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Pirate BBC Essex
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Some of the Pirate BBC Essex presenters.
To mark the 40th anniversary of Pirate Radio BBC Essex is recreating the good old days for a whole week live from the North Sea.
Forty years ago, a new sound was heard across radio sets in Essex and much of eastern and southern England. They were test transmissions for something called 'Radio Caroline.' On Good Friday offshore pirate radio started to the strains of the Rolling Stones' Not Fade Away.

For the next three years Radio Caroline built up an audience of a around eight million listeners. It led to many other offshore radio stations, many of them broadcasting off the coast of Essex.

The broadcasters and their listeners were part of the 60s social revolution. They were the generation who'd never had it so good. The generation who discovered the pill, who campaigned against the threat of nuclear war, who questioned the wisdom of the establishment. They were the generation who developed their own pop music and wanted to hear it.

Forty years on, BBC Essex and BBC Online are going Pirate. For the first time we'll be bringing together the BBC and pirate radio. The auld rivals have laid down their cutlasses and are as one.

Pirate BBC Essex will broadcast from the LV18, a former lightship vessel owned by the Pharos Trust, which wants to turn it into an educational and tourist vessel.

You'll be able to hear the music pirate radio stations in the North Sea were playing 40 years ago. We'll have the music of the pirates' heyday - 1964 to 1967 and be featuring some of those songs the pirates made hits.

Pirate BBC Essex can be heard online and on 729, 765 and 1530 MW.

During the week you'll be able to see the pirate presenters via webcams. We're hooking up with UltraLab of Anglia Polytechnic University to use cuttinge edge technology to bring images to your computer. There will also be the chance to listen online, wherever you are in the world. And you'll have the chance to email the pirates with your messages and requests.

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