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North Surrey Radio & London Stereo

 

 

 

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.

Many of the crew of London Stereo were to become involved with City Sounds.

 

The Radio Eric archive holds the following recording(s) of this station:

       

  

61:28

This London Stereo transmission featured programming from other pirates including Radio London Underground. 28th March 1975

27MB

59:54 David Sinclair on  31st March 1975

2.0MB

4:11 Roger Tate on the Invicta section of the Easter 1975 broadcast - recorded off MW
       
    

 

 
 

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