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Wednesday July 12th 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's second July 2006 report HERE.

 

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Een commentaar door Rob Olthof (SMC):

Rudi Carrell

Er bestaat een decennia lang misverstand dat Duitsers geen gevoel voor humor zouden hebben. Zoals gesteld, een misverstand. Het is misschien wel in de wereld gekomen omdat in de jaren na de Tweede Wereldoorlog Premier Adenauer en onze minster Luns niet met elkaar door één deur konden. Minister Luns was eens te gast bij Willem Duys en vertelde heel smakelijk over zijn omgang met politici, waaronder dus Adenauer. Totaal geen humor aldus Luns. Eerlijk gezegd was de verstandhouding tussen de Duitsers en de Hollanders in de jaren vijftig een moeizame te noemen. Begin jaren vijftig kwamen onze oosterburen massaal naar de stranden aan de kust en uit mijn jeugd kan ik me nog herinneren dat als er een grote kuil was gegraven er ongetwijfeld een Duitse familie in zat. “Ze zijn weer bezig met de herstel van de Atlantic Wall”, zei mijn vader altijd. Wat politici niet voor elkaar kregen, kreeg Rudi Carrell wel voor elkaar: wederzijds respect en het aanvoelen van elkaars humor.

Op 5 mei 1964 brak Rudi Carrell internationaal door met zijn beroemde show met Esther Ofarim als zeemeermin. U hebt de herhaling op 10 juli jongstleden nogmaals op het de televisie kunnen zien. Deze show kreeg destijds de Zilveren Roos van Montreux. De directie van Radio Bremen, de destijds kleinste zendgemachtigde in Duitsland, zag de show en besloot Carrell te contracteren. Rudi Carrell verhuisde naar Bremen en bleef daar zijn leven lang wonen.

Rudi’s shows werden ongekend populair, te meer daar hij, zo gewoon was gebleven. Duitse showsterren waren vaak - zo vertelde een Duitse producer - netjes in het pak maar vertelden maand in maand uit allemaal clichés en dat begon de kijkers te vervelen. Rudi had het zo naar zijn zin in Duitsland, dat er ook Duitse platen werden opgenomen, onder meer het nummer ‘wann wird’s mal wieder richtig Sommer?’, een vertaling van het nummer ‘’t Is weer voorbij die mooie zomer’, van Gerard Cox en wie kent niet het lied over de muizen in de molen in oud Amsterdam en het lied over een straatje om? 

In 1987 was er een rel rond Carrell. In zijn ‘Rudis Tagesshow’ presenteerde hij een filmpje waarin een aantal vrouwen te zien was die slipjes en bh’s gooiden naar de ayatollah Khomeiny. Het filmpje van 6 seconden ging de wereld over en in Teheran werd er woedend gedemonstreerd. In zo’n dictatuur wordt er natuurlijk niet door particulier initiatief gedemonstreerd, nee het werd door de overheid geregisseerd. De VARA wilde dit stukje uitzenden, maar onder druk van de Nederlandse regering besloot men dit maar twee jaar uit te stellen. Inmiddels heeft het Nederlandse publiek dit filmpje zeker driemaal kunnen zien. Rudi kon niet vermoeden dat zijn onschuldige humor de eerste in een reeks was van crashes met de fanatieke fundamentalistische moslims. Jaren later was Salmon Rusdie de tweede.

Wat alle goede bedoelingen van de Duitse en Nederlandse overheid niet voor elkaar kregen, lukte Rudi Carrell wel: wederzijds respect en goede verstandhouding. Terecht dat, weliswaar laat, hij een Nederlandse onderscheiding kreeg.

Rust zacht Rudi. Nederlanders en Duitsers houden van je.

Rob Olthof


 

Saturday July 1st 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's first July 2006 report HERE.

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De Offshoreradio Club viert zijn eerste lustrum. '2001-2006' of te wel ze bestaan 5 jaar. Van harte gefeliciteerd!!

Happy birthday to the Offshoreradio Club (Download Club)! Many thanks for all your valuable efforts which are highly appreciated.

www.offshoreradio.org

www.offshoreradio.org.uk


 

 

Wednesday June 28th 2006

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 Tony O'Neill reporting:

Sealand News

Mike Barrington is OK. He was not the man on board at the time. Mike got back on board on Sunday with a heroic act of bravery and loyalty and the charred remains of the Sealand flag was raised at 12.05 pm. Sealand is occupied.

I understand that all is well. Listen to BBC Essex between 11 and 5 on Saturday July 1st for more LIVE news FROM Sealand and some new interviews.

Thanks to Bill Rollins and Hans Knot  for forwarding these pictures.

 An exclusive report can be read at Bob LeRoi’s site: www.bobleroi.co.uk/ScrapBook/Sealand_Fire/Sealand_Fire.html

Read the official Sealand statement (1 and 2).

 

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News from the non-profit radio history people of the Radio Heritage Foundation at www.radioheritage.net 'sharing the stories of Pacific radio'

'pirate' Radio Hauraki Celebrates 40th Birthday

Kiwi icon since the 1960's, 'pirate' Radio Hauraki is holding a big birthday bash in Auckland later this year, and here's the good news! As the official 'pirate' Radio Hauraki website,
www.radioheritage.net will bring you news of all the events, original radio jingles, adverts and airchecks, exclusive photos from private collections of the '1480 Good Guys', official 'pirate' radio merchandise, competitions, and, of course, we're throwing open the doors to the '1480 Club' so you can register and catch up with old friends from the 1960's and enjoy the top Kiwi music of the era. Watch for the specially designed 'pirate' Radio Hauraki pages, coming soon to www.radioheritage.net.

WIN 'Shoesting Pirates' by Adrian Blackburn

We've got one copy of the original pirate radio book to give away. Just answer this question - what was the title of the first song played on the 'pirate' Radio Hauraki 'born' back in 1966?
Hint....it's got two words and the second is 'free' and it was sung by Matt Monroe as the title song for a movie of the same name about a lioness!
Just send an email headed 'pirate' Radio Hauraki with your name and mailing address and the correct answer to:
info@radioheritage.net before July 31 2006. Competition open worldwide. One entry per person please.
Tell your friends and watch for more 'pirate' Radio Hauraki competitions at
www.radioheritage.net.

 

Saturday June 24th 2006

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Sealand on fire

Click here for the latest news of the blaze on Friday 23rd June 2006.

Read the details details here.

See the the video taken from BBC Look East. Here are 2 screen shots:


 

Friday June 16th 2006

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The "Unofficial" Radio Caroline News Report

As I predicted in my last report dated the 1st June, Radio Caroline finally appeared on the Sky Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), dateline Monday the 12th June 2006, with what was probably every die hard Caroline fans desired Channel 0199! There was a bit of a false start, because at 08.00 hours, when Bob “Buzby” Lawrence’s new top of the hour “On Sky Channel 0199….” Station ID went out for the first time and then Pat Edison did his welcome announcement, Caroline was not actually on the EPG. In fact it did not start until around 10.50 hours. Pat did a marathon programme from 08.00 to 14.00 hours, instead of his usual Tuesday 10.00 hours start. If he had known that the actual start was going to be so late, he could have had a lie in! Since that morning we have been back to only having an early breakfast programme on Friday, presented as usual by Rob Leighton, who recently accidentally pressed the wrong button (or so he told us) and played “Beg, Steal or Borrow” by The New Seekers! 

There have been a few problems with the EPG, notably with the listings being one hour out. Despite the teething problems, it is certainly a great milestone in the stations history. It has been a long time coming and a lot of hard work has been done by the likes of John Knight and Peter Moore, but it has been the donations of the supporters that have got the station on the listing. In the words of Martin Turner:

Fly the flags, shout it from the rooftops, and tell everyone that

Radio Caroline is now on SKY Channel 0199

You can read Peter Moores’ “Mission Statement”, which has been prompted by the EPG launch at the following websites: www.radiocaroline.de and www.radiocaroline.co.uk


Now that Caroline is no longer a hidden station, you will see several ex offshore Caroline DJ’s returning to share the limelight. Some have already returned. Tony Christian did a couple of breakfast shows before the EPG launched, on the 5th and 6th June, but sadly he has not been heard since. I wonder if PM upset him again! Nigel Harris was back after 2 ½ years sitting in for Johnny Lewis on Saturday 3rd June. Nigel was still recovering from the flu, so he sounded a bit croaky! Johnny has told me that due to his commitments on local radio station KM-FM, he will only be able to do every other Saturday morning, so maybe Nigel will cover the other weeks. If so Nigel should be on in the morning. I have also heard that “Buzby” will also be coming back soon. Whilst it is nice to see these offshore DJ’s returning, we must not forget the presenters who have worked hard to keep the station going whilst it was not known to the millions of Sky viewers. There is certainly a feeling of déjà vu from when Caroline started on the Sky broadcasting platform.

I have had a few emails recently from John Patrick. He is in good spirits, despite his recent health problems. He would love to do programmes for Caroline from home, but apparently he is waiting for some software from Peter Moore before he can do so. So come on Peter, let John have this soon. We want him back! In fact he has informed me this week that he will be returning tomorrow evening (Saturday the 17th) between 19.00 to 23.00 hours, sitting in Pandora’s box while she is still in the States. Last week Captain Beach and Lee did the honours. JP has promised some fun, so please do listen in and if you have missed him and are glad he is back, please call or email him to let him know. 

Roger Day’s celebration of 40 years of Broadcasting continues with the promised “An Evening with Roger Day” events at the Lichfield Garrick, in Staffordshire on Friday 28th July, starting at 19.45 hours, phone number +441543412121 www.lichfieldgarrick.com and at Margate Winter Gardens, Kent on Saturday 29th July at 19.30 hours, phone number +441843296111 www.margatewintergardens.co.uk Neither theatre’s website lists Roger’s evening yet. Tickets for both venues cost 10 UK pounds. Among the topics covered will be Radio Caroline before and after the Marine Offences Act of August 67, the closedown in March 68, how he got the nickname “Twiggy”, the Radio North Sea International Government jamming during the election campaign of 1970 and much, much more. 

Clive Garrard will be repeating his recent telephone interviews over the next three Saturdays. This Saturday (17th) will be ex Lindisfarne member Ray Laidlaw, the 24th June Yardbirds' founder member Jim McCarty and finally the 1st July former Squeeze man Glenn Tilbrook. Clive’s programme is on every Saturday from 12.00 to 15.00 hours.

On the evening of Wednesday the 7th June, Roger Matthews stood in for Mark Griffiths, who is still recovering from an operation. Mark I hope all went well and you will be back soon. It was certainly nice to hear Roger in the evening. He is normally on every Friday morning from 10.00 hours, although today Martin Fisher sat in for him. 

This year, Radio Caroline is once again involved with several summer rock festivals. For details go to the www.radiocaroline.co.uk and click on Pandora’s picture for a link to a page with details of all of these, including how you can win a pair of tickets to some of them. You can also go direct to this page by the following link: www.radiocaroline.co.uk/Pandora.asp

Brief details (thanks to Pandora) are as follows:

BOSPOP 
7 - 9 JULY 2006 www.bospop.nl 
WEERT - HOLLAND (Attendance approx. 20,000) 

AMERICANA INTERNATIONAL
6 - 9 JULY 2006 www.americana-promotions.co.uk
NEWARK SHOWGROUNDS, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, ENGLAND

THE WICKERMAN FESTIVAL 
21-22 JULY 2006 www.wickermanfestival.co.uk
EAST KIRKCARSWELL, NEAR DUNDRENNAN, SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND.

ROCK & BLUES CUSTOM SHOW 
27 - 30 JULY 2006 www.rockandblues.uk.com
PENTRICH, DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND (Attendance approx. 20,000) 

ROCKIN BEERFEST 
18 - 20 AUGUST 2006 www.rockinbeerfest.co.uk
THE KINGS BUSH CENTRE, GODMANCHESTER, CAMBRIDGSHIRE, ENGLAND 

Last time I mentioned that by going to the website www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/rhiannonszmidt you could sponsor my 17 year old daughter in the forthcoming Race for Life, which is in aid of Cancer Research. Rhiannon has been so pleased that the Caroline fans that read my reports have sponsored her. I have already mentioned and thanked Caroline’s Marathon Man Graham, but since then Roland and Adam have also done so. Thanks guys. Rhiannon really appreciates your generosity. She was particularly excited when she received notification of Adam’s generous donation, which I will not mention for fear of embarrassing him. I am not sure if I know Adam, but I do know Roland, one of the hard working restoration volunteers on the Ross Revenge. Her race is only 3 weeks away. I’ll have to try and get her to wear one of my Caroline T-shirts on the day!

LA,

Steve Szmidt, Hawkinge, Kent, England.

(NB. All times stated are UK ones, so please add 1 hour for the German time.)

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Sietse Brouwer reporting from the international radio scene:

ZATERDAG 17 JUNI RADIO WADDENZEE VANAF LICHTSCHIP TEXEL

Rechtstreeks programma vanaf schip langszij catamaranrace ‘Ronde om Texel’

Komende zaterdag 17 juni zendt Radio Waddenzee 1602 AM rechtstreeks uit vanaf het lichtschip Texel. Het schip ligt op volle zee aan de route die gebruikt wordt voor de catamaranrace ‘Ronde om Texel’, de grootst race ter wereld voor dit soort schepen. De programma’s vanaf het schip beginnen om 07.00 uur en duren tot 19.00 uur. Er is muziek, nieuws en informatie. Uiteraard is er veel aandacht voor de catamaranrace, maar ook andere evenementen in de regio komen aan de orde. Voor het informatieve deel over de catamaranrace wordt samengewerkt met de redactie van de lokale omroep Texel. Radio Waddenzee is in Nederland te ontvangen via 1602 AM ten noorden van de lijn Schiphol – Arnhem en over de hele wereld via internet: www.radiowaddenzee.nl Tijdens de uitzending op zaterdag kunnen luisteraars het radiolichtschip bereiken via 06 – 53812426.

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Mr Anonymous reporting:

RADIO RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL, the voice of peace

Our international offshore radio station is transmitting now for 2.5 years. We have brought a message of love, peace and invironmental statements and ofcourse lots of music. Our regular frequency is 6265 kHz (6.265 MHz ), but we switch to another frequencie when there is a disturbing signal. We CAN NOT react on questions about rumours of transmitting from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza or other ships, or of cooperation with the Radio Caroline and Voice of Peace organizations. We get many questions about that by e mail, please understand our position. Our regular transmissions are on Sunday mornings. Reception depends on conditions in the atmosphere, we have received reports from european countries like England, Belgium, Lithuania, Germany, Finland, Norway, switzerland etc. and even from Brasil. People can still contact us on the e mail adress radiorainbow@hotmail.com 

We support the rainbow organisation which is responsible of many peace and environmental projects in the world.
Please support Radio Rainbow International, the voice of peace.

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Mike Brand replying:

Neither the Voice of Peace or Radio All For Peace has anything to do with Radio Rainbow, and I see this as trying to pull attention to themselves by using such names as the Voice of Peace.

The Voice of Peace has been closed for nearly 14 years now, and apart from a few half hearted attempts to revive it, and as far as I know, there is no such thing as a “Voice Of Peace Organization”.

As one who has been involved in attempts to bring back the VOP, I know of no one in the circle surrounding Abie Nathan, or former VOP DJ’s, at least in Israel, who are involved in this so called Radio Rainbow.

There are several Radio Rainbows all over the world, and I have a definite written denial from Greenpeace that anyone is using their ships as transmitting platforms. 

Radio Rainbow, if you want to seem credible, please stop using names that have nothing to do with you.

Mike Brand
Producer and Presenter
Rainbow
Radio All for Peace
107.2FM +
www.allforpeace.org

 

Monday June 12th 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's June 2006 report HERE.

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Roger Day Celebrates 40 years Of Broadcasting

This remarkable landmark will be remembered with two events in Lichfield, Staffs and Margate, Kent.

They will be in the format of “An Evening With Roger Day”

There will be video clips, photographs, audio extracts and tales of offshore and land-based radio from 66 until today. Much audience participation is anticipated with the chance for questions throughout the sessions.

Among the topics covered will be: -

Radio Caroline before and after the Marine Offences Act of August 67. Living in exile in Holland. The closedown in March 68. How he got the nickname “Twiggy”.

Radio Luxembourg

Radio North Sea International. The Government jamming, being pursued by Scotland Yard, the election campaign of 1970.

On tour with the Small Faces in 66, Beach Boys in 68 (Roger is actually on the Live in London Album) and introducing Jimi Hendrix on stage and many other top stars.

Thirty two years of Commercial Radio from Piccadilly, Manchester in 74, via BRMB, Radio West, Invicta FM. Pirate FM, County Sound, and now SAGA 105.7 fm in Birmingham.

Roger is looking forward to meeting listeners and colleagues from those 40 years.

Tickets are £10

Friday 28th July at 7.45 pm: Lichfield Garrick, Staffs 01543412121

Saturday 29th July at 7.30pm: Margate Winter Gardens, Kent 01843296111
 

 

Thursday June 1st 2006

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The "Unofficial" Radio Caroline News Report

It looks like Radio Caroline’s long awaited appearance on the Sky Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) is about to happen. Listeners using a Free To Air (FTA) satellite receiver will have noticed that a caption of the programme details has started, but at the time of writing, Caroline does not appear on the programme guide of a Sky Digi Box. Currently the highest radio channel number is 0195. Maybe Peter Moore is waiting for channel number 0199! Well done to Peter and most of all the supporters for getting Caroline onto the guide. This means that the station will no longer be hidden from the general public in the UK. I hope that it will prove to be worth the money. Big L recently celebrated their first anniversary of being on there, but sadly Apple FM announced they were leaving the Sky platform for financial reasons. I believe they will be continuing as an Internet based radio station. 

On the UK Spring Bank Holiday Monday (29th) Roger Day did his 40th Anniversary show. Sadly this was not on Caroline, but on commercial radio station Saga in the West and East Midlands of the UK. Whilst I appreciate Roger has to earn a living through paid radio work, as do other presenters on Caroline, I think it would have been more appropriate for this to have been, or at least another such programme to have been broadcast on Radio Caroline. I suppose I could have written the same about Johnnie Walker, whom recently did his 40th anniversary show on BBC Radio 2, but I am not sure if his current BBC contract would allow him to work on Caroline. Obviously, Roger is able to do so, and does so whenever possible. In fact, whilst he is staying over in the West Midlands, he does have some spare time available and if he had access to a studio where he could record programmes, he has stated he would love to do so for Caroline. Can anyone out there in the Birmingham area offer these facilities free to Roger? I know one of my mates in the West Midlands has started to provide accommodation for him, whenever he has to stay over during the week. Hi Chris. You will have to build a radio studio for Roger to use, as well as offering him Bed and Breakfast! 

On 27th May I was listening to Paul Meyer on German Caroline, who normally plays some excellent music. That Saturday was no exception as he played such rarities as Renaissance’s “Carpet of the Sun” (a change from the usual “Northern lights”), but I was shocked and disappointed to hear West Life being played just before a Wishbone Ash track! Come on Paul, we do no want boy bands playing on Caroline.

Clive Garrard has recently been heard doing a few telephone interviews with members of classic rock bands on his Saturday show. He seems to have taken over from Pandora in this respect. His guests in May included Yardbirds founder member Jim McCarty. The re-formed Yardbirds appeared in Maidstone the following night and listeners were able to win tickets in a competition. Clive is now back doing the 60’s and 70’s show on alternate Tuesday nights with Barry James. He took a break during May, so that he could spend time presenting programmes for his local RSL station “Hastings Rock”. This has now finished as its 28-day licence has expired. 

Johnnie Walker did the first of his special interviews & rock documentaries for Radio 2 on Bank Holiday Monday. This was an excellent Eagles Story. The preceding Saturday, the 27th, he was featured in the BBC 2 Television documentary “Summer of Love – 1967”. He was interviewed in the old studio of the Ross Revenge and was also seen walking on the deck. Tony Benn was also interviewed and he seemed to be blaming the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson for making him pass the MOA to get rid of the pirates, although in archive news footage, Benn was heard giving many reasons why the pirates had to be closed down. Obviously Wilson cannot defend himself about what Benn said, because he is no longer with us. This Saturday the “Summer of Love” is 1976. I remember that long hot summer well; as it was the first time that I went out to the Mi Amigo. 

Someone else who is sadly no longer with us is Caroline presenter Phil Adam A, who recently died of a rare cancer. For further details please read the obituaries section on the official Radio Caroline UK website www.radiocaroline.co.uk My sympathies go out to the family that Phil has left behind. Before he died on the 7th of May, Phil asked if some of his recorded programmes could be re-broadcast and these will be scheduled in the near future. 

Mark Stafford returned to Caroline after an extended holiday. First of all live on the 16th May, standing in for Clive Garrard on the 60’s and 70’s show and then on Sunday (28th) for his long awaited, new format recorded weekly Sunday evening programme, 18.00 to 21.00 hours UK time. Some listeners dislike recorded programming, but these are preferable to Robbo, the computer, but Mark’s new show called “Stafford’s World” is not recorded exclusively for Caroline and hence the name. It is being broadcast around the world on various radio stations, including Radio Seagull. See www.markstafford.co.uk for details. Whilst I found the first programme to be of the usual excellent Stafford quality standard, I felt it was faceless by the absence of Caroline jingles or advertisements, except at the top of every hour. Even at the end of the show, in Marks’ farewell announcement it was blank as to when you would hear him next! I appreciate why Mark has changed to supplying this type of programme, because I know he puts a lot of effort into each of his shows and therefore wants them to be heard by as wide an audience as possible and maybe now he is being paid by some of the broadcasters of his programme. However, other Caroline presenters do shows for other stations such as Seagull (e.g. Foster and Turner), so are they also going to follow Stafford’s lead in providing this type of programming? Hopefully, with the immanent launch of Caroline on the Sky EPG, the station will be found and listened to by a wider audience and this will bring back Mark live or at least doing recorded shows specifically for the old girl. If she does become more popular, she will certainly want to be selling as much advertising space as possible, including the times of Mark’s Sunday evening slot, in order to pay for next years EPG fees!

Sadly, Riga Steve has announced that due to other commitments he is no longer able to share the Monday evening slot with Martin Turner. Thanks to Riga for all his past shows. As a result, Martin Turner is proud to be exclusively taking this over (21.00 to 00.00 hours UK time), although due to working shifts, some of his programmes will be pre-recorded. Martin has a new email address, where he can pick up his messages at home and in the studio. This is martinturner@radiocaroline.co.uk

Richard Levine, who used to do an excellent breakfast show on Thursday mornings, is back at a new time of 00.00 hours UK time Sunday night, following Mark Dezzani. I am not sure why Richard has chosen this more obscure time slot. I would have thought his former breakfast show was more prime time for listeners. 

In last month report I asked if any of my readers would like to sponsor for my daughter Rhiannon in the forthcoming Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research. Many thanks to Graham Coull, a runner in this year’s London Marathon, who kindly visited her website www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/rhiannonszmidt and sponsored her. There is still time if anyone else would like to do so for this very worthy cause. 

LA,

Steve Szmidt, Hawkinge, Kent, England.


 

Sunday May 28th 2006

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Bob Preedy reporting:

BBC Radio York is doing a 40th anniversary tribute to Radio 270 on Friday 16th June. 

There'll be items in the mid morning show 9 to midday, and also on the afternoon show 2 - 5pm. 

Both shows will be broadcast from the Scarborough pleasure cruiser, the Regal Lady - and the public can join the afternoon cruise.


 

Tuesday May 23rd 2006

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BBC TWO

The Summer of Love

Sat 27 May, 9:10 pm - 10:10 pm (BST) 60mins

During the summer of 1967, the youthquake, which had been shaking 60s Britain, reached its climax. Young people turned their backs on their parents values, cast off the cloaks of convention and threw themselves into social, sexual and pharmacological revolution. British hippies rallied to anti-Vietnam war demos and partied to the sounds of pirate radio, which was banned in August by an outraged establishment. Love was in the air in 67. The Beatles All You Need is Love became the anthem of the summer and free love was enabled by the pill, which was declared safe for use in May. The summer of love also witnessed the widespread use of LSD and the rise of psychedelia. Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones were convicted of drug possession, as the campaign to legalise pot raged on throughout the summer. This really was a summer which changed Britain forever.

Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Featuring interviews with:

Donovan. 1967: Folk musician and flower child
Bill Wyman 1967: Bass player, The Rolling Stones 
Micky Dolenz 1967: The Monkees 
Barbara Hulanicki. 1967: Running Biba
Vidal Sassoon 1967: Perfecting his bob cut
Mary Quant 1967: Cutting her skirts extra short
Johnnie Walker. 1967: DJ, Radio Caroline
John Birt. 1967: Television Producer, Jagger on World in Action
Tony Benn. 1967: Post-Master General banning the radio pirates
David Steel. 1967: Youngest MP in Parliament


Taken from the Radio Caroline FanMailinglist:

Roger Day's programme on SAGA 105.7FM (West Midlands) from 6pm to 10pm (BST) next Monday (Bank Holiday) should be interesting. Roger is going to celebrate his 40 years in radio and has promised all music will be from 1966, plus recordings of himself from that year. 

Listen with Windows Media Player


 

Monday May 22nd 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's second May 2006 report HERE.


 

Monday May 8th 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's first May 2006 report HERE.


 

Saturday May 6th 2006

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Rob Olthof (Stichting Media Communicatie) reporting:

VAAR MEE MET RADIO MI AMIGO 192

Op
vrijdag 2 juni a.s. varen wij met de “Maria” van Rederij Groen de haven van Scheveningen uit, om precies te zijn de Dr. Lelykade om 15.00 uur. Om 23.00 uur zijn we weer terug in de haven. 

We zoeken dan de voormalige ligplaatsen op van Radio Veronica, Radio Noordzee en Radio Caroline. Daar worden dan enige minuten stil gehouden en vervolgens varen we richting Noordwijk waar het REM eiland nog steeds ligt en vervolgens naar de voormalige ligplaats van Capital Radio.

Onderweg worden we vergast op de aanwezigheid van Ad Roberts, Bert van der Laan, Kees Borrell, Jan Hariot, Jaap Jansen, Peter de Vries, John Westland, Hendrik van Nellesteijn en Ferry Eden. Zij zullen live aan boord programma’s opnemen voor webradio Mi Amigo 192 en deze worden uitgezonden op 1e en 2e Pinksterdag.

Gezien de stortvloed van de reacties hebben wij besloten
een groter schip in te zetten.

Wil je dit unieke en beslist eenmalige evenement meemaken? Dat kan:
Maak dan snel € 15,-- over op giro 4065700 van Mediacommunicatie te Amsterdam en vermeld op je betaling Mi Amigo boottocht. ER ZIJN MAAR EEN BEPERKT AANTAL PLAATSEN BESCHIKBAAR!!!

Het bestuur van SMC maakt tevens bekend dat de ontvangen gelden voor 100% ten goede komen aan Stg. Mi Amigo.

Met vriendelijke groeten

R. Olthof


 

Friday May 5th 2006

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The "Unofficial" Radio Caroline News Report

Since my last report, although some would argue before it, the old girl celebrated its 42nd birthday. Special shows included the return of Tom Anderson’s “Overdrive” on the Caroline South, Roger Day on Good Friday and Martin Fisher was up early to do the breakfast show on Easter Monday. Also worthy of a note was all the shows that Pat Edison did over the holiday weekend, including standing in for Johnny Lewis, who was unfortunately working elsewhere. Whilst on the subject of Caroline presenters employed by other radio stations, many have recently been heard on “Hastings Rock” a RSL in Hastings www.hastingsrock.co.uk. I heard Roger Day on Saga (West Midlands) on Easter Saturday and his programme, with all the restrictions imposed on him, was boring compared to his show on Caroline the day before. His voice even sounded slightly different. You can really tell when a presenter is happy in his work, because this comes across over the airwaves. This Easter, like last year, had a membership drive and this was reported to be a great success. 

Roger “Twiggy” Day is still hoping to have one or possibly two “An evening with” to mark his 40 years in broadcasting, which was on Wednesday (3rd). Depending on the amount of interest, there may be one in Kent (Winter Gardens, Margate?) and a second one in the West Midlands. If anyone is interested in attending such an evening, please email Roger at RTD@aol.com
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Someone else who celebrated 40 years in broadcasting on the same day as Roger was Johnnie Walker. He started his new weekly Sunday evening show on Radio 2 on the 23rd April (pity it was not the Sunday before), but luckily over the last two weeks he has been standing in for Terry Wogan on the breakfast show, so he was an air on his anniversary. He invited his listeners to let him know what they were doing 40 years ago. Also, his breakfast team organised the airing of some surprise, unannounced recordings of Johnnie as a pirate DJ. The first one was cleverly done with an intro of the sound Doctor Who’s Tardis arriving. I’m not sure if this BBC Science Fiction series is known in Germany. JW said hi to Roger Day, who he announced was also celebrating his 40th. I wonder if Roger was on Saga that day and if so, whether he did a special show to mark the occasion. I have not heard that he did so. Johnnie will be back doing breakfast in July. I wish I had the salary and number of holidays that Wogan gets!

During the week commencing Monday 24th April we had an early morning breakfast programme from 06.00 to 08.00 hours BST (Monday to Thursday inclusive) thanks to Tim Charles and Ice FM in Nottingham, who that week carried the broadcasts of Caroline overnight. You may remember that this RSL station rebroadcast Caroline last year.

The day before (23rd) Graham Coull did the London Marathon in 4 hours and 7 minutes. He tried to get through to Pat Edison on his mobile, but apparently the networks in the area were jammed. He later got through to Jon Robson. Well-done to Graham, for raising lots of money for the Tony Allan Memorial Fund. You can read his diary of the event on www.horizonmagazine.co.uk
. Whilst Graham was running, Pat Edison had two interesting telephone interviews. Jeff Wayne was on first and then a member of the Dutch band Kayak (sorry I am no good at remembering names, especially foreign ones!). The former discussed the sell out tour of the live “War of the Worlds” and the success of the special limited edition CD’s. For further details go to www.thewaroftheworlds.com Kayak have a new album out and certainly the single from this is very good. It seems that the band currently not very successful in their home country.

Radio Caroline has now started on yet another broadcasting platform. This time it is on Wightcable North, who is a cable company operating in parts of Scotland (Irvine, Troon and Kilmarnock in West Scotland) and the North West of England (Carlisle, Lancaster and Morecambe).

On May Day it was nice to hear Graham L. Hall back on Caroline and so soon after his last appearance over Easter. It’s a pity we do not hear more of this friendly Northerner, but I appreciate he travels from afar to present his shows and with the escalating price of Diesel and Petrol in the UK, it’s a costly business for any of the presenters who live far from the Maidstone studios.

Mark Dezzani has been back on Sunday evenings since the one before Easter, which was the date that I, and several others were expecting him to return, so I missed his first show. Welcome back Mark and also Duncan Larkin. 

Clive Garard is this month taking a break from doing the Tuesday night 60’s and 70’s show, but is continuing with Saturday’s. Tomorrow (6th) he is interviewing two members of Lindisfarne. I am not sure what the situation is regarding Clive doing the early Friday evening slot, which he started to do. In the last few weeks this seems to have become vacant again and is listed as non-stop music on the official schedule on www.radiocaroline.co.uk. Clive announced that Mark Stafford is covering his 16th May date. Mark was supposed to be giving details of his new look Sunday evening programme a few weeks ago and it was scheduled to start last weekend on the 30th, but Ray Copeland was on instead. Will he be back this Sunday? 

I know that there is the Tony Allan Memorial Fund, which includes support for Cancer Research, but I would like to ask if any of my readers would be interested in sponsoring my 16 year old daughter Rhiannon, who is taking part in the all female “Race For Life”, which may not be as much of a challenge as what Graham Coull undertook by running in the London Marathon, but it is once again for the very worthy cause of Cancer Research. Rhiannon’s Granddad/my father died of Prostrate Cancer just over 12 years ago and she is doing this race in his memory. If you would like to sponsor her, she would be very grateful. You can do so at the website www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/rhiannonszmidt. Thanks. Races are taking part all over the UK on various dates, but Rhiannon is taking part in the one being held in Regent Park, London on the 9th of July 2006. Good luck to all the female runners that are taking part in this.

Listening to Caroline tonight I am glad to hear that there is a new Caroline mouse mat advertisement, because the old one, which hopefully will now be dropped (or killed off!), was starting to annoy me!

Until next time, happy listening and don’t forget to email Roger if you are interested in his proposed “An evening with Twiggy” and join in the celebration of this great broadcasters’ 40th year in the business. I’m sure that if this does go ahead, there will probably be many former pirate operators and DJ’s in the audience, which hopefully will include the likes of Ronan and JW, and not stars from Coronation Street, who seem to get invited to all the ones in the ITV series of “An audience with………” 

LA,

Steve Szmidt, Hawkinge, Kent, England


 

Wednesday May 3rd 2006

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Svenn Martinsen reporting:

Dear former listeners of and radio people interested in Radio England, Britain Radio, Radio Dolfijn, Radio 227 and Radio 355!

The "Radio Rose of Texas" essay has now been completed, is over 100 pages long and is published on the web today, May 3rd, 2006, exactly 40 years after Radio England first hit the air on 845 kHz at 1030 am BST.

The reference is
http://www.northernstar.no/olgapatricia5.htm

The first effort of 2004, "Pickin'up 'Boss' Vibrations" was recently updated and is still on the web at
http://www.northernstar.no/sre.htm

laissez.jpg (37124 Byte)Having had a large number of inputs and researched a lot of new material it was decided to rewrite and extend the whole story to all 5 stations. Besides correcting mistakes, including a lot of new facts, improving the diary elements, recordings log and extending onto all 5 stations of the Olga Patricia and what happened to the ship and
transmitters-and personnell after August 6th, 1967 when R355 closed at 0022 hours.

Distinguished reader, if you know of any story, anecdote, biography or event, or if you have any photographs that you feel should be presented to the world through later editions of this essay, or if you know someone we should interview to get more information on this piece of radio history, please feel free to contact us.

If you worked with or on these stations in any respect, or have information from other sources, you are invited to give your input in text or pictures so that it may fit the outline in the essay.

Previously unknown unscoped mp3 recordings (if possible) are also sought (see updated list of recordings in "Pickin' up 'Boss' Vibrations"), as well as scoped airchecks, also in mp3 that may be displayed on the site. We only want sound material not published elsewhere. Please submit your text in Microsoft Word or for pictures,.jpg or .gif and email. Copyright issues must be resolved.

Contrasting views to those presented by the editor are welcomed, as they will add color and depth to the story, but the presentation will be balanced. If you find mistakes of any sort, please notify the editor.

An updated version is planned for November 13th, 2006 at 23.38 pm British time, to commemorate the 40 years anniversary of the final close down of Radio England.

Svenn on behalf of "Derek Burroughs, jr."
editor of "The Radio Rose of Texas"



 

Monday April 24th 2006

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Jan van Weeterloo reporting:

Nog eens Ad Bouman op de radio? Zoals al aangekondigd heb ik op 15 april een interview afgenomen met Ad Bouman. Ad spreekt daar in over andere dingen als 'hoe ben je nou bij Veronica gekomen?' 

Dit interview wordt aanstaande woensdag 26 april om 22.00 uit gezonden en voor de genen die het gemist hebben is er een herkansing op de donderdag tussen 17.00 en 18.00 en op maandag tussen 10.00 en 11.00. Het programma geeft tevens sfeerbeelden van Lapershoek, verrassende jingles, ingesproken door Ad en Bart van Leeuwen enz. Het geheel natuurlijk aangekleed met passende muziek die hoort bij Veronica zoals het strand bij de zee. Ik nodig iedereen uit te luisteren naar DE BEATGENERATIE en ik ben al aan het genieten met het verzamelen van alle muziek e.d. 

Je kunt het programma horen via Lokaleomroep Ede. Deze is in een straal van 25 km rondom Ede te ontvangen via 107.3 FM (via de kabel in Ede e.o. 93.1) en voor de stream (te ontvangen over de hele wereld) kun je terecht op: www.lokaleomroepede.nl In het balkjesmenu boven aan de pagina staat een link (luister live! klik daarop en vervolgens op beluister ons). Dus, nog zin in wat meer leuke 15 april dingen? LUISTEREN! 

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Bert van Schaaick reporting in the Radio Seagull news group:

Hi all,

I have been to the ship today (Friday April 21st) and helped Sietse removing some woodwork from the deck underneath the helideck. I was stunned ! It looks a completely different ship. Last time I was there (some weeks ago) there were no gangways on either side and the space underneath the helideck was all closed up with glass. Now they have put in temporary walls and removed all the glass and the ugly windows from both sides. It really looks like a ship again. Tomorrow (22nd) they will start putting in proper walls.

The crew are working with a very tight schedule that will bring the ship, brightly red painted in the outer harbour of Harlingen around whitsuntide (3,4,5, June). 

Lots of work need doing and luckily the army of helpers is still growing. There is no sign of the mast yet, but according to Sietse two Belgian engineers are coming over any day now to start making preperations.

A number of people from the UK are coming over to lend a hand and according to Sietse one of them will be over soon to start building the studio. 

Apart from help there is something else coming from the UK. There is still a transmitter waiting for transport and a 40 KVA Ford diesel generator has been purchased and is also waiting to be taken across.

Exciting times for an anorak !

Bert


 

Tuesday April 18th 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's second April 2006 report HERE.


 

Friday April 14th 2006

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Bart Serlie and Nick Barnes reporting:

On Easter Sunday 16th April there will be a live telephone inteview with Nick by Bart Serlie from the ZFM studio on Zoetemeer FM (www.zoetermeerfm.nl) FM 107.6 , cable Radio FM 92.9 and UHF TV Channel 26. 

Songs to be played "Radio Caroline" (first record of the show) and "My Seagull Friend" (last record of the show). DE TIJDMACHINE (The Time Machine) starts at 10:00 CET (9:00 BST) and ends at 11:00 CET (10:00 BST). 


 

Monday April 10th 2006

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Radio Marabu reporting:

Radio Marabu wird am 15. April 2006 (Ostersamstag) von 11.00 bis 15.00 Uhr deutscher Zeit (10.00 bis 14.00 Uhr UTC) auf Kurzwelle auf der Frequenz 9290 kHz zu hören sein. Das Programm widmet sich u.a. der Radiolegende Graham Gill, der am 15. April 2006 immerhin 70 Jahre alt (jung) wird.
Auch auf 1602 kHz (Radio Waddenzee/Radio Seagull) wird ab 19.00 Uhr am 15. April 2006 das Geburtsprgramm ausgestrahlt werden.

Radio Marabu transmits on shortwave 9290 kHz on the 15th of April 2006 from 11.00 up to 15.00 hours German time (10.00 up to 14.00 hours UTC). The program features radio legend Graham Gill, which celebrates his 70th birthday on April the 15th.

RADIO MARABU e.V. - Postfach 1166 - D 49187 Belm - Germany Tel.: 05406/899484 -- Fax: 05406/899485 
E-mail:
marabu@radio-marabu.de
Homepage:
www.radio-marabu.de
Europe´s radio station for alternative music

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Look Boden reporting:

Radio 227 zal de "Radio Veronica 18 APRIL"-dag a.s. zaterdag 15 april LIVE uitzenden!

3 uur live programma's met o.a. Eddie Becker , Bart van Leeuwen en Adje Bouman - 18 April! We gaan het proberen op de 15e.
Zaterdag 15 april 2006 wordt er in de 'studio' Hotel Lapershoek een Radio Veronica 18 April Dag gehouden van 10 uur tot 18 uur. 
In het voormalige studiopand van Radio Veronica is iedereen welkom op de speciale 18 April Dag om diverse oud Radio Veronica medewerkers te ontmoeten. Je kunt ze ook vragen stellen via een gespreksforum , dat in het teken zal staan van 18 April 1973 (
www.norderney.nl).

Radio 227 zendt dit alles LIVE uit tussen 12.00 en 18.00 uur!! en zal een compilatie van deze dag op dinsdag (de 18e) tussen 18.00 en 20.00 uitzenden!

Voor de frequenties kijk op
www.radio227.nl - "frequenties".


 

Sunday April 9th 2006

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Martien Engel reporting:

Radio Popular gaat van start 

Op Zondag 9 April gaat Radio Popular van start met zijn programmering,.
Na weken van voorbereiding is men erin geslaagd een station neer te zetten met aandacht voor muziek van heden en vooral het verleden, speciale programma’s als: Popcorncity,
The Memphisflash, Countrytime, De vereniging voor vrije radio, zeezenderprogramma’s , Belgische en Nederlandse Top 20 en zo kunnen we nog wel even doorgaan. 

Er is ruim aandacht voor het Belgisch en Nederlands product, een must voor iedere muziekliefhebber, Benelux radio in optima forma.

Op Zondagmiddag 12:00 uur zal de opening live geschieden met:

12:00 tot 14:00 - Martien Engel
14:00 tot 15:00 - Arno van Boven
15:00 tot 16:00 - Gerard van Leeuwen
16:00 tot 17:00 - Tom van Katwijk
17:00 tot 18:00 - Bert van der Laan

Gedurende deze uitzending maak je kans op 2 toegangs kaarten voor het concert van
Belle Perez op 6 mei in het sportpaleis te Antwerpen, en tevens kan je toegangsbewijzen winnen voor de Dreamcar International, De grootste oldtimerbeurs van Belgie op 29 en 30 April en 1 Mei te Mechelen, ook geven we 5 proefabonnementen van 10 weken weg van de “TV gids-Primo !!

Kijk snel naar de officiële website en: 

Maak je Pc klaar, en luister naar Radio Popular !

www.radiopopular.nl of www.radiopopular.be 

Mvg.Martien Engel

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Hans Knot reporting:

Live vanaf de Noordzee

Op avontuur gingen recentelijk enkele medewerkers van het radiostation Century 100-102 toen met op weg van Newcastle naar Amsterdam vanaf de MS King of Scandanavia live hun breakfast programma uitstraalden. Reden was de zogenaamde maidentrip die het schip maakte. Het live signaal werd vervolgens per satelliet opgestraald en heruitgezonden via de zenders van Century. Het programma werd gepresenteerd door Scott and Lisa. Technisch werd het begeleid door de firma Adventures in Radio, die tevens de geavanceerde apparatuur leverde. 

De onderneming prees zichzelf aan als de organisatie die waarschijnlijk het voor het eerst in de geschiedenis van de radio het mogelijk had gemaakt uitzendingen vanaf een schip te verzorgen die onderweg was van positie A naar B. Hoe zat het nog maar weer toen bijvoorbeeld Caroline werd onderverdeeld in North en South en de bemanning en deejays van de MV Fredericia live gedurende de tocht van de Zuidkust naar de Westkust van Groot Brittannië destijds in 1964 verslag deden? Adventures in Radio kondigde tevens aan dat later dit jaar nog een aantal soortgelijke radioprogramma s vanaf schepen van de firma Thomson Cruises zal plaatsvinden in Europa, Australië, de VS en Trinidad en Toboga. 


 

Tuesday April 4th 2006

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The "Unofficial" Radio Caroline News Report

My plans for the April 1st report unfortunately went wrong, because Martin, the Webmaster was away on holiday at the time that I sent it and I was not aware of this. When I noticed that it had not been published I sent it out to a few friends at the last minute, so that my efforts would not be completely wasted. It is now up on this site (see below). I am not sure if the saying “better late than never” is appropriate for such a time sensitive report. I sent a copy to Clive Garard at the Caroline Studios, but he did not seem to be amused and stated on air that he could not see the point of it. One of his listeners who had read this report, thought the same as me. Clive, you need to liven up! 

Whilst on the subject of the aforementioned presenter, I meant to mention in my last report that I was disgusted that he refused (not for me) to play a request for the 14 minute “live” version of Peter Frampton’s “Show me the way” on his Saturday afternoon programme, because he thought the track was too long for the time of day. However, I know he played a track last Saturday that he announced was 11 minutes in duration, so I am not sure what is the dividing line on whether a track can or cannot be played. Personally I do not think there should be one. This was and should continue to be one of the unique things about Caroline. What do you think? I certainly do not think 14 minutes is excessive. Maybe Clive thought he was doing one of his hospital radio show at the time. Other than that, Clive does a good show on alternate Tuesday evenings, Friday nights and Saturdays, although as he has admitted himself, he can sometimes fall into the trap of being a bit repetitive with some of the tracks he plays. He certainly must be praised for currently doing such a long stint on Saturday’s (12.00 to 17.00 hours).

The programme schedule is starting to shape up for Caroline's 42nd Birthday this Easter. This is being billed as “Festival 42”, which predictably will include the best music from the stations history, featuring the presenters’ favourite tracks and many from the recent listeners Top 500. Like last Easter, there will be a membership drive with free gifts as an incentive to join. This year new subscribers will receive a DVD with rare footage from a Caroline Club 1960’s film, featuring a tour of the Mi Amigo and Caroline House in Mayfair. Also new and existing members will receive an audio CD containing a documentary on the legendary presenter Johnnie Walker. This year it is even easier to become a new member via the Support Group page of the official UK website www.radiocaroline.co.uk. Visit this site for up to date details of special programmes over Easter. It has already been announced that on Good Friday at 10.00 hours, following Rob Leighton’ s breakfast show will be the welcome return of Roger “Twiggy” day. We should have known that even Saga couldn’t keep him away during the old girls birthday! Listeners will also appreciate that Tom Anderson will be doing a new “Overdrive” on Easter Sunday and Mark Dezzani is coming back with a new weekly Sunday evening show. Mark has been doing programmes for Seagull since leaving Caroline. I must admit that Sunday evenings have never been the same since Mark left, so this is great news. 

Unfortunately, there is not going to be a birthday party, as was suggested there might be at the time that the Christmas Party was cancelled. This is probably, because the anticipated announcement is now not going to happen as early as was originally planned. 

Anytime now Mark Stafford should be officially announcing details of his new Sunday evening recorded programme, which should be starting on Sunday 30th April. Last Sunday (2nd April) we had a treat, because Steve Bishop stood in for Mark. I think someone said this was his first programme in 5 years. Has it been that long? He sounded as good as ever and still has that humorous side to his presentation. He did me birthday request for Barry Crompton, long time Caroline Supporter, who was 55 on Sunday. A few weeks ago Barry moved to a nursing home in Herne, so he is now closer to his parents (7 minutes walk for them) and it seems that he will now receive better care, which will hopefully lead to him making a speedier recovery. If any of his old friends would like his new address, please contact me. He spent most of his birthday at his parent’s house, where I was able to see him. Next time I will visit him in his new abode. 

Last Friday (31st March) Johnnie Walker did his last “Drive time” programme for BBC Radio 2. He announced he was going to quit, shortly after being presented with his MBE. I listened to his finale and you could definitely sense that it was both a sad and emotional occasion for both Johnnie and his listeners. His final guest was Neil Diamond. The announcement that Chris Evans is to be his successor has gone down like a “lead balloon” with many listeners. Johnnie will still be heard on Radio 2 on Sunday evenings at 17.00 hours (competition for Mark Stafford’s new show?) and also he will stand in for Terry Wogan on breakfast whenever he is on holiday.

On Sunday 26th March Captain Beech, Lee and Roland stood in for Steve Dack, who was supposed to be standing in for Mark Stafford! Apparently they made the studio smell of paint and engine oil, because they were still wearing their Ross Revenge restoration attire, having come straight from working on the ship.

Pat Edison on the www.radiocaroline.de website announced that that it had been confirmed that Technisat was dropping Caroline from it’s music bouquet at the end of March, which is bad news for the stations German listeners. Technisat has stated that anyone who purchased their receivers specifically to listen to Radio Caroline can contact their original supplier for a refund, which is honourable of them.

Johnny Lewis has been missing for the last two Saturdays and Pat Edison covered his show. We have to appreciate that Johnny does have other paid commitments, which sometimes means that at short notice he has to cover for sick presenters on the Kent based KM-FM stations, especially at this time of year. In fact on one Saturday morning (4th March) he did in fact do his show on Caroline, despite the offer of paid sickness cover, but he gave the opportunity to ex Caroline presenter Nigel Harris. 

On Tuesday 21st March Barry James announced that Peter Smith from PC Estates was resuming his sponsorship of the 60’s and 70’s show, which recently has been financed by Horizon Magazine. That evening he featured the Top 5 of Phil Adam A, the former Sunday night presenter, who I had thought left the station, but apparently he has been ill. Hopefully Phil is getting better, but I am not sure if he will be able to come back to his old time slot, because of the announcement of Mark Dezzani’s return. Finally, whilst on the subject of Barry, I thought he was brave to play Gary Glitter’s “Do you want to be in my gang” on the evening of the 7th March! 

Steve Silby did his final breakfast show on Wednesday 1st March and the Monday to Wednesday breakfast slot has remained vacant ever since. Thursdays was already presenter-less, so now we only have Rob Leighton for Friday morning breakfast. At least we have in my opinion been left with the best, even though Steve and Richard did do a professional sounding programme.

Dave Foster, who can now also be heard on Seagull, did his last “I can’t guarantee a live show” on Sunday 26th February, the same day that Mark Stafford did his last “live” show. However, the following week you may have been fooled into thinking Dave was in the Maidstone studios, because he gave out the Maidstone phone number. However, he later announced Martin Turner was following him at 18.00 hours and it was in fact John Robson, who incidentally does his last show covering for Mark on Sunday 23th April. 

I started with Clive Garard and I will end with him. Whilst presenting the 60’s and 70’s show on the 28th February he had as his guest Keith (Dave) Rogers, the ex RNI DJ. This is the second time Keith has popped in and like last time he had a very interesting conversation about his old pirate days. Clive is trying hard to get Keith to do some radio shows for Caroline. Let’s hope he is successful.

Until next time, have a Happy Easter and don’t forget to tune in to those special programmes on Caroline.

LA,

Steve Szmidt, Hawkinge, Kent, England. 

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The Media Network Weblog reporting:

Former Radio Veronica ship may be coming home

The former broadcasting vessel used by Radio Veronica may be coming home to the Netherlands after spending the past five years in the harbour of Antwerp, Belgium. The ship has been converted to a discotheque, and the Dutch municipality of Waalwijk is interested in using it for the same purpose. Negotiations are currently under way with the current owner, and the local council in Waalwijk. There are some obstacles to be overcome: the harbour in Waalwijk does not currently hold an entertainment licence, and there are questions about parking arrangements. The ship, the Norderney, has been used by various owners as a place of entertainment since it ended its ten-year spell of duty as a radio ship in 1974. 

 

Radio 10 Gold DJ Peter Holland celebrates 35 years on the air

Today is a milestone for Radio 10 Gold's Peter Holland, who celebrates 35 years on radio. Like many of the DJ's here, he started his career on Radio Veronica when it was still an offshore broadcaster, but very soon he transferred to the Dutch service of Radio Noordzee Internationaal, where he really established himself. Following the closure of the offshore stations in 1974, Peter Holland went to work for the public broadcasters VARA and NOS, where he presented a number of successful programmes. For the past 15 years, he has been one of the team of presenters at Radio 10 Gold, on the air Mon-Fri at 0800-1100 UTC. Our congratulations to Peter on reaching this milestone in his career.

 

Radio Caroline loses slot on Technisat bouquet via Astra 19.2E

UK-based satellite broadcaster Radio Caroline has announced that it will no longer be carried by Technisat as part of their Music Bouquet subscription service from the end of March. The service, carried on the Astra 1G satellite at 19.2E, has run out of channels and, as Radio Caroline was being carried free of charge, the company behind the German service wish to reallocate the channel for a new project.

Radio Caroline advises its listeners in Europe to move their satellite dish to 28 degrees where its "Sky" signal can be received free to air. Actually, this is misleading as Radio Caroline is not on the Sky EPG. It broadcasts via the Eutelsat Eurobird satellite and can be tuned in manually as follows:

Frequency - 11.390 
Polarity - V 
Symbol Rate - 27.5 
FEC - 2/3

 

Veronica to launch new "Veronica Story" website

On Tuesday 18 April 2006, the new website www.veronicastory.nl goes live. The Dutch Veronica foundation wants to preserve its history and feeling 'for eternity.' Contributions from the Dutch public will be an important element of the site. Under the slogan "What is your Veronica Story?", everyone is invited to tell his or her personal story on the site. Everyone who has interesting film, photo or audio material can upload it to the site.
The launch date was chosen because 18 April 1960 saw the first test transmissions of the VRON (later Veronica), and on 18 April 1973 tens of thousands of young people, supported by Dutch artists, held a huge demonstration in The Hague for the preservation of the much-loved music station.

 

Tom Mulder back on the air with Radio 10 Gold

Popular Dutch DJ Tom Mulder, who has been off the air following a brain haemorrhage on 1 August 2004, returns to Radio 10 Gold on Tuesday 4 April presenting a game show in celebration of the station's 18th birthday. The show is called ‘50 Pop of een Envelop’, a format which he previously presented when he worked for TROS between 1973 and 1988. It will be on the air every weekday at 1200-1300 Dutch time (1000-1100 UTC).
Tom says he's happy to be returning to the air with a programme that he regards as a highpoint of his radio career, and one that became the most popular Dutch radio gameshow of all time. He has also expressed his appreciation for the constant stream of mail from listeners that has helped his recovery.

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Roy Sandgren reporting:

The radio ship St Paul hired by Mike Spenser in 2004 and Radio Nord in 2005 is not based in Mariehamn (Åland), anymore. 

The ship was sinking the 2.nd of February and rescued to a dry dock. It was towed away from Mariehamn, Åland, on 26th February. 

The owner Klaus Hansen ows 17.000 Euros to the local government. The ship is being towed to Denmark and will be scrapped at Fredrikshavn warf.


 

Monday April 3rd 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's first April 2006 report HERE.

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Eric Wiltsher reporting:

SCANDINAVINA TOP 20 on RTI

RTI extends the international flavour of Europe’s Station Of The Stars.

03 April 2006, London, Poprad, Riga, Turku (Finland): RTI, Radio Tatras International is proud to announce the launch of the Scandinavian Top20, produced and hosted by Matthew French, every Sunday at 8.00pm CET.

The Scandinavia Top 20 is compiled in studios in Turku, Finland; ideally located to collate the latest data from the music-buying people of that region.

Eric Wiltsher, Director RTI, said: “It is with great pleasure we welcome Matthew to our international team. He will add a dimension to the station that many of our listeners will thoroughly enjoy.
“In a recent independent survey of RTI, our Slovak Top Chart was the most listened to daytime show. Following closely in second place was Larry London. The survey also showed, also with our Slovak listeners, that our English programmes, overall, produces the highest listening levels on RTI.
“Therefore, a new chart show aired in the English language is destined to be a major hit with our listeners”.

Matthew French added; “I am really looking forward to Scandinavia With Love airing on RTI. 
“RTI already has a huge number of listeners in Scandinavia via their 1350AM service and the free to air satellite service on Eurobird.
“I also hope that we can introduce some of the great Scandinavian bands to Europe”.

The Scandinavia Top 20, With Love from Scandinavia, will air every Sunday evening on RTI at 8.00pmCET on all outlets.

For more information:
Natalia Balajova -
natalia@rti.fm
Telephone (office hours) - +421 (0)52 78 71 999

About RTI
· Radio Tatras International (RTI) was launched on 09 April 2005.
· RTI is Informative and Entertainment based music radio.
· Musical orientation - the best of the old and new from around Europe

Time Lines
· November 2003, 94,2 granted by the Council for broadcasting and retransmission of Slovakia 
· January 2005 the U.K. regulator Ofcom granted RTI a satellite transmission license 
· April 2005 RTI started broadcasting 
· July 2005 the Latvian regulator granted permission for RTI to broadcast on 1350 AM 
· September 2005 RTI began broadcasting on 94,8 FM in Košice - Slovakia

Place of broadcasting
· Studios in London, Poprad and Riga.

Coverage
· 92,4 and 94,8 in Slovakia – 1350AM to western and northern Europe
· Europe and North Africa via Eurobird

Online information at
www.rti.fm

Audience
· RTI is now claiming over a quarter of a MILLION listeners, nearly 70 thousand in Slovakia

About Matthew
Matthew French was born in England and as the son of a British soldier has spent most of his life travelling. He currently lives in Finland, were he works as an English teacher. Matthew also works for a variety of radio stations as their man in Scandinavia.

Matthew began his broadcasting career with BFBS, the British Forces Broadcasting Service in Germany, Matthew taught himself the skill he needed to progress in his career and after a brief spell in Colchester, England working in the computer industry, he returned to Germany and went back to work with BFBS as a Technical Operator.

Its was while working as a techie that Matthew could explore the broadcast side of radio and very quickly he could be heard on the air again doing promotions and voice overs.

From Germany He returned to the UK and went to work for various ILRs and even the Virgin Mega Store. But the calling to go to a new place took over and Matthew joined the Voice Of Peace in Isreal where he was lucky enough to help make history. Matthew's voice was the last DJs voice to be heard on the station before it closed down and the ship was scuppered. 

Back to the UK again and he returned to his freelancing for ILRs and then landed the job of News Director at Sunshine 855 in Ludlow. As well as producing the news Matthew also presented the afternoon drivetime show and induldged his passion for rock music with Rock Saturday an afternoon four hour rocktastic experience.

From Sunsine to sunshine as Matthew headed South to Cyprus to produce and present news as well as the breakfast show. This is where he was allowed to get creative, Matthew was given a free hand to do it as he wanted, he was also given a free hand in commercial production.

While in Cypus he met his Finnish partner, who he married on 14th February 2004. Matthew has been living in Finland for 11 years and has produced many programmes there. He still produces programmes for Napa FM, as well as a variety of other stations.

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Martien Engel reporting.

Beste Luisteraars ,

In een tijd dat de media nog meer en meer de aandacht probeert te trekken naar de doelgroep 18-45 jaar, proberen enkele Radiogekken de mensen tussen 45 en ouder te bereiken. Een uniek gegeven, aangezien het internetradiostation ruim aandacht zal besteden aan het Belgisch en Nederlands product. Daarenboven wordt ook aandacht besteed aan het Franse chanson en Duitse Schlagers.

Vooral muziek van de jaren 60-70-80 worden in het daglicht gezet. Per uur worden ook 2 nieuwe actuele nummers gedraaid. De mogelijkheid wordt onderzocht om Belgisch en Nederlands nieuws + weerbericht te brengen.

De presentatoren zijn mensen die hun pluimen reeds verdiend hebben en reeds jaren in het vak zitten . Muziek die u nergens anders meer hoort is het motto .

Verder ligt het in de bedoeling om in de avonduren gespecialiseerde programma’s te brengen, zoals popcorn oldies, historische zeezender programma’s, de Belgische en Nederlandse top 20. Vanaf maandag is het radiostation reeds te horen met proefuitzendingen en ons streven is om vanaf Zondag 2 april te starten met gepresenteerde programma’s.

Initiatiefnemers van dit internet radiostation zijn : Arno van Boven, Gerard van Leeuwen, Tom van Katwijk, Martien Engel, Petra en Jeffrey. Verdere medewerkers die we zo al kunnen verwachten zijn oa.: Bert van de Laan, Ron de Volder  Frank de Graaf, Fred van Veen, Peter Vrakking, Mike Duprez, Dave Howard, Mario Riemens.

Nieuwsgierig geworden: neem je pc en klik naar www.radiopopular.nl of www.radiopopular.be

RADIO POPULAR - IT’S COOL, TOF, FUN…


 

Saturday April 1st 2006

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The "Unofficial" Radio Caroline News Report

Yesterday evening Johnnie Walker did his last “Drive time” programme for BBC Radio 2. I can now exclusively reveal that the real reason that Johnnie decided to quit this was to enable him to give something back to Caroline as a thank you for launching his career in radio. He has agreed with Station Founder Ronan O’Rahilly and Station Manager Peter Moore to be the new breakfast show presenter on the station for a minimum period of 6 months starting on Easter Monday (17th April). He will only be doing Monday to Thursdays and Rob Leighton will continue on Friday’s. The period Johnnie will be working for Caroline will include Monday August 14th, which should be interesting. It was rumoured that an ex ship DJ was going to return, but I’m sure no one thought it would be the legendary Johnnie Walker, who is every Caroline fans hero. He will not be able to do breakfast whenever Terry Wogan is on holiday, which is often, because he is contracted to cover this time slot on Radio 2. He will also be doing a show for this station on Sunday evening at 17.00 hours.

Johnnie starting on Easter Monday is part of the long awaited launch on the Sky Digital EPG and also a 28-day RSL that will be coming from Tilbury Docks. This is why Captain Beech, Lee and Roland have been so busy recently, spending every available weekend to get the ship ready to be moved to it’s previous location, ready to be open to the public from Good Friday (14th April) and throughout the months temporary licence. Like last Easter, there will be a membership drive with free gifts for current and new supporters joining over the Easter period, but with JW returning to the station, Caroline getting it’s EPG number 0191 (next one to Big L) and an AM RSL on the old Big L 1395 frequency, who needs any more gifts!

Last Decembers Christmas party was cancelled at short notice, but it was announced at the time that there would probably be one at Easter to tie in with some good news. Well the aforementioned announcements are certainly a good enough reason to have a party. The first one is happening on Easter Sunday (16th April) at the Riga Bar, in Southend. This will be a 42nd Birthday Festival Party, starting at Midday until Midnight. And wait for it. To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Loving Awareness Album, which is available via the Caroline Society Web Shop at www.radiocaroline.co.uk, the band have agreed to reform and play on the evening of the party, along with the Fortunes, who previously played here for the 40th Anniversary. Tickets for the day are a bargain price of £15, only available in advance, which includes a disco by Caroline DJ’s past and present and a guest appearance by station founder Ronan O’Rahilly. The tickets are limited and will definitely sell very quickly, so order yours straight away from the Caroline Society Web Shop to avoid any disappointment. If you order yours by midday on Sunday 9th April you will be entered in a draw to appear on Johnnie Walkers first breakfast show on Easter Monday live from the Ross Revenge and be a special guest of the second party, which will be one for the EPG launch, following Johnnie’s programme. The winner will be announced on the Pat Edison show at around 13.00 hours after the Georgie Fame Mini Anthology.

On Easter Monday, as part of the EPG launch party at Tilbury Docks, Singer Georgie Fame, who was the reason why Ronan decided to create his own radio station, will be arriving at the Ross Revenge at 10.00 hours on a red bus, which will be decorated like the one Radio Caroline used to promote the station in the 1970’s. I suppose this is a bit of a copy cat of Cliff Richard arriving on a red bus, like the one in his film Summer Holiday, for Ray Anderson’s launch of the new Big L. Trips on the bus, will run every 15 minutes from the ship to the nearby Asda superstore at Tilbury, from when Georgie arrives until17.00 hours. A return trip will cost £1. Asda are once again sponsoring the RSL and providing free food, booze a large Birthday cake with a photo of the Ross Revenge printed onto the icing. This will be in return for free advertising and bringing customers to their store on the Caroline bus.

It’s a pity that more notice could not have been given for the above events, so that the Caroline fans in countries such as Holland and Germany could have had more time to plan flights, hotels etc. But this is typical of the Caroline organisation. It might all be cancelled tomorrow, when it becomes April the 2nd.

All the above have got to be the best-kept secrets in the recent history of the old girl. Well done to Ronan and Peter and everyone else that were involved in making all of the above possible. It’s a bit like waiting for a bus (a Caroline red bus). You wait for ages, and then several come together at the same time. What a fantastic 42nd Birthday this is going to be. Much better than what we had for the 40th Birthday celebrations.

Over Easter the station will be playing the best music from the last 42 years, including many of the tracks from the Listener’s Top 500 that was broadcast over Christmas. Lets hope this will include the ones that were originally missing like “No Else Matters” by Metallica.

Former Caroline DJ Paul McKenna, turned Hypnotist will be returning to the station to present a hypnotic show on Saturday and Sunday nights from 22.00 to 00.00 hours. Is this Radio Caroline’s answer to Big L’s former Psychic programme? Paul will be hypnotising us all into believing in Loving Awareness and getting us to increase our monthly contributions to the Supporters Group! 

Well what a great report this was. Probably, the best one that I have ever had to write. Unfortunately it was all a dream. It’s April Fools Day in the UK. I’m not sure if you have this in Germany. I couldn’t resist writing this spoof. Sorry if I built up the hopes of any of you. I will give you a proper report tomorrow, where I doubt very little of my dream will have come true.

LA,

Steve Szmidt, Hawkinge, Kent, England.


 

Thursday March 16th 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's second March 2006 report HERE.


 

Monday March 6th 2006

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Martien Engel, die op 28 februari afscheid nam bij Radio Mi Amigo 192, is nu te beluisteren via webradio Golden Flash met Club Mi Amigo. Club Mi Amigo wordt uitgezonden zondags tussen 14 en 15 uur. 

Vanaf zaterdag 11 maart is ook Belgische Weelde te beluisteren via webradio Golden Flash. Dat programma wordt uitgezonden tussen 10 en 11 uur. Martien en Petra zijn ook te beluisteren via Radio Scheldemond. Iedere zondag wordt door dit station tussen 15 en 16 uur het programma "Muziek en Meer" uitgezonden gepresenteerd door Petra. Tussen 16 en 17 uur is Martien Engel te beluisteren met de "Flashback Show".

http://www.goldenflash.be

http://www.scheldemondfm.nl


 

Sunday February 26th 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's first March 2006 report HERE.

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The "Unofficial" Radio Caroline News Report

Thanks to Alan Sheead I was able to listen the rest of the Listeners Top 500. Also thanks to Peter Timmerman of www.beachradio.nl who also offered me a copy of the missing day. Alan was the Caroline fan who advertised the complete Top 500 recording in MP3 format on ebay, but had to withdraw it, because someone from the Yahoo Radio Caroline Mailing List reported him. Alan made it clear that he was going to make a donation from the sale of this item to the Caroline Supporters Group and the sleeve notes gave credit to the radio station, it’s UK official website and gave detailed instructions on how to tune in a Sky Digibox to receive Radio Caroline. Even Peter Moore saw that this guy had good intentions and on this occasion thought it was appropriate to turn a blind eye to the sale, but a so called fan of the station decided he knew better and stuck his nose in. Shame on you and in future please leave such matters to the management of the station!

Anyway, the rest of the Top 500 marathon was enjoyable, although there were a few more missing tracks, including one of my favourite tracks, Metallica’s “Nothing else matters”. Presenter Ralf Windsor stated that someone was bringing this and a couple of other missing tracks to the studio, so he could play them later, but this didn’t seem to happen. My poster of the Top 500 arrived and this takes pride of place, next to the one produced for the 1984 version.

Just after I published my last report I received the news that the former pirate DJ Alan West had been jailed for collecting indecent images of children, which he apparently compared to “stamp collecting”. How sad that yet another one of my former hero’s of the pop and radio world has been found out to be sick in this way. I used to listen and enjoy Alan on Radio Northsea International in the 1970’s. You can read the full gruesome and shocking story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4633710.stm

Some other sad news that I received was Sylvain Tack was found dead in his home on Sunday 5th February. He was aged 72. Many will remember him for “Suzy Waffles” and Radio Mi Amigo, but according to an account written by Paul Rusling, Tack gave much needed financial support to Radio Caroline and the Mi Amigo ship during the 1970’s. Paul goes as far as to state that if it were not for Sylvain, Radio Caroline would have died in late 1973. By the way, Paul has also stated rumours that his Long Wave radio station will come on air using the Caroline name, with Ronan’s agreement, are not true. Apparently, the story on the unofficial Long Wave 279 forum is just a certain person trying to stir things up between the two radio stations.

In my last report I mentioned Greg Marston had continued to play non-Caroline format records. He was heard playing such delights as Kylie’s “I should be so lucky” in his programme that followed the final part of the Top 500. It seems that this may have been the last straw, because I do not think he has been heard since and he is not on the current programme schedule. It also seems that Phil Adam A (Sunday night’s) and Samantha (Saturday nights) have also disappeared quietly. 

The new Radio Caroline Society web shop seems to be continuing to do well and as you will read later it needs to. In an effort to boost sales, there seems to be a continuous running of prize draws. There was one for the launch, then one for the Caroline Top 500 poster and then another for Valentines Day. The latest one is for the launch of the “30th Anniversary Edition” of the Loving Awareness Band CD. If you purchase this or any item from the web shop before 12.00 GMT on Sunday 5th March, you will be entered into the draw for a copy of the original LA Band vinyl album (one with the black sleeve) worth around £50. The winner will be announced around one hour later on Pat Edison’s show. The new CD version is mastered from a good copy of the vinyl album, unfortunately not from the original master tapes, but it is reported that the quality is still remarkably good and includes some bonus tracks. The packaging is a reproduction of the rare black edition of the vinyl album, plus it includes a specially produced 12-page booklet containing the story of the origins of the band and the concept of Loving Awareness. I went with some of my Birmingham friends to see the LA band at the Lafayette Club in Wolverhampton back in the 70’s, but the bouncers on the door would not let me in because I was wearing trainers! Obviously there was a lack of understanding about LA by THE MANAGEMENT of this club. My friends tried to pass some shoes to me through the toilet window, but I didn’t know about this, so I spent the evening listening to the band from outside the venue. 

This week Steve Silby announced the next one would be his last doing the breakfast shows Monday through to Wednesday. No one has replaced Richard Lavelle, who used to do Thursdays, so this will leave only Friday’s breakfast presented by Rob Leighton. Steve is not leaving the station, because he stated he would be moving onto other things. Is he making way for the rumoured return of another ex ship DJ or will we be hearing Robbo four mornings of the week? Whilst on the subject of breakfast shows, there was no Johnny Lewis or stand in yesterday (25th). I am not sure why.

Last Sunday (19th) it was announced that Dave Foster and Mark Stafford would no longer be doing “live” shows on Sundays, due to other commitments. Today will be their final ones, although Dave stated it was only his last “guaranteed” live show. He may be able to do the odd one. Mark however will be doing his last one today, then taking a break. When he returns with a recorded programme he has said it will be a slightly different format and I’m not sure if this will be a weekly or monthly one. If the former, this will mean that the only live show that will be heard on this day, will be Pat Edison from 10.00 until 14.00 hours GMT, which will be a great shame. Whilst it is good news that we will still be able to hear these two great presenters, it is sad that so much of the broadcast time at the weekend will be recorded programming. Saturday evenings are also mainly recorded shows. Mark has also announced that he is stepping down from being the Music Controller at the station and he is handing this over to Pat Edison. He added that Dave would no longer be involved in the day-to-day management organisation of the station. Thanks to both Mark and Dave for all their hard work and good luck to Pat in his new role.

Prince Charles presented Johnnie Walker his MBE for his services to broadcasting on Friday (24th). Johnnie stated that he still enjoys his job and apparently he and the Prince joked about his pirate days. Johnnie has been covering Terry Wogan’s breakfast show over the last two weeks on BBC Radio 2. It was great hearing him in the mornings on my way to work and like he often does he slipped in the odd pirate record like “The days of Pearly Spencer”. From what I can gather, he wearing his Buckingham Place attire, during his final breakfast show on Friday. You can see a picture of Johnnie in his “top hat and tail”, plus a report on his MBE presentation at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4748708.stm 

Graham Coull will be in running the London Marathon on the 23rd April 2006, for the Tony Allan Memorial Fund. You can find out more details, including how to sponsor him for this good cause at http://www.horizonmagazine.co.uk/rcs.html He will also be publishing his training diary on this site. 

Peter Moore wrote a new report for Hans Knot and this has been published on the website www.radiocaroline.de in the Newsbeat section. I am not going to repeat all of the contents here. In summary this is mainly a detailed update about the situation concerning the Ross Revenge at Tilbury docks. It seems that money to keep the ship is becoming tight, so everyone’s support of the new Radio Caroline Society is now more important than ever. He also reports some possible bad news for German Caroline listeners. Technisat, who relay Radio Caroline on Astra 19 degrees as part of a bouquet of radio stations (mainly for the purchasers of their satellite receivers), are running short of channels and because of this they may be forced to drop the station in favour of other ones that will give them more income. The big Sky EPG radio channel number change takes place next Tuesday (28th), but still Peter has no news about one being offered to Radio Caroline. The latest estimate is May or June, but he did not state which year! Finally, Peter has finally admitted that the radio station and the ship are getting too big to be run by one guy in one room, but before you rush to offer to help, he has already stated this is not what he wants. He added that he already has a team working for him in the background, who are doing various tasks, but he now needs to formalise and expand these roles. 

Please don’t forget to listen to German Caroline every Saturday morning with Paul Meier from 07.00 to 09.00 GMT. He plays a lot of the classics, but occasionally plays lesser known tracks like the “live” Renaissance track he played yesterday morning. Great one Paul!

LA,

Steve Szmidt, Hawkinge, Folkestone, Kent, England.


 

Saturday February 25th 2006

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18 April! We gaan het proberen op de 15e

Zaterdag 15 april 2006 wordt er in de 'studio' Hotel Lapershoek een Radio Veronica 18 April Dag gehouden van 10 uur tot 18 uur.
In het voormalige studiopand van Radio Veronica is iedereen welkom op de speciale 18 April Dag om diverse oud Radio Veronica medewerkers te ontmoeten. Je kunt ze ook vragen stellen via een gespreksforum, dat in het teken zal staan van 18 April 1973.

Veel aanbod is er van; diverse LP's, waaronder ook unieke Radio Veronica LP's met een gave kopie op CD. Speciale ABTT LP's, ook met een kopie op CD. Bandrecorders uit de jaren zestig met 4 uur originele radioprogramma’s zoals Joost Mag Het Weten met Joost den Draaier, Ook Goeie Morgen met Eddie Becker, de Lex Harding Show, en het Radio Drama met Klaas Vaak.

Maar ook muziek DvD's, Veronica reünie DvD's, jingle Cd's, verzamel CD's, t-shirts, posters, speldjes, en orginele stickers kun je op deze dag kopen.

Je  bent op 15 april vanaf  10 uur welkom in de Radio Veronica Zaal (beneden), in Hotel Lapershoek, Utrechtseweg 16 te Hilversum.
Voor een hapje en drankje kun je bij de aanwezige bar terecht.
De entree bedraagt 5 euro per persoon.

Tot ziens op zaterdag 15 April 2006!

Ad Bouman
Juul Geleick


 

Friday February 17th 2006

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A.J. Beirens reporting: 

AFSCHEID VAN SYLVAIN TACK 

Op het moment dat bij de lokale omroep in Knokke-Heist de Mi Amigo tune weerklonk is donderdag om 15u de voormalige Radio Mi Amigo boss Sylvain Tack in Oudenburg begraven.  Zoals bekend overleed Tack twee weken geleden in alle eenzaamheid. Hij was 72. Tack pakte niet alleen uit met de Suzy wafel, maar verdiende ook zijn strepen in de muziekbusiness. Hij lanceerde Paul Severs, startte met het jongerenblad Joepie en richtte de zeezender Radio Mi Amigo op.  Met het leggen van een bloem op de kist namen welgeteld 79 mensen afscheid van de voormalige radiobaas; onder hen heel wat oud-dj's van de omroep zoals Will Vandensteen, Patrick Dubateau en Ton Schipper. Verder waren onder andere ook Adriaan Van Landschoot (vroegere baas van Radio Atlantis) Patrick Valain en Erik Marijsse aanwezig. A.J. Beirens vertegenwoordigde de eertijdse concurrent Radio North Sea International. Bart De Graaf was er namens de Lokale Omroepen in Knokke-Heist. In korte toespraken werd herinnerd aan het leven van Tack door Bert Bennett, Norbert en Marcel Sieron.  Ook burgemeester Ignace De Reeper van Oudenburg nam heel even het woord.  Bij het wegbrengen van de kist zorgde één eenzaam overvliegende meeuw nog voor een luid geschreeuwd vaarwel uit zee. 

LAST FAREWELL FOR MI AMIGO BOSS

As former Mi Amigo Boss Sylvain Tack was taken to his final resting-place on Thursday afternoon, a solitary seagull swooped down over the windswept cemetery in Oudenburg (Belgium), loudly shrieking, what by many was taken as, a last farewell.  Belgian police had discovered the body of Sylvain on Sunday February 4th.  As police first investigated whether or not the former radio-guru committed suicide, his death was only made public on Among the mourners Mi Amigo's Bert Bennett and RNI's AJ Beirens Thursday February 9th. Today, one week later, some 80 people were present at the funeral service.  Tack's two remaining brothers had opted for a simple farewell at the cemetery without any kind of service. However the presence of a number of dj's and radio-friends turned, what would have been a pauper's funeral, into a memorable event.   Having made his fortune with the manufacture of the popular 'Suzy' waffles In Belgium, Sylvain Tack also ventured into the  music and broadcasting business.  From the end of 1973 until 1978 he ran the Flemish/Dutch Radio Mi Amigo from Ronan  O'Rahilly's Caroline ship. When transmissions started the vessel was anchored off the coast of Scheveningen. With the  introduction of the Dutch Marine Broadcasting Offences Act only days away, the Mi Amigo upped anchor on August 29th  1974 and sailed to a position off the British coast.  A year later a veritable witch-hunt was started by the Belgian authorities  against the Mi Amigo dj's, advertisers and the station's owner.  In the nick of time Sylvain Tack moved the most visible parts of his operation to Playa de Aro in Spain.  At that time the country was not yet a signatory of the Strasbourg Convention. To  the dismay of the Belgian authorities the station continued broadcasting and even gained in popularity.  Buts risky and illegal tendering from Zeebrugge, Ostend, Dunkirk, Calais, Brightlingsea and various other ports of convenience took its toll. The British Government assisted the Belgians by making frequent raids on any boat tendering the MV Mi Amigo.   For a time a  fishing boat, anchored half a mile from the ship, was staffed by British Government officials and photographers.  Whereas costs rocketed, commercial revenue decreased as advertisers were hounded and  prosecuted in both Belgium and the Netherlands. In the end Mi Amigo closed down in 1978. By then Tack was running a number of bars and restaurants in Spain and in Haiti. His luck changed in 1981, when he was arrested at Charles de Gaulle airport in  Paris with three kilos's of  cocaine in a plaster cast. He was jailed for five years. On his release he returned to  Belgium and became involved in  alternative medicine. As he was not qualified to prescribe medicine he was lumbered with a hefty fine.  Almost penniless and with very few friends visiting, Tack was living an increasingly lonely life, until a few days ago he saw no further point to it. 

His death today brought many of the old friends together again at the Oudenburg cemetery.  Among them former Radio Atlantis boss Adriaan Van Landschoot. Former dj's and collaborators  Bert Bennett, Norbert, and Marcel Sieron briefly talked about Sylvain and the Mi Amigo times. Also present Will Vandensteen, Patrick Dubateau and Ton Schipper. A.J. Beirens represented his RNI-colleagues.  Some 80 mourners bid the former Mi Amigo boss a final goodbye by putting a simple flower on his coffin. 


Video of a Tack commemoration reunion in Antwerp.

Video1  Video2 of the funeralVideo1  Video2 

Interview Maurice Bokkebroek: Video1  Video2

Interview Marcel Sieron: Video1  Video2  Video3

RadioVisie over Sylvain Tack

Mediapages.nl

Interview met Sylvain Tack (BRT TV 1987): Video1  Video2  Video3

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Martin Gilbert on the MV Communicator (taken from the Dutch "Zeezender" newsgroup):

The MV Communicator is still in ORKNEY and was sold to a local person who is going to cut her up unless a way can be found to stop it. She was sold for £1000, yes that is right £1000.

The new owner wants to take off the Generators and Main Engine Compressor then cut it up, we have until around the 5th of March to save her, I cannot under stand why Dave Bellis (Miller) did not sell her to one of the people who helped save her!

Let us hope that we can now save her for a Museum maybe, what do you think the more people I can get interested the more chance there is to save her.

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Taken from www.anoraknation.com:

Just finished a phone call with Sietse Brouwer. This coming Monday a 100 foot aerial for the Radio Seagull / Radio Waddenzee ship LV8 will be delivered at the shipyard in Harlingen where the ship will go sometime this month for the first phase of refitting.

It is a lattice tapering mast of the triangle sort we know from other ships. It consists of 4 or 5 sections each 20 to 25 ft long. The bottom section is 8 foot wide at the foot. Opposite to the former LV 3 (a.k.a. King David) the mast will not be built on the lighthouse tower but very close to the heli deck.

The mast has two cross bars. Every other section will be painted red or white, making it look very familiar when assembled and put into place. Although I got the impression they have things rather well organised, Sietse mentioned they still have to buy either some kevlar rope or 100 mm stainless steel cable and insulators. So if any of you know of things like that looking for a new home..........? You know where to go to get to Sietse (after all I am only an anorak calling him every now and then), but feel free to pass on any offers via me.

Beware, Sietse didn't ask me to go look for it, but I could read between the lines it would make him happy and I would love to contribute something positive to the one project that is talked about very little but proofs to be real, opposite to most projects I read a lot about but never materialize.

Thought you might like to know.

Bert


 

Saturday February 11th 2006

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Hans Knot reporting from the international radio scene:

Read Hans Knot's second February 2006 report HERE.


 

Thursday/Friday February 9th/10th 2006

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Silvain Tack has passed away

Hans Knot reporting

Today the police in Oudenburg Belgium announced that on last Sunday, they had found the body of Sylvain Tack in his own house. He is suspected of possible suicide. During the period 1974-1978 Tack was owner and director of Radio Mi Amigo, the station that was transmitting from the Caroline ship MV Mi Amigo. First off the Dutch coast and after the Dutch bill became law in August 1974 off the British coast. After his Mi Amigo period he stayed a few years in Spain, where some of the programs were prerecorded for a period. He also had a restaurant as well as a bar in Playa de Aro. Some years later Tack went to Central America, but instead of starting a new life he became involved in transporting cocaine. On one of his trips was caught on Orly near Paris. Next he was put in prison for some years. After that he thought to start a new business in Belgium selling alternative food and vitamins. During the last years he lived a life of loneliness.

Vandaag wordt bekend dat afgelopen zondag door de Rijkswacht in het Vlaamse Oudenburg het lichaam is gevonden van Sylvain Tack in zijn woning. De voormalige directeur eigenaar van Radio Mi Amigo in de jaren zeventig van de vorige eeuw, heeft, zo wordt voorlopig aangenomen, zelfmoord gepleegd. Na zijn Mi Amigo periode runde hij nog enige tijd een restaurant en een bar in Spanje maar verliet enkele jaren later het land om zich in Midden Amerika te vestigen. Hier kwam hij met drugs in aanraking en werd hij, na aankomst in Frankrijk, op een vliegveld gesnapt wegens cocaïnesmokkel. Na jaren in het gevang te hebben gezeten ging hij terug naar België om zich aldaar met alternatieve geneesmiddelen en natuurproducten bezig te houden. De laatste jaren leefde hij in eenzaamheid en verbitterd leven. 

Download: Hans Knot over Sylvain Tack in Radio 1

Dossier Mi Amigo (updated)


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Chris Edwards writing:

Sylvain Tack is best remembered for Radio Mi Amigo, whose financial input from hiring of airtime on Radio Caroline in the mid-1970's, undoubtably helped Caroline continue.

Since the end of Mi Amigo, Tacks life had not been so good. Five years in prison for drug smuggling and an unsuccessful alternative medicine enture had led to an increasingly lonely life in recent years. When Police found Sylvain Tacks body, at his Belgian home on Saturday 4th February,  a possible suicide was suspected.

The best memories of Tack are the hugely popular Radio Mi Amigo, artists such as Paul Severs, Joepie magazine, and who can forget the catchy jingles and advertsù.  Suzy Wafflesù "taste besteö.

A tribute to Sylvain Tack, along with an interview about Radio Mi Amigo, is now online at

http://www.offshoreechos.com/Sylvain%20Tack.htm


Uit "De Standaard":

’Wonderboy’ Sylvain Tack (72) overleden

Sylvain Tack, de man die Suzy Wafels groot maakte, radio Mi-Amigo kocht en het weekblad Joepie stichtte, is overleden. Zondagmiddag vonden speurders van de gerechtelijke politie het lichaam van de 72-jarige man in zijn woning in Oudenburg. 

Tack stierf eenzaam en verbitterd en zat financieel aan de grond. De politie sluit niet uit dat hij zelfmoord pleegde.

Sylvain Tack startte zijn carrière als bakker van het wafelmerk Suzy dat niet alleen in België een begrip werd. Later gooide hij zichzelf ook in de muziekbusiness, met als eerste wapenfeit de oprichting van het label Start dat vooral een opstapje werd voor Vlaamse artiesten als Paul Severs, John Terra, Joe Harris, Ivan Heylen en Samantha. Bovendien stampte Tack het nog steeds bestaande popblad Joepie uit de grond.

Radio Mi Amigo 
Toen hij vond dat de toenmalige openbare omroep BRT als monopolist te weinig artiesten uit zijn eigen stal draaide, richtte hij, geïnspireerd door Radio Atlantis van zijn concurrent Adriaan Van Landschoot, de zeezender Radio Mi Amigo op. Midden de jaren zeventig werd de zender in Vlaanderen populairder dan Nederlandse kleppers als Radio Veronica en Radio Noordzee. 

Toen Nederland medewerking aan zeezenders verbood en Mi Amigo niet meer veilig vanuit dat land (en stiekem ook uit België) kon werken, week het hele Mi Amigo gezelschap uit naar Spanje. Tack bewoonde een grote villa in Playa de Aro, waar de studio’s kwamen van zijn radiostation en waar hij naar eigen zeggen en zijn omgeving door de Spanjaarden werd geapprecieerd omdat hij Belgische toeristen naar de Costa Brava wist te lokken.

Drank en cocaïne
Zowat tegelijkertijd liep een door Tack geopende bar in Spanje falikant af, begon Radio Mi Amigo te slabakken en kreeg Tack ruzie met lieden uit zijn entourage. Reeds zwaar aan de fles week hij uit naar de Caraïben. Tijdens een trip naar Frankrijk smokkelde hij op vraag van zijn vriendin cocaïne en werd hij door de getipte douane gesnapt. Hij belandde in een Franse gevangenis, waar hij naar eigen zeggen de alcohol afzweerde en weer bakker werd.

Terug in België werd Tack een promotor van de kruidengeneeskunde, maar ook dit was geen volkomen succesverhaal. Eén van zijn antirookmiddelen werd als een echt geneesmiddel ontmaskerd, met een boete van 750.000 euro als gevolg.


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Sylvain Tack is overleden in Oudenburg

In Oudenburg in West-Vlaanderen is Sylvain Tack overleden. Hij was de man achter Radio Mi Amigo en het tijdschrift Joepie.
Tack is ook de man die Suzy Wafels groot maakte. Hij bouwde de familiezaak uit tot een succesvolle firma met tientallen personeelsleden.

In de jaren 60 wierp hij zich op de platenindustrie. Hij lanceerde een van zijn eigen werknemers, Paul Severs, in de Vlaamse showbizz en richtte een eigen platenlabel op. Andere artiesten in zijn stal waren Marva, Samantha en Joe Harris.

Omdat de BRT zijn muziek weigerde te draaien en ook het tienerblad Hitorama geen aandacht besteedde aan zijn producties, richtte hij zijn eigen blad Joepie op.

In 1974 nam hij ook de zeezender radio Mi Amigo over waar Vlaamse populaire artiesten en DJ's alle kansen kregen. Maar radio Mi Amigo werd al snel opgejaagd door de Belgische autoriteiten.

"Eigenlijk was radio Mi Amigo de allereerste vrije radio in ons land. Veel mensen hebben daarna hun eigen vrije radio opgericht", zegt Jean-Luc Bostyn van RadioVisie, een website over radiozenders.

Tack trok in 1975 naar Spanje en opende daar een nieuwe studio. Justitie kon niets tegen hem beginnen, want het schip lag in internationale wateren en Spanje was nog geen lid van de Europese Gemeenschap. Maar in 1979 was het toch definitief afgelopen met Mi Amigo.

De politie vond Sylvain Tack zondagmiddag dood in zijn woning. Hij was 72 jaar. Waarschijnlijk gaat het om zelfmoord.


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Both pictures originating from Werner Hartwig


 

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