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Caroline News in January 2005
See what was happening on Woodley Net's Caroline News 12 years ago CLICK HERE
Radio Caroline applies for a full-time medium wave licence
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.
Tony Christian New Years Eve Knees-Up
Howard Copitch new Podcasts now available
Howard now has five new episode's available on Podomatic. These include RNI, Northern Soul and Salford City Radio, Links to episodes HERE bottom left of page.
Caroline now on Brighton DAB+
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".
Generator being prepared for drop below deck
Trip by Razorbill 3 to the Ross Revenge and the Waverley
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
Changing face of TV's
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 READ MORE
Radio Caroline Racing Car at Brands Hatch
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.
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Ross Revenge now has a Defibrillator
Sudden 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 prompts.
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.
Visitors to the Ross
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.
Waverley sails around the Ross...
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
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Radio Caroline now in the USA..
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 the clock.
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 waters.
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.
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Manx Radio onboard the Ross Revenge
Whilst 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 Steve Anthony.(See 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 of Man
:- the advent of offshore commercial radio – Radio Caroline based on a ship anchored in international waters.
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 Website
Manx Radio on the Ross Revenge 2014
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
Ross Revenge move to River Blackwater 2014
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 leave Tilbury.
Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust, Video 1
Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust, Video 2
Radioday 2014 photos from Theo Bakker
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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 9 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.
Christopher Mould and Steve Szmidt's excellent Photos here..
Party bash report from Christopher Mould
With the sun shining, Marie and I left home at 1100 hours on Friday, driving down to Northampton where we picked up Steve Szmidt. After a short tea break, we set off for Kent. Fortunately, traffic on the M1 and M25 flowed well, and we reached Rochester around 1500 hours, where Marie and I checked into the Premier Inn, located around 2 miles outside the town, on the other side of the river. It was a nice, clean, modern hotel, with friendly staff. Even Marie was perfectly happy with our room, on the first floor, offering a view over the river towards the town. From there we went across the road to McDonalds - which was considerably cheaper and better quality, that the meal we recently had in Burger King at Birmingham Airport. Next, we drove Steve to his B&B, in the centre of Rochester. While there, we did a little sightseeing. At sunset, we went back to the Premier Inn, by which time Rick & Debbie had arrived from Lowestoft. After freshening up, we again drove into town and picked up Steve. The 5 of us managed to squeeze into my little Ford Puma, and we went to the Kings Arms, Upnor, a recommended food and real ale pub 3 miles away, which served home-cooked food. I had a nice Steak, Mushroom and Ale pie, washed down with a couple of pints of ales. Marie then acted as taxi driver, taking us back to our hotels.
Saturday morning, we met up with Rick & Debbie at 0830, and had a large breakfast together in the Premier Inn (cereal, yogurt, fruit, full English fry-up, toast & marmalade). Then we drove, once more, into Rochester, finding a car park at a reasonable price. Rick and Debbie, plus Steve and I, headed to the Radio Caroline 50th birthday party at the Corn Exchange, while Marie went shopping and sightseeing in the attractive old town. Just after 1030 we booked into the convention, which had a capacity audience of 300 people. There were quite a few I recognised - staff and supporters - although I found it hard putting names to faces. No doubt all will become clear, when reports and photos hit the internet! Had a brief chat with Albert & Georgina Hood, plus Roland Beaney from the Southampton Group, and Mandy from Radio Seagull. Bought a souvenir programme, but didn't bother with a T-Shirt or other merchandise. Upstairs, in the main hall, I met up with Roger Day, who was comparing the day's events. Chatted with a couple of other people, before the first presentation got underway at 1130. This was all about Radio Caroline in the 60's. A number of guests, from both Caroline North and Caroline South (I'll think of the names later!) were interviewed by Roger, and given the opportunity to talk of those days. I did actually wonder if any of the big names, such as Johnny Walker or Tony Blackburn would turn up, but they didn't. Unsurprisingly, Ronan wasn't there - He is living in Ireland and mentally too frail, these days. This interesting session, including questions & answers, lasted 1.5 hours. At 1300 hours, there was a break for lunch. The 4 of us decided to head for a local pub for light refreshments. I called Marie, and she came to join us. An hour later, Marie again went off to do her own thing, while Rick, Debbie, Steve and I went back to the Corn Exchange. The afternoon session kicked off with an hour about Radio Caroline in the 70's. This was hosted by Bob Lawrence, and featured such names as Tom Anderson, Brian Martin, Stevie Gordon, and - one of my favourites from that era - Mike Stevens. A lot of the talk was around the difficulties tendering and maintaining the ship, in those days, plus the subsequent sinking of the Mi Amigo. At 1500 hours we moved on to the 1980's. This time, Peter Philips was the host. It was only at that point I noticed his American wife, Carol, in the audience, so I went and sat by her. We first met when I was working on Caroline, where we got along well, and I hadn't seen her for over 10 years. On stage, Peter (or Graham, as I know him) interviewed Tom Anderson (again!) plus Dave Richards, Nigel Harris, and a couple of others whose names also escape me right now. Oh, one was Tommy Rivers from Laser 558. An hour later, the 3 hosts from each era - Roger, Bob and Peter - all got together for a chat, and to take questions from the floor. 1700 hours soon arrived, and that was the end of presentations. There was a 2.5 hour break before the evening entertainment. We persuaded Roger Day to come to the pub with us. Well, he didn't need much persuading, the only problem was getting away, as everyone wanted to speak with him! We eventually escaped, and walked to a local real ale pub (Coopers Arms) where Marie again joined us. It was good to catch up with Roger, as I hadn't seen him for 5 years, but he could only stay for one pint as he had to take the train home to Maidstone. After he left, we took a walk along the High Street, looking for a place to eat, choosing another pub where I had scampi & chips.
Shortly before 2000 hours, we walked back to the Corn Exchange, and this time Marie came with us. Charlie Dore had started her set, but it was hard to gain access to the room, which was packed. So we stood in the doorway and listened, eventually drifting off to the bar, before returning to hear a special rendition of "Pilot of the Airwaves". Marie and I then met up with Carol and Graham, having a good chat with them. They left for home in Sandwich, Kent, shortly after the Counterfeit Beatles started their set. They were reasonably entertaining, but a bit of a cabaret act. The evening came to an end at 2300 hours, when we had a chat with a couple who had come over from California to attend the party! Before leaving, we helped David Esp pack away all his video recording equipment. Steve then walked back to his B&B, while Marie fetched the car, driving Rick, Debbie and I back to the Premier Inn. It had been a good day. I only wish I had spotted, or recognised, more people! Steve found Mark Dezzani and Andrew Austin, amongst others, but I missed these guests – along with Johnny Lewis, who was there for part of the day. A noticeable absence was Chicago. I’m surprised he never made an appearance.
After a good night's sleep, we met Rick & Debbie for breakfast at 0900 hours, also chatting to a few other guests who had attended the convention - Quite a few coming over from Holland. Albert & Georgina were also in our hotel. Rick & Debbie then headed off, while we checked out and drove to pick up Steve. It was a beautiful day, so we decided to walk around the town, taking pictures of the castle, cathedral and Victorian bridge. Then we drove back to the Midlands, stopping for afternoon tea & cake with Steve & Jill in Northampton. At 1800 hours, we reached home and the end of a hectic, but very pleasant and memorable, weekend.
Caroline returnee visits the Ross
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 plank! PHOTO HERE
Photos of the Ross Revenge in Queenboro' & Southend