Celebrating Caroline

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Roger Day says that being on Radio Caroline simply felt 'where he should be' - a sense of destiny.

Whilst a flotilla of pirate stations emerged in the mid 60s, Caroline was at the heart. The first offshore broadcaster to beam programmes to the UK from a ship in international waters - a safe distance from the reach of our domestic law.

At last, we could listen to pop music when we wanted to - not just when the BBC decided we could have it, or just in the night-time from Luxembourg.

The arrival of Caroline was the catalyst for change in British radio  - one which would lead, in time, to the BBC launching Radio 1 - and eventually to commercial radio.

This week on Boom, we mark the 60th anniversary of the first day on air for Caroline.

Thursday March 28th

2.00  Roger Day - returning to his pirate radio roots, on board the LV18 moored by the pier in Harwich.

6.00  John Peters kicks off a special evening with your pirate memories and sharing what the stations meant to him.

7.00 Nick Bailey, who was on-board Caroline in 1966.

8.00 Tom Edwards who hosted programmes on Radio Caroline and Radio City in the mid '60s.

9.00 Rosko  The fast-talking American - and one of the names who was to appear on BBC Radio 1's launch day - beams in his programme from LA. Rosko was on-board Caroline in 1966.

Listen out too for the press coverage of Caroline's 1964 arrival - read by Keith Skues.

Read more about our presenters' pirate days in their own books. Both Roger Day and Nick Bailey have written of those days.




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