CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 145 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 14.8.2020

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 16th August 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 145 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Friday 14th August 2020

I am a huge fan of the 1960s Pirate Radio Stations. They ran mainly from 28 March 1964 until 14th August 1967 although Radio Caroline did carry on until 2nd March 1968.

On this day (Monday) 14th August in 1967 The Marine Offences Bill became law at midnight which meant that most of the Pirate Radio Stations that were broadcasting closed that day, except Radio Caroline.

A very sad day for us teenagers of the time. The pirates had provided a soundtrack to our teenage years which would have passed by very quietly without them.

I always fancied being a radio show presenter and being a Pirate Radio Show DJ seemed so romantic. Just imagine sitting on a boat in the middle of the North Sea playing your favourite tunes of the day.

To pay tribute to the Pirate Radio Stations here is a table of the most popular ones and when and where they broadcast.

There is a special list of the final half dozen that hung on to the bitter end and their first and final records played.

What an era!

  Station Name First  Last Frequency Vessel/Fort/Tower Where Situated
    Broadcast Broadcast   Broadcast from  
    (approximately*)        
             
1 Radio Caroline/North 28-Mar-64 02-Mar-68 199m Medium Wave (MW) MV Caroline Off Frinton-on-Sea
             
             
2 Radio Atlanta/ Radio Caroline South 12-May-64 02-Mar-68   MV Mi Amigo off Isle of Man
             
  2 Carolines merge 02-Jul-64        
             
             
             
             
             
3 Radio London 23-Dec-64 14-Aug-67 266m MW MV Galaxy Off Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
             
4 Radio 270 11-Jun-66 14-Aug-67 270m MW MV Oceans Seven Off Scarborough & Bridlington
             
5 Radio Scotland 31-Dec-65 14-Aug-67 242m MW MV Comet Off Troon
             
6 Radio Invicta 29-Jul-64 18-Dec-64 306m MW Red Sands Towers Thames Estuary six miles off Minster, Isle of Sheppey
             
7 King Radio 18-May-05 22-Sep-65 238m MW Red Sands Towers Thames Estuary six miles off Minster, Isle of Sheppey
  King Radio Renamed Radio 390          
8 Radio 390 25-Sep-65 29-Jul-67 390m MW Red Sands Towers Thames Estuary six miles off Minster, Isle of Sheppey
             
9 Radio Sutch 27-May-64 01-Sep-64 197m MW Shivering Sands Fort Thames Estuary seven miles off Herne Bay
  In Sept ’64 Sutch changes to City       Shivering Sands Fort Thames Estuary seven miles off Herne Bay
             
10 Radio City 23-Sep-64 09-Feb-67 299m MW Shivering Sands Fort Thames Estuary seven miles off Herne Bay
             
11 Swinging Radio England 18-Jun-66 13-Nov-66 227m MW MV Laissez Faire Off Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
             
12 Britain Radio 03-May-66 22-Feb-67 355m MW MV Laissez Faire Off Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
             
13 Radio 227 15-Mar-67 23-Jul-67 227m MW MV Laissez Faire Off Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
             
14 Radio 355 15-Mar-67 06-Aug-67 355m MW MV Laissez Faire Off Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
             
15 Tower Radio 15-Oct-65 01-Feb-66 215m MW Sunk Head Tower fort  Thames estuary twelve and a half nautical miles off Harwich
16 Radio Tower 05-Mar-66 12-May-66   Sunk Head Tower fort  Thames estuary twelve and a half nautical miles off Harwich
             
17 Radio Essex 07-Nov-65 25-Dec-66 222m MW Knock John Fort  Thames Estuary twelve miles off Herne Bay in Kent 
             
  * First Broadcast Date may be start of test transmissiond may be first official programme broadcast          
             

 

 

 

    First  Last First Last Record Final Final Record Last Voice to Be Heard
    Broadcast Broadcast Record      
               
1 Radio Caroline/South 28-Mar-64   Not Fade Away – Rolling Stones      
        Can’t Buy Me Love – Beatles      
2 Radio Atlanta/ Radio Caroline North           
               
               
3 Radio London 23-Dec-64 14-Aug-67 Fall In Love with You – Cliff Richard Day In the Life – Beatles    
4 Radio 270 11-Jun-66 14-Aug-67 Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra We Love The Pirate Stations – Roaring 60s Land Of Hope & Glory Vera Lynn  Rusty Allen last voice
6 Radio 390 25-Sep-65 29-Jul-67  Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller Orchestra House That Jack built – Alan Price    
7 Radio Sutch 27-May-64   Jack the Ripper – Screaming Lord Sutch      
8 Radio City       The Party’s Over – Shirley Bassey    
9 Swinging Radio England 18-Jun-66 04-Nov-66 Hawaiian Eye – Petula Clark      
10 Britain Radio            
11 King Radio     Hang on Sloopy – Mcccoys      

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION

WASHING LINE

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Let life be an adventure. Live your life to the fullest, unfettered by fear of the ghosts and goblins of what might occur. Calamity and death happen as well to those who hide from life as to those who squeeze every drop of zest from it.-Jonathan Lockwood Huie

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…’60s Pirate Radio

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Most people are shocked when they find out how bad I am as an electrician.

LOVE IS…

Love is…just being together

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to listen to 1960’s Pop Pirate Radio Stations…A time to listen to Radio 1 & Radio 2.
  2. A time to listen to the Light Programme…A time to listen to Radio Luxembourg.
  3. A time to listen to Radio 270…A time to listen to Radio Caroline.
  4. A time to broadcast from a boat in the North Sea…A time to broadcast from a tower in the Thames Estuary.
  5. A time to listen to Tony Blackburn…A time to listen to Simon Dee
  6. A time to listen to Kenny Everett…A time to listen to Johnny Walker
  7. A time to listen to Stuart Henry…A time to listen to Keith Skues

TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE

DAY 132        18 Times – 162 Feet              Cumulative Total 19,647 Feet

SUMMER PLAYLIST AUGUST 16th 2020

  1. Island Of Dreams The Springfields 2:36
  2. Surf City
  3. Dancing In Th Street Martha & The Vandellas 2:38

 

 

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