Offshore Radio Memorabilia / The Flashback '67 Exhibition
RADIO CAROLINE COMPILATION '64 - 67' - CD
We start on Easter Sunday 1964 and Simon Dee opens the station, and introduces Chris Moore... Chris features again in the next piece from 1966, and then the Emperor Rosko and Keeter the K present a spoof broadcast from Radio Moscow!.... Mike Ahern presents "cut short" from Easter 1967...listen to this production masterpiece!... Then August 14th 1967 dawns and Robbie Dale says goodbye to the Big L, and later Caroline goes "International" at Midnight... Finally, there's the "loonabout" programme presented by Carl Mitchell, Glen Adams and Stevie Merike from December 1967... This recording is around 60 mins and the audio quality is average, as you would expect from a recording of this age.
RADIO CAROLINE - 1964 - STATION JINGLES - CD
This CD contains the first station produced Jingles used by Offshore Pirate Station - Radio Caroline, several months after it came on air in March 1964. The recording session, according to my research, occured sometime in late '64, possibly, early 1965 and features session singer Madeleine Bell, with the unmistakable Hammond Organ heard on many of the original Caroline Jingles in those early pirate days. There is some dispute as to when the session was actually recorded, but whenever it was - many well known Jingles feature in the set - "Caroline - The Sound of the Nation" ... "Sounds Fine its Caroline" ... "Man that's Groovy" ...as well as instrumental beds, shorts and accapellas. This uncut recording session sounds pretty basic by today's standards, but can be considered a milestone in broadcasting history. There is an additional track on the CD featuring organist Jimmy McGriff playing "Round Midnight". This tune was used to start transmissions on Easter Sunday 1964, and became the stations Anthem, closing broadcasts each evening. The tune was originally used as the theme to a programme called "Sunset Serenade".
RADIO CAROLINE ARCHIVE RECORDINGS '64 - 89' - CD
We start with the Radio Caroline Anthem "Round Midnight" by Jimmy Mcgriff... This tune was played every evening as Caroline closed it's broadcasts in 1964... Track Two - is an early Radio Caroline promo called "Fourpence Off"... Set to a calypso beat, this rather strange production was aired in the first few weeks of broadcasting. Track Three - we join Norman St. John and Graham (Spider) Webb, presenting programmes on 12th December 1965 (running time around 26 mins). Track Four - is an abridged interview with Caroline DJ Johnny Walker and Radio London DJ Tony Windsor, talking candidly about there times on the Offshore Pirate Stations. Track Five - Join Johnny Walker and Robbie Dale at Midnight on August 14th 1967 as Caroline becomes illegal... Track Six - Caroline Jingles from 1973/4. Track Seven - Caroline/Mi Amigo promo and jingle. Track Eight - DJ Mike Hagler made this superb station promo in the seventies:- "From a Point at Sea"... Loving Awareness. Track Nine - Hear around 20 Minutes at the Caroline Raid from 1989, as the station was taken off air by the Dutch Authorities. Track Ten - New Riders of the Purple Sage - "On my Way Back Home", features references to Radio Caroline.
Caroline Continues...August 14th - 1967
On Monday August 14th 1967, Radio Caroline continued broadcasting to the UK and Europe, even though the British Government had brought in a bill to end "Pirate Radio". At midnight, Caroline DJ's Johnnie Walker and Robbie Dale, along with newsreader Ross Brown became criminals. This 2 CD set is that broadcast... Hear Johnnie Walkers "Fight for Freedom", .... Frinton Flashing, and nearly two hours of historic radio broadcasting..... as Radio Caroline continued into illegality. Quality - reasonable / good
ANDY ARCHER SHOW PART 1 - CD
Join Andy Archer on Radio Caroline: The Date: 27th February 1968.... The Time : Midday to 1.00 p.m. Bud Ballou reads the news, then Andy begins his lunchtime show...It's bright and bubbly, there are the Caroline Hits, and some of the "plug" records that were keeping Caroline going financially at this point... There are advertisements too, many of which had been cancelled after the Marine Offences Bill made it illegal to advertise on Offshore Radio stations...Nevertheless, Here is Caroline - still sounding great on 259 meters....Sadly, 4 days later, Dutch tugs towed away the Caroline ships, and the rest as they say, is History.... Running time - Nearly an hour. Audio Quality: Fair to good.
ANDY ARCHER SHOW PART 2 - CD
Join Andy Archer On Radio Caroline - Early 1968... The Date: 27th February 1968 The Time: 1.00p.m. - 2.00 p.m. Part two of the Andy Archer Show... A follow up to the "Part 1" CD....another hour of Pop Pirate Legend - Radio Caroline. Hear the Caroline Hits, the imfamous "plug" records, advertisements were few and far between, as the Marine Offences act took effect, and made it illegal to advertise on Offshore Radio....Nevertheless, the show went on.... Sadly, 4 days after this recording, Dutch tugs towed away both Caroline ships and the rest as they say - is History!! Running time - nearly an hour Audio quality : Fair to good.
ANDY ARCHER SHOW PART 3 - CD
Here's "Part Three" of the Andy Archer show - Radio Caroline International - 1968 The Date: February 27th 1968 The time 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. The show is still in full swing, but the "plug" records and promotions are now reaching fever pitch!! Those good old 'Major Minor' tunes are being sold for all they are worth! Andy stays on the case, and presents requests, and some golden oldies...Sadly, 4 days after this transmission the Caroline ships were towed away by Dutch tugs who took the ships to Amsterdam, where they lay abandoned for several years....and the rest, as they say,... is History!! Audio quality varies, but in the main is fair to good... Running time : just under an hour.
THE EMPEROR ROSKO ON RADIO CAROLINE - CD
Here is a double CD recording of Top American D.J."The Emperor Rosko" On Radio Caroline from July & August 1966 .... Joining Radio Caroline in early 1966, the Emperor caused a stir among the DJ's and Crew on Caroline when he came aboard with a Mynah bird called Alfie. The bird would sit in the studio, and interupt the presenters, with quotes like "Sounds Fine - It's Caroline".... I'm not sure whether Alfie features on these shows, but there are many references to happenings on board Caroline South, the 1966 Beatles tour, and plenty of musical mayhem....Famous for his motor mouth style Rosko, real name Mike Pasternak, was well suited to the ad-lib style of presentation...He stayed with Caroline until early 1967, when he left to work on the French service of Radio Luxembourg, becoming the stations top DJ within a year. Rosko can still be heard on a number of stations in the UK. Naturally, with recordings of this age, the audio quality is fair to good, please do not expect not FM radio quality. Another great addition for collectors of Offshore Pirate Radio recordings.
JOHNNIE WALKER INTERVIEWS - 2 X CD
In two completely separate and different interviews - Here's Ex-Radio Caroline DJ, Johnnie Walker talking candidly about his time on Radio Caroline, he describes his feelings when the station closed in 1968, and his subsequent move to BBC Radio One a year later. Johnnie then left the UK and became exiled working in American Radio. After 6 years in the States, Johnnie recalls learning of the return of Radio Caroline, and contacting the owners of the station, who gave him the position of Programme Controller. After a year of preparing to go back on air, several delays resulted in Johnnie leaving the organisation to work on Radio West in Bristol. Johnnie recounts his work with the 'new' Caroline, and tells of his bitterness towards the station, that had still not returned to air as this recording was being made. This would date the interview around 1982. In the second interview on CD 2 - Johnnie recounts his days on Swinging Radio England, and how he jumped ship to join Radio Caroline. Johnnie tells how "Man's Fight For Freedom" was created and the impact that the Marine Offences Act had on the Caroline operation and those at sea. Johnnie finally recalls his move to radio station KSAN in California, and his struggle to survive in the U.S.
CD one - The audio quality is unmistakably AM, and the running time is around thirty minutes.
CD 2 - Sounds like this is from a cassette or reel tape - quality is OK to good.
Running time around 50 mins.
2 x Audio CD set
OPENING DAY AUGUST 20TH 1983 - CD
Join Tom Anderson for the opening of the "New" Radio
Caroline - 12 noon August 20th 1983. After many rumours of the return of Caroline, test transmissions were finally heard on 963kHz during the morning of the 19th August. The station returned in a rather unassuming fashion with tracks by the Fortunes - "Caroline", John Lennon and "Imagine" and the Loving Awareness Band with "Existance". This was followed by a low key announcement by Tom Anderson, who invited everyone to come on a 'couple of musical journeys'.
Whether this was quite what the listeners had been expecting was not noted, however the return of Caroline welcomed in another era of offshore radio in Europe, and the rest, as they say - is History!
The recording is clean and is mostly 'very good' - It was recorded directly from an AM radio, and is over 33 years old, ....So please do not expect digital quality. As a piece of Radio memorabilia - It is a nice collectors item...
NOW a 2 x Audio CD set Running time - over two hours
RADIO CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL 1968
The Best of European Radio Featuring: Stevie Merike and Spangles Muldoon
THE LAST JOHNNIE WALKER SHOW
Radio Caroline - March 1968 & Johnnie's last show before the Mi Amigo was towed away..... Audio Quality - Good Running Time - 2 hours 2 x Audio CD set
RADIO CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL 1968
Featuring: Johnnie Walker followed by Spangles Muldoon
THE ROGER DAY SHOW - CAROLINE SOUTH - AUG 1967
Roger Day morning show from Saturday 12th August 1967 - 9.00 - 10.30am 2 x Audio CD set
ROGER DAY'S PENULTIMATE BREAKFAST SHOW
From Radio Caroline - 2nd March 1968...The Roger Day "Penultimate" Breakfast Show...... Not perhaps what you would imagine, as Roger never got to present his "final" show on air due to the radio ship Mi Amigo being towed away.....Hence the penultimate show was in fact Roger's last programme on Radio Caroline in 1968. Over 90 minutes in length with all the usual Caroline jingles and Roger's own brand of chat ...... Audio quality - Good. 2 X Audio CD set
MIKE AHERN CHRISTMAS SHOW - DECEMBER '66
Radio Caroline December 25th 1966
Mike Ahern welcomes everyone to Christmas Day on Radio Caroline South, and presents over 2 hours of music including a number of Christmas tunes.
The Audio quality is reasonable considering the age of the recording............
2 x Audio CD set
MIKE AHERN COMPLETE SHOW - 2xCD set
Radio Caroline April 14th 1967
Mike Ahern with over 2 hours of his morning show including a number of "Major-Minor" plug records which the station was now running, due to it being overseen by music publisher Philip Soloman.
Audio Quality - reasonable, considering the age of the recording.
2 x Audio CD set
RADIO CAROLINE SHIP - MI AMIGO - PHOTO
Here's a photo - print of the 60's Pirate Radio station - Radio Caroline. The ship was called the Mi Amigo, and is pictured just after a repaint in 1966. Coming on air in May 1964 as Radio Atlanta, The Mi Amigo anchored only a mile from the original Radio Caroline vessel the Fredericia. Radio Caroline and Radio Atlanta joined forces in July 1964, and the Fredericia set off to the Isle of Man to broadcast as Radio Caroline North, leaving the Mi Amigo broadcasting as Radio Caroline South in the Thames Estuary. This picture measures 16cm x 13cm, comes in a card sleeve, and will be mailed to you in a hard backed envelope.
THE RONAN O'RAHILLY INTERVIEW
The founder of Radio Caroline talks candidly about how he started the world's most iconic radio station in 1964,....the pressures involved, and how he dealt with everything..... Ronan tells how Caroline changed the face of the music & radio industry in the UK & Europe, and how that influence still affects radio today..... Running time 55 mins Quality - Good 1 x Audio CD
THE ROBBIE DALE INTERVIEW
The "Admiral" Robbie Dale talks about his time with Radio Caroline, his association with Johnnie Walker on Caroline South & what happened at midnight on August 14th 1967. Robbie details how the 'Beat Fleet' came about, and how he went to work with Radio Veronica in 1968, when Caroline was closed down.... Robbie also recounts his time running Sunshine Radio - a "Super-Pirate" unlicenced radio station in Dublin. Audio quality - Good Running time - over 60 mins
THE SIMON DEE INTERVIEW
Simon Dee - the first voice on Radio Caroline in 1964, talks about how he found himself working for what would become the world's most iconic radio station. Simon tells what it was like to see the ship and the radio station for the first time in Southern Ireland, and how the fledgling DJ's went about setting up the sound of the station. Simon also talks about his career and his later move to BBC TV. Audio quality - good Running time - over 50 mins