Hans Knot's International Radio Report - March 2007 (2)


Welcome to this bumper edition of the Radio Report. Included is a long story about what happened on the Mi Amigo more than 30 years ago including some exclusive photographs by Marc Jacobs. Thanks by the way for all the contributions and keep them going to the regular e mail address:

Martin van der Ven wrote to me: ‘Chris Parkinson, former Hauraki offshore good guy has an own internet site, including photos of the Hauraki reunion, which took place in last year: http://www.parkinson.co.nz

If you want to hear how Radio Hauraki sounds today in New Zealand just go to: mms://ac1-bak.streaming.net.nz/trn-hauraki-wlg

Thanks Martin and after Germany time for Scotland, where the next e mail comes from ‘Hi Hans, This article about Leith FM appears in today's (27th) Edinburgh Evening News.

The newspaper cut came from Edingburgh and Bob Baird who wrote also: ‘It has been said many times before, but a sincere thanks for all your hard work in compiling the excellent 'Radio Report'. I'm always amazed at the continuing amount of interesting material you publish in it. I found an old cassette with some bits of Radio Scotland from early 1966, which reminded me of the station's time checks. The end of a Pete Bowman show from 10pm to midnight was closed with 'Have fun now and keep in touch', with an invitation to join him again at 6 in the morning for 'Rooster Call', the breakfast programme. The station I.D. was then given with 'Check your time by the chime'. This 'chime' annoyed many people as it was a standard household 'ding dong' door bell! One can only imagine the scene throughout the land with dogs barking at the top of each hour, warning their owners that someone was at the front door! After a number of listeners complained, a compromise was made - only the 'ding' was used from then on. I wonder if any other readers of the report remember anything (or anyone) that annoyed them on the offshore stations? Now a confession - I once had a record played on Radio Scotland by presenter Paul Young - literally. I found an old small sized 78rpm record which had belonged to my grandparents and, feeling that it might bring some fun, sent it to the station. The title? 'He played his ukulele as the ship went down'! Thankfully, that never came to pass, and, sadly, I didn't manage to record Paul's show. Take care and best wishes, Bob Baird.’

Thanks Bob for this marvellous memories. Yes, directly an annoying thing in offshore radio came to mind and it reflects to one of the four favourite stations for me in the sixties, Radio 390 brought the program ‘Music from the Organ’. Any reader who also remember annoying things please share it with us!

Next, talking about Radio Scotland, as Bob did, sad news from Mary Payne: ‘Hi Hans, Not unexpected news, as we knew that Alan Black was gravely ill, but very sad nonetheless we heard he passed away. It was lovely to meet him at the Radio Scotland mini-reunion in 2005, and Alan thoroughly enjoyed the entire weekend.

Alan Black, Pirate DJ who joined Radio 1 Published: 22 March 2007
’Alan Black, disc jockey and cartoonist: born Rosyth, Fife 15 January 1943;
married (one son); died London 5 March 2007. When it comes to naming the key disc jockeys at Radio 1, Alan Black is unlikely to come to mind, but for a few years he was part of the fabric of the station and the highly influential In Concert series was his idea. "I thought Alan Black was a terrifically good DJ," says the broadcaster Bob Harris, "He had great warmth on air and that is hard to achieve." Black was born in Rosyth, on the Firth of Forth, in 1943. He was educated locally and had plans to go to art school. At the last minute, he changed his mind and spent six months with a band of gypsies. He joined a commercial art studio but became disillusioned with the weekly pay of £1 10s. Taken again by wanderlust, he took casual labour on coasters and ocean liners. He developed his talent for drawing cartoons by working for the D.C. Thomson company in Dundee and contributing to a wide range of comics and magazines. In 1963, Black moved to London, working for agencies as a commercial artist. He was intrigued when offshore pirate radio stations started, and secured a job with Radio Scotland, joining the ship in the Firth of Forth for its launch at Hogmanay 1965. He established himself as a popular broadcaster but he then moved to Radio England, which soon went into voluntary liquidation. He was with Britain Radio when its ship, Laissez Faire, suffered considerable storm damage - not helped by some of the crew jumping ship. When the Marine etc Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967 became law, the stations were forced to close down. Meanwhile, the BBC had been shaken from its lethargy to create the new teenage station Radio 1, and Alan Black made his début with Midday Spin in July 1968. Black was one of several animators involved in the highly innovative film Yellow Submarine (1968) and, during a holiday in France, he met his wife, Mariepierre, known as Pierre. One of his producers at Radio 1 was Jeff Griffin, who remembers, Alan had heard a programme in France in which bands would both play live and be interviewed about their music, which gave them a certain credibility. He thought that this would work in the UK and we did a pilot with Led Zeppelin, who chose Liverpool Scene as their special guests. Alan introduced the programme and it was broadcast in August 1969. It was well received but the station's management wanted John Peel to present the subsequent concerts. I felt sorry for Alan Black . . . a few months earlier, they'd all been criticising John. The programme later had a number of presenters, each chosen according to the performer, and Alan did some of those. Bob Harris recalls, I started at Radio 1 in August 1970 and slotted into a strip of programmes called Sounds of the Seventies. I took over the Monday programme and Alan was doing the equivalent programme on Friday night. Each of the programmes had a different musical style to them, and Alan's great musical interest was jazz-rock. He is the first person to be playing Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears. We co-presented an album review programme together for about a year and a half and it was a good combination because we overlapped very little. I didn't like a lot of the stuff that Alan liked, and vice versa. This led to us having some heated discussions on air. Black also presented the What's New programme with Anne Nightingale, which was produced by Bernie Andrews. He proved a delightful companion: a laconic Scotsman who would entertain his colleagues with sharply observed caricatures. However, he never attained the popularity of a Dave Lee Travis or Tony Blackburn. "You have to have a big ego if you are going to be a big DJ," says Jeff Griffin, and it's to his credit that he didn't have a big ego. He was a genuinely lovely man and I don't think I ever heard him say a bad word about anyone. In the late 1970s, Black developed new talent for Polydor Records and did some presenting at Radio 1. In the end, he decided that he had had enough and took jobs outside the industry, but he continued to draw cartoons whenever the opportunity arose.’ Spencer Leigh’
Mary Payne, Director RADIO LONDON Ltd

Thanks Mary for sending the Spencer Leigh article. Sad to hear another one of the fleet of offshore radio deejays has gone. One day more will be gone than be alive.

It’s some time ago I saw Tony Christian for the last time during a radio day. He’s back with the next e mail: ‘ I hope you are keeping well. If it is of interest to you, I will be forwarding some pictures of me while working on Radio Sovereign to Bob Le Roi for his story on his website. I also have a video that I have now converted to DVD from a recording of a live show on the Ross Revenge in the North Sea courtesy of the Southampton Branch of the Caroline Movement, around 1985,that I believe has never been seen in anorak circles. Let me know if you are interested in a copy of that. Also, I have many cassette tapes that I really should convert to CD of my shows on Caroline, another memory of that little cassette recorder that used to sit on top of the desk in the 558 studio. As you probably know, I had to give up my Saturday show on Caroline some time ago, due to my workload and earning a living with my full time job to pay bills. I have enjoyed the break, but am back with a new show. The Weekend Warm Up on Friday nights between 18.00-2.00 GMT which is so refreshing and fits in with my life now without taking over it. Hopefully you are enjoying it. I am still working hard with TNI Radio www.tniradio.co.uk and a local radio station www.blrfm.co.uk Keep up your good work, I look forward to your news. Take Care, Tony Christian.’

Well Tony really great to be hearing from you again and also that you really doing well these days in another part of your life. Good to hear you back on Caroline these days and of course we wish you with all your radio work a lot of success. And yes always nice to see Bob’s site too and he did indeed a very good special on Sovereign. Bob and I, who know each other almost 30 years, will have some surprises in time to come. Visit Bob site go to www.bobleroi.co.uk. Anyway, it would be lovely to sea the ‘558 video’ and my postal address is PO Box 102 9700 AC Groningen Holland. Thanks in advance!

And talking about Bob Leroi: ‘Welcome to the March Website Update. In this months Scrapbook a return to the Sunk Head for the Part 3 of our now 5 Part Series on the Tower-Radio-Tower adventure. New generators, a Fort clean up & TV dropped in favour of Radio, but it's too late moneys fast running out. In "One Subject One Link" the BBC has come under criticism for the way it's responded to the generous deal to increase TV license fees by 3%. In the A-Z of Pop & Rock it's the letter (M) with Madness on record & Bob Marley CD. Plus we launch phase 1 of our new look sales pages, take a peak in the Offshore Shop, we've more new book titles. Whilst you're there have a look at Equipment Accessories, Audio Books & leisure Wear. Enjoy your visits. www.bobleroi.co.uk

But also the Pirate Hall of Fame has a nice update: ‘What's new this month? The last offshore station to launch off the UK coast during the sixties, Radio 355, commenced broadcasts forty years ago this month. We look back at the Radio 355 Story; we get an update from one of the mysterious DJs who was heard briefly on Caroline South after the Marine Offences Act of 1967, Stevie Gee; and we continue to add to the ‘Seventies Supplement’ with a second page of DJ biographies. See the contents page and DJ directories of the sixties and seventies for news of the latest updates. www.offshoreradio.co.uk

Phil Crosby is one of the many readers for the Knot Radio Report living in Australia and telling some more about his background: ‘Well firstly I have a fascination with radio that started as a kid building crystal sets in my home town Coulsdon (about 35 kms south of London). But once the offshore radio stations started I felt I was a teenager in heaven, combining my favourite topics of 60's pop music, radio transmitters, and being a rebel against the government! I developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the stations, and of course attended the Free Radio rally in London. After August 1967 Radio Caroline was my hero, and I watched and listened as the station's fortunes rose and fell. Meanwhile a group of us started two land based stations, Thames Radio from my garden shed (closed down by the authorities very soon), then the more powerful and higher quality Radio Brittania on 254m and occasionally shortwave as well, each Sunday from secret locations in the countryside. We financed the station from a mobile disco, which a friend and I later took through Europe on an adventure that ended up in Scheveningen, where the MV Mi Amigo was supposed to be being prepared as a pirate museum. We learnt that it was really about to set sail as Caroline once more and agreed to join the ship (I adopted the very unoriginal DJ name of John Dale), but on closer inspection conditions were quite bad, and we doubted it was seaworthy. I then emigrated to Australia, working in various enterprises around the radio business, and gaining my legal "ham" licence. Marriage and kids followed, and I didn't give much thought to pirate radio, other than tuning around the bands on my periodic visits to the UK. Then the internet exploded and guess what? Here was my old friend Caroline broadcasting again, re-kindling my interest. Then last year (2006) I returned to the UK and emailed Peter Moore to ask if there was any way I could visit the Ross Revenge in dock. He said he could arrange it, and even though I had some trouble getting past the Security Police, I eventually got to spend a couple of hours on the ship re-living old times.

That’s a very short version of my radio interests. I look forward to the newsletter, Hans. Cheers! Phil.’

In an other e mail Phil asked me questions about Peter Chicago’s skills and I sent him an interview I had with Peter many years ago: ‘I listened to the interview with Peter Chicago, it was indeed very interesting. It would have been good to hear more about his technical challenges with managing high power transmitters in the difficult environment of a ship on the ocean. And also discover what has happened to him since leaving the Caroline organisation. Hopefully you will be able to have another interview one day? Another point that I sometimes think about is the choice of frequency for the offshore stations. I wonder what factors the station took into account? In the early days (pre 9KHz spacing) I guess it was simply a matter of tuning around to find a clear spot day and night, then locking the transmitter on that frequency (or getting a crystal manufactured). But generally, there was a trend towards the pop music formats being above 1000Khz (or below 300 metres), and the easy listening stations above 300 metres. Maybe the location of the BBC light program (247m) and Radio Luxemburg (208) originally encouraged this? Of course later on the shift to 558KHz for Laser/Caroline broke this tradition. Or was there a deeper technical reason (later overcome) for choosing higher frequencies, perhaps more range with less power, or maybe the antennas could be shorter. Has anyone done any work on the logic of frequency selection? Phil’.

Well who can help me out in answering this technical questions from Australia? It will be most welcome to get it on Hknot@home.nl

Next news from Sietse Brouwer, once the guy behind Radio Caroline Holland from Harlingen. ‘Yesterday, after a long and thorough preparation the mast was erected on the LV Jenni Baynton (a.k.a. LV 8). Today most of the guy wires were put into place. The coming weeks will be used to increase tension as the guys will no doubt stretch. A the pictures proof, it looks immaculate. All of the crew were completely knackered from both physical strain and enormous stress. We were lucky to choose the two days with the best possible weather to do this. The ship will be relocated tomorrow. One more reason why it had to happen when it did. We were rapidly running out of time at our present moorings. Thursday the dredgers will come in. We are moving back to our previous location. Thought you might like to know, regards Sietse Brouwer

Photo Sietse Brouwer

Norway and Svenn and his ever lasting love for The five from the Olga Patricia brings the next: ‘Dear all associated with Radio England/Britain Radio/Radio Dolfijn/Radio 227/Radio 355 and their "cousin" station Radio London: You may already have noticed, but here comes a quick note about another update to "The Radio Rose of Texas." This edition coincided with the 40-year anniversary of the demise of the most-missed Britain Radio and Radio Dolfijn at 12.45 pm on February 28th, 1967. The last known recording is that of Look Boden on February 26th, 1967 on 1322 kc from 1400-1502. The new web reference, with a new layout is at www.northernstar.no/olgapatricia1322845.html The first sound recordings are on www.northernstar.no/sound.html. You may access both these pages and their links (best way) as well as many others via www.northernstar.no/heritage.html

Back to England: ‘Hi Hans Knot from Peter Tankard in Sheffield. I totally agree with your letter about the state of radio in the UK .I was 15 when Laser 558 and Caroline were on the air in 1984 I could get them very strong in Sheffield south Yorkshire day and night even though we are 80 mails inland from the sea the signal was even strong in the built up Sheffield city centre I have got many hours of Caroline and Laser which I recorded on my workman, which I will always keep for the rest of my life. It is very fine to play them back it brings back the 1980’s and the wonderful sound of Laser and Caroline into my living room. Very good deejays and the wonderful Laser and Caroline jingles of the time. Laser 558 and Caroline were very popular in my school and Charlie wolf was a house hold name at our house. I used to go to town from lower Wincobank in the north east port of Sheffield next to the M1, were I lived, on the bus and I would regularly hear a bus driver or someone on the bus with a radio listening to Laser 558 or Caroline on 576 or 963 they where very strong even on a bus. Even some of the busses had Laser 558 and Caroline car stickers on them and I even once saw a Laser 558 car sticker stuck in one of the windows of Sheffield town hall. Radio Hallam on 194 MW was the local ILR radiostation at the time and I have to say it was boring and still is today as Hallam FM. BBC Radio Sheffield was just as bad and still is today. I used to see a lot of Laser 558 and Caroline car stickers in car windows and in many shop windows around Sheffield many more than Radio Hallam or Radio Sheffield car stickers, most of my friends were Laser 558 or Caroline listeners. We all had Laser club cards but I can not remember wining any thing with mine. I still have got mine. I wish Laser 558 and Caroline would come back on air. I listen to Big L now on 1395 AM it is very strong in Sheffield day and night. It goose distorted from time to time but it is a very good station. But I wish they would play more music from the 1980s and the 1990s. I listen to Arrow Classic Rock a lot on 675AM and Radio 10 Gold on 1008AM Both signals are very strong in Sheffield. I would not listen to any of the British radio stations even if you paid me. Offcom is killing radio in the UK today it is all about the fat cats making lots of money and the listener comes last these days. I get sick of listening to Capital Gold, Magic AM and Classic Gold all playing the same old rubbish, day in and day out, it is time to bring back the offshore stations. PS if you come across any Laser Hot Hits AM 576 or Caroline 558 car stickers from the 1980s, please do let me know I will pay very good money for some Caroline 558 and some Laser Hot Hits car stickers from the 1980s that are in mint condition. M email address is peter.tankard@bigfoot.com if you can help me.’

Thanks Peter for you e mail explaining the love for Laser and Caroline and of course your walkman, which recorded a lot for you in the sixties. I must admit I loved the stations in the sixties like you did in the eighties and still the stickers are left too! Only my recorder has changed through the years. Hope any one of the readers can help Peter by sending him some of the wanted stickers. By the way Peter sorry to hear you were never chosen by the Laser deejays with the Club Card. I must confess that I was the very first person mentioned as a Laser Club Card Member and that I got three LPs sent from New York to Groningen!

We stay in England to hear from Mark Aston: ‘Hi Hans, Reading Geoffrey's interesting article reminded me that 1989 was not the first time the UK government had used 558KHz as an unofficial "jamming" signal for offshore radio stations. Radio Veronica was also blocked when the IBA station Capital Radio started it's transmissions, in fact the same transmitter as Spectrum (500W) was used from Lotts Road power station in Chelsea, this electricity generating station was used to partially power the London Underground Railway System. The antenna was a "T" strung between the buildings' chimneys. There was a noisy demonstration outside the offices of Capital Radio at Euston Tower to protest against the loss of Radio Veronica reception in the London area, I was there, and remember (the late) Tommy Vance, very embarrassed, pushing his way through the protesters to get into the building. Attached is a letter of excuses received at the time from the IBA in response to the complaints, later of course Capital Radio moved to 198m.
The British authorities have always used the argument about either lack of frequencies or interference against Free radio stations, the number of local stations nowadays using every available channel proves they were wrong. Mark Aston.’

Thanks a lot, with all our memories history is getting completer and completer. Also thanks for the letter.


Back to the news as a brand new English language radio station launched officially at 2pm on Thursday 1st March.91 FM RADIO ATLANTA,
which has already run test programmes launched its 24-hour a day programming from its new studios in La Unión. The station features a line up of top British broadcasters including Carl Kingston, who has previously worked for Radio Caroline and radio stations in the USA, Israel and the UK, Keith York ex-Atlantic 252 and Glenn Pinder from Radio Aire. The station will serve the Costa Cálida with a staple mix of the best of today's contemporary hit music together with the best from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Programme and Operations Director Carl Kingston informed us that in the near future regular features are to be introduced to the station's programming including the latest UK, Spanish and worldwide news. The station uses state of the art technology and is also able to bring programming live direct from the UK. Andy Wilkinson will be responsible for co-coordinating outside live broadcasts for 91 FM RADIO ATLANTA and says: "we intend to bring live remote broadcasts from along the Costa Cálida coast throughout the summer of 2007". Steve Warren who heads up the 91 FM RADIO ATLANTA Sales and Marketing department is looking forward to working with local businesses in the area. The international feature of 91 FM RADIO ATLANTA is the music. Even though speech will be in the English language, Spanish listeners along the Costa Cálida will understand the music as the message. 91 FM RADIO ATLANTA has a format that is aimed at 25 - 65 year olds and is best described as a mix between CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) and the Gold format featuring the best of today's hit music and the classics that make up the music of your life. The 'more music, clutter free format' will include concise coverage of news events of the day as well as the latest weather and beach reports. Throughout the week, and at weekends, you will hear experienced broadcasters from such famous broadcasting organisations as the BBC, Radio Luxembourg and Radio Caroline plus new talent on 91 FM RADIO ATLANTA. 91 FM RADIO ATLANTA'S studio includes the latest state of the art computerized broadcast playout system used by radio stations worldwide and houses a library of thousands of songs.’

Well Carl and the gang good luck and who knows, maybe readers to the Knot Radio Report will be on holiday in the area and can tune into the station the forthcoming summer!

Last May I lost my beard after 28 years and still people reflect to it: ’Hello Hans, l love your web site, l have been going to your site for the last few years and l am glad you shaved your beard off as you now look very younger. l hope you like my new web site at www.radio390.de.ms

Soon there will be no more Radio 10 Gold on the air on AM. The owner, Talpa International – who bought the station in 2003, has decided to dismiss most of the deejayteam including Jos van Heerden and Peter Holland. A minor part of the programming is still presented. Soon the AM will be switched off and only the station can be heard in Holland on the cable networks and on internet. With 19 years of age Radio 10 was the oldest commercial radiostation in Holland. A pity the work for so many years has be thrown away, especially after Tom Mulder became ill some years ago. Good luck to all the guys who have left the station.

Now we go to Israel and a message from Noam Tal. ‘I'm very busy now a days on organizing several events for Abie. Jim Jonson- the DJ from Radius 100FM in Israel - is visiting Abie every week or 2 and there are several other new visitors that come to him. He wasn't very well for few weeks but I hope that now he is getting better. There is a group of 250 kids that learn in a naval school in Israel and want to organize a cruse with several ships and yachts on Abie's Birthday day from the northern part of Israel to the south and back. About 30 of them will visit him soon, and you will get all the pictures and info ASAP. Another thing: 30 of the most important Israeli painters will make and devote a picture for Abie and the opening will be in A Gallery in the Tel-Aviv Area on April 20th. We will also celebrate his B-day with all the good friends. I'm doing my best to gain some PR for that, but its more important for me to make him happy then to waste time on convincing people that don't care. I'm still working on the Archive but its too slow. I hope that on the Jewish feast of Passover. I'll be able to do more. Again I want to thank you Martin, Hans and Rob, for all you did and still doing for Abie and the memory of the VOP. I hope you feel good. Best regards, Noam’.

Thanks Noam for all the good work you’re still doing for Abie. May I already ask you to congratulate Abie on the day he’s getting 80 years of age! And for our readers: please sent a congratulation or wish for Abie’s birthday too and I will forward all wishes so Abie get them on his birthday party. Let’s make it an international birthday by getting wishes to him from as much as possible countries around the world. Like Abie, who helped with his humanitarian work people all over the world too in the past! Please sent the wishes to Hknot@home.nl

Capital Radio Crew in 1970 after floating with the King David

Got a very rare photograph from Vincent Schriel and also an e mail from Martin Streefkerk who wrote: My mother was in 1970 part of the crew of the transmitting vessel King David. Enclosed a photo shot at the police office, probably in Noordwijk, after the King David ran aground at the beach. Part of the crew was taken to the police office. On the right downside my mother Florence Pijnacker with ships dog Batscheba. My mother was cook/deckhand on the ship. The man standing on the right must be Bob, originating from Great Britain. The Asian girl on her knees is Sanny Hsiang Hsiang Fa, and next to her Gerry Preus from Amsterdam. The other lady next to Bob is Lisa from the USA.’

Well Vincent and Martin thanks a lot. Another photo from the MV King David was sent to me by Coaster Lover Paul de Haan from Schildmeer.

Another e mail: ‘Just a note to say we're testing online at www.northcotswoldonline.com click on listen to hear some of the unsigned acts I am working with. We're inviting all the unsigned acts from around the world to send their music. We want to establish the area as the first stop for unsigned music. I have been trying to persuade the BBC (via my own website www.jacobsladder.org.uk to do this since 1999, they seem to think that commercial music is part of their brief. It's up to other stations to take a lead. At some point we will establish a stand alone service that other radio stations can opt in and out of. Happy for other stations to take our music output (subject to notification). Regular programmes will start Easter weekend. Studio base is in The Cooler at The Old Police Station in Chipping Campden (that's in the cells). With best wishes, Robb Eden’

So to everyone put on the calendar to have a listen soon, maybe on Easter Sunday! Good luck Robb!

Stuart Dobson wrote in: ‘Colin Ward has asked me if I could find out Nigel (skull) Roberts address, phone number or e mail address and I wondered if you had any of these. Thanks!’ Well sorry I met Nigel Roberts for the last time in the Boddington Hotel in Russell Square (London) in August 1987 and never heard from him again. So anyone knowing where Nigel Roberts, ex Caroline, is living nowadays, please contact me at: Hknot@home.nl

Hi Hans, You probably have this link already but I'll pass it on anyway:
Regards, Steve Pragnell

Next time for Ad Tervoort in Heemskerk Holland who wrote: ‘Dear Hans I read with much pleasure your reports. My second passion next to Offshore Radio are The Beatles. Already 11 years long I present every Friday evening The Beatles Show on www.radioheemskerk.nl They must have been very thankful to those on the offshore radio stations for playing a lot of their material. However I think the Beatles haven’t done to much promotion for the stations. On the web I found an interview from Tom Lodge with the Beatles which could be heard in a Bob Stewart Show on Caroline in the sixties. The interview took 22 minutes but it was not too interesting. Just two weeks after the program went out The Beatles went into the studio to record the Revolver LP. A pity no questions about the forthcoming project were asked. Do you know where this interview has been recorded?’

Thanks Ad, well maybe the question can be answered by Tom Lodge himself as he’s reader of the Knot Radio Report too! I think we must not forget John Lennon offered Abe Nathan ‘Give Peace a chance’ as station tune. Also George Harrison did put some interest as well as money into Caroline in the seventies and I remember, when Laser was 1 year old, Linda and Paul McCartney had special wishes for the team on the MV Communicator.

From Pat Edison and Radio Caroline the next: ‘Hi Hans, I am putting together a video documentary on the conversion of Ross Revenge, from a famous trawler into an even more famous radio-ship, and would welcome some of your readers help. When the Ross Revenge was being converted at Santander in Spain there must have been many opportunities for people to film the proceedings and I wonder if anyone knows if this was the case and who may be approached to get the rights for using some in my project. We know of some photographs of the mast being erected but to date no footage has materialised. This is a serious project which is being filmed on behalf of Radio Caroline and will be released on DVD in due course. My I also put a crafty plug in for my landbased pirate documentary DVD ‘Free Radio – The Story of Clandestine Radio in the UK’ which is still available from the Radio Caroline Web Shop! Best regards, Pat Edison, Radio Caroline.

Next we go to Germany and Harald Hummel: ‘Dear Hans, my Dutch is not too good so I write in English to you: ‘I listened to Stevie Gee in 1967 on Radio Caroline. Right down here in Rüsselsheim in Germany, which is between Mainz and Frankfurt. There was a jingle "Stevie Gee´s happening" or perhaps it was he himself continually saying that. I cant quite remember. I didn’t like his show very much, because he sounded rather unprofessional. Perhaps I even have got bits of his programmes on old tapes I haven’t listened to for at least 30 years. But I don’t know. Your site and your news are absolutely =fantastic. We all should be very thankful to have someone like you doing such a marvelous job. By the way, I also met Buster and=his mother and Jeanne in 1975 or early 1976 when I went to Benfleet twice. And its always great to hear of Andy Archer, whom I met on the MEBO II or later in Caroline House. Did you listen to his sitting in for Keith Skues some months ago? Do you remember the name of Dorothy Stigwood of Newmarket? I think her name was the most mentioned on RNI. I wrote to her and still have her letters (I think of 1971 or 72). But we lost contact.”

Thanks Harald for this info and ‘yes’ I listened to the Andy Archer sitting in for Skues, very relaxing and entertaining shows. But Harald had another question:
Dick Klees did some live night time shows from the Norderney for Radio Veronica in early 1971. Do you know what he is doing? I met him in 1970 on the motorway between Amsterdam and Den Haag, when we both had giant "Fight for free Radio"-Stickers in our cars and had a talk on the parking place. He invited me to see the Veronica Villa in Hilversum where we were welcomed by Bull himself. Memories, memories. Thanks again, Harald Hummel from Rüsselsheim.’

Well Harald Dick worked after his Veronica days for Radio Netherlands and the AVRO. Due to his age he’s not working anymore and enjoying life. Anyway that’s all for this bumper edition and news, memories and so can be sent to Hknot@home.nl

You’ll hear from me in April and may I wish you a Happy Eastern?
Hans Knot



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