PIER LESS

Pier less
There were bad storms in early January 1978. At 22:52 on the 10th, the transmitter went off air. That same night, the storms totally wrecked Margate pier, fifteen miles south of the MV MI Amigo. The radioship weathered the storms, and returned to the air at 11:38 on 15th January.

In March, the British post office closed down a PO Box that was being used as a mailing address for the Caroline Newsletter. Radio Caroline advertised the quarterly magazine, although the Spanish based editor, Steve Francis, stated that this was something the offshore station has chosen to do. He added that the magazine had no association with Caroline, and was simply an outlet for Caroline listeners.

14th birthday
Easter 1978, saw Radio Caroline's 14th birthday. It was celebrated on the radioship by a special programme on Easter Sunday evening, a Top 50 of the most requested album tracks in the listeners' personal Top Thirties. All the deejays on board took part in the programme, which ran from 19.30 until 01.40 on Monday Morning. The number One record was "Stairway to Heaven".

A very special Caroline Roadshow came to Southend Football Club's Roots Hall Stadium on March 31st, when Miss Caroline 1978 was presented to the world: Eighteen-year old Caroline Simmons from Canterbury in Kent was chosen by the crew on board the "Mi Amigo" from her letter and photograph. The Caroline Roadshow was so popular that at least 700 fans were unable to get into the stadium. Those that did manage to get in were entertained by Robb Eden, Robbie Day and the enigmatic "Harvey the Rabbit".

Roadshow

Earlier in the day, on the 31st, Two directors of Music Radio Promotions, the publishers of Wavelength magazine appeared in a Magistrates court, after being charged with advertising Radio Caroline. The case was quickly deferred to a higher court, and the pair were told that they would be sent for trial at Knightsbridge Crown Court, later in the year. Music Radio Promotions, who'd organised the Flashback event in 1977, re-emerged under a new name - Flashback Promotions. One of the events that they organized was a trip out to the Mi Amigo, aboard the paddle steamer Waverley on Monday May 8th.

Mi Amigo

Mi Amigo

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Caroline Newsletter, complete set from 1-8 in Adobe pdf format

Roadshow

Roadshow

 

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Radio Caroline 1978

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