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Pirate BBC Essex Presenters M to R

Meet the team who will be aboard the LV18 bringing you Pirate BBC Essex 24 hours a day from Friday, 10, April till Monday, 13, April on medium wave and online.

Steve Merike

Steve Merike

Steve Merike

Known in the 60s as Stevi Merike, Steve worked on the offshore Radio Scotland until it closed down on 14, August 1967, then joined the outlawed Radio Caroline and stayed aboard the Mi Amigo until it was towed away in March 1968.  After filling in for Tony Blackburn on Radio 1’s Breakfast Show in 1970, Steve went back offshore for the re-launch of Radio Northsea International in February 1971.  He has since worked in local radio for both the BBC and the commercial sector, and these days lectures in media.

Steve is making his Pirate BBC Essex debut this Easter

Dave Owen

Dave started his career on the land-based pirate stations Radio Jackie and Radio Kaleidoscope, before going offshore with Radio Atlantis (and Steve England) off the Belgian coast in 1974. He later worked for Radio Caroline on the Mi Amigo, and had a successful career in independent local radio. Dave returned for a short stint on Radio Caroline from the Ross Revenge in 1987.

Get the day underway with Mark

Mark Punter

Mark Punter

Mark was one of the AA Roadwatch travel news voices on radio in the 80s and 90s before landing the weekday Early Show on BBC Essex between 5 and 6am.

Mark is also responsible for finding Arnold after he’d been missing for 25-years.

Mark makes his Pirate BBC Essex debut this time round.

Emperor Rosko

Emperor Rosko

Emperor Rosko

"Have Mercy!" Rosko joined Radio Caroline South in 1966. He brought with him a personality which combined a number of the gimmicks and techniques he had heard while growing up listening to American Top 40 radio, something new to a British audience.  He immediately won a large following. He also had a mynah bird, Alfie, who joined him on the air. Alfie is a good friend of Arnold.

In 1967 he left Caroline to return to France, where he hosted a hugely successful afternoon show on the French Radio Luxembourg, this time not as an "Emperor" but as "Le President Rosko."  He went on to broadcast on Radio 1.

Emperor Rosko’s DJ Book was bought by thousands of prospective radio presenters in the 70s. 

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