A presenter on Bute internet station Radio Bute has been invited to Liverpool to take part in a month-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the first broadcasts by pioneering ‘pirate’ station Radio Caroline.
Dave Mason’s programmes will be broadcast from on board the former Mersey Bar lightship Planet during the four-week-long reincarnation of Radio Caroline North.
“I can still remember the first time I heard the original Radio Caroline North,” Dave, who lives in Dunoon, told The Buteman.
“Because of where the Radio Caroline North ‘pirate’ ship was anchored, off the Isle of Man, the best places to hear it in Britain were in Liverpool and the west coast of Scotland, so when I was invited to get involved in the 50th anniversary celebrations I bit the organiser’s hand off.
“My Radio Bute show is originally broadcast on KBC Radio in Europe, and plays the music of the original Radio Caroline era, and the idea of the 50th anniversary is to recreate the Radio Caroline sound pretty much as it was.”
The original Radio Caroline - named after the daughter of US president John F. Kennedy - was set up with the aim of circumventing record companies’ control of music broadcasting in the early 1960s and the BBC monopoly of Britain’s radio airwaves; its offshore broadcasts, from various vessels, continued until 1991, though today it is still available online, broadcasting from land-based studios in Kent.
The 2014 version of Radio Caroline will broadcast continuously from March 31 to April 28 on FM in the Liverpool area and online at www.carolinenorth.com.