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14th August

Pirate Radio - 1967 Marine Broadcasting Offences Act
1948 The Olympic Games hosted in London

1948 The Olympic Games hosted in London

held its closing ceremony.

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1967 Marine Broadcasting Offences Act

A new Law came into force and in some ways set the sun on an Era that literally changed the limits of what music people could listen to on their Radios. All because of the  “UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act”, which was now going to put a stop to Pirate Radio stations. This meant all “Pirate” offshore UK radio stations were now illegal. Radio Caroline, was one of the first of this kind from 1964. An unassuming old looking small ship broadcasting from international waters. A 1960’s version of a floating, audio, social media Network . This network, united people with the music media and fashion internationally.A revolution of listeners would follow the Pioneering Dj’s who were risking many things and often either couldn’t swim or had any shipping experience. They were simply moving with the times playing what the people wanted to hear cool new emerging music sounds that era was dawning. Broadcasting records by British legends such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield ,Cilla Black and other on trend acts . Also unknown artists got air time, which were not being played by mainstream stations on the mainland. Millions of listeners tuned in and it was soon evident that the number of listeners often out did the ratings that mainland stations were receiving.Many of the famous artists were in touch with radio Caroline as they promoted their music.The Radio presenter Djs became like celebrities, a people’s favourite, grew a fan base and became stars in their own right. They had hosted global pen friends, played requests, featured jingles . Innovated top chart programs, American style inspired presentations uplifted spirits. Dj presenters went on to become well respected household names. These included Tony Blackburn, Tommy Vance ,Dave Lee Travis, Roger Gale, Simon Dee, Mike Allen, Paul Noble, Ray Teret ,Tony Prince ,Keith Skues, Johnnie Walker, Robbie Dale ,Bob Stewart ,Andy Archer ,Tom Lodge, Ray Clark, Mr Damon to name but a few. Even Classic FM?s Nick Bailey read the news and started out on Radio Caroline. They also had guest DJ?s from the USA and other countries.The reason behind the law banning these stations ,was the concern in parliament that the radio frequencies could interfere with emergency shipping channels. Then the question of no royalty fees being paid to artists composers or record companies. But then because modern hits were not being played elsewhere, one could argue that the popularity and exposure to the wider fan base enabled songs and artists to gain more exposure.On this day when the law changed Radio Caroline’s name was changed to Radio Caroline International . A few weeks later the BBC started a new station Radio 1 that was based on the structure of a previous offshore station Radio London with a pop type theme. Many of the Ex pirate DJs then joined this and this is how many continued to grace our airwaves in our homes for yrs to come.Here is the 1967 14th August Radio Caroline broadcast
Compilation of Radio Caroline Jingles from over the yrs
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