Radio Caroline applies for a full-time medium wave licence
The legendary pirate is currently broadcasting
online and via a number of outlets including DAB and Manx Radio’s
AM transmitters, but this would be the first time Caroline would
own and operate its own full-time community radio AM service, legally
in the UK.
Caroline now on Brighton DAB+
Caroline is now broadcasting to Brighton and Hove on DAB+. The area is home to 275,000 people, not counting the outskirts where the signal may also carry.
Caroline has now also got a DAB transmitter in Aldershot. It went on the air on the 1st of November. Previously the Aldershot area was covered by a transmitter in Woking but reception was patchy so another transmitter has been opened in Aldershot in addition to the transmitter in Woking which is still on air. Reception reports have been received from Fleet and Farnborough and further down the M3
Radio Caroline is also available on DAB in the Birmingham area. Try doing a search on your DAB Radio and save it on one of the buttons. Please let me know the results of your search on the contact button below .
Radio Caroline on DAB can also be heard across Glasgow, fourth largest City in the UK with 1.2 million residents and home to over 40% of the Scottish population.
Also Radio Caroline are now transmitting in stereo to the Portsmouth area in DAB plus. Some radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this new service. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark. According to Solent Radio who are operating this new service the DAB digital radio transmitter was relocated to Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill and Ofcom have also kindly allowed a change to the transmission antenna which will result in an effective doubling of power. This means that coverage should be improved in the Southsea, Gosport, Hayling Island and Waterlooville areas. To listen to the services broadcasting to the Portsmouth area, you’ll need to rescan your radio by doing an ‘Autotune’ or ‘Scan".
Trip by Razorbill 3 to the Ross Revenge and the Waverley September 2016
A trip by Keith Maton out to the MV Ross Revenge on the 28th September 2016, home of Radio Caroline to see the Paddle Steamer Waverley pass by and circle round. It was a blustery day, hence the wind noise. The trip was from West Mersea on board the Razorbill 3. For more details and to find out how to book an official trip to go on board the Ross Revenge, see radiocaroline.co.uk
Radio Caroline Racing Car at Brands Hatch 2016
From Radio Caroline/Flashback DJ Tony Christian
I have just returned from Brands Hatch where I spent an enjoyable afternoon with Caroline DJ Rob Ashard and David Cornwallis, the driver of our Radio Caroline Racing car. The weather was really foggy driving up to the venue but once inside, it turned out warm and sunny. David had completed his practice lap with a respectable time which he was very happy with. We had a nice chat with his wife and friends who were racing other cars. Rob and I then made our way to the Kentagon for some coffee and lunch which David kindly treated us to. Once we had finished lunch and made our way outside to the circuit we discovered that thick fog had come out of nowhere making the circuit barely visible. Sadly the race was then called off due to the weather conditions, so we never got to see the car in action, but all agreed that we had had a brilliant day anyway. David said that he would keep us posted when he races next season so we will look forward to that.
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Ross Revenge now has a Defibrillator
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death but with immediate treatment many lives can be saved. It occurs because the electrical rhythm that controls the heart is replaced by chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm. The quicker this can be treated by defibrillation the greater the chance that the patient can be saved. Defibrillators are very effective and easy to use and they are designed to be used by lay persons, the machines guide the operator by verbal instruction and visual prompts.
They are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the hearts rhythm requires it. They are also designed to be stored for long periods without use and require very little routing maintenance. With Radio Caroline's ship the Ross Revenge, like any ship at sea the emergency services are unlikely to arrive quickly enough to resuscitate the ships crew or visitors, so it is very important to have the best first aid equipment available.
A defibrillator is part of the equipment that we now have thanks to our generous supporters Steve and Ann Swallow. We are also very grateful to the visitors at our latest Southampton support group meeting who helped us to raise money to buy additional medical and safety equipment for the Ross Revenge.
Visitors to the Ross
In 2016 a pod of whales swam up the River Blackwater past the Ross Revenge. Thanks to Nick we have a picture of them in front of the Ross. They seem to have found their way back into open sea now.
Waverley sails around the Ross...
In 2015 the Paddle Steamer Waverley sailed around the Ross Revenge at its new location on the River Blackwater. We now have a couple of new photos of the two ships together. See link below
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Radio Caroline now in the USA..
Los Angeles, Calif. - Legendary music station Radio Caroline that defied the British government to bring rock and roll to the UK and sparked the Swinging Sixties launches in the U.S.A. today.
Still leading the way in innovation, in an industry first, Radio Caroline is rolling out new apps on Tuesday Jan. 20 that remove the time difference and enable American fans to listen to the station's output from breakfast throughout the day and into the evening in either Eastern Standard Time or Pacific Standard Time.
It's the first time that a British radio station has synched its output for the East Coast and the West Coast of America with its flagship breakfast show originating in Los Angeles. Now listeners on both coasts can start their day with the breakfast show with Tony Paul from 7 to 9 a.m. and hear the rest of the station's output from the U.K. around the clock.
After 50 years on the air, Caroline remains true to its heritage with real personalities playing the music of the rock and roll generations up to the present day and helping break the best new artists.
Apps for iOS and Android are now available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play and the apps are free!
“The British station with the American name soon became recognized as a symbol of rebellion the world over.” New York Times, April 3, 2011.
Named after President John F. Kennedy's daughter, Radio Caroline began broadcasting in 1964 from two ships anchored off the coast of Britain in international waters.
At a time when Britain's official broadcaster the BBC refused to play the music young people were clamoring to hear, pirate DJs lived on board the boats and rocked and rolled in defiance of The Establishment, playing songs by The Who, the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and other now iconic bands.
Endorsing the book “The Ship That Rocked the World,” Pete Townshend of The Who is quoted as saying: “Without Caroline, we would not have sold a single record.”
The story inspired the Hollywood movie “Pirate Radio,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, which was written and directed by Richard Curtis, a longtime Radio Caroline fan.
The station still has one of the “boats that rocked,” the “Ross Revenge,” now restored and anchored just off the coast of southeastern England.
A feature documentary about the history of Radio Caroline is currently in production in the U.S. and U.K. and features interviews with Roger Daltrey, Mick Fleetwood, Donovan, Olivia Harrison, Richard Branson and original DJs including Johnnie Walker and Tom Lodge.
Source "Media Info"
Manx Radio onboard the Ross Revenge November 2014
Whilst onboard the Ross Revenge on November 7th Marc Tyley of Manx Radio took a few photos to mark the occasion. Photos include Chris Williams, Alan Turner, Peter Moore, Keith Stimpson and various parts of the "Ross"
Alan Turner interview..
A great guy who was on Caroline in the very early days was Alan Turner. Alan is pictured in the Radio Caroline studio on Friday 7th November being interviewed by Steve Anthony.(See YouTube Video) Alan was on board the Caroline ship during the historic voyage around the coast to the Isle of Man back in 1965 and he spoke about this voyage.
The Isle of Man radio station Manx Radio are doing joint programmes with Radio Caroline to celebrate two events that happened in 1964 heralding a new era in broadcasting that was to have lasting repercussions in broadcasting and Alan Turner was part of this.
Exactly 50 years ago the BBC’s monopoly was challenged by two events
:- the opening of the first British land based commercial radio station – Manx Radio in the Isle of Man
:- the advent of offshore commercial radio – Radio Caroline based on a ship anchored in international waters.
Stay tuned to Radio Caroline or Manx radio for this historical link up that will include lots of exciting programmes from both stations and another interview with Alan Turner.
Manx Radio Website
Manx Radio on the Ross Revenge 2014
Manx Radio took their popular sixties programme ‘Carnaby Street’ on to the legendary Radio Caroline Ship, the Ross Revenge. This is a video diary of the making of the programme. Chris Williams and Marc Tyley were on board from the 8th to the 9th of November 2014. Presented by Chris Williams and film directed by Marc Tyley. See YouTube Video
Ross Revenge move to River Blackwater 2014
After spending ten years at Tilbury the MV Ross Revenge was moved to her new home, moored on the River Blackwater near Bradwell. Many people have said how magnificent she looked as she came out of Tilbury docks and moved into the Thames. For a few minutes the tide caught her (see video 2) and it seemed that she wanted to go towards London but the tug GPS Avenger soon had her moving out towards the Estuary and she passed Southend and headed towards Harwich. After turning round she spent part of the night with her tug off Clacton and Walton near where she spent many years back in the mid 1980s. This morning Friday 1st August 2014 she settled down in her new mooring and all was completed by 10:25am. Well done to all the people that have spent many hours of exhausting work on the ship in Tilbury and it was a great achievement to get the ship through all the safety checks so that she could leave Tilbury.
Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust, Video 1
Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust, Video 2
Radioday 2014 photos from Theo Bakker
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Its 50 years since Radio Caroline first started broadcasting music around the clock and before then radio was very different to what it is today. To mark this outstanding achievement the station had a day of celebration at the Corn Exchange in Rochester, Kent It all started at 10am with Peter Antony broadcasting live from a studio built within the complex Hundreds of people began arriving and soon the main hall was full up with people watching Roger Day introduce the first panel discussing the 1960s era. Panels discussing the 1970s and the 1980s took place during the day with DJs from each decade telling interesting stories and sharing their memories with the large audience. It was nice to meet so many current DJs and staff from the station and legends from the past and it was an event I will never forget. There was further audio from the party during the course of the afternoon going out on a separate internet stream. After a break at 5pm Charlie Dore entertained us and featured the Pirates of the airwaves song that later became an anthem for the station. (Listen Here No 32 on playlist). The evening finished with the Counterfeit Beatles that got people dancing until late. Thanks to Andrew Austin and his team who worked so hard over the last few months to make it so successful.
Christopher Mould report and Steve Szmidt's excellent Photos here..
Caroline returnee visits the Ross
Unfortunately due to all the work taking place on board the Ross Revenge at the moment we can’t have many visitors. But recently Ed Nuhfer a regular listener to the station at home in Burbank, California visited the UK for the first time since 1964 so we couldn’t resist showing him around. He found the station on a tour of Europe back in 1964 while trying to find Radio Veronica. He thought the station had closed many years ago but found us again on the Internet and started listening again. Keep listening Ed and tell all your friends. Ed can be seen in the photo about to walk the plank! PHOTO HERE
Photos of the Ross Revenge in Queenboro' & Southend