Radio at Sea
Before Radio Caroline broadcasting to Britain from a ship in the North Sea the amount of popular music played over the airwaves was very limited. The BBC and the government of the day believed their was no need in music broadcasting. The offshore stations proved them wrong. Here is a list of some of the broadcast stations from ships at sea.
- •Radio CarolineNot the first, but the first to be broadcasting from a ship anchored in International Waters off the UK coast, and the most famous. Still broadcasting today and occasionally on board a ship, although most broadcasts are now land based.
- •Radio LondonConsidered by many to be the most successful of the first wave of offshore broadcasters beaming a signal to the UK in the 1960s. It was the best organised and had the strongest signal.
- •Radio EnglandUnbelievable that this station broadcast for only six months in 1966, but despite this fact it still remains one of the best remembered offshore stations. Radio England had an amazing set of jingles. During a test transmission before commencement of officially starting they played their entire jingle package over the air, and we're amazed the following day when the other offshore stations started playing these same jingles inserting their own name at the appropriate place
- •Radio CityThis station broadcast from an abandoned army fort built during the second world war in the Thames Estuary. Radio City was the catalyst that provoked the government of the day to legislate against the offshore stations when it's owner was killed following a dispute over ownership of broadcasting equipment on the fort