An event to celebrate 60s offshore radio


DJ’s line up for a celebration of offshore broadcasting Radio Mi Amigo is set to return to the airwaves on 14th and 15th August in conjunction with Carillon Wellbeing Radio. Further to their previous successful radio broadcasts, this year’s 2-day Pirate Radio event on Harwich Quay has attracted a host of DJ’s who are coming from near and far to transmit from the restored Lightvessel LV18 as a tribute to the 60’s offshore radio stations. This year’s on-air team, headed by the Programme Director and Trustee Garry Lee, will bring back the popular sound of the Offshore Pirate stations that broadcast from just off our coast and were served from the Ha’penny Pier, Harwich, which is the permanent berth of LV18. Joining the crew will be two DJs from America and music connoisseurs, ex Pirate BBC Essex presenter, Tim Gillett and ex BBC Suffolk presenter, Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster.The broadcast will run 24 hours a day, from 12 o’clock, midnight on the Saturday morning till 12 o’clock midnight on the Sunday night. The broadcast will be available on the Carillon radio website at and may also be heard from their transmitter in the NW Leicestershire on 1476AM / medium wave. This tribute to the Offshore Pirate Radio Stations will celebrate the likes of Radio Caroline, Radio London and several others that appeared off the coast of Harwich in the 1960’s bringing about a revolution in radio broadcasting. Following the previous Pirate Radio broadcasts from LV18, which attracted thousands of visitors to the area, Radio Mi Amigo will celebrate the watery wireless days from the studio, located on the bridge of the Lightvessel. Further to previous year’s events, LV18 will broadcast from her permanent berth by the Ha’penny Pier, Harwich, enabling members of the public to not only visit the classic vessel on the Sunday, but to meet the DJ’s.Broadcasting from the classic heritage vessel LV18, which featured in the film ‘The Boat that Rocked’, Radio Mi Amigo will bring back the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, the golden era of the Pirate Stations. Visitors will be able to visit the ship on Sunday 15th and view the new ‘Pirate Radio Exhibition’, which has been financed by Harwich Haven Authority via the Essex Community Foundation. The exhibition features new interactive Audio/Visual systems throughout the vessel and new interpretation signage.HISTORYIn the summer of 1964, the boring world of British broadcasting was rocked to its foundations by the launch of offshore radio stations Radio Atlanta, Radio Caroline, Radio City and Radio London.On the weekend of 14th and 15th August, a unique 2-day event will be taking place in Harwich and the Tendring sunshine coast in Essex, UK. The restored heritage Lightvessel LV18 will be hosting a radio broadcast and exhibition celebrating the Offshore Pirate radio broadcasts from the ‘pop ships’ which were anchored just off the coast of Harwich. Tendring was very much the centre of these activities at this time with thousands of tourists sitting on the beaches of Clacton, Walton, Frinton, Harwich and Brightlingsea, listening to their favourite DJ’s on transistor radios. On August 14th this year it will be 54 years since the government closed down most of the Pirate Radio stations with the Marine Offences Act, as depicted in the film ‘The Boat that Rocked’ of 2009, which featured LV18 as part of the filming in Portland, Dorset.The Pharos Trust has hosted many very successful ‘Pirate’ Radio events on LV18 and, along with Pirate BBC Essex over the last 20 years, have attracted thousands of visitors to the town. These previous broadcasts and have featured Johnnie Walker, Emperor Rosko, Dave Cash, Keith Skues, Tony Blackburn and many other ‘pirate radio’ celebrities. This year a host of DJ’s from near and far are joining the team, hosted by Programme Director and Trustee Garry Lee, including 2 DJ’s from America and music connoisseurs, ex Pirate BBC Essex presenter, Tim Gillett and ex BBC Suffolk presenter, Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster.The Pharos Trust, Registered UK charity No.:1090325Tony O’Neil, Trustee and Station Manager, August 2021tonylv18@gmail.comWebsite: www.lv18.orgFacebook: in at:

Radio Piracy on the High Seas: Commercial Demand for Taboo Music — Hackaday

(good to read someone else writing about Pirate Radio)

The true story of pirate radio is a complicated fight over the airwaves. Maybe you have a picture in your mind of some kid in his mom’s basement playing records, but the pirate stations we are thinking about — Radio Caroline and Radio Northsea International — were major business operations. They were perfectly ordinary radio […]

Radio Piracy on the High Seas: Commercial Demand for Taboo Music — Hackaday

The Thrill is Gone — DickTaylorBlog

A view on the am and fm radio over the years here

Like many readers of this blog, I grew up listening to AM radio. It created for me the passion and desire to pursue a radio career while I was still in grade school. As a young child, I remember my parents having a least one radio with the FM band, but scanning that band produced […]

The Thrill is Gone — DickTaylorBlog

Elvis Costello – Radio Radio — PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

Interesting thoughts here on this blog about our favourite subject and the meaning of the song!

When I heard the organ in this song it hooked me. I haven’t posted much of Costello partly because like the Replacements…I got sidetracked in the late 80s away from him and since I started blogging I’m rediscovering him again. I was 10 years old walking in our old drug store and I heard this […]

Elvis Costello – Radio Radio — PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

Crystal radio set 📡 — WãshēKōdä.blog

Dad, Brother, and I built two of these as per instructional  plans from B̲o̲y̲s̲ ̲L̲i̲f̲e̲ magazine in 1964 ❗️ We listened to WCCO 830 (Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota ) am radio using 300 Ω head sets for years with no electric power  ⚡️ and they still work almost 60 years later ❗️ ‘Cat Whisker’ […]

Crystal radio set 📡 — WãshēKōdä.blog

RTE Longwave

From the RTE site –


Friday, 11 Jun 2021 12:47

By RTÉMore from
Media Centre


RTÉ will carry out essential maintenance of the Long Wave (LW) transmitter in Clarkstown, Co. Meath from 15th June 2021 for two months during which period RTÉ Radio 1 will not be available on LW 252. These works are necessary to ensure that RTÉ can continue to broadcast RTÉ Radio 1 on LW.   

This essential maintenance of the transmitter was due to be carried out in 2020 but was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. For the health and safety of those carrying out the works, the transmitter must be switched off for the works period, until Saturday 14th August (estimated). Furthermore, the works must be completed during the summer months when there is better light and weather conditions. 

The works will be carried out by RTÉ Transmission Network (2rn), a wholly owned subsidiary of RTÉ, responsible for the distribution and transmission of the programme services of RTÉ radio and television, as well as TG4 television, Virgin Media television and Today FM. 

During this period, listeners will continue to have a wide range of choice to access RTÉ radio services which are available at

In summary, you access RTÉ radio services via:

  • FM
  • Saorview
  • Saorsat
  • Internet TV
  • Online at
  • Freesat / Sky in Ireland & UK
  • RTÉ Radio Player (Apple and Android app)
  • Other radio apps, such as the Irish Radioplayer
  • Voice search on Alexa or Google smart speakers ( see

Those who do not have access to RTÉ’s radio services on FM or who do not have internet access will not be able to access RTÉ Radio 1 on LW 252 during the period of the works. However, through carrying out these essential works now RTÉ can continue to broadcast on LW 252.

Public queries can be directed to the RTÉ Information Office via or on +35312083434.


During the essential works, RTÉ will continue to offer an abundance of Christian worship content on other platforms:

  • On Sunday mornings on RTÉ One television and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, Masses alternate each week with Protestant Services at 11.00am.
  • On Sundays when RTÉ One / Radio 1 Extra transmits Mass, a Protestant Service is broadcast on the RTÉ News Channel at 2.15pm.
  • Similarly, when RTÉ One / Radio 1 Extra transmits Protestant worship, there is Sunday Mass at 2.15pm on the RTÉ News Channel.
  • There is also Aifrinn i nGaeilge (Mass in Irish) every Sunday at 11.00am on Raidio na Gaeltachta.
  • All of this content can be accessed live or on catch-up via the RTÉ Player, RTÉ Radio Player and RTÉ.ie.
  • The RTÉ News Channel is also continuing to air Mass every weekday at 10.30am while COVID restrictions remain in place in places of worship.

A Personal History of the British Record Business 26 – Ken East Pt.3


Ken East‘s tenure as MD of the EMI Records UK lasted from January 1967-July 1969

They (the Sixties) were great years. Start of pirate radio. Tony Windsor (pirate Radio London- Big L) was Tony Withers in Australia, king of the disc jockeys – he was the biggest listened-to DJ in Australia. He and I were friendly; poor old Tony had a drinking problem amongst other things and he had a Saturday night show called ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry.’ I’d go in on a Saturday night with our new records and he was too drunk to put them on the turntable. There were no producers, so I put them on the turntable for him.


He was a homosexual and he was about to be exposed, so he fled the country and the headlines were “Tony Withers dying from secret disease” He was going back to Greece, where…

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The Digital Radio Era (Partially) Ends In Ireland — Hackaday

A nail in the coffin for DAB radio in Ireland!

It’s commonly agreed that the future of broadcast radio lies in the eventual replacement of AM and FM analogue transmissions with digital services. A wide range of technologies exist to service this change-over, and for much of the world the most visible of them has been Digital Audio Broadcasting, or DAB. This VHF service has […]

The Digital Radio Era (Partially) Ends In Ireland — Hackaday

Transistor Radio — writing in north norfolk

This lady in Norfolk must have had better reception of the pirates than I did in Middx..!

No crystal clarity of stereoor speaker power(to speak of)but my battery-powered transistor radioaccompanied methroughout dayswhen I was not at schooland undercover at night,where I’d tune into pirates of the airwaves,a patchouli-scented teenagerin a council flatimagining Woodstock or Monterey. Kim M. Russell, 22nd April 2021 Image by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash My response to NaPoWriMo Day […]

Transistor Radio — writing in north norfolk