I’ve decided to honour National Day’s Not Saints days or but all the odd, weird, funny National Days we hear about on the web.
So today is #NationalDay of Radio.
I’m old enough to remember listening to the radio station called Radio Caroline. I don’t think I appreciated how pioneering the station was at the time.
Radio Caroline is a British radio station founded in 1964 by Irish man Ronan O’Rahilly to get around the record companies’ control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdom & the BBC’s radio broadcasting monopoly. Unlicensed by any government for most of its early life, it was a pirate radio station which only became formally illegal in 1967.
The station was named after Caroline Kennedy, daughter of U.S. President John F. Kennedy In February 1964 O’Rahilly obtained the 702-ton former Danish passenger ferry, Fredericia, which was converted into a radio ship at the Irish port of Greenore, which was owned by O’Rahilly’s father. The Fredericia was renamed MV Caroline and anchored off Felixstowe, where it began test transmissions on Friday, 27 March 1964.
On Saturday, 28 March, it began regular broadcasting at noon on 197 metres with the opening conducted by Simon Dee.
Radio Caroline led the way & shaped the Radio that we listen to today.
Do you remember Radio Caroline? Who’s your favourite Radio DJ?
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