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Like many UK youngsters in the mid-1960's, I listened to 'the Pirates' usually late at night on a cheap transistor radio. Shows such as John Peel's Perfumed Garden formed the basis of my musical enlightenment and this early exposure to artists such as The Mothers of Invention, The Incredible String Band, and Jefferson Airplane contributed to a lifetime of discovery outside of the mainstream music world of 'pop'. This podcast aims to bring you gems from the days of offshore radio. Where possible the audio quality has been improved and dubbed with high-quality stereo versions of the music tracks. Ongoing episodes will include material from stations such as Radio London, Radio Caroline, Radio 270, Britain Radio, Radio Sutch, Caroline North, Atlanta, CNBC, Radio Scotland, Radio England, Radio 355, Radio Seagull and Radio Geronimo plus much more.
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#30 Radio 428 (Geronimo) from Andorra Hugh Nolan Terry Yason 1969
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Fine Jung Thing - The Electric Flag
A brief history Published May 1981 in Offshore Echos Magazine by France Radio Club
by M. Kerslake and F. Lhote. On the 19th of August 1935, the principality of Andorra's Council, gave M. Bonaventure Vila, a 30 year concession to run an Andorran Radio station. M. Bonaventure Vila who held Andorran nationality, was acting for a group of catalans, but once the concession was signed he preferred to use French financial backing. The concession mentioned that a fee was payable to the Andorran Treasury and that if the concession was given up then the radio station would return to the custody of the principality of Andorra's national council. In July 1936, Bonaventure Vila died, and his daughter Dolores Vila who was married to Stanislas Puiggros, a Spanish Industrist inherited the concession to the radio station. On the 30th November 1937, a 30 year extension to the concession was obtained by Puiggros. At this time he was associated with Jacques Tremoulet who had been responsible for the setting up of a lot of private commercial radio stations in the South of France, like Radio Toulouse, Radio Agen and Radio Montpellier (which were all closed down after the 2nd World War).
Tremoulet agreed to help with the setting up and running of Radio Andorra. The French Minister of Post and Telecommunications was not too happy with the idea of a new radio station and said that France would not tolerate the operation of an Andorran Radio station. But in November 1938, Georges Bonnet then Foreign Minister, in the name of the French President Albert Lebrun gave French approval to the creation of a station of 60 kW power on medium wave and 1 kW on short wave. The Spanish co-principal, the Bishop Seo D'Urgel gave his approval on the 24th of November 1938. On the 8th of August 1939, Stanislas Puiggros did the first test transmission. The transmitters and aerials were situated on the Pic d'Encamps (1500m). The transmissions were in French, Catalan and Castillan on 410 m and in the 30 m shortwave. The medium wave power at first was 35 kW. And the station's identification call was the now famous "Aqui Radio Andorra". Three weeks after the inaugural day, war started in France and the station closed down. The station was back on the air in February 1940. But in June 1940 the French programmes were suspended. The German authorities tried to take over control of the station, bu