CAROLINE   AND   ATLANTA  MERGE

 

Caroline & Atlanta merge
On the 2nd July 1964, Radio Caroline and Radio Atlanta announced that the stations would merge. The MV Caroline would anchor off the coast of Ramsey, Isle of Man and broadcast as Radio Caroline North, while the MV Mi Amigo would become Radio Caroline South. Ronan O'Rahilly and Allan Crawford became joint managing directors. The MV Caroline set sail, on 3 July, under the command of Captain Hangeveldt for the Isle of Man and continued to broadcast as she sailed.

Caroline North
There were only two deejay's on board the MV Caroline, as she sailed to the Isle of Man. Jerry Leighton and Tom Lodge, broadcast for two hours on and two hours off throughout the whole voyage. By the 6th July, the MV Caroline was off Anglesey, Wales, and then sailed to the Irish coast near Dublin. At 15.00 on the 13th July, the radio ship arrived off Ramsey, Isle of Man. Early next morning, 14th July, Radio Caroline North started broadcasting. The broadcasting hours remained the same as previously - 06:00 to 21:00 and 24:00 to 03:00. The same frequency of 1520 kHz / 197 metres and 20,000 Watts of transmitter power was used, but after a while the late night broadcasts ceased. The tune Romance on the Northsea by Alan Haven was used for the early evening closedown theme.

 

Isle Of Man
The Isle of Man station Manx Radio, the first commercial radio station in the UK, operated a low power 50 Watt FM transmitter, soon complained to the Post Office about their new rival. Caroline North set up offices on the Isle of Man, with an address of PO Box 3, Ramsey, Isle of Man. There was also a sales office at 61 Lord Street, Liverpool. During September 1964, a new studio was built on the top deck of the MV Caroline, occupying the lounge area directly behind the ships funnel. The new studio was designed to allow the deejay's to operate all the equipment, meaning that the studio engineers who had been with the station since the first regular broadcasts on March 28th were now redundant.

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Jerry Leighton and Tom Lodge

Jerry Leighton & Tom Lodge

Ronan O'Rahilly & Allan Crawford

Ronan O'Rahilly with Allan Crawford

 

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Jerry Leighton

Jerry Leighton

Simon Dee

Simon Dee

Fredericia aerial

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