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RADIO CAROLINE


Radio Caroline is probably the most famous of all the offshore “pirate” radio stations, and her story has become something of a broadcasting legend.

These pages from Offshore Echo’s look at the history of the famous offshore station, through the 1960’s - from the start of Caroline & Atlanta and their merger, the 1967 Marine Offences Act, and the fateful day in March 1968 when both Caroline ships were seized and forced off the air.

The story continues into the 1970's, with Carolines return off the Dutch coast, the move back off England and persecution by the UK authorities. Radio Caroline was eventually silenced, not by Government, but by Mother Nature, when her ship sank during storms in March 1980.

 
Radio Caroline returned in 1983, with a brand new ship. and was soon joined by another radioship
Laser 558. The authorities were not amused and forced Laser off the air. Caroline however continued broadcasting, until a raid on their ship by the Dutch and British government.

 Caroline wasn't silenced, but the loss of income from the Dutch broadcasts and increasing pressure from the UK authorities were soon had an effect. No one knew at the time, but when deejay Neil Gates closed down for the night in the early hours of 5th November 1990, it was the last time that Radio Caroline was heard as a free radio station broadcasting from the international waters of the North Sea. .

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The Radio Caroline story - updated November 2015

MIDDAY EASTER SATURDAY 28th MARCH 1964, RADIO CAROLINE STARTED BROADCASTING.

 

THE SIXTIES
updated 23-12-2011
 

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THE SEVENTIES
updated 20-3-2009

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THE EIGHTIES
updated 1-11-2015

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