Radio Caroline is a British radio station founded in 1964 by Ronan O’Rahilly to circumvent the record companies’ control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdom and the BBC’s radio broadcasting monopoly. Unlicensed by any government for most of its early life, it was a pirate radio station that never actually became illegal, although after the Marine Offences Act it became illegal for a British subject to associate with it.
The Radio Caroline name was used to broadcast from international waters (NORTH SEA), using five different ships of three different owners, from 1964 to 1990, and via satellite from 1998 to 2013. Radio Caroline currently broadcasts 24 hours a day via the internet and by occasional restricted service licence. Radio Caroline broadcasts music from the 1960s to contemporary, with an emphasis on album-oriented rock (AOR). The company also licenses other stations around the world to use the Radio Caroline name.
The story of those pirate ships that sailed around the United Kingdom, even reaching sometimes Denmark, in order to broadcast Rock’N’Roll to make it available to people, and at the same time, to challenge the BBC monopoly of radio. It is basicly based on Radio Caroline history, one of the most iconic pirate radio of those years, still broadcasting today. In 1964, exactly on March 28th, Radio Caroline goes on air, transmitting on a medium wave system as the short wave system is strictly limited to “traditional” radio stations. The story can be paralled as at the time, Radio Caroline is based ashore from the Essex coast.
Here is a video about the good times of RADIO CAROLINE
50 Years ago a British Pathé film crew left Felixstowe harbour on the tender ‘Offshore 1’ for a visit to Radio Caroline’s M/V Mi Amigo. The footage of their 2 day film shoot was heavily edited and ended up as a 3 minute item, used as part of a short Pathé cinema special about ‘Water’.