(August 2003 is here...)
"RemembAAAARRR, RemembAAAARRR the 19th of SeptembAAAARRR!"
PARROT Pirate Anoraks Revere Real Offshore Terminology is pleased to report that a number of ex-offshore radio pirates have contributed to our special five-page Radio London ILAPD Supplement. We 'as tips on talkin' like a pirate from the experts, including real buccaneers from Radios Caroline, London and City. Pirates 'as got to 'ave their own Fab Forty, so we've given 'em one, and seein' as 'ow ye'll be wantin' to look yer best on the big day, we 'as hot tips on what to wear when talkin' like a pirate.
Honorary Anaaaarrraks, Mark 'Cap'n Slappy' Summers and John 'Ol' Chumbucket' Baur (right) the instigators of International Talk Like A Pirate Day still have some interaaaarrrview slots available for the Big Day, September 19th.RadioU, Columbus, OH, WISH-FM, McLeansboro, IL, KLSY/Mix 92.5 FM, Seattle, WA, KROQ-FM, Los Angeles, KCCL/"KOOL109", Sacramento, CA and KBCO-FM, Boulder, CO, already have the buccaneers lined-up for live interviews, but (as of 9th Sept), no takers from UK stations. A press pack is now available from the ITLAPD website.
"WHY? Talking like a pirate is just fun. It's really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your conversation not possible any other way."
it all started, me 'earties!
Ahoy, there! Start rollin' yer 'AAAARRRs'! Way back in June,
we reported how Radio London is shivering its timbers over a forthcoming
seavent which is guaranteed to appeal to all lubbers (land or otherwise)
of watery wireless. We hope you did as requested and marked a giant 'AAAAARRR!'
on your calendar for Septembaaaarrr 19th
in red felt-tip quill, because that be International
Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Right: You don't have to dress up for the occasion, but it helps
set the mood (especially if you have a shark that squirts water...)
With a website devoted to radio stations run by seaweed-encrusted scallywags, the Radio London Webmasters felt we should offer our strongest support for this amazing venture. We launched our own branch of the piratical vernacular movement especially for Watery Wireless enthusiasts. Pirate Anoraks Revere Real Offshore Terminology (PARROT). This will assist participants in adding to their basic pirate vocabulary such well-loved phrases as, 'The station with the very loose anchor', 'Oops, sorry, the tender's just banged into the side', 'AAAAAGH! (As opposed to "AAAARRR!") I've just spilt a cup of Camp Coffee in my lap' and 'Excuse me, I have to throw up.' September 19th will not only be ITLAPD but PARROT day, (a deceased Norwegian Blue, naturally). We strongly encourage every offshore lubber to participate and welcome suggestions for additions to the PARROT dictionary.
Listeners to Pete 'Dum Dum' Drummond's 'The Radio Revolutionaries' documentary on the subject of pirate radio, (Part One was broadcast August 26th), will have noted that Dum Dum is already practising for Septembaaaarrr 19th, using phrases like, "a bunch of swashbuckling young blades, yo ho ho"!For initiating the brilliant idea of ITLAPD the Radio London Webmasters have bestowed the award of Honorary Anorak upon Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy, for their services to piracy. Our carrier-pigeon, Fang, has lately delivered the Anorak certificates to the ITLAPD HQ across the briny. (We think we have successfully conveyed to them the meaning of 'Anorak'.) We now await Fang's return bearing the engravings depicting the recipients with their certificates.
Of his feature on digital radio, Ian says, "I saw an interesting comment by a radio engineer this week. Being a little cynical about digital radio he said: 'Don't forget...our ears are analogue!'"To enjoy these stories in full (you can always skip the gross one) subscribe to the newsletter by sending a blank email to: email@example.com
An Israeli filmmaker, Eytan Harris is preparing a documentary on Abie Nathan and the Voice of Peace. He is looking for any video footage that was filmed on the Peace ship, or any kind of material pertaining to the station, such as 8mm and Super 8 film, photographs, memorabilia and sound recordings. He is willing to pay all costs (postage + packing, copying of cassettes, etc.) ahead of time, plus full credit to whoever sends him footage.
Mike Brand, Israeli Media Specialist. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shoes is Not The Weakest Link
Skuesy (19 years senior to the next-oldest competitor) survived ageist snipes to complete six out of nine rounds of the game where both quizmistress and contestants have to pretend to hate everyone. He succeeded in plugging both watery wireless and Radio Caroline, and denied any connection to Alan Partridge. Keith also responded with panache to salvos from Sultana of Sneer, Anne Robinson.
The winner was Toby, who raised £2,520 for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. His obligatory parting shot was, "I'm much brighter than everybody else. They were all thick."
We're sure everyone was really nice and friendly to each other off camera.
Kent Walton 1917 2003
Kent Walton, who presented 'Honey Hit Parade' and 'Cool For Cats' on Radio Luxembourg has died, aged 86.
Kent Walton Beckett was born in Cairo and grew up in Surrey. His 'mid-Atlantic' accent was acquired from the Canadians he mixed with during his service with the RAF.
The 'Cool For Cats' title was transferred to TV when Kent, who was already working for ITV as a wrestling commentator, was given one of the first TV pop programmes. The 15-minute early-evening show was made by Associated Rediffusion and transmitted on ITV between late-1956 and 1961. (Accounts of the transmission dates vary). The show was really 'radio on TV', consisting of the host playing and reviewing records. This being long before video promos, or even Pan's People, the music required visual enhancement in the form of The Dougie Squires Dancers. Kent also became one of the presenters of 'Thank your Lucky Stars', but he will be best remembered as the Saturday afternoon wrestling commentator for ITV's World of Sport, a job he held for 33 years.
Trevor Bailey writes:
A photo from "Discs-a-Go-Go" is here.
There are also some great colour photos of a Dutch group called Q65 (said to be musically similar to the Pretty Things) visiting Radio City in a small dinghy.(Visiting an offshore radio station in a small dinghy? I got a flash of déjà vu then! Mary.)
Success for Meltbak
Steve has also enjoyed success with another musical venture, Meltbak, a duo he formed with Helena Jones in January 2001 to develop their songwriting skills after a few years of playing together in various bands. The resulting album of soulful, urban, funky, jazz- and gospel-tinged songs, debut album 'A Matter Of Time', was released in April this year.
Meltbak achieved success in the prestigious 2003 UK Songwriting Contest, sponsored by the Brit Trust. Their song 'Without The Man You Love', taken from 'A Matter Of Time', gained runners-up position in the Jazz/Blues category, when results were announced on 7 August.
A second Meltbak album is due out in 2004.
We saw Platform Soul at a sellout gig in Aylesbury back in November 2001.
John Schneider reports interesting developments in the battle for independent on-line music stations.
"A group of small Webcasters has filed an antitrust suit against the Recording Industry Association of America, alleging that the trade association tried to push independent music stations offline.
The Webcaster Alliance has been threatening to sue the RIAA for months, after Congress ratified royalty rates for Internet radio stations that many small operators said will drive them out of business. The existing rates were negotiated between a small, unrepresentative group of Webcasters and the RIAA and are aimed at eliminating competition, the alliance members said." (Full story)
Then the Radio And Internet Newsletter reported:
"Yesterday's news of an industry group representing small webcasters filing suit against the record industry may further compound the RIAA's image problem in the eyes of consumers and lawmakers, affecting record sales and the RIAA's legal alliances." (Full story)
I've already exchanged emails with the president of the Webcaster Alliance, Ann Gabriel, and pledged to help the group in whatever way I can. She was excited to hear from me and "would absolutely love", as she put it, to count me among their supporters.
Meanwhile John has posted on his site his latest bout of heated correspondence with Washington, of which he says:
You need to know what kind of bull they continue to spew forth, even in the face of undeniable truth.
Next on Citybeat Special
Kenny Tosh's next Citybeat offshore special will be Sunday 28th September, when Caroline's Mike Ahern will be his guest on The Revival Show between 9am to 1pm.
must be love Mike discards his 'I love Tony Blackburn' T-shirts
The big clearout was broadcast on BBC2 on Wednesday, September 3rd.
(Webmasters' note: we wouldn't let the Life Laundry team within a mile of our memorabilia!)
Euroradio 2003 commemorates twenty years of Radio Caroline's famous ship the Ross Revenge. Euroradio 2003 takes place in Calais, France on Saturday 13 September 2003. Guests will include Peter Chicago and Big L 2001's Dennis Jason.Booking details via the website.