Happy Birthday to our friends at Radio Caroline

in Radio Riel Information

by Elrik Merlin on Friday, 29 March, 2019

Happy birthday to our friends at Radio Caroline

Fifty‐five years ago last Wednesday, on 27 March 1964, Radio Caroline began test transmissions from a ship, the MV Caroline, moored off the Essex coast, on 1520 kHz, announced as 199 metres, and started regular broadcasts the next day. It was the  beginning of one of the most lively periods of broadcasting – and music – in British history: the era of offshore stations broadcasting from ships and disused sea‐forts around the British coast: the so‐called “pirate stations”.

Ultimately, after many years on and off the air involving a great many people from many aspects of British broadcasting, changes of vessels and broadcasting technologies, the ship running aground and being boarded and other trials and tribulations, Ofcom awarded Radio Caroline a community licence to broadcast to Suffolk and north Essex on 648 kHz with a power of 1 kW. On 11 November 2017, test transmissions commenced from an omni‐directional mast (formerly used by the BBC World Service) at Orford Ness, Suffolk. Commercial programming commenced at noon on Friday 22 December 2017.

We’d like to wish our friends at Radio Caroline a very happy birthday, with a special shout‐out to Patrick who is working with us to develop our new royalty tracking system. Thanks for many years of quality broadcasting, with many more to come.

The photo shows the Radio Caroline South (formerly Radio Atlanta) radio ship, the MV Mi Amigo, taken in the 1970s during a fan visit to the vessel. Author Albertoke at Dutch Wikipedia


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