21st     BIRTHDAY

21st birthday
As befits a Queen, Radio Caroline has two birthdays, the first was on 28th March 1985 when mention was made of the fact that 21 years before Caroline had started her broadcasts. At 11.58 that day Jay Jackson signed out saying "For Caroline, this is Chrrr...Jay Jackson" to be followed by the news - or rather non-news as the newsroom feed was not working. However on Carolines "Official" birthday at Easter, things went more smoothly. On Saturday at 12.00 noon, a voice from the past was heard - Chris Moore opening the show and introducing a record by the Rolling Stones all on tape, then into the record in actuality followed by Simon Barratt. Easter Sunday saw the start of the DJ's top 200 records from Carolines DJ's past and present, this continued onto Monday. If anyone counted the 200 they'd have discovered only 147 records, there were no numbers given out, so we can only guess that it must have been due to the effects of the specially brewed Radio Caroline GBH Bitter that was imbibed that weekend. Something else to be remembered from the Sunday must be the marathon broadcast of John Lewis starting at 15.00 and still going strong at midnight, the show ended at 01.00 when Fiona Jeffries took over and John went off for a spell of shore leave the next day.

Caroline movements
Simon Barrett went off for a spot of leave and during this time Tom Anderson made a brief appearance on the 02.00 to 06.00 slot. On 22nd April 1985 a Stevie Wonder record "Weak link" was played for "next door who have a weak link this afternoon". The same day Forbes magazine carried an article about the offshore stations, mentioning that since Caroline returned in August 1983, she has recovered her $1.3 million startup cost and is running about $25,000 profit a month. On the 27th, new man Brian Marshall presented the 18.00 to 22.00 slot. That morning at 10.08 a public service announcement mentioned "Airfete 85" at Mildenhall air base. Meanwhile over on 963khz, between 20.00 and 20.30, Kalsi Voice - a Punjabi language programme was aired. Also on 963khz ,after Radio Monique closed at 18.00, Roy Masters returned at the end of April at 17.00 after an hour of continuous music, which seems to be attracting almost as much attention as Roy Masters. At 01:00 on 2nd May 1985, a test broadcast went out under the name of 'Anorak Radio 558' hosted by Bert Twigworthy (Simon Barrett). At 01:50 the engineers on the Ross Revenge found out and pulled the plug on him.

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DJs line-up May 1985

John Lewis

John Lewis

Simon Barratt

Simon Barratt

Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson on air

Fiona Jeffreys & John Lewis

Fiona Jeffries & John Lewis

cartoon

Susan Charles

Susan Charles

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