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Widescreen PAL • 65 minutes

This DVD documentary tells the story of the landbased “pirate” radio stations that took over when the popular offshore stations were forced to close.
See and hear again some of the top stations like Radio Jackie, Radio Kaleidoscope, Invicta and Skyline – and meet the people who made them happen all those years ago. The documentary contains early video footage of some of the stations as well as recent interviews with their operators .
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June 8th 2008

New downloads:

39MB

85:11 Thameside Radio - a very sleepy Aleks Wright at the end of a long extended broadcast on New Year's Day 1981

21MB

46:30 London FM - Mark Davis with a programme from around May 1981 complete with TV buzz from the link!

22MB

47:30 Radio Free London - Mark Ashton during one of RFL's most successful periods. 16th August 1981

43MB

94:35 JFM - Jim Colvin with a show from 3rd April 1983

  42MB

92:08

London Weekend Radio - Part 1 of 2 - Martin James starting off the weekend broadcast on August 20th 1983

  42MB

92:42

Part 2 of the above recording

22MB

47:21 Radio Sovereign - Chrispian St. John with more oldies on December 7th 1983

22MB

47:19 Radio Jackie - Dave Small also from December 7th 1983

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March 18th 2008

New downloads:

17MB

36:27 Radio Sheila - Taking a break from RFL, the crew were busy on Medium Wave. Kenny Myers from 26th May 1974

14MB

29:36 Radio Kaleidoscope - more from the Big K Music Week archive from April 27th 1975

14MB

30:51 Radio Kaleidoscope - continuing our delve into the Music Week archives, this is from May 18th 1975

25MB

54:28 Radio Free England - We think the DJ is calling himself Pete Dryden. Recorded on 25th December 1977

28MB

61:39 Radio Jackie - Dave Adams kicks off the weekly Sunday broadcast on June 1st 1980

44MB

85:51 Radio Invicta - Tony Johns keeps the faith and pumps out the soul. From April 1981

25MB

95:22 Thameside Radio - a rare day-time broadcast from the popular station on Easter Monday 1982

45MB

98:38 Thameside Radio - Paul James and The Intrepid Birdman from November 21st 1982. Interestingly Paul refers to a news item about Radio 1 planning to broadcast past 7pm on Sundays.

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January 27th 2008

New downloads:

21MB

44:51

Radio Jackie - Brain Anthony from Boxing Day 1974 on 227
13MB 29:23 Sun Radio - Kenny Myers with a show from March 29th 1975
27MB 59:38 Thameside Radio - Thameside was hit heavily by Eric Gotts & co. towards the end of 1981. As a result they curtailed this broadcast prematurely (rather unconvincingly). From October 1981 -  originally broadcast in mono

14MB

30:21 Radio Alpine - Mike Stand on this daily Merseyside station from December 4th 1981 - Part 1 of 2

14MB

30:39

Part 2 of the above recording

  36MB

78:25

Radio Shoestring - this is an excerpt from their final day's broadcasting, believed to be from July 1984. With Christopher England

  22MB

47:10

Q102 - Bob Matthews and Don L Johnson on the great late 80s station. April 1st 1989 - Part 1 of 2

  22MB

47:01

Part 2 of the above recording

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December 24th 2007

Sorry it's been a while. Happy Christmas - enjoy this lot!

New downloads:

29MB 62:42 LMR - Mark Ellis with a programme from Christmas Day 1974

12MB

25:42 Radio Kaleidoscope - more from the Music Week programme. 20th April 1975 - includes contemporary news about Radio Caroline and the Mebo II

27MB

59:25 Radio Telstar South - Dave Reading on Christmas Day 1977

45MB

98:56 Radio Free London - Mark Ashton and Andy Allman from November 1980

  26MB

57:42

Radio Elenore - Robin Blinde on this Merseyside pirate in December 1980. Robin went on to become Robin Ross on Radio Caroline.

  27MB

59:19

Santa Sounds - Paul James with a Christmas Day programme from 1981

28MB

60:05 Radio Floss - Part 1 of 4 Hours of the MW station with Ian Stewart, Paul James and Nick Johnson from early February 1981

28MB

60:37 Radio Floss - Part 2 of 4 hours - Steve Jay from early February 1981

28MB

59:36 Radio Floss - Part 3 of 4 hours - Andy Richards from early February 1981

27MB

59:36 Radio Floss - Part 4 of 4 hours - Glen Johnson early February 1981

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September 9th 2007

New downloads:

27MB

59:04 Radio Tracy - Jackie's Mike Knight on 28th July 1973

8.9MB

19:24 Radio Kaleidoscope - the news section from the Music Week programme of 13th April 1975. Taken from studio master tapes

25MB

54:50 Radio Jackie - Jackie was off-air for much of 1975 but returned in the summer. Andy Belmont with a show from September 1975

21MB

46:13 Radio Jackie - Richard Jackson on Christmas day 1976

24MB

60:15 Radio Jackie - Mike Knight with more of the broadcast on Christmas day 1976

27MB

59:39 Thameside Radio - Bob and the gang celebrate 6 months of trouble free broadcasting in June 1978

45MB

98:43 Radio Invicta - Steve Marshall, fresh from 6 months on the Peace Ship, runs down a Soul Poll from November 1980 

7.8MB

16:57 Thameside Radio - For the 5th birthday Thameside engineer Ian Stewart produced 5 history programmes. This one covers Thameside's first year. December 1982

32MB

70:49 Skyline Radio - Mark Ashton on the commercially successful station. July 3rd 1984

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July 25th 2007

New downloads:

22MB

47:24

Radio AMY - Part of the Community Chest programme from May 1978 including a report on one of the farcical IBA 'open forums' which Capital Radio and LBC were required to hold in order to fulfill their licence agreement

21MB

45:00 Thameside Radio - The first 90 mins of the broadcast from March 16th 1980. Part 1 of this recording 

22MB

46:40 Part 2 of of the above recording

22MB

47:25 County Radio - Mark Ellis & Dave Small from December 19th 1982

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July 12th 2007

Note: The recording we had of Music Radio 270 was incorrectly marked as Radio 270 - This has now been re-named and the station page has been updated.

New downloads:

27MB

58:09 Sounds of London - Steve Rogers with a programme believed to date from spring 1971

57MB

122:05

South London Sounds - 2 hours of rock with Ken Myers. We think this station broadcast in the late 80s or early 90s

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June 25th 2007

New downloads:

17MB

36:09 Radio London Underground - In 1972 the BBC celebrated 50 Years of Broadcasting. RLU adds another dimension to that event with this highly unusual broadcast thought to be from mid November 1972.

12MB

25:10 Radio Kaleidoscope - Denny Tewson returned to the Big K in 1975, but for some reason decided to change his name to Barry Martin. 9th November 1975

25MB

57:54 Radio Telstar South - Mark Ashton with a complete broadcast from Easter Sunday 1977

29MB

62:44 Thameside Radio - Still going strong, in spite of being No.1 target for Mr Gotts & co. at that time. Bob Edwards from August 8th 1982

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June 10th 2007

New downloads:

27MB

56:33 Sun Radio - Chris Trent with a programme from the VHF station. 9th August 1975

4.2MB

4:26 Sun Radio - an undated recording of the station opening

28MB

60:02 Radio Invicta - Mark Ellis with his first (and possibly only) show on the original soul pirate. 26th December 1975

13M

29:16 London Music Radio - Cliff Osbourne with part of a Christmas Day broadcast on the original LMR in 1976. Recorded off FM

87MB

191:05 Thameside Radio - 3 hours of the audacious 3rd birthday party from 7th December 1980. The authorities were obviously humiliated by this broadcast and they raided Thameside the following week. This raid marked the end of the infamous Trellick Tower installation after 9 months of broadcasting.

 21MB

44:19

JFM - Tony Townrow on the breakfast show from around November 1984 - Part 1 of 2

21MB

44:16 Part 2 of the above recording

57MB

121:58 Clockwork Wireless - More from Terry Anderson and The Intrepid Birdman.  A Complete 2 hour broadcast from 20th September 1987

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April 23rd 2007

New downloads:

13MB

28:07 Uptown Radio - Part of a Terry Anderson programme from February 1979

21MB

44:19 Uptown Radio - Probably a continuation of the above broadcast with Robin (Topper) Lindsey

28MB

61:47 London Music Radio - Part 1 of 2 - Not the original station of that name, but a Thameside inspired station of the early eighties. With Chris Miles from the 24th April 1982 

28MB

61:26 London Music Radio - Part 2 of 2 - continuation of the above broadcast

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April 1st 2007

New downloads:

  26MB

62:23

Skyport Radio Part 1 of 2 - Bob Earl with a special 2 hour programme before he temporarily left the station to go to college in October 1977. Also features Mark King

  25MB

62:04

Skyport Radio Part 2 of 2 - conclusion of the programme above 

44MB

92:53

Surrey Sounds Part 1 of 2 - Rob James kicks off the broadcast on 5th February 1983

44MB

93:21

Surrey Sounds Part 2 of 2 - Martin Hill continues the above broadcast

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March 25th 2007

New downloads:

17MB

41:59

Radio Nelson - Henry Morgan on the West London MW station from around November 1971

28MB

60:39 Radio Kaleidoscope - Tony Rocket with a show from 12th January 1975

29MB

60:59 Uptown Radio - Part 1 of 2 - Terry Anderson on Christmas eve 1978

29MB

61:36 Uptown Radio - Part 2 of 2 - Robin Lindsey concludes the Christmas Eve broadcast in 1978

  15MB

31:23

Radio Corina International - Tony Rogers on FM in East London and to Europe on Short Wave. 25th August 1980

  15MB

31:15

Radio Corina International -Richard Hunter & Tony Rogers on FM & SW on December 25th 1980

  44MB

94:50

Radio Suburbia - Martin Lewis & Gerry Sinclair from October 23rd 1982
45MB 95:01 Radio Alpha - Phil James and Gary Huges on November 8th 1982
8MB 17:43 Radio Phoenix - unknown DJ probably from the end of March 1983

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February 2nd 2007

Last month the amount of downloads from this site exceeded our monthly limit of 20GB! Apologies for the break in service, we're back and there are some new files to download too.

New downloads:

  20MB

49:37

Radio Free London North - Jason Woolfe on Boxing Day 1968 assisted by Bud Balloo, Stephen Warwick, Patacake Warwick and Robin Adcroft. Taken from the original 1/4" studio tape (the drop-out is a result of the age of this recording).

  55MB

119:09 RFM - 2 Hours of rock with Kenny Myers with a programme from 29th December 1989

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January 13th 2007

New downloads:

27MB

57:19

Radio Telstar South - a complete 1 hour broadcast with Dave Reading from 2nd January 1977

13MB

28:12 Bromley Sound - more from this station from 22nd June 1980

22MB

46:38 Skyline Radio - Tony Townrow with the breakfast show from early 1985 - Part 1

22MB

45:59 Part 2 of the above recording 

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January 6th 2007

New downloads:

86MB

187:22

Uptown Radio - a complete 3 hour broadcast from Spring 1981 with Terry Anderson, Bob Earl and Topper Lindsey

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December 30th 2006

New downloads:

28MB

60:54

Radio Jackie - Dickie Allen with a recording from 1975

28MB

61:18 Victory FM - Two Hours of Mark Ashton possibly from as late as December 1991? - Part 1

28MB

61:10 part 2 of the above recording

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December 23rd 2006

New downloads:

84MB

184:16

Thameside Radio - an almost complete 3 hour broadcast from Spring 1980 with Bob Edwards and The Intrepid Birdmant

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December 18th 2006

New downloads:

  42MB

92:25

Trans-London Radio - Alan Ford, Michael Martin & Kid Johnson on a Bank Holiday broadcast

  44MB

95:01 County Radio - One of the many Radio Jackie breakaway stations. Steve Fox and Mark Ellis from November 22nd 1982

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December 10th 2006

New downloads:

  26MB

45:50

Radio Jackie - Nicky Marshall with a show from Christmas 1976

  56MB

122:43 Clockwork Wireless - Terry Anderson & Aleks Wright who is filling in for Birdman. July 19th 1987

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December 2nd 2006

New downloads:

  21MB

45:50

Radio London Underground - Peter Allen with a complete (though rather short) broadcast which, by the reference to Apollo 17, dates from early December 1972

  21MB

45:44 Radio Invicta - Tony Johns playing his favourite oldies on Britain's original soul station. 24th August 1975
40MB 86:47 London FM - The beginning of a Bank Holiday broadcast with Mark Ellis. The fault in the audio was caused by the Band III link transmitter's PLL losing lock. We have edited out about 12 minutes of un-listenable audio as a result. 4th May 1981

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November 24th 2006

New downloads:

6.1MB 13:21 City Sounds - a short clip with Abie Cohen and an interesting selection of music from November 9th 1975
22MB 46:20 Radio Jackie North - Merseyside's rock station with Rick Dane from their first year (1977). Sadly Rick passed away in November 2002
28MB 58:43 Radio Telstar South - Dave Reading with a broadcast featuring 1950s music from February 26th 1977
28MB 58:59 Radio Alpha - R.F. Burns with a recording from January 3rd 1978

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November 17th 2006

New downloads:

27MB

59:54 North Surrey Radio - David Sinclair on  31st March 1975

54MB

118:15

Radio Free London - 2 hours from RFL near the end of it's time on 92mhz. Ken Myers on February 25th 1989

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November 11th 2006

New downloads:

28MB

60:01

Thameside Radio- a compete 1 hour broadcast from the first year (1978). Tony Lloyd continues his stint while Bob is away

  56MB

122:03

Raiders FM - A lively 2 hours with Howard Peters from 26th November 1989

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November 3rd 2006

New downloads:

27MB

57:25

Music Radio 270 - A Christmas broadcast. Late night rock with Terry Deane on 26th December 1977

58MB

124:19 The Clockwork Wireless Broadcasting Company - Terry Anderson looks at the 1987 election result, plus more do-it-yourself with The Intrepid Birdman. 21st June 1987

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October 27th 2006

New downloads:

  28MB

59:52

Trans London Radio - Tony Randall with a live show on August Bank Holiday (1430-1530) 25th August 1975. This broadcast was subject to an unsuccessful raid by The authorities later in the afternoon. Mr Gotts & co couldn't find the station in spite of it coming from one of the most famous pirate mailing addresses!

  28MB

59:52

Trans London Radio - Chris Trent continues the above broadcast (1530-1630) 25th August 1975
29MB 61:01 Radio Concord - Len Deevish (believed to be Keith York from the VOP & Ireland) with an hour from 19th April 1976

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October 20th 2006

New downloads:

28MB 60:02 Radio Jackie - Mike Knight with a Saturday night VHF service programme via the LTIR. 28th July 1973
29MB 59:05 Radio Telstar South - Kid Johnson with a broadcast from the popular oldies station. 20th Feb 1977
28MB 60:50 Merseyland Alternative Radio - Andy Davis & Paul Jay on the successful Merseyside pirate from April 1980

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October 11th 2006

New downloads:

28MB 61:40 Radio Free London - various clips of Radio Free London North, and South from late 1968
MB 57:27 Radio Free London South - an hour of Michael Christian from December 1968
1.2MB 02:40 Radio Tracey - the end of a short test transmission from December 1972 in preparation for their Christmas broadcast. Tony Barrett
57MB 122:08 Alice's Restaurant - 2 hours from the rock station on July 8th 1984 with David Laine

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October 5th 2006

New downloads:

13MB 28:12 Sun Radio - Alan Ford with a programme from March 23rd 1975
27MB 59:59 Radio Kaleidoscope - Pat Edison with their first week on 226m from December 28th 1975
21MB 45:46 Thameside Radio - the end of the Bob Edwards show and a complete Intrepid Birdman show probably from late 1979. Part 1 of this recording
21MB 44:30 Part 2  of the above recording

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September 29th 2006

New downloads:

27MB 59:05 London Music Radio - an hour from the New Year's day broadcast 1976
16MB 34:29 Radio North Kent - Justin Simmons from Christmas Day 1977
44MB 96:04 Uptown Radio - The popular Terry Anderson playing virtually no records. Plus the first half of the Bob Earl programme. November 1981

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September 19th 2006

New downloads:

21MB 43:51 Radio Free London - Clips from 3 weeks of RFL in September and October 1968 - Mike Bass introduces each clip with information about each broadcast

14MB

29:49

Radio Trident - a very entertaining clip. Will their car battery last the broadcast? Early stuff with Kenny Myers from 1972

14MB

29:14 Radio Thameside - Alan Brown & Bob Parker with an early attempt at community radio. 9th November 1975

28MB

60:46 Radio Jackie - Uncle Phil Hazleton on June 12th 1977

31MB

66:27 Skyline Radio - Mark Ashton with a show from the 7 days a week station. September 15th 1983

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September 13th 2006

New downloads:

13MB

28:15 Radio Free London - Alan Thomsett with a broadcast from around 1973

14MB

29:55 Sun Radio - Dave Sinclair from January 21st 1975

45MB

96:23 Radio Jackie - a late night during the extended Christmas broadcasts, with an additional VHF frequency. December 26th 1980

  9.8MB

20:56

Radio Veronica - Christopher England opens the broadcast and hands over to Roger Davis. July 9th 1980

  2.9MB

6:07

Electric FM - a snippet from the 90s. Danny Thomas on August 3rd 1993

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September 6th 2006

New downloads:

22MB

46:51 Radio Free London - The first official broadcast of RFL from the day of the famous Free Radio Association rally on August 17th 1968. Introduced by the late Mike Bass, one of RFL's original transmitter engineers.

27MB

57:22 Radio Kaleidoscope - a programme from the original Kaleidoscope in Southend. Probably late 1970 or early 71. The Geater (an impersonation of Larry Tremaine who broadcast on RNI).

26MB

56:21 Radio Invicta - Steve Marshall from a Christmas broadcast in 1976 campaigning for a national Soul show on BBC Radio 1

29MB

61:53 Thameside Radio - this recording is the week following Thameside's worst ever raid. Owing to an aerial fault the first 20 minutes were not widely heard. Paul James on May 2nd 1982

4.8MB

10:16 London FM - a quickie we found on the end of a tape from the summer of 1981

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August 30th 2006

New downloads:

28MB

59:02 Radio Tracey - Jackie's Mike Knight worse the wear for drink! Saturday July 14th 1973

  25MB

52:55

Radio 67 - Kenny Myers remembers the offshore pirates. A special station on the 10th anniversary of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act. August 14th 1977 

28MB

61:13 Bromley Sound - with high technical standards, this station was short lived, as the staff moved on to other projects. Johnny Haywood & Keith Rogers on June 1st 1980

 13MB

27:11

J1000 - Kevin Hall on the early 80s Merseyside pirate. October 18th 1981

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August 23rd 2006

New downloads:

28MB

60:30

Radio Kaleidoscope - the weekly Music Week news programme from January 12th 1975

57MB

121:05 The Clockwork Wireless Broadcasting Company - Terry Anderson with a topical timecapsule from August 1987 plus the Intrepid Birdman at his very best. A complete 2 hour broadcast

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August 16th 2006

New downloads:

  18MB

37:40

Radio Samantha - 10th July 1972 on Medium Wave with Chris Hainsworth

25MB

53:17 Radio Jackie - the Stalwart Mike Knight with a programme from 14th September 1975

14MB

29:44 London Music Radio - Richard Thompson before he went to Radio Caroline. Recorded 12th June 1977

27MB

58:26 Radio Telstar South - RTS threatens to call it a day on it's 2nd birthday 5th February 1978

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August 9th 2006

New downloads:

28MB 58:40 Radio Free London - Part 1 of Steve Ego and Kenny Myers from November 12th 1978
14MB 29:15 Part 2 of the above recording

27MB

57:35 Sun Radio - Chris Trent on the mid seventies VHF station. Transmitted on March 15th 1975

  23MB

49:45

K-OSS - from Paisley in Scotland, Heavy rock with Madcap. c1990

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August 2nd 2006

New downloads:

45MB

96:23 Radio Invicta - Part 1 of a complete 3 hour broadcast with Andy Jackson, Tony Cleveland and Tony Johns from June 22nd 1980
45MB 96:17 Part 2 of the above recording
4.3MB 9:10 Part 3 of the above recording

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July 26th 2006

New downloads:

29MB

60:37 Radio Kaleidoscope - Tony Rocket with a show from the fast paced pop station. June 30th 1974

28MB

59:59 Thameside Radio - complete broadcast from their first year. Tony Lloyd sits in for Bob

  30MB

63:34

Radio Liberty - a programme from July 9th 1980

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July 19th 2006

New Info on the Radio Corina station page

New downloads:

29MB

61:52 Radio Free London - RFL at it's very best. Andy Allman from 10th December 1978

  43MB

91:48

RFM - 'Bear' on one of London's major rock stations of the mid 1980s. This recording from 1987

19MB

39:30

Radio Telstar South - Kid Johnson on Britain's first Gold radio station. 27th January 1980

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July 12th 2006

New downloads:

45MB

95:59 Thameside Radio - unusual coverage of Charles & Diana's wedding from July 29th 1981

29MB

61:08 Radio Free London - John Dawson sounding fed up from May 25th 1980

6.9MB

14:37 Uptown Radio - a snippet of Terry Anderson's creative ramblings from 1981

3.6MB

7:43

Thameside Radio - Bob Edwards' report on Radio Dublin from December 1978

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July 6th 2006

New downloads:

45MB

95:29 Part 1 of over two hours of Radio Sovereign from the last day in January 1984, including the final closedown

  19MB

39:22

Part 2 of the above recording

  3.5MB

7:29

Radio Jackie - we spin up the dial to 227m immediately after Sovereign closes down in Jan '84

  22MB

47:27

Radio Floss - Tim Allen with his enthusiastic style on the pop music breakfast show from February 1982

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June 27th 2006

New download service launched

New station pages added to ARCHIVE section of web-site.

New downloads:

90MB

191:08 Thameside Radio - Complete 3 hour broadcast from December 21st 1980

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