ROBBIE DALE

1940 - 2021

RIP

Born in Littleborough Lancashire on 21st April 1940, Robbie Robinson had a variety of jobs including as a press agent and antique dealer, before spell in the army. When working as a deejay in a Kensington discotheque, he was offered a job on Radio Caroline.

 

 

Robbie Dale on Caroline - early days...

He joined Caroline’s south ship in April 1966, and now known as Robbie Dale presented the Caroline request show, later titled “Robbie Dales Diary”. He founded the “Beat Fleet” fan club and appointed himself as Admiral. He stayed with Caroline when the 1967 Marine Offences Act came into force, but had to leave the ship in January 1968, due to a stomach ulcer. He continued to work on land for Caroline until the station closed in March when he joined Radio Veronica, presenting a Dutch & English language programme, and later appearing on TROS radio.

 

Robbie Dale at Zeezenders 20 in 1978

During the 1970’s. he’d returned to England and ran an office cleaning company. In 1979 he became a key figure in Irish Radio, with Sunshine Radio in Dublin paving the way for a massive explosion of unlicenced free radio stations, many growing into thriving commercial radio set-ups.

Around 1988 , Robbie moved to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, setting up a successful Holiday Complex, along with his wife Stella, who had shared much of radio life and adventures over the years. When he retired, he and his wife continued to live in the sunshine of the Canary islands. Robbie Dale passed away on 1st September, aged 81 years. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Robbie Dale in the transmitter hall on the Mi Amigo in 1967

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