Recent Additions To Our Radio Station Archive

Over the last couple of weeks we have added these new items…

1. Manx Radio: Britain’s oldest licensed commercial radio station celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2014. Here are two interviews with their first General Manager, John Grierson, talking about how Manx Radio finally managed to get its license from the U.K. government and their first months on the air.

2. Manx Radio: Chris Williams presents his show dedicated to Radio Caroline’s 50th anniversary on 29th March 2014.

3. WABC New York, N.Y.: 48 minutes with Cousin’ Brucie on one of his morning shows in 1969.

4. Radio Caroline South: Listen again to the “Admiral” Robbie Dale followed by Johnnie Walker on Monday, 28th August 1967, a couple of weeks after the Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act had become law. 44 minutes.

5. Radio Caroline South Jingles 1968: On 3rd March 1968, both radio Caroline ships “Mi Amigo” and “Caroline”, were seized and towed to Amsterdam by the Wijsmuller salvage company to secure unpaid servicing bills. The Radio Caroline South ship, mv. Mi Amigo, was later sold at auction to Gerard van Dam. Thanks to John Ker, who purchased some of Caroline’s original studio equipment and kindly provided these few remaining jingles and recordings dubbed direct from one of Caroline’s Spotmaster to its Ampex tape recorder. 6-1/2 mins.

6. BBC Radio Four Extra, 20th December 2014: “Here’s Kenny” – Kenny Everett. The story of Kenny Everett’s radio and TV career. Apart from Kenny himself and many of his souvenirs, jingles, promos and clips, this programme includes extracts from pirate Big-L Radio London with contributions from Tony Blackburn and Keith Skues. 61 minutes.

7. BBC Radio Two, Ed Stewart, Junior Choice, 25th December 2014: One of the last voices to be heard on offshore station Big-L Radio London when it closed in August 1967, Ed Stewart was one of the first DJs to join BBC Radio One when it opened six weeks later. Ed Stewart sadly died in January 2016. 117 minutes.

Please Note:
All audio recordings are in .mp3 format within password-protected .zip files. You’ll need to first download the .zip file to your computer. Then to unzip the file you’ll need Winzip or a fully compatible alternative software. You’ll also need the password which you can obtain at no cost by contacting us and explaining briefly what your interest is.

The World Tomorrow’s Version Of 60s Offshore Radio History

With the recent 2014 50th anniversary celebrations of the start of Radio Caroline and Big L Radio London, it’s worth remembering that nearly all the 1960s offshore radio stations derived not insignificant revenues from sponsored religious programmes such as “The World Tomorrow” and the “Worldwide Church of God”. For Radio London the income from religious programs is said to have amounted to £300.00 per show which helped to cover many of the station’s costs.

Of course it’s well known that these religious programmes were not only unpopular with many listeners but also hated by many of the DJs, such as Kenny Everett who was famously sacked by Radio London for making repeated disparaging remarks about what he referred to as “plastic bibles”.

But what is less well known is how Garner Ted Armstrong and his father, Herbert W. Armstrong, thought the offshore radio stations had originated.

UK listeners first heard “The World Tomorrow” programmes over 208 Radio Luxembourg in 1953, but the sponsors were unhappy with the results largely because of poor reception (fading) and its late evening airing (11.30 p.m. to midnight).

Things changed however when Radio Caroline and the other offshore pirate stations started in 1964 and in due course nearly all the offshore stations accepted religious sponsors such as The Allen Revival Hour, The Herald Of Truth, Oral Roberts, The Voice of Prophecy and probably the best known, The World Tomorrow, presented by Garner Ted Armstrong or his father, Herbert W. Armstrong.

In a book entitled “The United States and Britain in Prophecy” by Herbert W. Armstrong, he states that in:
“the first week in 1953, God’s Message started getting in to Britain from Europe – when The World Tomorrow program began going out on the superpowered voice of Radio Luxembourg!”
Is it a coincidence that this is mentioned on page 208 of the book?!

But there is more…

On the same page, Herbert W. Armstrong claims that:
“When Radio Luxembourg was no longer effective for this Message, God raised up broadcasting stations on ships, anchored just outside Britain’s jurisdiction. The World Tomorrow was then thundered over all of Britain daily, on seven of these ships. They were NOT illegal. They violated no law of man. They DID proclaim faithfully the Law of God! But the British authorities falsely called them “pirate” ships. They were NOT pirates. They were not marauders. They did not invade the land and pillage or steal. They harmed no one! But most governments of man want to control what their people could hear or not hear!”

Well, thank you Mr. Armstrong, now we know what really happened!

More about “The World Tomorrow” Radio Broadcasts to the United Kingdom 1965-1967.