Bringing The Past Back To Life
bring back the sounds of the pirate radio stations,
taking you down memory lane,
old songs you will recognize from the 50's, 60's
so listen in you will absolutely love it,
also the perfect radio station to listen to at the weekends,
so crank up the volume and enjoy the sounds.
In 1964 a consortium of American businessmen bought the MV Manoula for $60,000 and had the ship converted into an offshore radio station in Miami. On 22nd October the MV Galaxy, as she was now called, sailed from Miami as a fully equipped radio station for British waters. The ship was anchored in international waters in the Thames Estuary, off Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. The station was to be called Radio London. The investment in the project came to a total of $500,000. There were already two stations operating from the same location: Radio Atlanta and Radio Caroline. At that time both these stations used formats, which although popular, were not very innovative. Radio London was to be different. Having had years of experience in the American radio industry Don Pierson intended to copy the format of KLIF, which was a very slick, professional money making station in Dallas.
Radio London was located on the motor vessel Galaxy anchored in international waters, off Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex (announced wavelength: 266 metres). Regular transmissions started on 23rd December 1964 with a power of 17 kW. Hours of transmission: from 6.00am to 9.00pm; later from 5.30am to 2.00am. The picture left and the next five pictures show the MV Galaxy in open sea
The MV Galaxy was registered in Honduras and fitted out in Miami from where she sailed on 22nd October 1964 calling at San Juan in Puerto Rico and Lisbon before arriving in the Thames Estuary on 19th November 1964. Shortly after this, unidentified signals were heard on 725 kHz (412 metres) and 926 kHz (324 metres) which may have come from Radio London. However the Galaxy could easily have found herself in trouble if it had not been for Ronan O'Rahilly, boss of the rival Radio Caroline, warning them that their anchorage was within British limits. The ship moved further up the Essex coast and test transmissions started on 5th December 1964 on 1125 kHz (266 metres) but ceased the following day, returning on the 18th on 1133 kHz (265 metres). During the night tests were also carried out on 1079 kHz (277 metres).The owners of Radio London were Marine Investment Inc., P.O. Box 456, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The financial backing for Radio London came from a group of individual investors, mainly English and American, through a trust situated in the Bahamas.
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