Saturday, March 29, 2014


BBC Essex and DJ Ray Clark go together very well.  We've listened to him for years and now we see his literary side.  Ray has written his own history of the world's most famous pirate radio station Radio Caroline which first broadcast on Good Friday 1964.

Financed by respected city money men, Ray's book tells a story of human endeavour and risk, international politics, business success and financial failures. The Radio Caroline tale is one of  innovation, technical challenges, changing attitudes, unimaginable battles with nature, disasters, frustrations, challenging authority and the promotion of love and peace while, at times, harmony was far from evident behind the scenes. As Ray said:  "For one person to tell the full Radio Caroline story is impossible, but there are many who have been involved over the years whose memories and experiences bring this modern day adventure story of fighting overwhelming odds to life." 

Even I devoted a page to Radio Caroline in one of my books ESSEX FOLKLORE published by The History Press (page 149) as I was always intrigued with the background to the music the disc jockeys played and the individual characters who made news headlines. Most seemed to enjoy their unusual careers (despite the sea sickness), some going on to fame and fortune in their showbiz careers.

Radio Caroline: The True Story of the Boat That rocked; Paperback priced @ £16.99

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