ALL    CHANGE

All change
A new programme format started on the 18th November 1985, "Jamming 963" had finished on the 12th to be replaced by non-stop Country music, which also filtered into the main programming. A £15,000 MORI survey in early 1985 reported that "49 per cent of the British public enjoys listening to country music and that country music came second to pop as the most popular in the UK. Major record companies will be promoting the music along with their Nashville counterparts. The daytime format became more commercial with 60's and 70's oldies. The listeners Top 5 disappeared and an album format returned in the evenings. Daytime programming is based on a clock format every hour. This gives two A plays- current hit singles in line with station format, four B plays - new releases possibly including "plugs", one C play - recent hit single, two D plays - new release LP track, again possibly including "plugs", two 60's oldies, two 70's oldies, two 80's oldies (early 80's) and one Soul/Reggae oldie. This gives a breakdown of 45% oldies, 20% hits, 35% new material, or around two thirds of music familiar to listeners. The final quarter hour is flexible as required. "
On the 5th December 1985, there were generator failures from 16.00 to 16.25 and again at 18.30 to 18.54. The 7th saw John Ford joined by David Andrews, an American named Tony plus Captain Tony; in his early evening show. Captain Tony was heard giving out a request for the Captain and crew of the Gardline Tracker. Three new adverts were aired for Arabian Sands on the 9th, one offered twenty four free holidays with a phone call to Epsom registering your name in the draw, with winners being announced between 10.00 and 18.00 on Christmas day. The same day, the Caroline Christmas disco was advertised as taking place at the Standard, Walthamstow on 23rd December 1985, also that same day the Expo 86 adverts finished.

Official moves
Unconfirmed reports on the 10th December 1985 of interference to Radio Caroline on 558khz in the Ipswich area are believed to have been caused by the BBC testing a transmitter, firstly on 558khz and then on 576khz from the old "405 line" TV transmitter site at Manningtree. Further unidentified tuning tests were heard the following morning on 576khz. On Saturday 14th December 1985, the "Guardian" quoted a DTI spokesman, who announced that the siege of the North sea ships was to end. Mr. Geoffrey Pattie, UK minister for Industry and Information technology said "We have achieved our objective, which was to find out who was supplying the ships. The fact that Laser 558 has ceased broadcasting is an added bonus and I hope Radio Caroline will follow their example." Vincent Monsey, of Caroline's New York sales agents said that Laser were supplied from local bases, but Caroline is supplied by foreign registered ships which can tender us with no restrictions at all, and added that the operation of Caroline was totally legal.

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Dave Andrews

Dave Andrews

Record Library

Record Library

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Vincent Monsey

Vincent Monsey

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