcast radio, where the vast majority of
stations are owned by a few media giants, who restrict playlists to the
lowest-common-denominator ears." Steven Levy, Newsweek.
John Schneider of Radiopoly,
who refuses to give up the cause of Internet broadcasting, urges all US citizens
to 'Send another FREE fax to Congress' here.
John also recommends the Newsweek feature (July 15th 2002), 'Labels
to Net Radio: Die Now' by Steven Levy, from which the above quotes are
taken. John says this feature "has been described as the most concise,
descriptive article yet on the webcasting fee issue."
David 'Digger' Barnes, who runs
the successful Sixties Pop site, www.sixtiespop.com
tells us he is now also running www.retrosellers.com
'the definitive site for retro and nostalgia'. David continues:
From Pop Culture to Victoriana, from jukeboxes to dinosaurs'
eggs, www.retrosellers.com has it all.
Browse our directory of retailers or visit our on-line shop with several hundred
retro items. www.retrosellers.com contains exclusive features on all aspects
of retro and nostalgia, and interviews with the experts and stars.
This is a great concept and we wish David all the best with
Amigo recalled in Calais
Euroradio 2002, the Offshore Echoes/France
Radio Club annual event, took place in Calais on Saturday 6th July.
This year's theme was the MV Mi Amigo, the home of Radio Caroline during
the 1960's and 70's. Guests were Steve England, Paul Rusling and Fred Bolland.
Steve England related a number of anecdotes, as well as recounting how some
of the Caroline jingles came together, while Paul Rusling told how George Harrison
had given a several sums of money to help Caroline. Fred Bolland spoke about
providing finance for the Dutch service on Caroline, and a number of other offshore
A full report with pictures will appear in Offshore Echoes. Features in the
current edition of the magazine include an interview with Pete Brady about his
time on Big L and Rosko's memories of Christmas '73.
Offshore Echoes costs £4.50 per issue, or annual subscription (5 issues) for
£20.00 within the European community.
Contacts: Offshore Echoes, PO Box 1514, London W7 2LL, England. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Visser reminds us that August
2002 not only sees the 35th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act, but, "It's
28 years ago, when the last programmes by Radio Northsea and Radio Veronica
at 31 Augustus 1974 from sea were transmitted."
At the newsgroup nl.media.radio.zeezenders a lot people
are writing about their experiences in their youth.
That's the reason why some people have decided to set up a downloadclub where
the members can download old tapes! Everyone pays Fl 10,00, for a year, and
the membership runs from June till June. From money received, we have set
up a download server, where the members can download the tapes. The members
get at least 4 hours of offshore radio a week for their money. We bring you
the memories of Laser, Radio London, SRE, Radio Veronica, Radio Mi Amigo,
Radio Northsea International, Radio Caroline, Radio England, Radio City and
all the other station there were in the Northsea.
All the recordings are given by other members, so do you have recording that
you want to share with the club? To hear what you may expect click on this
sends us a great picture for the Web...
Radio Caroline's Graham Webb has sent us a current
picture of himself 'sockin' it to them' on the airwaves of Australia.
(We wonder if every time he looks at those audio
waves on the computer it brings back memories of the North Sea!)
You can read much more about Graham's career here.
Tartan on Yer Trannie
Alan Beech has borrowed a few bales
of our Official Radio London Tartan to enhance his great new Radio
Scotland page. Bob Donnelly, the former
transmitter engineer on the Comet, has kindly lent Alan his marvellous
collection of pictures and memorabilia which were previously unpublished.
Storm Music has books and CDs that will be of interest to Radio London visitors.
Blues-Rock Explosion is the first volume of a series covering Sixties rock,
profiling 42 artists, including Eric Clapton and
the Allman Brothers. Other books are devoted to
Manfred Mann the Yardbirds
and the Zombies. The site also sells photographs
and currently has limited edition prints of the Who.
is He John Leyton as a Jukebox Hero
Monday, July 1st, saw the return of the 'Jukebox
Heroes' TV series to BBC 1. The first of six programmes profiled the pioneering
Aristocrat of the Airways, Screaming Lord Sutch,
and lived up to expectations, with some wonderful archive film of the unforgettable
eccentric. The half-hour programme included rare footage of Radio City, and
of his Lordship's legendary producer, Joe Meek. Among the 'ex-Savages'
appearing both in scratchy monochrome and in recent interviews, in living colour,
were Jackie Lynton and Paul
Nicholas. Jackie will be remembered as having kindly recorded some good
luck messages for Big
L 2001, and Paul appeared in the 19th June 66 Fab Forty and subsequent charts,
under the guise of 'Oscar'. It's unforgiveable
that such a well-made series containing a wealth of rare material is relegated
to a time slot after midnight. Another Meek protégé, John
Leyton, is the subject of this week's programme, which airs on Tuesday,
9th July, 00.10 to 00.40, BBC 1.
SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, eggs rice and SPAM
With McDonald's in Hawaii introducing a 'Spam, eggs and rice'
breakfast to its menu and the recent opening of a 6,500-square-foot Spam Museum
in Austin, Minnesota, surely it's high time to reissue Monty Python's Spam
Hall of Fame Spotlights TW
Jonathan of The
Pirate Radio Hall of Fame writes about the exciting site updates for
July and appeals for a Tom Lodge 'Wigan Pier oil well share':
The spotlight falls on the great Tony Windsor as we celebrate the
career of one of the sixties legends of offshore radio; there are three
more chapters from Tom Lodge's Radio Caroline story. This fascinating
tale is also now available to buy as a limited edition book, autographed
by the author. Details are on the web-site. And we also discover who Radio
270's Steve Taylor really was. He is mentioned in the reference books
but he only spent two weeks on the station. However he had a long offshore
career under a different name... All is revealed in the Hall of Fame!
Incidentally, I am searching for an original Tom Lodge Wigan Pier
oil well share. Does anyone have one I can borrow. or could someone scan
one for me? I would one like to illustrate next month's instalment of
Also coming next month: Radio London engineer Dave Hawkins opens his
photo album. The hot news is that a pair of Big L DJ's knees are exposed.
But you are going to have to wait a month to see them!
The Knees Club Founder and Club Official 381 can barely
Bob Le-Roi has updated his 'One Subject One Link' to include a batch
of interesting photos, which he has titled 'Pipe Dreams'. The pictures
relate to a story on Martin Van der Ven's Offshore Radio website,
called 'Deja Vu or When Will They Ever Learn or It's A Small World', which appeared
originally in April 2002, on the Radio Caroline UK site.
in the Potteries
Pete Hobson asked: Can anyone shed any light on the workings of BOSS
Paul Rusling believes he might have the
I think you might find that the Potteries pirate of the
60s has a Chris Cary connection: His brother
Barry (known universally as Barmy Barry) was certainly involved in such
activities as well as club DJing.