then, now then, now then... remember the swinging Sixties and pirate
radio? Who could forget the music, the DJs and the sea sickness?
radio is now a distant memory for many of us, but it struck a blow
for pioneering DJs everywhere when stations first hit the airwaves.
was fresh, risky and a bit of a novelty. We hadn't heard anything
like it before.
in Yorkshire, we had our very own pirate station, Radio 270, broadcasting
from a fishing vessel off the Scarborough coast.
the radio waves
270 was the only offshore Yorkshire pirate radio station, broadcasting
for 18 months between 1966 and 1967.
station was located on the Dutch ship Oceaan V11 which was anchored
off Bridlington Bay.
with 1,000 sausages, 100 kippers and 500 bacon rashers, the ship's
DJs battled sea sickness on the tempestuous waves of the North Sea.
swinging boat was so bumpy that DJ Paul Burnett was once violently
sick midway through reading an advert for bacon!
story of the station reads like a soap opera with staff mutinies,
beleaguered DJs, technical nightmares, and power struggles.
it wasn't the squalling gales or DJ's tiffs and tantrums that finally
sunk Radio 270.
was the hand of bureaucracy in the shape of the 1967 Marine Offences
Act that scuppered the floating station.
Paul Burnett, Tony Blackburn and Peter Powell with Maureen the
elephant in Radio One promotion|
its final day, true to form, stormy weather prevented many of the
staff joining the goodbye party aboard the Oceaan V11.
airwaves finally went dead at 11.59pm, and the ship sailed close
to shore to the cheers of well wishers.
Oceaan V11 was later offered for sale but had no takers. The ship
that once entertained a nation was broken up and laid to rest.
crackle and pop ..
270 wasn't the only offshore pirate station in the poptastic 1960s.
Caroline, Radio Atlanta, Radio London and Radio Veronica also flew
the flag for pirate broadcasting.
Many of the nation's best-loved DJs cut their teeth on the sea waves.
Here's a tribute to just a few of them.
- Caroline pirate and Radio One star. Recently a contestant in a TV
celebrity reality show.
- Radio England and Caroline pirate. Found fame at Radios One,
Two and Five.
London pirate DJ. Found fame as wacky TV star. Died in 1995
Radio London pirate. Became major Radio One DJ
on dry land with Manx Radio, then Luxembourg and Radio One
- Radio 270 DJ. Later became a well-known BBC TV news presenter
Radio Caroline DJ, now turned Conservative MP for North Thanet
V11 is the inspiration for a major feature film shooting soon|
pirates of the airwaves set the tone for for pop radio in the Seventies.
One and commercial radio recruited many of the star pirate DJs...
as well as their new poppy style.
for Radio 270, it remains a happy memory, long gone but forever
etched in the memories of its many listeners.
amazing story has inspired a new film, Making Waves, starring Richard
E. Grant and Michael Gambon.
Former Radio 270 DJ Paul Burnett will star in a cameo role. It
seems like there's life in the old pirate station yet!