The legendary pirate is currently broadcasting
online and via a number of outlets including DAB and Manx Radio’s
AM transmitters, but this would be the first time Caroline would
own and operate its own full-time community radio AM service, legally
in the UK.
The application comes along with 10 other radio groups
around the UK who have applied to Ofcom to run a station using AM.
They include Leicestershire Community Talk Radio, AM-Rock in Thanet,
Canterbury and Dover & East Kent, Ark FM in Glasgow and Radio
Central in Birmingham.
It’s all part of the Ofcom Region 11 application
process, which invites any radio group to apply for a community
radio licence anywhere in the UK outside London, but on AM only.
Howard now has five new episode's available
on Podomatic. These include RNI, Northern Soul and Salford City
Radio, Links to episodes
bottom left of page.
Caroline is now broadcasting to Brighton
and Hove on DAB+. The area is home to 275,000 people,
not counting the outskirts where the signal may also carry.
Caroline has now also got a DAB transmitter
in Aldershot. It went on the air on the 1st of November. Previously
the Aldershot area was covered by a transmitter in Woking but
reception was patchy so another transmitter has been opened
in Aldershot in addition to the transmitter in Woking which
is still on air. Reception reports have been received from Fleet
and Farnborough and further down the M3
Radio Caroline is also available on
DAB in the Birmingham area. Try doing a search on your DAB Radio
and save it on one of the buttons. Please let me know the results
of your search on the contact button below .
Radio Caroline on DAB can also be heard
across Glasgow, fourth largest City in the UK with 1.2 million
residents and home to over 40% of the Scottish population.
Also Radio Caroline are now transmitting
in stereo to the Portsmouth area in DAB plus. Some radios that
do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this new service.
As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick
mark. According to Solent Radio who are operating this new service
the DAB digital radio transmitter was relocated to Fort Widley
on Portsdown Hill and Ofcom have also kindly allowed a change
to the transmission antenna which will result in an effective
doubling of power. This means that coverage should be improved
in the Southsea, Gosport, Hayling Island and Waterlooville areas.
To listen to the services broadcasting to the Portsmouth area,
you’ll need to rescan your radio by doing an ‘Autotune’ or ‘Scan".
More info from Peter Moore on the Caroline Website
A trip by Keith Maton out to the MV
Ross Revenge on the 28th September 2016, home of Radio Caroline
to see the Paddle Steamer Waverley pass by and circle round.
It was a blustery day, hence the wind noise. The trip was from
West Mersea on board the Razorbill 3. For more details and to
find out how to book an official trip to go on board the Ross
Revenge, see radiocaroline.co.uk
GREAT VIDEO CLICK HERE
Off air recording of Kenny Everett
in 1977 marking the 10th anniversary of the MOA on Capital
Radio. Includes Tony Blackburn shortly after joining
Radio London using the wrong cartridge machine when
reading the news.
Great YouTube video posted by
Number 2 on playlist..
|| Ross Tower Fit 1981/83
From 1981 to 1983
the former trawler "Ross Revenge"
from Ross Fisheries made her transformation
into a radio ship in Santander (Spain).
It became the 3rd and last ship of
the famous offshore radio station Radio
Caroline. Below are some photos of the
The Ross Revenge during her transformation
from the holder of the World Record for
the biggest fish catch to the
World Record holder for the tallest transmitter
mast ever put on a ship.
SEE A LOT MORE
George Johnson, David Noakes,
Roland Beaney, George Scullion, Michael
Webb, Keith Stimpson and Roger Tricker were on
board the Ross Revenge over the weekend to carry our
restoration and cleaning work. The overhangs over the
bridge and record library were rusting and these were
cleaned and painted white.
Click below for photos
August 13th was another special day of live
broadcasting from the Ross Revenge, this time
on Caroline Flashback, in co-ordination with
the 'Keeping the Dream Alive' all-day party
in West Mersea. The schedule was supposed to
run from 9am-6pm, but a power-cut on land disrupted
the origination of the Flashback stream just
before the planned start, so in the end they
delayed by an hour and webcast from 10am-7pm
instead. Click thumbnail for photos...
|Here is the schedule
10am Martin Fisher
12pm Barry James
2pm Bill Rollins
4pm Dave Foster
6pm Bill Rollins - 'History
of Radio Caroline' (This was mostly 1960's,
but was introduced as "1964 to the present
day, in 60 minutes"!)
At 7pm, the stream
switched to the regular Clive Garrard show,
which went out one hour later than usual, from
A reminder that the Radio Caroline replica studio can
still be seen at the Cotswold Motor Museum located in
the picturesque village of Bourton on the Water which
makes a great day out with the kids or break in the
Cotswolds, the Cotswold Motoring Museum is a truly fascinating
journey through the 20th Century. Overflowing with
vintage car collections, classic cars and motorcycles,
caravans, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection
of motoring curiosities, it is a genuinely captivating
experience and a fun day out at Bourton on the Water
in the Cotswolds. This year has a 1966 theme when England
won the World cup and Radio Caroline was broadcasting
from a boat at sea.
Click below for recent photos
Thanks to Mark Hawkins
for the following report and pictures...
With perhaps 30 other people,
I boarded the Balmoral at Gravesend. Looking across
the Thames the pontoon where the Ross Revenge was moored
for a while could be seen, and behind the pontoon the
Tilbury docks, home for the Ross for rather longer.
The cruse was going to follow the route the Ross took
to the Blackwater. Next stop, the pier at Southend which
was looking in good shape. More passengers boarded and
we headed out into the Thames estuary. In the distance
the various groups of Thames forts could be seen and
once the Balmoral was well away from the land (avoiding
shallow water) we headed for Clacton. Clacton pier seemed
a bit creaky when Balmoral docked. The additional passengers
brought the total to somewhere over 100 and we set off
for the Blackwater. Some of those who embarked at Clacton
were clearly Caroline fans and there to see the Ross,
others more interested in a coastal cruse. After a while
we passed Mersea Island and the Ross Revenge could be
seen in the distance. There were two smaller vessels
tied up by the Ross, one each side, possibly preparing
for the forthcoming Caroline North broadcasts. A few
people could be seen on the aft of the Ross Revenge
waving. The Balmoral provided a good view of the Ross
Revenge and because it is a substantial vessel it was
possible to get above the deck level of the Ross and
look down. Possibly for the same reason, the Balmoral
kept a safe distance from the Ross. After sailing round
the Ross, the Balmoral headed back to Clacton for the
passengers to disembark. We had perfect weather for
the voyage and I can recommend seeing the Ross Revenge
from a substantial ship. The Balmoral won’t be repeating
this trip this year but the paddle steamer Waverley
will make the same journey on Wednesday 28th September
and Tuesday 4th October.
Click thumbnails for photos
Pictures taken on board the
Ross Revenge over the weekend of 14th and 15th May.
It made a change to have a weekend of fine weather after
all the storms of last winter so we were able to do
some work outside without the threat of rain or high
winds to send us back inside. he shop, formerly Raffles
kennel had a good clean up and parts of the deck were
cleaned and painted. A tender also turned up to service
us and take some pictures. We have a pied wagtail on
board who has built a nest and we are hoping to see
some baby chicks soon. It was also a very busy weekend
on the river Blackwater with lots of activity with boats
passing by regularly, some towing water skiers.
Click below to view photos
You can listen to all your favourite
songs on Woodley Nets Anorak Jukebox.
Songs include Caroline - The Fortunes, Man of Action,
Because They're Young (Johnnie Walker theme), Peace
- Peter. Also Caroline and Mi-Amigo jingles. Just added
is a recording of the Caroline DJ's xmas song from 1974
featuring Tony Allan. To go to the popup player
there's a link in the panel above or click
The pictures below show some
of Rogers Day's guests at his 50th celebrations in the
Dreamland Ballroom on 7th May. Roger was celebrating
50 years since he left Dreamland to become a DJ with
Radio England and then Radio Caroline. He moved on to
many radio stations across the country and interviewed
many stars during his career. It was nice to see a good
gathering of Caroline listeners and I met up with several
friends including Rob Ashard. It was a great evening
hosted by Roger who told us some of his life story in
two separate sessions. The UK Beach Boys entertained
us with two sessions of Beach Boy classics and performed
all the old classics very well indeed. Roger now has
a daily show on Radio Caroline Flashback at 4pm.
Click below to view photos
Ten years ago a 32inch CRT TV would
have cost you well over £1000 and it was so big and heavy you
could injure yourself moving it around your house. Now you can
buy a super slim, super light TV with a similar size screen
for half the price and better still not only High Definition
but now 4K TVs are becoming readily available
From Radio Caroline/Flashback
DJ Tony Christian
I have just returned from Brands Hatch
where I spent an enjoyable afternoon with Caroline DJ Rob Ashard
and David Cornwallis, the driver of our Radio Caroline Racing
car. The weather was really foggy driving up to the venue but
once inside, it turned out warm and sunny. David had completed
his practice lap with a respectable time which he was very happy
with. We had a nice chat with his wife and friends who were
racing other cars. Rob and I then made our way to the Kentagon
for some coffee and lunch which David kindly treated us to.
Once we had finished lunch and made our way outside to the circuit we
discovered that thick fog had come out of nowhere making the
circuit barely visible. Sadly the race was then called off due
to the weather conditions, so we never got to see the car in
action, but all agreed that we had had a brilliant day anyway.
David said that he would keep us posted when he races next season
so we will look forward to that.
Pictures Click Below
cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death but with
immediate treatment many lives can be saved. It occurs because
the electrical rhythm that controls the heart is replaced by
chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm. The quicker this can
be treated by defibrillation the greater the chance that the
patient can be saved. Defibrillators are very effective and
easy to use and they are designed to be used by lay persons,
the machines guide the operator by verbal instruction and visual
They are safe and will not allow a shock
to be given unless the hearts rhythm requires it. They are also
designed to be stored for long periods without use and require
very little routing maintenance. With Radio Caroline's ship
the Ross Revenge, like any ship at sea the emergency services
are unlikely to arrive quickly enough to resuscitate the ships
crew or visitors, so it is very important to have the best first
aid equipment available.
A defibrillator is part of the equipment
that we now have thanks to our generous supporters Steve
and Ann Swallow. We are also very grateful to the visitors
at our latest Southampton support group meeting who helped us
to raise money to buy additional medical and safety equipment
for the Ross Revenge.
Recently a pod of whales swam up the
River Blackwater past the Ross Revenge. Thanks to Nick we have
a picture of them in front of the Ross. They seem to have found
their way back into open sea now.
Last year the Paddle Steamer Waverley
sailed around the Ross Revenge at its new location on the River
Blackwater. We now have a couple of new photos of the two ships
together. See link below
Click thumbnails below for photos..
Los Angeles, Calif. - Legendary music
station Radio Caroline that defied the British government to
bring rock and roll to the UK and sparked the Swinging Sixties
launches in the U.S.A. today.
Still leading the way in innovation,
in an industry first, Radio Caroline is rolling out new apps
on Tuesday Jan. 20 that remove the time difference and enable
American fans to listen to the station's output from breakfast
throughout the day and into the evening in either Eastern Standard
Time or Pacific Standard Time.
It's the first time that a British radio
station has synched its output for the East Coast and the West
Coast of America with its flagship breakfast show originating
in Los Angeles. Now listeners on both coasts can start their
day with the breakfast show with Tony Paul from 7 to 9 a.m.
and hear the rest of the station's output from the U.K. around
After 50 years on the air, Caroline
remains true to its heritage with real personalities playing
the music of the rock and roll generations up to the present
day and helping break the best new artists.
Apps for iOS and Android are now available
for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play and the
apps are free!
“The British station with the American
name soon became recognized as a symbol of rebellion the world
over.” New York Times, April 3, 2011.
Named after President John F.
Kennedy's daughter, Radio Caroline began broadcasting in 1964
from two ships anchored off the coast of Britain in international
At a time when Britain's official broadcaster
the BBC refused to play the music young people were clamoring
to hear, pirate DJs lived on board the boats and rocked and
rolled in defiance of The Establishment, playing songs by The
Who, the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and other now iconic bands.
Endorsing the book “The Ship That Rocked
the World,” Pete Townshend of The Who is quoted as saying: “Without
Caroline, we would not have sold a single record.”
The story inspired the Hollywood movie
“Pirate Radio,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans,
Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, which was written
and directed by Richard Curtis, a longtime Radio Caroline fan.
The station still has one of the “boats
that rocked,” the “Ross Revenge,” now restored and anchored
just off the coast of southeastern England.
A feature documentary about the history
of Radio Caroline is currently in production in the U.S. and
U.K. and features interviews with Roger Daltrey, Mick Fleetwood,
Donovan, Olivia Harrison, Richard Branson and original DJs including
Johnnie Walker and Tom Lodge.
onboard the Ross Revenge on November 7th Marc Tyley of Manx
Radio took a few photos to mark the occasion. Photos include
Chris Williams, Alan Turner, Peter Moore, Keith Stimpson and
various parts of the "Ross"
Alan Turner interview..
A great guy who was on Caroline in the
very early days was Alan Turner. Alan is pictured in the Radio
Caroline studio on Friday 7th November being interviewed by
YouTube Video) Alan was on board the Caroline ship during
the historic voyage around the coast to the Isle of Man back
in 1965 and he spoke about this voyage.
The Isle of Man radio station Manx Radio
are doing joint programmes with Radio Caroline to celebrate
two events that happened in 1964 heralding a new era in broadcasting
that was to have lasting repercussions in broadcasting and Alan
Turner was part of this.
Exactly 50 years ago the BBC’s
monopoly was challenged by two events
:- the opening of the first British
land based commercial radio station – Manx Radio in the Isle
:- the advent of offshore commercial
radio – Radio Caroline based on a ship anchored in international
Stay tuned to Radio Caroline or Manx
radio for this historical link up that will include lots of
exciting programmes from both stations and another interview
with Alan Turner.
Manx Radio took their popular sixties
programme ‘Carnaby Street’ on to the legendary Radio Caroline
Ship, the Ross Revenge. This is a video diary of the making
of the programme. Chris Williams and Marc Tyley were on board
from the 8th to the 9th of November 2014. Presented by Chris
Williams and film directed by Marc Tyley.
See YouTube Video
After spending ten years at Tilbury
the MV Ross Revenge was moved to her new home, moored on the
River Blackwater near Bradwell. Many people have said
how magnificent she looked as she came out of Tilbury docks
and moved into the Thames. For a few minutes the tide caught
her (see video 2) and it seemed that she wanted to go towards
London but the tug GPS Avenger soon had her moving out
towards the Estuary and she passed Southend and headed towards
Harwich. After turning round she spent part of the night with
her tug off Clacton and Walton near where she spent many years
back in the mid 1980s. This morning Friday 1st August 2014 she
settled down in her new mooring and all was completed by 10:25am.
Well done to all the people that have spent many hours of exhausting
work on the ship in Tilbury and it was a great achievement to
get the ship through all the safety checks so that she could
RSL click thumbnails for photos
Radio Caroline North broadcasted
on a 28 day RSL to celebrate 50 years since the
station first went on the air. A group of
presenters and enthusiasts got an RSL licence to
broadcast to Liverpool on 87.7FM. The service was
run from on board the former lightship LV23 in Liverpool's
Albert Dock, and was open to the public daily from
10am to 6pm through until April 27th. . Organiser
John Dwyer said “We felt it was important to acknowledge
the Golden Jubilee but at the same time celebrate
our station, Caroline North, whose part in the Swinging
Sixties is often overlooked. “While we wont be on
air for the anniversary of the start of Caroline
on 28th March which was actually Easter Saturday
in 1964 and since Caroline is the Queen of the airwaves
there is no reason why she should not have two birthdays
and why we should not celebrate her Official Birthday
over the Easter weekend.
It was Easter Bank Holiday
full of pirate radio stars!
Tony Prince was on Caroline
North! He did a show on Easter Sunday between 12
and 3pm ...then.... The Emperor Rosko, did
a show at Midday on Easter Monday.
Caroline North is fundraising
for the Alzheimer's Society at
Justgiving Please Help
video now released.
There's also a special
bonus video at the end featuring The Honeycombs
gig (No 19 0n playlist). Hope you
Click above for photos
Its 50 years since Radio Caroline first
started broadcasting music around the clock and before then
radio was very different to what it is today. To mark this outstanding
achievement the station had a day of celebration at the Corn
Exchange in Rochester, Kent It all started at 10am with
Peter Antony broadcasting live from a studio built within the
complex Hundreds of people began arriving and soon the
main hall was full up with people watching Roger Day introduce
the first panel discussing the 1960s era. Panels discussing
the 1970s and the 1980s took place during the day
with DJs from each decade telling interesting stories and sharing
their memories with the large audience. It was nice to meet
so many current DJs and staff from the station and legends from
the past and it was an event I will never forget. There was
further audio from the party during the course of the afternoon
going out on a separate internet stream. After a break at 5pm
Charlie Dore entertained us and featured the
Pirates of the airwaves song that later became an anthem
for the station. (Listen
Here No 32 on playlist). The evening finished
with the Counterfeit Beatles that got people
dancing until late. Thanks to Andrew Austin and his team who
worked so hard over the last few months to make it so successful.
Unfortunately due to all the work taking
place on board the Ross Revenge at the moment we can’t have
many visitors. But recently Ed Nuhfer a regular listener to
the station at home in Burbank, California visited the UK for
the first time since 1964 so we couldn’t resist showing him
around. He found the station on a tour of Europe back in 1964
while trying to find Radio Veronica. He thought the station
had closed many years ago but found us again on the Internet
and started listening again. Keep listening Ed and tell all
your friends. Ed can be seen in the photo about to walk the
Worrell a staunch Radio Caroline supporter has kindly
sent in some interesting photos of the Ross Revenge
taken during RSL's at Queenborough (2002) and Southend
(1998). One photo includes Tony Allan with Steve's wife
Lynda. There is also one of Pandora with a gentleman
we hope you can help us name
Click thumbnail for photos
In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey)
and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope.
Their ioLight microscope
is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket
- and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images
are displayed instantly on your iPad or iPhone making them simple
to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning
paper. Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth
of a mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" screen and
even more on a larger screen. In summary the ioLight microscope
is the perfect pocket partner for any scientist, student or
One of Caroline’s faithful
listeners, Ron Hubbert commonly called
Narrowowboat Ron, is the proud owner of a
narrowboat called "Caroline" complete
also has his own boat on a canal in Cheshire. Tommy
is seen doing a bit of "rust bashing"
on his boat which has the same name as Caroline's
old ship Mi Amigo. But it looks like there is a
bit of piratical activity going on as he finds another
canal boat with the same name as our famous station
and it also has its own mast proudly reaching for
the sky. He is now looking forward to meeting the
owner of this other vessel.
Some of your group maybe aware of the Tug Boat Challenge
that is now in Southampton? There is a big link to offshore
Radio of the 1960s, in that she helped to tow all of
the Sea Forts into place in WW2. She is the Tug in the
picture of the Twin Legged Mansell Fort, I have been
part of a team who have spent their
Saturdays in Shoreham helping to put
it back to sea. She is now
next to the Shieldhall in Southampton Docks. Back
in 1990 I was lucky or unlucky
to spend 5 weeks on the Ross Revenge on the North Sea.
and then worked on her in Dover and then
Blackwater, Regards Tony
Click thumbnail for larger photo
The PPI Radio Awards Committee
in Ireland recently announced the establishment of a "Hall
of Fame" category. The prestigious honour recognises
individuals who have made an exceptional contribution
to radio in Ireland both North and South and is decided
upon by the Radio Awards Committee, representing both
public and commercial broadcasters on the island of
Ronan O’Rahilly of Radio
Caroline fame, along with a further three individuals
were inducted at the PPI Radio Awards Gala event in
Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny, on Friday October 12th
Just to let
you know that the Surrey Anorak's Society (formerly
the Caroline Movement East Surrey Branch) still meets
on the first Tuesday of every month. The new venue is
the Toby Inn & Carvery, Redstone Hill, Surrey, RH1
4BL from 8.30pm.
Venue on Google
Ken James ran
this branch from 84-90. They met at the Home Cottage
pub near Redhill railway station. Regular attendees
included Graham Foy, Geoff Rogers, Ray Adams, Sue Buckle,
Richard Buckle (Jackson), Gabe (Steve) Conway, Benny
James and Dennis Jason. Happy days! Any queries, get
in touch with Ken. email:-
have been held every month since January 1985. A chance
to have a drink, meet old friends or new and talk about
radio. Meet old land based pirate DJs, and a few of
the crew of Susy Radio - Reigate and Redhill community
their own newsletter SAS Interference (formerly the
SAS Home Pages.
The SAS now
has its own website
sasradiogroup.org Info from Graham
Foy and Ken James
from the Sunday
Times By Jonathan Leake and Jack Grimston
15 August 2010
From pirates to poltergeists. A ghost called
Harry has apparently been haunting a ship
that once housed Radio Caroline, the illegal
pop music station. The spirit is said to
have been seen flitting upstairs and has
been blamed for pranks such as tapping crew
members on the shoulder and stealing their
antics have been reported by enthusiasts
restoring the MV Ross Revenge, from where
Radio Caroline made its final offshore broadcast
in 1990. The ghost stories have been logged
by Kimberley Peters, a researcher at Royal
Holloway, London University, who will present
her findings next month to the Royal Geographical
One crew member told Peters: "I've
had several encounters with Harry. My first
one goes back to 2004. Having finished work,
we were sitting in the studio having a beer
when we heard footsteps.
"I looked up
just in time to see someone coming round
the landing and going round the next set
of stairs to the bridge. When we went to
investigate, no one was there and downstairs
the doors were still bolted."
Peters believes the hauntings could be a
psychological reaction driven by the nostalgia
of the restorers for the ship's history. "I
cannot say whether such ghostly experiences
were real, but they were real enough for
the crew members who experienced them,"
said Peters. "Underlying it is a very
real sense of seeing apparitions, conveying
something else, like lost heritage."
picture shows a design for an aerial
that was very popular in Radio Caroline's
AM days when they were broadcasting
from the North Sea and it pulled in
a good signal over a wide area.
How to build a Frame / Loop Aerial
This aerial replaces the long wire and
is very compact and and can conveniently
sit next to the radio and as long as
the radio has its own built in ferrite
rod aerial, no connections to the set
are needed. It is directional and after
tuning in the aerial, it can moved in
different directions to cancel out interference.
6 ft of 1 and a quarter inch timber
100 ft of single plastic coated wire
1 x 400pf variable tuning capacitor
8 large rubber door stops screws, wire
clips and solder
Cut timber into two lengths of 25 inches
and four lengths of 5 inches and assemble
the frame as per the drawing. Where
the wire goes round the corners cut
16 evenly spaced grooves (17 on the
corner where the wire starts and finishes)
the wire must start and finish on the
Tack the start of the wire onto the
frame and start winding it on, keeping
each turn nice and tight. When you have
16 turns of wire on the frame bring
the wire back down the same leg you
started on and make secure with tacks.
Solder the two ends of wire onto the
two terminals of the tuning capacitor,
it does not matter which one goes where
just as long as they are well soldered.
The capacitor should be fixed with araldite
or similar in the corner.
Fix the rubber feet as on the diagram.
The aerial is now ready for use. Try
different positions for the frame as
all sets have their ferrite rods aerials
in different places.
Good luck with this, we would appreciate
any comments on the construction.