LADY   IN    RED

Lady in Red
Easter Sunday 15th April 1990 saw Radio Caroline celebrating 26 years on the air and playing classic tracks from those years. In London the same day a special event took place, with the "Lady in Red" cruise aboard the Thames riverboat "Old London". The pleasure craft sailed from Lambeth pier to the Thames barrier and back. Around 150 of Caroline's listeners and staff were entertained by music played by some of the station staff and introduced by Tom Anderson. Among other Caroline staff on the cruise were: John Bibby, The Coconut, Chris England, Dave Fisher, Neil Gates, Nigel Harris, Victor Hartman, Nick Jackson, James Kay, Jamie King, Tony Kirk, Melanie McArthur, Ronan O'Rahilly, Dave Richards, Paul Shelton and former Laser presenter Tommy Rivers.

Absolutely Free
On Friday 20th of April 1990 United Press International carried a three minute news story about Radio Caroline, that went out to several thousands radio stations in the USA and others around the world. UPI's Tom Rivers spoke to station founder Ronan O'Rahilly who said that "Caroline has come to symbolise a battle for individual freedom. We are probably the last institution on the planet that is absolutely free". He also commented that although radio has expanded over the years, it is not possible to change Caroline's nautical setting and added: "You can't create or institutionalise Radio Caroline. You can't lay down some Government's legislation to make a nice sanitised Caroline on land. You can't do it".

Confrontation
With Spectrum, expected to start broadcasting on 558khz, an announcement was aired on Caroline on Wednesday 16th May 1990, saying that "Radio Caroline regrets that many listeners will soon be experiencing severe interference to our signal on 558 kHz, a channel that we have been using for the last five years. The source of this interference will be a new London based station, which in a move calculated to force a confrontation between ourselves and the British Authorities has been forced to transmit on the same frequency as this radio station". Tests for Spectrum started on Saturday morning 19th May 1990, and in North, South and East London, both Caroline and Spectrum could be heard together on 558khz, whilst in West London, reception of Caroline was almost impossible. The British authorities were eventually forced to climb down and to allocate a second frequency to Spectrum.


 

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Tommy Rivers & Ronan O'Rahilly

Tommy Rivers (UPI) and Ronan O'Rahilly at the Lady in Red cruise

Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Ross Revenge 1990

Chris Frisco & Rico

Chris Frisco & Rico

Ross Revenge

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Complete Radio Caroline News
as published in OEM 81

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Rico

Rico

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