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Tony Blackburn on his exciting pirate radio days, his love of 60s music and meeting Frank Sinatra

Tony Blackburn’s career nearly sank before it started.. He was working for Radio Caroline, the pirate radio station, at the time. “It was exciting and sometimes a bit dangerous out in the North Sea. On one occasion we got shipwrecked in a gale and had to get rescued by the coastguard,” he says.

The DJ on going from playing pirates as a child in Dorset to hosting pirate radio

I fell in love with soul music when, as a child, I heard my father playing a Jackie Wilson record. And I suppose I fell in love with America then, too. By 1966, I was working on pirate radio in the UK, and I went on my first trip to the States simply because I wanted to listen to American stations.

The DJ on going from playing pirates as a child in Dorset to hosting pirate radio

I fell in love with soul music when, as a child, I heard my father playing a Jackie Wilson record. And I suppose I fell in love with America then, too. By 1966, I was working on pirate radio in the UK, and I went on my first trip to the States simply because I wanted to listen to American stations.

EDITORIAL Give radio pirates chance to go legit

Shut down a pirate radio station, and you might be shutting down a community’s lifeline. While there can be good cause for the federal government to close down radio stations that operate in the shadows — like their failure to transmit emergency broadcasts or disclose political ad donors — the....

Albert jumps ship after 40 years aiding Radio Caroline pirates

A PIRATE radio stalwart has jumped ship after more than 40 years of helping to keep Radio Caroline on the airwaves. Albert Hood, 80, from Windsor Avenue, Clacton, began his Radio Caroline career by running covert tenders from Brightlingsea to the station's pirate radio ships, Mi Amigo and later Ross....

'I've never really done a proper day's work in my life'

Set up on May 31, 1979, Radio 2 was set up to compete with youth-oriented stations such as Radio Luxembourg, as well as pirate radio stations. RTE's best-known muso Dave Fanning was poached from pirate station Big D and is the only presenter still a firm fixture on its schedule, four decades later.

Remarkable photos show life behind the scenes at Radio Caroline

In Europe, Denmark had the first known radio station in the world to broadcast commercial radio from a vessel in international waters without permission from the authorities in the country that it broadcast to. The station was named Radio Mercur and began transmission on August 2, 1958. In the Danish newspapers it was soon called a 'pirate radio'.

Why Tony Blackburn is positive podcasts won’t kill the radio star

“Have you seen The Boat That Rocked ?” replies Tony Blackburn when I ask him about the pirate radio ships, which broadcast pop and rock music from international waters off the east coast of England during the 1960s. “Well, it was nothing like that.” How disappointing.

Tokyo Community Radio: The spirit of pirate radio is reignited in Japan

From The Electrifying Mojo in Detroit, who played a crucial role in the development of what would become the city’s eponymous techno sound, to Slimzee mapping out the early sonic terrain of grime in London, radio has loomed large in the progression of electronic music, arguably more so than other....

Tributes paid to iconic sports broadcaster Pat McAuliffe

Iconic sports broadcaster and journalist Pat McAuliffe has died. Pat has been a voice of sports and music radio in Cork for over 30 years, featuring prominently on RTE. Previously he worked for Cork's 96FM and for it's predecessor Radio South and in the 80's was a familiar voice on pirate radio under the name Ian Moores.

Fire brigade dealing with major fire in Drogheda

Several units of the fire brigade are attempting to bring a major fire at the former Donaghy’s Mill site in Drogheda, Co Louth, under control. The building, a former shoe factory and one time home to a pirate radio station located on the banks of the Boyne River, has been vacant for a number of years.

Firefighters tackle blaze at former mill in Drogheda

A former shoe factory and one time home to a pirate radio station was destroyed by a fire this evening. Donaghy's Mill, beside the Boyne river in Drogheda Co Louth, was a detached multiple-bay four-storey former mill built around 1820, later used as shoe factory and then used as offices and gymnasium.

Obituary: Jeff Jones, teacher and Justice of the Peace – and former pirate radio DJ

Jeff Jones JP MRSC, teacher and broadcaster. Born 27 November, 1945 in Darlington. Died 19 February, 2019 in Elgin, aged 73. With his penchant for three-piece suits and ­fondness for pirate radio, Jeff Jones was never going to ­conform to the standard image of a school chemistry teacher.

Authorities crack down on illegal radio station broadcast out of Worcester church

A Christian church in Worcester has been operating a pirate radio station on two different channels without a license from the Federal Communications Commission, according to the US attorney’s office for Massachusetts. Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church have been illegally operating a radio broadcast station on 97.

Oxide & Neutrino: how we made Bound 4 Da Reload

‘There was a rise in gun crime and garage was blamed. We went from being on Top of the Pops to not being able to play anywhere. Then I was shot’I met Neutrino at the pirate radio station Supreme FM, where we were doing DJ sets. We clicked and joined So Solid Crew, who at that time were 30 strong.

Oxide & Neutrino: how we made Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)

Alex Rivers, AKA Oxide, DJ. I met Neutrino at the pirate radio station Supreme FM, where we were doing DJ sets. We clicked and joined So Solid Crew , who at that time were 30 strong. When we all piled into a tiny room, it was crazy – but when Neutrino and I signed our own record deal, we became a separate entity.

From the low lands to the high seas: Belgian pirate radio’s rise and demise

Tired of government-approved music, monolingual programs and establishment views, activists and music lovers set up hidden stations in garages, basements, church towers and garden sheds. Some even took to boats in order to escape authorities’ efforts to shut them down.

The rise and fall of pirate radio station WBAD

In the mid-’90s, the internet was just starting to turn into a mass medium. There were no podcasts, and nobody had heard of internet radio. So it was a heyday for FM “pirate radio.” FM transmitters were cheap and easy to operate. For a few hundred bucks you could blast your favorite music,....

The Rise and Fall Of Pirate Radio Station WBAD

Culture Warning: Some bleeping good radio ahead. (Zoonar GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo) The Rise and Fall Of Pirate Radio Station WBAD. By: Posted on: In the mid-’90s, the internet was just starting to turn into a mass medium. There were no podcasts, and nobody had heard of internet radio. So it was a heyday for FM “pirate radio.

Pirate radio closedown 30 years ago ended buccaneering chapter

October 2nd, 2018: The Irish Pirate Radio Archive has been donated to Dublin City University. The collection of documents, publications and paraphernalia celebrates the golden years of pirate radio in Ireland between 1978 and 1988. Video: Bryan O'Brien On this day 30 years ago, Ireland’s pirate....

Veteran broadcaster Tom Edwards ‘reveals all’ in explosive new book set to be launched

Veteran broadcaster Tom Edwards will reveal all about a life in which his pirate radio boss was murdered, he reached the top of the industry and spent three years in rehab, in an explosive new book set to be launched at Birmingham City University this weekend (Saturday 8 December).

New satellites will hunt pirates, and maybe terrorists

If all goes as planned with the scheduled SpaceX launch Sunday, a startup called HawkEye 360 will have a trio of satellites resembling toaster ovens circling the globe, scanning for pirate radio. The Washington-area company is one of 35 paying customers strapped to the top of the Falcon 9 rocket, a....

From BBC news reader to destitute drunk on the streets of Norwich

At 22 he was reading the television news. He’d already been a local newspaper columnist and a pirate radio DJ. Then from local television he moved to national broadcasting, and on to Hollywood. It seemed as if the world was there for the taking for Norwich boy Tom Edwards as he mixed with celebrities and became a household name himself.

Tom Edwards

At 22 he was reading the television news. He’d already been a local newspaper columnist and a pirate radio DJ. Then from local television he moved to national broadcasting, and on to Hollywood. It seemed as if the world was there for the taking for Norwich boy Tom Edwards as he mixed with celebrities and became a household name himself.

Tom Edwards

At 22 he was reading the television news. He’d already been a local newspaper columnist and a pirate radio DJ. Then from local television he moved to national broadcasting, and on to Hollywood. It seemed as if the world was there for the taking for Norwich boy Tom Edwards as he mixed with celebrities and became a household name himself.

DJ with wife as only audience for years gets own show The Week

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited. A radio enthusiast who has broadcast to his living room from his garden shed for 44 years has been offered a Christmas slot on his local BBC station. Deke Duncan set up Radio 77 in his back garden in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in 1974, inspired by the offshore pirate radio stations of the 1960s.
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Shut down a pirate radio station, and you might be shutting down a community’s lifeline. While there can be good cause for the federal government to close down ...