Recommended Offshore Radio Memorabilia

Volume 9 -
Radio Scotland


Tommy Shields dream was to have a radio station solely for the Scottish people. He achieved that when Radio Scotland came on the air on New Years day 1966. The station was a great success, but problems with reception meant the radio ship had to move from one side of Scotland to the other - a journey of around a thousand miles. When Radio Scotland was found to be within UK territorial waters, the ship had to move back again. Tommy Shields dream was achieved, but at great financial and personal cost. When Radio Scotland closed on August 14th 1967, it had suffered heavy losses. With all the problems, Tommy Shields health had suffered, and he passed away just over six months later. Duration: 62 mins.

DVD version price £26.50 each


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A new DVD/Bluray about Radio Scotland? You might of course fear that there's not enough material to fill a whole DVD, as only sparse footage and a negligible number of pictures is commonly known. But despite every objection Francois, Chris and Bill have managed it (again)! Contrary to all possible expectations, this brandnew product includes an exclusive compilation of countless pictures (lots of them in high resolution and never seen before), multiple press clippings, off-air recordings (several in studio quality), promos and tunes. And you will of course be amazed at doubtlessly every video snippet that has ever been recorded. Having watched those fascinating 62 minutes I was most of all impressed to feel the excitement, the love of radio which characterises all dejays, crew members and technicians having worked for this unique offshore radio station. In sum a definite must-have for everyone being interested in offshore radio. Recommended by The Offshore Radio Guide as a five star product, without doubt another collectors' item!


Volume 8 - The Wonderful Radio London Story


Radio London was undoubtably the most successful of the 1960's offshore radio stations. By taking a popular American Top 40 radio format, and adapting it for a UK audience, Big L quickly challenged the other offshore stations, and was soon eating into their audience. The success of Radio London, also encouraged others to jump on the offshore radio bandwagon. Some were not so well organised, and the shooting of one of their operators, led the British government to bring in new laws to close down the offshore stations. Duration: 135 mins.

DVD version price £26.50 each

THE OFFSHORE RADIO YEARS RE-VISITED VOLUME 8 BLURAY EDITION (including BONUS CD Radio London's first 30 minutes, now cleaned and remastered plus Radio London Final hour highlights 45 as published by the station in 1967) Price £31.50

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This brandnew product with fascinating footage includes an exclusive compilation of pictures (lots of them in high resolution and never seen before), off-air recordings (several in studio quality), promos and tunes. But most of all the video footage has to be pointed out. Francois Lhote has once again succeeded in collecting nearly every sequence that has ever been produced on Big L. Have you ever seen footage showing the fitting out of the MV Galaxy being fitted out and its mast being ercted in Miami (Florida)? Here's your chance. This new product is a nostalgic highlight of a breathtaking DVD series that is produced with a definite feeling for every detail worth knowing. You will watch and see every deejay that has ever worked on the ship, hear the sound of the mid sixties, listen to the famous Big L jingles and recognize all those theme tunes. By the way my wife who normally accepts my excitement but isn't too much interested in any watery wireless matters kept on sitting before our TV set just until the end after more than two hours... In sum a definite must-have for everyone being interested in offshore radio (again!). Recommended by The Offshore Radio Guide as a five star product, without doubt another collectors' item!


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The most successful of the fort based stations was Radio 390, from the former army fort at Red Sands. Instead of the pop music format of most of the other stations, Radio 390 went for a more mature audience, playing music from the wartime era and ballad singers from the 50's. On the smaller ex. naval forts, a couple of smaller operations. On Sunk Head fort, Radio Tower, had big plans to launch a TV station. Tower Television never got off the ground, and Radio Tower itself struggled. Radio Essex as it's name implied went after a local audience in the Essex area, and was perhaps the first 24 hour music station. After Roy Bates was forced to close Radio Essex, he moved to Rough's tower, which was well outside British territorial waters. He declared independence, setting up the Principality of Sealand.

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This brandnew product with 105 minutes of fascinating footage includes an exclusive compilation of pictures (lots of them in high resolution and never seen before), off-air recordings (several in studio quality), promos and tunes. But most of all the video footage has to be pointed out. Francois Lhote has once again succeeded in collecting nearly every sequence that has ever been produced on the Red Sands Fort, including original footage. All in all a definite must-have for everyone being interested in offshore radio (again!). When watching the OEM "Revisited" videos I regularly become highly impressed. Recommended by The Offshore Radio Guide as a five star product, without doubt another collectors' item!


Volume 6 - RADIO & TV NOORDZEE from the REM island

Following the successful Scandinavian offshore stations, and of Radio Veronica, a group of Dutch businessmen decided to start, not only a radio station but a TV station as well.An artificial island was constructed, becoming known as the REM island, housing Radio and TV Noordzee. The television station was an almost instant success, but whilst viewers loved it, the Dutch government hated it. A new law was soon passed, the REM island was boarded and the TV and radio station forcibly taken off the air.

DVD version price £25.99 each

THE OFFSHORE RADIO YEARS RE-VISITED VOLUME 6 BLURAY VERSION (including 21-minute bonus film "Building of REM") Price £30.99

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These 80 minutes include an exclusive compilation of pictures (lots of them in high resolution and never seen before), off-air recordings (several in studio quality), promos and tunes. But most of all the video footage has to be pointed out. Francois Lhote has once again succeeded in collecting nearly every sequence that has ever been produced on the REM-eiland, including original footage broadcast by RTV Noordzee. All in all a definite must-have for everyone being interested in offshore radio (again!). When watching this brand new OEM video I soon became highly impressed. Recommended by The Offshore Radio Guide as a five star product, without doubt a collectors' item!



The radio scene in Europe, changed dramatically in 1958, when Radio Mercur, started broadcasting from a ship off the Danish coast. At Easter 1964, Radio Caroline started, off the British coast. But it wasn't all ships that were used for commercial broadcasting. In the Thames estuary, some abandoned wartime forts were soon to find a new role, when pop singer Screaming Lord Sutch, climbed aboard Shivering Sands fort. Radio Sutch was the first of the fort based stations, later becoming Radio City, when Sutch sold out to his manager Reg Calvert. 80 minutes
DVD version Price £25.99  -  BLURAY VERSION (including a bonus) Price £30.99

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When watching this brand new OEM video I soon became emotionally overwhelmed because I have scarcely ever seen such an impressive film relating to offshore radio. These 80 minutes have been packed full of an exclusive compilation of pictures (lots of them coloured and in high resolution), off-air recordings (several in studio quality), countless jingles, promos and tunes. But most of all the video footage has to be pointed out. Francois Lhote has succeeded in collecting nearly every sequence that has ever been produced on Shivering Sands and its stations Radio Sutch and Radio City. You will be surprised to find detailed interviews with Screaming Lord Sutch, Dorothy Calvert and Kitty Black. And you will watch good quality footage of the infamous bording party and the tragedy of Reg Calvert's death. All in all a definite must for everyone being interested in offshore radio. Highly recommended by The Offshore Radio Guide!

Pirate Radio Ships in the 70's
The ultimate collection of high quality Photographs and Insider Stories

400 Photographs of the Radio Ships in the 70’s
With inside stories, audio, video and interactive galleries
Interactive, multi-touch galleries and 2 surprising bonus sections

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A new book by Keith Skues

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On August 31th 2014 it was forty years ago that the offshore broadcasting station Radio Northsea International closed down. Now there’s a new book available containing unknown pictures and facts about the interesting and exiting story of RNI. Against all odds and despite of many bizarre situations, for more than four years, RNI managed ‘to survive’ broadcasting from sea. The book is published by former RNI deejay Marc van Amstel, who wanted it to be a tribute to RNI and his first professional radio job and also his Dutch colleagues. It was produced and written by former Radio Mi Amigo and Monique deejay Ferry Eden, who used to be an RNI-listener at the time.

On August 30th 2014 the book was presented to Edwin Bollier and Victor Pelli at MEBO Office in Zurich. It was also presented during the RNI reunion in Hilversum on August 31th 2014 and both former RNI Program Directors Joost den Draaijer (Willem van Kooten) and Tony Berk received the ‘first samples’ of the book there. It is written in Dutch language and called ‘De gouden glans van radio’ (The golden shimmer of radio) after a famous RNI jingle by Hans ten Hooge. It contains 160 pages with 175 pictures and about 75 illustrations. It is for sale on and avaliable for € 24,95 plus € 11 European Postal charges, total costs € 35,95 but within the Netherlands Postal charges are € 3,84, total costs € 28,79. For more information you can contact

Buchrezension "De gouden glans van de radio"

Jan Sundermann - Offshore Radio Engineering

Im Laufe der vergangenen 50 Jahre sind fast 200 Bücher zum Thema 'Seesender' erschienen, die nahezu alle Aspekte dieses spannenden Genres abdecken.
Im Vordergrund stehen in der Regel die aufregenden Geschichten um Mast- und Schiffbrüche, gerissene Ankerketten, betrunkene Besatzungsmitglieder und häufig egomane Diskjockeys, die als 'Piraten' zu Helden ganzer Generationen von Pop- und Rockmusikliebhabern wurden.

Jan Sundermann hat nun ein neues Buch veröffentlicht, das so ganz und gar nicht in dieses Klischee passt. Sein Werk "Offshore Radio Engineering" befasst sich mit zunächst dröge anmutenden Fragestellungen. Es geht nämlich vorrangig um technische Fragen: Welche Sendeschiffe kamen in den 4 Jahrzehnten zum Einsatz, welche Antennenanlagen wurden errichtet und welche Masten benutzt? Die unterschiedlichen Sendeeinrichtungen und auch die (bescheidenen) Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten zwischen Besatzung und Mitarbeitern an Land werden erörtert. Schließlich geht der Autor detailliert auf die verschiedenen Ankersysteme und die Navigationsmöglichkeiten der so unterschiedlich ausgerüsteten Schiffe ein.

Sundermann gelingt es in seinem Übersichtswerk auf hervorragende Weise, eine tatsächlich noch vorhandene Lücke zu schließen und ein eigentlich trockenes Thema mit viel Sachverstand anschaulich und mit zahlreichen, vorher zum Teil völlig unbekannten Details zu beleuchten. Entsprechend ist sein (in englischer Sprache geschriebenes) Buch nicht nur für technisch und historisch interessierte Seesenderfreaks, sondern für jeden Radiofreund eine Kaufempfehlung.

Das reichlich illustrierte, mit vielen Fotos und Schemata versehene Buch ist online bei der Stichting Media Communicatie (SMC) für €14,- inclusive Versandkosten zu beziehen:
(Text der Rezension: Dr. Martin van der Ven)

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Book review:
Jan Sundermann - Offshore Radio Engineering

Over the past 50 years, nearly 200 books have been published on the topic of 'offshore radio', which cover almost all aspects of this exciting genre.
In the foreground are usually exciting stories of mast- and shipwrecks, cracked anchor chains, drunken crew members and often egomaniacal disc jockeys who as 'pirates' became heroes to generations of pop and rock music lovers.

Jan Sundermann has now published a new book that doesn't fit at all in this cliché. His work "Offshore Radio Engineering" deals with initially dull-looking topics. The issue is primarily about technical questions: Which kind of radio ships were used during those 4 decades of 'watery wireless'? Which antenna systems were built and which kind of masts? The different transmission devices and the (modest) possibilities of communication between crew and staff on land are discussed. Finally, the author goes into detail on the various anchor systems and navigation options of these different-equipped ships.

Sundermann succeeds in his overview work in an excellent way to close a still existing gap and to shed light on a really dry subject with a lot of expertise including numerous and often previously unknown details. His book (written in English) is a buy recommendation - not only for technically and historically interested offshore radio enthusiasts, but for any radio friend.

This richly illustrated book comes with many photos and diagrams. It can be puchased online at Stichting Media Communicatie (SMC) for € 14, - to including shipping costs:
(review by Dr. Martin van der Ven)

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Volume 4 - Radio Caroline - The 60s

With the success of the Scandinavian offshore stations, and Radio Veronica off Holland, entrepreneurs in Britain were soon to follow. Australian music publisher Allan Crawford, wanted Radio Atlanta to promote his cover version records of pop hits, whilst Irishman Ronan O’Rahilly was keen to promote new artists through Radio Caroline. After only a few months on air, both stations merged to create Radio Caroline North and South. Featuring over two and a half hours of audio-visual material, with comments from Allan Crawford, Ronan O’Rahilly, disc jockeys Tom Lodge, Johnnie Walker, Robbie Dale, Graham Webb and others.

This is the story of how Radio Caroline changed British broadcasting history and led the pop music revolution of the 1960s. 146 minutes.

Click here for details. Highly recommended by The Offshore Radio Guide!

Nieuw boek van Hans Knot:

Het REM-eiland

Het was op 9 oktober 1963 dat er voor het eerst in de geschreven pers gewag werd gemaakt van plannen te komen tot een commercieel televisiestation, dat vanuit volle zee haar signalen tot de kijkers in Nederland wenste te brengen. In de berichtgeving werd gesteld dat het de verwachting was, dat tegen het einde van het voorjaar van 1964 programma’s, gevuld met amusement en reclameboodschappen, waren te verwachten: ‘Dit nog naamloze station zal in volle zee buiten de vaarroutes worden gebouwd op een platform, zoals deze ook worden gebruikt bij oliewinning uit de zeebodem. Het zenderbereik zal een groot deel van Nederland gaan bedekken. Kanaal en golfbereik zullen zodanig worden gekozen, dat de bestaande verbindingen in het land en het lucht- en zeeverkeer geen hinder zullen ondervinden. De programma’s en de reclame worden verzorgd door de N.V. Reclame Exploitatie Maatschappij, REM, te Den Haag, met als directeur de heer W.J. Hordijk.’

In 2014 is het vijftig jaar geleden dat dit commerciële initiatief van start ging. Ik neem U graag mee in mijn nieuwe boek mee terug naar een periode waarin Nederland nog een behoorlijke conservatieve sfeer hing en midden in de opbouw, na de Tweede Wereldoorlog, verkeerde.
Hans Knot

Dit boek is nu te bestellen bij de Stichting Media Communicatie Groningen. Voor Nederland 20 Euro, inclusief verzendkosten. Voor België 23 Euro, inclusief verzendkosten.

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Seeing the success of the Scandinavian offshore radio stations, a group of Dutch radio set dealers decided that an offshore station of their own would be a good way to boost sales of their radio sets. After several changes within the group, Radio Veronica was born and soon went on to become a great success.

This DVD covers the complete story from the inception, until the closure in 1974, with much new audio visual material over more than 90 minutes..

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BLURAY VERSION available...


Inspired by the success of Denmarks Radio Mercur, Swedish entrepreneur Jack Kotschack set up Radio Nord – with some help from the USA and radio network owner Gordon McLendon. It was a similar, although smaller scale story in Belgium, when Georges de Caluwe started Radio Uilenspiegel, continuing a radio venture he’d begun some years earlier. With much new additional material this new DVD re-visits the Offshore Radio Years.

Price £25.99 inc postage.

A re-worked Blu-ray version contains extra video material and pictures. Price £31.99 inc postage.

Go to Offshore Echo's website for more information.

I had the privilege to be one of the first viewers of the Blu-ray version and I must tell you that I was speechless having watched that overwhelming collection of videos and pictures accompanied by an amazing collage of jingles and airchecks, most of them in superb quality. It has become a fascinating movie with rare and precious footage from more than 50 years ago (large parts even in colour). Highly recommended! (Martin van der Ven from "The Offshore Radio Guide")

From Offshore Echo's Magazine:


European radio was strictly state controlled until a group of Danish businessmen set up Radio Mercur on a ship in international waters, and outside government control. The station was quickly followed by Radio Syd.
It was the start of a broadcasting revolution that spread through Europe and around the world over the following years.

This DVD is the first in a new series revisiting the Offshore Radio Years, with much additional film and rare material, documenting the history of offshore radio.

Price £25.99 inc postage.



Boven water, het Max Lewin Archief. De pioniersjaren van Radio Veronica

Als we de geschiedenis van de zeezender Radio Veronica in diverse publicaties beschouwen, begint het verhaal vrijwel altijd op 15 oktober 1959 toen een aantal mensen bijeen kwam in ‘een rokerig zaaltje’ in hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam om gezamenlijk te beslissen tot de oprichting van de VRON.
In de diverse publicaties wordt nogal snel overgegaan op het verhaal over de proefuitzending, die gewoon vanaf land werd uitgezonden, om aan te tonen dat het idee van een commercieel radiostation te verwezenlijken was. In het Max Lewin archief, dat in bezit is van de Stichting Media Communicatie, zit een schat aan informatie waardoor het verhaal rond het ontstaan van de VRON (Radio Veronica) beter belicht kan worden.
De dag na de vergadering berichtte: ‘Het Parool’ uitgebreid over de bijeenkomst. Deze had in eerste instantie een heel ander doel dan te spreken over de oprichting van de VRON als organisatie voor een op te starten radiostation: ‘Duidelijk is echter in elk geval dat de ongeregelde, niet officiële, importeurs van radio- en televisietoestellen zich willen verenigen opdat zij een gezamenlijke strijdkas zullen hebben om de vele processen, die hun door de officiële importeurs, zowel als door de fabrikanten van apparatuur, worden aangedaan, te kunnen bekostigen.’
De wilde handelaren wilden zich bundelen om op te kunnen treden tegen de absolute monopolypositie van de leveranciers en officiële handelaren. Volgens het verslag in ‘Het Parool’ van 16 oktober 1959 ging het vooral om een woordenstrijd tussen de eigenaar van K I M – een radio en televisiehandel, de heer L.M. Ph. M. Slootmans, en de eveneens uit Amsterdam afkomstige handelaar Prins. De laatste was fel tegenstander van een op te richten organisatie. Slootmans: “Wij zijn vrij en wij willen vrij blijven.”
Maar er ging veel meer aan deze oprichtingsvergadering vooraf dan tot nu toe in de diverse publicaties werd beschreven. Ook in de ruim twee jaren, nadat het eerste signaal van Radio Veronica de ether was ingegaan, is er tal van onderwerpen totaal niet ofwel onderbelicht gebleven. Gedurende het laatste jaar heeft mediahistoricus Hans Knot elk beschikbaar uur gebruikt om deze periode in de geschiedenis van de Nederlandse radio verder uit te diepen. Het boek is leverbaar via de Stichting Media Communicatie. De prijs voor Nederland is 19,95 Euro en voor België 22,50 Euro, inclusief verpakkings- en verzendkosten. Betaling mogelijk op rekening nummer 4065700 ten name van Stichting Media Communicatie Amstelveen. Bestellingen vanuit België mogelijk via:
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Hans Knot over het Max Lewin archief:



Alle Ferry Maat jingles op dubbel-CD

13 januari 2012 - Het Genootschap radiojingles en - tunes brengt vandaag een bijzondere 2CD uit. ‘Ferry Maat - jinglemaker'. Met daarop alle jingles en tunes van DJ Ferry Maat als jinglecomponist en producent. Het is voor het eerst dat de jingles op CD verschijnen. Nog nooit is zijn werk als jinglemaker zo duidelijk in kaart gebracht. Ferry Maat was veertig jaar lang één van de toonaangevende dj’s op de Nederlandse radio. Dat hij als geschoold musicus (met een conservatoriumdiploma piano) ook een begenadigd maker is van jingles en muziek voor TV-leaders is bij het radiopubliek minder bekend. Hij is de enige dj ter wereld die alle jingles maakte voor een station waarop hij zelf werkte: tussen 1995 en 2001 maakte hij alle jingles voor Radio 2, waar hij ‘Maat in de middag’ presenteerde. Maandag 16 januari wordt hij 65 jaar, het Genootschap radiojingles en –tunes ziet daarin de ideale aanleiding om zijn jinglewerk op CD te laten verschijnen. Het eerste exemplaar van de CD wordt hem op zijn verjaardag overhandigd door Tonny Eyk, de aartsvader van jingles en tunes in Nederland (hij schreef de befaamde tunes voor Studio Sport, AVRO’s Toppop, de Vuist van Willem Duys en tientalen anderen). Dat kan meteen ook worden uitgelegd als grote collegiale waardering voor Ferry Maat, die in 2006 al de Gouden Harp ontving voor zijn invloed in de lichte muziek en een jaar later de Marconi Oeuvre Award.

Het Genootschap radiojingles en –tunes beijvert zich voor het bewaren en promoten van de historische vormgeving voor radio en televisie. Nederland liep niet alleen in de pop jarenlang voorop, maar produceert voor vele landen in de wereld dit soort jingles – en er zijn veel talenten in deze muziektak. “Het werk van Ferry Maat is bijzonder”, zegt Jelle Boonstra, één van de twee leden van het Genootschap. “Jarenlang was hij een éénpitter, die alle muziekpartijen schreef en ze stuk voor stuk op MIDI-apparatuur inspeelde in zijn garagestudio. Hij maakte daarbij een handig gebruik van nieuwe computertechnieken, waardoor mensen thuis een heel orkest konden samenstellen – een nieuw speelveld voor mensen met talent om te componeren en muziek te maken. Hij was daartoe ook wel gedwongen: door een conflict met de TROS had hij als directeur radio het veld moeten ruimen.” De jingles die hij schreef kwamen op tientalle radiozenders in Duitsland en Nederland terecht. Het Genootschap gebruikte voor de Cd alle originele masters uit de archieven van Ferry Maat.

Over de dubbel-CD
Dit is de volledige inhoud van de dubbel-CD `Ferry Maat - jinglemaker':
CD 1: Alle jingles en tunes voor Radio 2.
CD 2: Alle jingles voor: De Nationale Hitparade, Radio 5, Omroep Flevoland, Radio Drenthe, Radio Hollands Glorie, Radio M, Radio Oost, Radio Rijnmond, TV Drenthe, Nederland 1 Kerst, VARA Radio 1 en Veronica Nieuwsradio.
Bonus tracks: TROS TV leader, de Duitse klanten, uitleg Radio 2 uuropener, 192 It's for you, Feijenoord, en het Wilhelmus!

Over Ferry Maat
Ferry Maat (65) studeert af aan het conservatorium als pianist en speelt in enkele bands. Hij werkt achtereenvolgens bij Radio Noordzee (De Super Top 50, Herrie met Ferry, Soulshow), De TROS (Top 40, TROS Top 50, Europarade, Nationale Hitparade, Gouden Uren, Ferry's Gouwe ouwe Club, Soulshow), Radio 10, RTL Radio, Hitradio, Radio 538, NCRV-Radio 2 (Maat in de Middag), Radio 192, Radio Veronica en Arrow Jazz FM.
In 1992 richt hij het bedrijf Ferry Maat Produkties op, dat zich specialiseert in custommade jingles en tunes voor radio en TV. De eerste jaren werkt hij vooral voor de Duitse markt, later ook in Nederland. Voor zijn grootste klant, Radio 2, maakt hij jingles van 1994 tot 2001.

Over het Genootschap
Het Genootschap radiojingles en -tunes is een niet-commerciële organisatie, opgezet door twee journalisten met een warm radiohart: Jelle Boonstra uit Zwolle en Benno Roozen uit Breda. Zij beheren een Nationaal Archief met radiojingles en radiotunes zoals die vanaf 1945 tot nu op de radio zijn (geweest). Het Genootschap omvat een archief van 3000 uur aan jingles, tunes en radiovormgeving. In eigen beheer geven zij 10 CD's uit met jingles en tunes. Ook maken zij `Het Tunesboek' (2007), boek/CD ‘Dik Voormekaar - het eerste jaar' (2009) en ‘Groot in jingles' over jinglebedrijf Top Format (2000).

De dubbel-CD ‘Ferry Maat - jinglemaker' ligt niet in de winkel, maar is uitsluitend te koop via het Genootschap. Meer informatie en bestellen op

Zie foto's van maandag 16 januari

Berichtgeving in de Telegraaf van 13.01.2012

Ferry Maat (65) in thuisstudio

A 192 pages book written by Hans Knot with many photographs (many not published before), including 8 in full colour. How to order: The price is 21 Euros including package and postage. For people from the Netherlands payment can be done at account number 4065700 or 988940301 on the name of Mediacommunicatie, Amsterdam.
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The story of the Dutch stations operating from the Ross Revenge. The popular Radio Monique, Radio 819 and Radio 558. Their popularity wasn’t shared by the Dutch authorities, who were soon planning to get them off the air, culminating in a raid in August 1989.

Hans Knot commenting in his International Report: "Recently I got the chance to have a preview on the new DVD released by Offshore Echos. It’s their 19th DVD in the series of looking back at offshore radios. DVD 19 tells the story of Radio Monique, Radio 558 and Radio 819, which were all sister stations of Radio Caroline, way back in the eighties of last century. Housed on board the MV Ross Revenge those three stations' owners paid for fuel, water, provision and more to keep Radio Caroline running properly. A very interesting DVD with lots of unique video footage shot by official television stations as well as private material. The Ross Revenge in better days as well being on drift and as loosing anchor and the highest mast ever built on a radio ship."

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"Way Back Home, The Graham Gill Story"

Graham Gill has certainly been an offshore radio icon for several decades, and every visitor of the annual Radio Days in Amsterdam is looking forward to hear him singing his evergreen "Way Back Home". Being a bit too young I unfortunately missed his programmes on Radio London, Swinging Radio England, Britain Radio and Radio 390 off the British coast during the 1960s. But as a 17-year-old teenager I first heard Graham on RNI on his regular late night programmes and his Sunday evening's RNI Request Show during the early summer of 1973. His distinctive voice fascinated and meant a sort of RNI landmark to me. I was a bit astonished when he left RNI in June 1974 to rejoin Radio Caroline which played quite different, more adult orientated rock music. But Graham certainly didn't disappoint his listeners as he had no problems to adept with the hippy culture onboard the MV Mi Amigo which he left only 11 weeks later, when the Dutch marine offences bill came into force.

It took me another 22 years to get to know Graham personally. I first met him during the 1996 Radio Day in Haarlem. But in 2002, I came to know him even better. We met in Harlingen at the opening of Sietse Brouwer's Dutch Radio Caroline and we jointly attended the fabulous offshore radio reunion in London in August of the same year. Some weeks later, I was entitled to have an interview with Graham at the German Radio Day in Erkrath where he described his fascinating radio career in great detail. In the meantime, we had become friends and built confidence. In the years to come, Graham took an active part in the Erkrath Radio Day on a regular basis and he didn't miss an Amsterdam Radio Day anymore.

So what can I say about his long awaited book? You might think of me as a bit prejudiced. Nevertheless let me suggest that you will be pleasantly surprised when reading Graham's memoirs. It's the story of his life with most of all his intriguing radio career which began in his native country Australia where he received an full-scale training as a radio broadcaster. Graham had been lucky to gain important experience during his 14 years in Australian radio when he came to the UK in 1966. You may look forward to take part in many details of these years which formed the character of the young Australian who later had no problems to become acquainted with all these strange new radio stations broadcasting from ships and military forts in the North Sea. Graham particularises many interesting anecdotes concerning countless personalities he dealt with during all those years in on- and offshore radio. At first appearance, it might be a bit unexpected that he paints a rosy picture of the conditions on Red Sands Fort (home of Radio 390). But this very happy period of his life had to do with the strong feeling of a happy family that the great team of announcers were producing. 7 years later, history repeated itself under totally different conditions on the MV Mi Amigo where the "Caroline family" received him with open arms. On every occasion you share Graham's desire for gaining new experiences and getting to know interesting and warm-hearted people. And he did succeed ever so often! I am sure you will be excellently entertained by this capturing biography.

Dr. Martin van der Ven


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IBAN NL85INGB0004065700
Mediacommunicatie Amsterdam

Voor Nederland: bankrekening 4065700


Stick iväg, Jack! Historien om Radio Nord
by Jan Kotschack

During 16 months, between 1961-62, Jack S. Kotschack's offshore station Radio Nord
 shook the Swedish establishement by broadcasting from international waters in the Baltic Sea. The station used the radio ship "Bon Jour" which later became the famous MV Mi Amigo, home of Radio Caroline South and many more radio stations. Radio Nord played modern pop music, news - and advertising, loved by the Swedish listeners.

The book is richly illustrated in color with countless pictures, many of them previously unpublished! Despite the fact that it's written in the Swedish language, the book is definitely a must for all offshore radio enthusiasts.

The book's first edition comes with an unique DVD including a documentary film about Radio Nord, entitled "Låten från Båten" (Song from the Boat) - a fantastic time document of 8 minutes play time, which was shown as an opening film at the Swedish cinemas in autumn 1961.

# In Swedish
# Hardcover with dust jacket
# Richly illustrated in color
# Format 169x239
# 424 pages
# Incl. Bonus DVD
# ISBN 978-91-89136-51-9

€ 37.00

How to order the book

Radio Nord & Radio Syd - Topplåtarna från 1961-1962
The best of the Swedish offshore radio stations has now been sanmpled on this double CD. Listen to 44 songs, jingles and some classic radio commercials. The double CD contains songs by Lill-Babs, Little Gerhard, Jay Epae, Fats Domino, Ray Adams, Elvis Presley, Siw Malmkvist, Linda Scott, and many more.

in Swedish
Richly illustrated booklet

€ 16.00

How to order the double CD

In 2009, several books about "offshore radio" have been published, but Nigel Harris's is definetely the most personal one of them all. It covers many radio stations and broadcasting vessels but some school stories, too. "Boarding school was harsh, but the North Sea was worse" says Nigel, who began his career as Stuart Russel on Radio Caroline's MV Mi Amigo in the mid seventies.

The comprehensive book (which includes several pictures from Nigel's childhood up to the period on the Peace ship) is on the time before and during his offshore days, not just Radio Caroline. However, it dwells on the Mi Amigo days a bit longer than the other ships. Featured are the Mi Amigo, the Cedarlea project in Scotland, Radio Paradise, the Ross Revenge and the Voice of Peace; there is plenty of pirate radio including countless in-depth stories on life on board the radio ships.

We learn about different characters like Tony Allan, Peter Chicago, Samantha Dubois, Marc Jacobs, Herman de Graaff , Roger Mathews, Peter Philips, Captain Ernie Stevensen and last but not least Ronan O'Rahilly. And we get to know how difficult and complicated the entire Caroline family sometimes could be...

In summary, I can only recommend Nigel's book. It is definitely a must for every offshore radio enthusiast. [Dr. Martin van der Ven]

"Ships in troubled waters" can be ordered at the Radio Caroline webshop.

DVD released Monday 5 October 2009.

Title: 'THE BOAT THAT DOCKED'. Subtitled: 'Pirates Ahoy' - Pirate BBC Essex Easter 2009.

Running time 106 mins

Format: DVD

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PRICE: £15.00 incl. P+P


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Buchrezension: „Shiprocked“ von Steve Conway

New products from Offshore Echo's Magazine

The Gardline Seeker was converted to become the radioship MV Communicator. Starting as Laser 730 with an unsuccessful balloon antenna, the station then, with a conventional antenna system became Laser 558, and an almost overnight success as “all Music radio” hit the European airwaves. The UK commercial radio stations were outraged, as was the government who eventually forced Laser 558 off the air – but not before Laser had forced change in UK radio.

Laser 558’s success caught the imagination of a radio enthusiast, who purchased their radioship after it had been forced off the air by the British authorities. Despite sale clauses that forbid the ship being used for broadcasting again, it was soon back at sea, with alleged new ownership.
Great enthusiasm and excellent production, were spoiled by a series of mast collapses that led to Laser Hot Hits being off the air for lengthy periods. This resulted in a loss of advertising revenue, and without new financial backing, the MV Communicator was back in the UK port of Harwich, just a year after she was previously there.

These brandnew DVDs follow the tradition of their 16 predecessors. They are of excellent quality, present a unbeatable collection of rare footage, pictures and off-air recordings and are of very high value. Without doubt a must for offshore radio fans. [Dr. Martin van der Ven from "The Offshore Radio Guide"]

Here’s how to purchase your very own copies.

Now on DVD The Legendary Tony Allan.

On this DVD: interviews with his friends and colleagues talking about Tony as a dear friend. I’ve never heard Peter Chicago talking for such a long period about the Tony Allan area within the history of offshore radio. But there are also interviews with Dick Palmer, Graham Gill, Johnny Jason and more. All are talking about the good and bad times on RNI and Radio Caroline and their adoration for Tony Allan. On the DVD also the late Chris Carey can be heard. Next to the interviews also radio action whereby some unique recordings from Tony Allan aboard the MV Ross Revenge in Southend on Sea with Easter 2004. This DVD is a must for every collector within the Offshore Radio World. The price for ordering in the Netherlands is 6 Euro, outside the Netherlands 8 Euro, which is including package and postage.
 Ordering by e mail can be done at:

Payment can be done to the Tony Allan Memorial Fund Royal Bank of Scotland Account number 10099786 sort code 16-15-20. The IBAN code is GB93RBOS116152010099786.

All money gained due to the selling of the DVD’s, excluding p&p will be divided over Cancer Research, Marie Curie Hospices, the Ross Revenge Caroline ship and Project Redsand. These were all close to Tony’s heart.

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