Just before the Easter weekend in 1975 a group of pirate radio engineers calling themselves London Stereo installed several radio transmitters at Pilgrims Halt on Reigate Hill. The transmitter site was fed from a studio in Merstham using a UHF link. The station came on the air on Good Friday on MW, SW and VHF broadcasting programming from several other stations including North Surrey Radio, Radio Invicta and Radio London Underground as well as London Stereo themselves. During the weekend, Mike Knight turned up saying that Radio Jackie had planned to broadcast on the same MW channel and to shut him up he was given a programme using the station name Radio Aquarius which was one of the old LTIR stations.
The station was back on the air on Easter Monday, however the GPO raided the
transmitter site which resulted in the capture of Tony Collis and a very young Bob Edwards. It is recorded that Eric Gotts & co arrived in a white Landrover
(WPK 14G) accompanied by an Austin 1300 panda car. Eric was convinced that the
studio was in the same building as the transmitters, and tried to dismantle
walls looking for the hidden studio. Mike Knight had been on air at the time and left the
remote studio turning up to the TX site claiming to be a freelance reporter.
Unfortunately he was well known to Mr Gotts, and was questioned about being on
air. Summonsed to appear at Epsom magistrates court, he was given 28 days in Pentonville prison by magistrate Lady Dorothy Auckland.
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