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History of Offshore Pirate Radio

The arrival of the offshore broadcasters, known almost immediately as 'pirate radio' played the latest records with impunity, much to the delight of millions of listeners.

When the heyday of the pirates was over (after legislation outlawed them), there was radio silence for several years. In the wake of this I was involved with presenting a local programme which went out on Sundays 12 - 3 pm. This lasted a few months.

Eventually Caroline returned and two other stations started broadcasting from the North Sea. It was all over by 1990 though. As a homage to John Peel's 'Perfumed Garden' show on Radio London in 1967, I hope to follow the series with a close look at the LP based ''underground'' groups of the late sixties.

Richard Dutton

As a teenager in the 1960s I was able to listen to the North Sea offshore pirate radio stations w.hich to me represented the golden age of radio broadcasting. This series of six programmes aims to inform the listener of the popularity of the successful stations, especially Radio Caroline and Radio London ('Big L') as well as detailing the rise and fall of all the stations operating off the coast of the UK. Actual jingles, station IDs and clips from the era are included as is a selection of music from then

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