Pirate radio in the UK has been a popular and enduring radio medium since the s, despite The first British pirate radio station was Radio Caroline, which started broadcasting from a ship off the Essex coast in By , ten pirate. The famous ship-based pirate station gets an AM frequency to cover Suffolk and parts of north Essex. Station Name, Frequency, Dates On Air. Blaze FM - Essex, , -. Blitz Radio UK - Essex, , - Current. Charm FM - Essex, , -. Cyndicut FM -.
This page contains details of the pirate radio stations which can be heard in . , Shake FM, Essex & East London, Drum 'n' Bass, Funk, House, Jazz, UK. Station Name, Frequency, Dates On Air. Blaze FM - Essex, , -. Blitz Radio UK - Essex, , - Current. Charm FM - Essex, , -. Cyndicut FM -. Your brand new radio station for Bishop's Stortford has arrived! Local News, Weather.
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Career perspectives. You can of course read this review before you decide to read the book. On top of that author David Sinclair also explains the goings-on on Radio and, as if that's not enough, also offers a great inside look in what is radio of my favourite stations: the legendary "sweet music station" Radio Myer writes that he got hooked onto offshore radio in Maywhich resulted, he mentions, in his school teacher expressing the wish he wouldn't listen so much to the 'pirate stations': starion might ruin his education and career in adult life.
Well, it didn't ruin his life. In fact it got him a forty-year-long career in broadcasting. Pollack's Notes On Fun and adventure as a young DJ on Britain's offshore pirate radio stations in the mid's.
Recently he wrote down his memories of his radio adventures in the mid-sixties. Paul station Haan here reviews the book, meanwhile adding his personal reflections on and his memories of the days when radio still was "making waves.
For me it was the same: I also got 'hooked,' be it in a different way. In StationI stayed with my uncle and aunt in Hilversum. And one day, my uncle asked me if I had ever done some fishing. Well in fact up until June I had no idea of stwtion branch of sport. So, we went to the famous Loosdrechtse Plassen near Hilversum and I got some lessons in fishing.
But after about 15 minutes I noticed that the statipn radio, parked near us, played pirate music: Stones, Beatles, Ray Charles, Georgie Fame and a voice of a man telling us we were tuned to Radio Caroline — "ding, ding. At age twelve I got my very first transistor radio, long and medium wave, and I am proud of the fact that I heard every UK offshore station between and Marchalso Essex on "2 double-2" medium wave but to tune in and get hooked xtation the Knock John Radio I had to set my alarm clock at A.
The French station had closed down. That was the only time for station to listen to At the age of twelve Pkrate was expected to only listen to the ones playing the station 40 tunes, but there was something rather strange: I also started to enjoy the sounds of Britain Radio radio most of all the great format on Somehow I managed to find photos from the ships and army towers in UK newspapers and Disc and Music Echo, but it took me a long while to find out that the Knock Stayion was something very special compared to Red Sands.
And, through the decades and the blessing of pirate swapping and station internet, I found out that the smallest station of them all — Radio Essex — was in fact a very, very mature radio station with a great format and with radio who somehow at very young age — between sixteen- and eighteen-year-old — had very specific knowledge of music.
So, that's my introduction to this phenomenon called offshore radio. By the way, I never ever fished again. I started reading the book and was essex that at an early stage in his working life Sinclair was horrified by the chance that his working life was syation to be down and dull and somehow he decided that joining one of the offshore radio stations would be a guarantee for an exciting career till his pension would come along.
Reading station took me back to December We were also longing syation more thrills and much more music. After three weeks we were raxio by the Essex GPO. Here's station funny story: one of those GPO guys insisted we handed over an Elvis record that radio played on air. We couldn't because we didn't have any Elvis record, but the guy wouldn't believe us. After the raid we laughed our head of. Great fun, and we piratd our cheap thrills for three whole RNI Groningen weeks.
So, somehow I can understand why David Sinclair was keen on getting aboard of one of those floating radio stations off the English southeast coast. Getting aboard one of those floating dreams wasn't easy for just about eighteen-year-olds, not having the necessary contacts in the radio business.
Getting aboard proved to statipn possible on the one hand because one of the Essex people lived in the same village as Sinclair. On the other hand, getting aboard the Knock John was a different story. London and Caroline had spent a lot of money on buying statino ship to broadcast from. The good news was that getting Radio Essex on air was a matter of climbing aboard the fort.
Once there, it's yours. No money involved, good news! That's what they had in mind, the reality was different, a rival group was already out there, so it took some gentle persuasion to make them leave the Knock John to Bates and his Radio Essex happy bunch. Becoming a deejay on a fort based radio station off the Essex coast was what could be considered as a training school for the rest of your life.
Buy the book, read the book, eessex revealing! It took Sinclair four pages to write down the horror of getting 'aboard' the Knock John. Four whole pages for the 0. Thanks to the Plrate Roy Bates. Well, of course it didn't. In those days pirate was all valves and old army TX stuff, no handbooks etc. And, the TX engineers on radio Knock John were radlo on electric toasters. Are there any medium wave toasters? For many years we were educated to believe that medium wave broadcasting is something from out essex space.
Well, I can assure you it's not. In I wanted to know what it was statioon pirate and bought a watt medium wave transistor rsdio and together with my son we started building a proper long esssx aerial in essex back garden. That was the easy bit of the project. Backbreaking was digging in many, many yards radio copper wire essex the garden as an effective earth to the TX aerial. It sounded great and the signal that originated from Groningen was heard loud and clear in towns like Dokkum, county of Fryslan.
It's a matter of arithmetic and some educated thinking on how to get very good modulation. All this without the help of an Optimod.
It can be done without it, you know. The TX and aerial have now been sold to one of those other pirate wave fans. It wasn't the cheapest, but certainly it's the best. By the way, my garden still harbours a lot of copper in the premises. Now over to page 56 of Sinclair's book, where he goes into the question if there really was a ghost on the Knock John? We now know that not only the Mi Amigo had a friendly ghost, as one was also 'seen' on the Ross Revenge.
As of page 58 a fascinating story unfolds about the other navy fort off the Kent coast. I remember radoi Tongue from passing it whilst radio on the Olau ferry from Vlissingen to Sheerness and it could also be seen from the beach of Margate. What was the reason for those Essex radio to staiton this crippled fort? In his book Sinclair gives us the sad details and the reason why he moved on to bigger and better things.
Bigger and better, indeed! Radio was the next station, moving on continued whilst being aboard the former Dutch fishing vessel Oceaan 7, going forward-backwards-forward-backwards and stationn from side to side-side to side-forward-backwards and of course the ever present smell of fish caught during her fish hunting pkrate.
And on top of that the format was Top 40, not everyone's cup of essex. Radio had a very clear signal with its 10 kW on kHz across the North Sea into the northern parts of Holland — in fact a better signal than Big L on and some kHz. Big L was off channel and pushing into AFN Bremerhaven's from northern Germany, and so in Groningen there we always heard this 'whistle' on the London signal.
About twenty years ago, via satellite I listened to Eszex Radio, one of those instore fssex stations advertising just about pirate product pirate had in store. That is exactly what did in — piirate deejays were salesmen exsex.
Sinclair also explains about the background of the Yorkshire investors in the station and the unique very cramped living conditions on the radio ship that should have been used as the tender. The next station Sinclair worked on essex February was without doubt his favourite and in fact, if it still would be on air from Red Sands towers, he might still be going out there every other week and I would still statuon listening.
Radio the classiest of them all! The remainder of this excellent book is all about Radioright till the station's sad ending in July This superb station was forced of air even before the introduction of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act in Augustleaving the very loyal listeners out in the cold and wasting very good on-air people who were esses heard on UK radio again.
A thank you goes out to David Sinclair for the station hours of listening to and for writing this great book about three significant offshore radio esssx. Making Waves can radjo ordered at the publisher's site Lulu. More information about eadio the stations we discussed statikn pirate be found at the website Marinebroadcasters. Alan W. Review of: David SinclairMaking waves.
How to get hooked on offshore radio. The flight from boredom. Making lirate work. Ghost stories and salesmen jobs. The classiest of them all.
Broadcasting from high-rise tower blocks across the country, these stations were involved in a cat-and-mouse game with Department Of Trade And Industry agents, but as these pirates became more and more popular, they invested in new technology that made it harder for the DTI to trace them. Early s. Pirate radio stations sprang up everywhere in the '90s. Not just in the UK, but in other countries too.
The severe lack of diversity on UK stations, though, made it a real hotbed for pirates. At the beginning of the s there were more than illegal stations broadcasting in the UK, with dance and rave stations such as Sunrise , Centreforce and Fantasy joining more established pirates — especially after Radio 1 claimed that acid house and rave culture was going nowhere.
It didn't take long for the government to try and clamp down, though. They offered stations a deal. Go off air and become eligible for one of many new legal radio licenses being created. Kiss FM took the deal, while the government got tough with those remaining. Late '90s and s. A new, raw, grassroots kind of pirate radio exploded from onwards. They were chaotic. MCs and DJs hyped over tracks, shows were more like rowdy parties and audience participation was encouraged. Before it gained legal status in , it had been a pivotal platform for UK garage, grime and dubstep, launching the careers of more artists and DJs than we've got space to list here.
Modern pirate radio has had a heavy influence on popular culture. Artists such as Dizzee Rascal , Wiley and Boy Better Know , plus a whole raft of big name DJs and producers, were given early platforms on pirate radio. The BBC launched 1Xtra in response to stations such as Rinse, and the sound and feel of pirate radio culture can be heard in the music of The Streets , Paul Woolford's Special Request and myriad other artists' music.
The internet has changed the landscape for pirate radio, but the scene lives on with setups still being impounded every year. They claimed that they wanted to use the fort as a test-bed for new equipment but, as Radio City was at that time involved in merger talks with Radio Caroline, it is more likely that they simply planned to start a new station on Knock John once the Shivering Sands deal was completed. A week later Essex fisherman-turned-businessman Roy Bates led a group of men onto the temporarily deserted fort and took it over.
He had plans for his own station, Radio Essex, and he declared squatters' rights. Quite naturally City was not prepared to lose its equipment and a feud developed between the two stations.
Possession of the fort alternated between the two, with each side launching attacks on the other, and even kidnapping the opposing men. The squabbling went on for a month but eventually a settlement was reached: City got back its equipment; Roy Bates won possession of the fort and got to start Radio Essex.
Radio Essex car sticker. More coverage of this story here and here.