|Strange the reactions you get when you
put on a Radio Caroline T Shirt. They range from "I remember them" to "What
do you mean, they're still going" and then "Who?" Then all the other questions
The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act came into force on 14th August
1967. This closed down all the "Pirate" Radio Stations that were broadcasting,
except one - Radio Caroline. And Radio Caroline is still broadcasting today.
OK, there's been a few gaps in the transmissions - the Mi Amigo sinking
didn't exactly help the cause!!
Ah, but does it still play all that 60's stuff all the time? Nope -
you're just as likely to hear The Killers and The Arctic Monkeys as you
are The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Although if you do want to hear
the best - and worst!! - of the 60's and 70's then tune in at 9pm every
Tuesday. There are no play lists as such - the DJs play what they like,
which means you won't hear Rap, Hip Hop, House, Garage, Boy Bands, Girl
Bands, what is now known as R'n'B, failed X Factor / Pop Idol / Big Brother
Contestants, "D" list celebrities etc, that the mainstream radio station
DJs are forced to play. Not heard one of your favourite records on the
radio for ages? Then get in touch with the studio by phone or email and
ask them to play it. If the DJs can fit the song into their show, they
You're in a band and want to try and get your music played on the radio?
Then send your CD to Radio Caroline. Don't forget, Radio Caroline was formed
because the BBC and Radio Luxembourg (the only stations around at the time)
wouldn't play records by certain artists managed by Ronan O'Rahilly. So
Ronan decided that if he couldn't get his acts records played on those
stations, he would start his own. One of those acts was Georgie Fame.
And how do you listen to Radio Caroline? If you've got Sky then tune
into channel 0199. If not, you can listen on the internet by going to www.radiocaroline.co.uk
Also go to this site to find out more about the stations history, who the
DJs are, the schedule, buy merchandise, etc. Go on, give it a go. What
have you got to lose?
Why am I banging on about Radio Caroline? Well, you're more likely to
hear the music by the acts that are appearing at Riga - and other venues
like us - than you are on the other mainstream stations!! When was the
last time you heard Thunder, Wishbone Ash, UXL, Waking the Witch and Hugh
Cornwell on the radio? For me it was over the weekend, although I must
admit I requested a song by Thunder. Wasn't my fault though - The Devil
Made Me Do It!!
Update - View this video clip,
and help save Radio Caroline