Pirate Radio is the ‘spirit of fun radio’ thanks to Canadians..

by chris on March 18, 2010

Canadians can lay claim or take blame for much of the infamous success of Pirate Radio and what British Parliamentarians soon called “the destruction of all things sane and sound”.
The first two Pirate Radio ships were Radio Caroline One and Radio Caroline Two (some recall it as Caroline North and South). Each ship directed its signal to a different part of England, but each also spilled over into adjacent countries.
The fresh new sounds of rock ‘n’ roll that everyone wanted to hear were being delivered by energetic announcers keyed up and ready to rock. Who knew they were mostly Canadians?


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Mary Payne March 21, 2010 at 9:47 am

The first two ship-borne stations off the coast of Essex were Caroline and Atlanta. They merged soon afterwards, with the Caroline ship sailing North to become Caroline North and the former Atlanta ship remaining as Caroline South. Nobody ever refers to the stations as Caroline One and Two; it’s always North and South.

It’s true many of the offshore broadcasters were Canadian, (five of them currently live in British Columbia) but the stations were also manned by many Australians and Americans. In fact it was an Australian, Alan Crawford, who brought the concept of ship-borne radio to the UK and founded Radio Atlanta. Because there was no UK training ground for young DJs pre-1964, the new stations naturally hired many experienced jocks and PDs from overseas and had them train the raw recruits.

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