U.K.'s Radio Caroline Campaigning For AM License
February 16, 2011 at 4:44 AM (PT)
RADIO CAROLINE, the legendary British pirate radio station, is looking to make another comeback, this time with a legitimate license for the AM dial. BBC KENT reports that the present online and satellite version of RADIO CAROLINE, broadcasting from STROOD, KENT, is campaigning for a license from OFCOM, and has gained support from CHATHAM and AYLESFORD MP TRACEY CROUCH, who introduced an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for special dispensation for RADIO CAROLINE to get an AM license to cover the SOUTH EAST. 52 other MPs have signed on to the motion.
The original pirate version of RADIO CAROLINE aired from two ships anchored off the coasts of ESSEX and the ISLE OF MAN from 1964 through 1967, when the anti-pirate radio Marine Broadcasting Offences Act was passed and the ships were impounded; the BBC founded RADIO 1 in 1967 to occupy the Top 40 format position that the pirate stations previously served.
A website to gather public support for an on-air RADIO CAROLINE has been created. See it by clicking here.