2002 (last month's is
In the aftermath of the 35th Anniversary Offshore Reunion, David Williams from Caroline North launched his own search for a missing friend and sent the following sad news:
Kenny started his radio career on Radio Clyde in 1974, an ILR station in Scotland. In 1976 he went to international waters to work for Radio Caroline on the MV Mi Amigo. Next year he went down south to Israel and again the international waters was his aim. Working for Abe NathanŐs Voice of Peace was his dream. He worked there for two long periods to come back to Scotland in the early eighties. During the last years he was very popular with a variety of programs on Radio Tay.
Mike Brand writes from Israel:
I remember Kenny very well, and his special brand of humour which he adapted to the Israeli market. He always knew what was going on here, and he even spoke a bit of Hebrew on his shows ! A great DJ, a true professional!
May he rest in peace
I usually update the Hall of Fame each month but I have had a major technical hitch recently. A hard disc crashed, wiping out hours of work. I am planning to replace my antiquated PC but, to allow time to do this, I need a short break from the site. So I am taking a month off. The next update to the Hall of Fame will therefore be at the end of September.
Among the goodies this month: Radio London engineer Dave Hawkins opens his photo album, a Radio Caroline North favourite returns to the UK airwaves, we hear about plans for a short BBC film about Radio 270, there are three more chapters from Tom Lodge's ongoing Radio Caroline story and we think we might have discovered the elusive Kilroy (as heard briefly on Caroline South back in the summer of 1967). There are more names added to the roll of honour, more audio clips (there are now around 200 of them), more links...... in fact, more of everything of an anorak nature.
In the meantime, please don't stop sending me any contributions.....
The Isle of Man's long wave radio project received a huge setback
on Friday in the High Court when a request for judicial review was further
adjourned to a hearing in January 2003. The Petition is being brought
by a local parish council who are objecting to the Isle of Man Government's
decision to allow the radio station to build an offshore transmission
platform. The hearing might take three days and the first opportunity
for this would be next January.
Until the legal process is completed, the transmission facility cannot be built, even though the company is not the defendant in the case.
"We are both astonished and bitterly disappointed that after so many delays due to circumstances beyond our control, the project should again be delayed by a simple request for a judicial review," said project founder Paul Rusling. "We hope that a more rapid solution can be found." he continued.
"There is still considerable interest in the station and in Long Wave generally, with several established media operators keen to become involved."
IMIB was formed in the mid 1990s to establish an international radio station on the Island, covering the UK, Ireland and other European countries.
It was awarded a provisional licence at Easter 1999, conditional upon obtaining any necessary planning consents for its facilities. In September 2000 a Special Inquiry was held into the proposal to build a 27 metre high antenna at Cranstal near the Point of Ayre. The Planning Inspector rejected the proposals on just two grounds - that it breached the 1982 Structure Plan, which prohibits development near the coast, and that it could be visually intrusive.
My son, Craig, and I went down to the Radio Kent studios a week or so back and presented Mr Cash with his belated birthday pressie. He seemed quite taken aback that someone would go to the trouble of bothering. Anyway, he was over the moon at getting back a 'treasured' copy of Knees.
As I promised you, I took about 3 or 4 photos of Craig handing over the framed record (complete with your letter) to Dave sitting at the controls in the RK studio. When I get the film developed I will get them scanned and e-mail copies to you for your website. Dave gives his blessing for that.
We hope the show proves a great success for you, Ron.
Having listened to Big L for most of its life, I started a mobile disco in 1967 which I ran until about 1985.
I had always wanted to be a radio DJ but did not manage to convince the Beeb, or any of the later ILR stations, that I was worthy.
BUT in 1982, I moved to Milton Keynes, where we have an excellent cable radio station called, surprisingly Cable Radio Milton Keynes. The station is staffed by volunteers (yup, no wages!)
Sadly my full-time work commitments and my recent marriage prevented me from getting involved with them, and I thought my dream had died.
However, last year, I was convinced by my employer to provide disco entertainment for three special functions, and the bug bit again. I contacted CRMK and began a presenter and technical course just after Christmas.
Now 35 years on and fully trained, I am being let loose on a live broadcast on Sunday 11th August, where I will be hosting another presenter's show whilst he is on holiday. If all goes well, I get my own show at the end of August.
I had not realised the importance of the date, It is the closest Sunday to the anniversary of Big L's closedown! As the show is Sixties oriented, I am intending to include several references to my favourite station, including a rundown of the final Fab 40 and as many of the records I can pull from my own collection, as a tribute to the inspiration Radio London gave me.
Cable Radio Milton Keynes is available to anyone in Milton Keynes on the NTL Cable relay. All they need to do is connect their radio to the FM socket on the wall and tune in to 89.8FM. My first show is on Sunday 11th August 2002 from 2-4pm and is called Sixties Scene.