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Caroline is 36

Radio Caroline, the most famous radio station in the world, celebrates her 36th birthday this weekend. Caroline can be accessed on the Astra 1c satellite at 19.2 degrees east by tuning to channel 35 (Challenge TV) and selecting audio subcarriers 7.38/7.56mhz.

Times are 6pm – midnight Fridays and 8am – 11pm Saturday & Sunday. A special birthday stream is available globally on Saturday 22nd at 8am and can be accessed by visiting here.

Prison for Two Pirates

Prison sentences have been handed down to two pirate broadcasters in the UK after the station they operated – Klass – was heard quite clearly by air traffic control at Rochester Airport in Kent.
The sentences consisted of 6 months for one of the men and 4 months for the other.
These sentences are heavy compared to 1999 when 47 people were prosecuted for their involvement in illegal broadcasts and fines averaged £239.

High-ranking Virgin

Virgin Radio – the UK adult contemporary station – have been ranked the third most listened to online station worldwide.
First and second places went to internet only stations provided by NetRadio.
Stations were ranked by the total amount of hours spent listening.

Baker Reunited

David Baker – a name which will be familiar to listeners to just about any pirate radio station of the eighties – is planning a reunion in October for all the ’70s and ’80s pirates. He can be contacted by email with ideas and suggestions (and is particularly seeking a venue) at david.baker1@lineone.net.

David Baker is currently a presenter on Chelmer 107.7FM in Essex and can also be heard on Premier FM in Dublin in recorded insert form on their morning show.

MW Caroline

Radio Caroline will be back on medium wave with high-powered transmissions next month for the first time since 1990. The broadcast will be in honour of the Dutch Caroline Supporters Day which takes place on August 19th – also the 11th anniversary of the UK/Dutch armed raid on the Ross Revenge – and the frequency will be 1296 kHz.

Big L Memories

Radio London continue their 28 day RSL service with a 33rd anniversary special tomorrow to mark the day they closed. Highlight of the day’s special programming will be a rebroadcast of the final 2 hours from 1pm UK time. Those who cannot receive the broadcasts off air can tune in via the Big L website at www.bigl.co.uk which is worth a visit anyway!

Caroline on the Web

Radio Caroline launched her full-time internet broadcasts today with a special broadcast on medium wave and shortwave as well as the regular Astra 19E broadcast. The site to go to to access Caroline on the web is radio-caroline.nl.

Record Attempt

Hospital Radio Chelmsford presenter Greg Daines is attempting the world record for longest continuous radio broadcast which currently stands at 72 hours. The programme started at 7am this morning and Greg needs to be still doing his thing at 7am on Saturday to equal the record. Updates and webcam pictures are available at HRC’s website.

Hospital Record

Hospital Radio Chelmsford presenter Greg Daines beat the record for longest continuous radio broadcast on Saturday. The previous record was 72 hours which Greg managed to beat by 1 hour and 33 minutes. When the show was finished Greg slept for 22 hours non-stop! Full details with plenty of pictures will be available on their website by the end of the week.

Comment: Just as well there were hospital beds close by when he finished. Congratulations!

Top Virgin

Virgin Radio in the UK are now the most listened to station on the internet. Arbitron today released findings for the month of July which, according to “Aggregate Tuning Hours”, places Virgin Radio in top place – a jump of one place from previously published figures.

Red Dragon Complaints

Red Dragon FM in Cardiff is having complaints against them investigated after their drive-time presenters yesterday mentioned rumours on-air that further blockades of oil refineries were imminent.
This led to panic petrol buying in Wales leading to chaos on the roads and the rumour then spread to South-West England followed by the rest of the UK.

Red Dragon Cleared

The Radio Authority in the UK have stated that they do not believe that Red Dragon FM were guilty of scaremongering when mentioning rumours of more oil refinery blockades which caused chaos around the UK earlier in the week.

Euro Court Falls Short

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the UK government can continue with its restrictive policy of refusing to allow independent stations on short wave despite allowing independent operators on the FM and medium wave bands, but this now raises the separate question of whether the short wave monopoly is legal under European Union competition law. Trevor Brook took his case to the courts in 1997 after numerous requests to the government to license his proposed service “Radiofax”.

Source: ukradio.com

Limits Set on Automation in Britain

The Radio Authority in Britain has set a limit on automated programming during daytime on its local radio stations. In it’s letter to the stations the authority stated that they “…felt that the ‘localness’ of stations would be jeopardised if programming were allowed to be automated for more than limited periods during the day. They also considered that listeners have a reasonable expectation for presentation to be live, and that too high a level of automation could undermine the trust that exists between the station and its audience…FM stations are to be allowed a maximum of two hours of automation during daytime.”

Radio Caroline Anniversary

Radio Caroline’s last pirate broadcast was ten years ago this Sunday. To mark the occasion, this week’s ‘Anorak Hour’ from Phantom FM will have a special guest in the studio, Steve Conway, who worked on the Ross through the mid 80’s, until he was one of 6 people rescued by helicopter when she ran aground on the notorious Goodwin Sands in November 1991.
Steve will be talking about the Dutch Raid and the grounding as well as general stories about life on the Ross.
Also scheduled for broadcast on the programme is an exclusive short documentary about last year’s Caroline RSL from Southport pier. The item features airchecks of the broadcast as well as interviews with the main presenters and has not been played on air before…not even on Caroline.
The Anorak Hour can be heard at 1pm on Sunday not only on 91.6FM and 102.9FM across Dublin, but across the world on the newly launched live webcast from Phantom and on demand here on Radiowaves.FM.

New Nova?

Chris Cary is, at present, living on the Isle of Man receiving treatment for the effects of his stroke. Never one to rest idle, he is also applying for planning permission to erect an 860ft long wave radio mast for the licensed 279kHz frequency, which, according to his website, may later develop into the new Radio Nova.

Virgin on Racism?

National UK station Virgin Radio has been accused of racism. Following a recent decision to omit manufactured pop bands from their playlist, Virgin have added the R’n’B and rap genres to the ‘banned’ list of ‘processed crap’. According to the station’s website, Virgin’s boss “has [also] had enough of ‘any R’n’B or rap act'”.
The station’s policy has been condemned as ‘verging on racism’ by industry insiders. R ‘n’ B and Rap music is made by predominently black artists. Virgin Radio claim that it is all just a bit of fun.

A Late Night Drunken Kiss

Robin Banks is back on his drivetime show at London dance station Kiss 100 following suspension. Banks was suspended after he invaded the studios in a drunken state in the early hours of the morning and took the pre-recorded programming off the air. Worse was to follow as he launched into a live session full of swearing which led listeners to ring the station and complain.
Banks has a history of causing offence. Four years ago, whilst with Virgin Radio, the Radio Authority upheld a serious complaint over a ‘deeply offensive’ comment made by the presenter. Banks said on air, after he’d heard a story about a man who choked to death: “Too bad he wasn’t a woman or gay.”
He was eventually fired by Virgin Radio following his announcement that Chris Evans was dead.

Jackie Returns

An ’80s pirate station is about to make a return to London’s airwaves, this time with a licence. On Sunday, for the first time since Radio Jackie’s famous closedown in February 1985, listeners across south-west London and north Surrey will be able to tune in once more to ‘The Sound of South West London’ on 107.8MHz. The opportunity has arisen because the original management team behind Radio Jackie purchased the loss-making Thames Radio back in March and then began the task of revamping the whole operation in order to prepare for a re-launch. The team had applied for the licence back in 1996, but lost out to Thames radio.

Jack from Oxfordshire is Live and Testing

In preparation for Jack FM’s launch on October 18th, Oxfordshire’s newest radio station has started carrying out test transmissions. From last Monday the people of Oxfordshire have been getting a taste of what to expect when the station launches.

Ian Walker, Jack FM’s General Manager, says: “We’re on the brink of a radio revolution in Oxfordshire. We’ve been incredibly busy building Jack’s playlist over the past few months and now we finally get to play a few of our favourite records to make sure there’s no scratches on our best vinyl.”

Jack FM has called upon the services of many local Oxfordshire businesses in getting their North Oxford Broadcast Centre refitted and ready for broadcasting. Absolute Radio International (ARI), Jack’s owner, has invested a significant sum in new facilities there, including studios, office space and the latest broadcast and IT technology.

BRMB Rapped for Misleading ‘Athens’ Competition

A UK radio station has fallen foul of the authorities after running a competition last May in which they gave away 100 prizes ‘to go to Athens and watch the Champions League final’.

What BRMB, who are based in England’s midlands, failed to mention was that the ‘Athens’ in question was a Greek restaurant in Birmingham rather than the city where the match was taking place.

This led to complaints from three of the winners who felt they were unfairly misled. Ofcom ruled that the competition had breached rules on fairness and had been executed “in a manner designed to obscure the true nature of the prize”.

BRMB’s owners, GCap Radio, claim that they had given clues to listeners to indicate that the prize was not a trip to Greece.
“The fact the radio station advised people to arrive at BRMB for 1500 BST on the day of the match (taking into account the time difference and flight time to Greece from the UK) should have alerted participants to the fact something was amiss.”

However, the first of these ‘clues’ was not given until a full week after listeners had been encouraged to enter the competition.

The watchdog said it would not take action against the station as it was the first breach recorded against them. The cost of entry to the competition – ran by SMS – was refunded to the complainants.

The competition was broadcast on the station’s Drivetime show.