Remastered Offshore Radio
About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Johnny Come Home - Fine Young Cannibals
Dance to the Music - Sly & The Family Stone
If I Was - Midge Ure
Fun, Fun, Fun - Stereo Mix / 2013 - The Beach Boys
Funky Town - Lipps Inc.
Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stereo Version - Stevie Wonder
Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
Blue Moon - The Marcels
Rhythm Of The Rain - The Cascades
I'll Be Around - Terri Wells
Gimme Some Lovin' - Single Mix - The Spencer Davis Group
Lean On Me (Ah-li-ayo) - Red Box
Question - The Moody Blues
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Being With You - Single Version - Smokey Robinson
Craig Novak, reputedly a distant cousin of the late Diana Princess of Wales - they shared a great great great grandfather - Craig joined Laser while the station was off the air with a damaged aerial in April 1985. His first broadcast was when the station returned on 7th May and he stayed until the closedown in November.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame asked Craig about his career:
“I grew up in Bath, Maine and started in radio there when I was in high school at the local radio stations WJTO and WIGY. I was a board operator and then a disc jockey. I went to college at Syracuse University. Ironically I met another former pirate at Syracuse my freshman year - Charlie Wolf! He transferred to another college the next year but it was quite a reunion when I boarded the Communicator in April 1985 and saw Charlie again. I have many great memories of Laser 558 and life on the Communicator. The day I arrived (in the UK) I had to stay in a hotel for a few days because the weather didn’t allow for me to get out to the ship. That storm also caused one of the (aerial) towers to collapse. So when I finally got on board, the station was off the air. That worked out for me because I needed to get my ‘sea legs’. I was sick for the first few days but once we got back on the air I was ready to go.
“I really enjoyed meeting all the ‘anoraks’ who came to see the ship on the weekend. Some who came from the continent did not speak much English so that made it interesting. It was fun working with Ric Harris, Tommy Rivers, Chris Carson, Erin Kelly, Charlie, Jay Mack, Chuck Cannon, John Leeds, Jeff Davis and Jonell. I probably have forgotten a couple of people. The ship's crew was great too. In London John Castle and Robbie Day kept things going as best they could. One of my best memories was when Charlie and I did the first birthday party on the air. It was done totally as theatre-of-the-mind. W