|(Sept 9th) three pages of Wijnand Brak's wonderful collection of artefacts from the Galaxy. Page three has a script for a film promotion.|
|(Updated Sept 9th) another band who were Melody Maker finallists in 1966|
|(New July 14th) Two-page supplement of New UK Releases for July 1967|
|(Updated July 20th) Pete Brady adds a personal comment regarding the early Fab Forties|
|(Updated July 31st) Renowned offshore archivist, Hans Knot introduces, in English and Dutch, our huge collection of newspaper clippings from the summer of 1967. This feature is a co-production with the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame, to bring you as many memorable clips as possible, without duplication.|
And now, the news....
The Radio Academy Celebration of Offshore Radio, held at Sugar Reef in Great Windmill Street, W1 on August 4th, marked the 40th anniversary of the demise of most of the offshore stations with the exception of the two Carolines. It was attended by many of the pioneers of the world of watery wireless. Five panel sessions were held during the afternoon: The Sound of the Nation (Caroline), The Stations on Sticks (sea fort stations), The Jocks Who Rocked (stations from the north of England and Scotland), It's Smooth Sailing (Radio London) and No Man Shall Ever Forget... (Caroline continues). The event was dedicated to the memory of the offshore pioneers who are sadly no longer with us.
The Academy has now posted audio files of the panel sessions on its website.
There are two albums on the Radio London website, consisting of both photos of our own and contributions from others.
Praising the Organising
Committee, Radio Academy Director Trevor Dann wrote:
Yes it did. And we also had a royal visitor Prince Michael of Sealand!
Right: Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart and Norm St John guested on the Radio London Smooth Sailing session, produced by Mary 'Knees Club' Payne.
Are you ready for International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2007?
Honoraaaary Anaaaarrraks, Mark 'Cap'n Slappy' Summers and John 'Ol' Chumbucket' Baur, the instigators o' International Talk Like A Pirate Day are gettin' busier and busier with public appearances, cutlass demonstrations an' book signin's. But we're still waitin' fer them ta make it across the briny to the UK. The guys say:
"We're everywhere: International Talk Like A Pirate Day has
truly entered the mass media lexicon. Practically every media reference
to the 2007 "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie mentioned the holiday,
numerous museums around the US referred to it as part of a rash of pirate
exhibits set up to coincide with the movie's opening, we're informally
affiliated with pirate festivals all over the world, and we get new Google
Alerts to TLAPD references in the news almost weekly."
Useful Links for the Big Day:
How to talk like a pirate - instructional video on youtube
medley to get you in the mood
How to KNIT like a pirate!Harrynilsson. com celebrates ITLAPD
to Video Clips and Photo Galleries
Our extensive photo album of Pirate BBC Essex and the Radio Academy Celebration of Offshore Radio
Click here for The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame galleries of both events
Click here for the BBC Essex website where photos, audio and video clips have been added
out the CBC TV feature for Canadian TV here and the BBC Look East feature here.
Click here for the Offshore Echoes photo gallery
Click here for galleries and links in Martin van der Ven's Offshore Radio Guide
Click here for extensive Pirate BBC Essex coverage on Gary Walker's Official Website
Click here for Radio Academy galleries by Alan Milewczyk
Now that the busiest August we can remember for a few years is finally over, the figures are in!
'that' day, Pirate BBC Essex ended and we were chosen as Website of the
Day on Radio 2, causing the number of hits for our site to double!
Meanwhile, Ian's 63rd edition of his newsletter, The Radio Wave, includes the following stories: Bullet busts radio station window * Ex-DJ pleads guilty to illness scam - faces 7 years in prison * Internet ad spending to overtake radio advertising * Rich people listen to radio longer * Radio towers linked to leukaemia.
Back in the days when it was a Top 40 station, it also employed ex-pirates 'Dennis 'the Menace' Straney (ex-City and 270) and Mark Roman (see station Christmas card.)
I am glad to see Monstrous Macca is back on the radio.
Just to let you know "When Pirates Ruled the Waves" is to get
another airing, Sunday September 16 on BBC Radio Merseyside at 1500. Like all
BBC Locals, you can "listen live" on the internet.
Thank you for the photos of me outside the women's toilets. Clearly, I was subliminally recreating the Keith Skues incident during the "seige of Liverpool Street Station" exactly 40 years beforehand when he got stranded in the ladies' loo to escape the crush!
Birthday, Bud Ballou!
Howie with party organiser Mary Payne. Husband Chris is reflected in the mirror as he takes the photo)
Bud Ballou, aka Howie Castle, was in the UK for both the Radio Academy
celebration and Pirate BBC Essex.
Howie's friends clubbed together to present him with an appropriate photo cake and a giant birthday card signed by (amongst many others) shipmates Robbie Dale, Twiggy Day, and Johnnie Walker, who sadly were unable to be there.Cake by www.caketoppers.co.uk
Fab Forty Megastar boards the LV18
Daphne, pictured after a rather rough night aboard the LV18, is delighted with the news.
Radio Skues continues to cruise
"I just got the last lolly in the Pier Cafe and it's mine, all mine!"
Watery Wedding for Rick and Joy
Radio England's Rick Randell has written about the unusual
venue for his marriage to fiancée Joy.
"We have made arrangements for our wedding ceremony on August
30th in a rather unusual setting - a chapel built on a boat that will
tie up right off the sea wall adjacent to our property on Tampa Bay. There
are pictures of it and a brief description at www.weddingsonwater.com.
Warmest congratulations, Joy and Rick. We wish you much happiness together.
Tony Allan Memorial Fund
Visit the website here. (Tony's photo used by permission of Elija)
Elija enjoyed attending the Radio Academy Celebration of Offshore Radio and has very kindly sent some her photos for inclusion on the site, when time permits.
Hans's Longest Newsletter Ever!
Hans's previous newsletter included the unfortunate news that Laser 558 DJ Charlie Wolfe has been diagnosed with cancer. There's a brief tale of land-based UK pirate radio 19681972 and a long-lost interview that Robbie Dale conducted with John and Yoko.
To sign up for a personal copy of the free emailed newsletter, contact Hans at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read the newsletter on line, at www.hansknot.com where you can see a huge compilation of programmes that could be heard on offshore radio, listed station-by-station, not to mention a very long list of the advertisers on Radio London!Now some words from Martin van der Ven, this year the main man responsible for programming the Radio Day in November in Amsterdam:
"The time is running fast and we're only four months away from this year's Radio Day, which will be held on Saturday 10th November again in Amsterdam's Hotel Casa 400 near the Amstel railway station (James Wattstraat 75). Our most recent plans include an interview with Steve England on his days on the MV Mi Amigo in 1973 (Radio Caroline 389) and on the MV Jeanine in 1974 (Radio Atlantis). Jelle Boonstra will chat with Tom Mulder (Klaas Vaak) about his wonderful radio career. And last, but not least, we will have two major events: "The Swinging Radio England Reunion" with Stuart Aiken and Svenn Martinsen co-hosting a discussion with several former SRE jocks ("Swinging Radio England - it was just a job...") and a round table called "Radio Caroline resisting the MOA".
Many well-known names from the sixties offshore radio heydays will attend the event. For more details on the Radio Day and how to book a suitable hotel go to www.offshore-radio.de/radioday/
On Martin's Offshore Radio site you can also read back issues of the International Newsletters and see a very cute photo of Hans as a young lad.
Hans in his new Radio England teeshirt, supplied by Rick Randell (see SRE reunion photo pages) and minus his beard!
The ship is, of course, named after our dear friend and fellow offshore enthusiast Jenni, who died in July 2000. (Thanks to Mike Terry. Source: Radio Seagull via Media Network)
The Cashman is also planning another big double-header with Emperor Rosko. (Full details above) In fact, it's already proved so popular that it's now going to be TWO events. Rosko's last big pirate double-header was in 2004, when he and Tony Prince hosted a Caroline North vs South battle of the DJs.
(left) Dave impresses with his skills in the LV18 galley during Pirate BBC Essex 2004. Photo courtesy of Duncan Johnson.
Mark Wesley writes:
Mark is to be congratulated on his stunning 3D animation. We strongly recommend that you purchase a copy of his DVD. If you attended The Radio Academy Celebration of Offshore Radio, you'll have seen extracts from it.
I have finally got around to making my very personal film documentary about Radio Essex available to the general public. The DVD also has a film about the return to the Radio Essex tower, called "40 Years On", plus an animated 3D photo realistic helicopter flight around the tower. I've made it available at a new web site: www.radioessex1966.co.uk
See Clarissa's website for details of her live appearances and info on how to purchase the CD.
Thanks for the mention last year for my gig in Regent's Park. It went brilliantly! The weather was awful but hey, I went ahead! I thought I'd drop you a line because I have a new website and a new album. Please check me out.
Gary also has a personal blog
The station is privately funded with limited advertising mainly for promotion and sponsorship purposes. We play a variety of music mainly from 1980 - 1995 with golden oldies and some modern influence. Our intended audience target is the 35 - 65 age group. Specialist programming is also on offer with themed shows for specific interests. Some of our presenters are former pirates and some of our listeners have an interest in the offshore radio stations of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. South Herts Radio will pay tribute to these stations by rebroadcasting restored programmes from offshore and inland pirate radio.
The website is set up, the charity Children In Need is in place and the top ten downloads will be released on the first ever Concept Single 'All We Need Is Love'.
We are approaching musicians from every genre nationwide to participate. It's great fun, it's for charity, it will make a new world record and it could make them stars it is participation not competition and... completely free!