PRESS RELEASE 10 August 2022
DJ’s line up for a celebration of offshore broadcasting
Radio Mi Amigo is set to return to the airwaves on 13th and 14th August in conjunction with Carillon
Wellbeing Radio. Further to their previous successful radio broadcasts, this year’s 2-day Pirate Radio event
on Harwich Quay has attracted a host of DJ’s who are coming from near and far to transmit from the
restored Lightvessel LV18 as a tribute to the 60’s offshore radio stations. This year’s on-air team, headed by
the Programme Director and Trustee Garry Lee, will bring back the popular sound of the Offshore Pirate
stations that broadcast from just off our coast and were served from the Ha’penny Pier, Harwich, which is the
permanent berth of LV18. Joining the crew will be two DJs from America and music connoisseurs, ex
Pirate radio and Radio 1 DJ, Keith Skues, ex BBC Suffolk presenter and current Radio Caroline
DJ, Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster.
The broadcast will run 24 hours a day, from 12 o’clock, midnight on the Saturday morning till 12 o’clock
midnight on the Sunday night. The broadcast will be available on the Carillon radio website at
www.carillonradio.com and may also be heard from their transmitter in the NW Leicestershire on 1476AM /
This tribute to the Offshore Pirate Radio Stations will celebrate the likes of Radio Caroline, Radio
London and several others that appeared off the coast of Harwich in the 1960’s bringing about a
revolution in radio broadcasting. Following the previous Pirate Radio broadcasts from LV18, which
attracted thousands of visitors to the area, Radio Mi Amigo will celebrate the watery wireless days
from the studio, located on the bridge of the Lightvessel. Further to previous year’s events, LV18 will
broadcast from her permanent berth by the Ha’penny Pier, Harwich, enabling members of the public
to not only visit the classic vessel on the Sunday, but to meet the DJ’s.
Broadcasting from the classic heritage vessel LV18, which featured in the film ‘The Boat that
Rocked’, Radio Mi Amigo will bring back the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, the golden era of the
Pirate Stations. Visitors will be able to visit the ship on Sunday 15th and view the new ‘Pirate Radio
Exhibition’, which has been financed by Harwich Haven Authority via the Essex Community
Foundation. The exhibition features new interactive Audio/Visual systems throughout the vessel and
new interpretation signage.
In the summer of 1964, the boring world of British broadcasting was rocked to its
foundations by the launch of offshore radio stations Radio Atlanta, Radio Caroline, Radio
City and Radio London.
On the weekend of 13th and 14th of August, a unique 2-day event will be taking place in Harwich
and the Tendring sunshine coast in Essex, UK. The restored heritage Lightvessel LV18 will be
hosting a radio broadcast and exhibition celebrating the Offshore Pirate radio broadcasts from the
‘pop ships’ which were anchored just off the coast of Harwich. Tendring was very much the centre
of these activities at this time with thousands of tourists sitting on the beaches of Clacton, Walton,
Frinton, Harwich and Brightlingsea, listening to their favourite DJ’s on transistor radios. On August
14th this year it will be 54 years since the government closed down most of the Pirate Radio
stations with the Marine Offences Act, as depicted in the film ‘The Boat that Rocked’ of 2009, which
featured LV18 as part of the filming in Portland, Dorset.
The Pharos Trust has hosted many very successful 'Pirate' Radio events on LV18 and, along with
Pirate BBC Essex over the last 20 years, have attracted thousands of visitors to the town. These
previous broadcasts have featured Johnnie Walker, Emperor Rosko, Dave Cash, Keith Skues,
Tony Blackburn and many other ‘pirate radio’ celebrities. This year a host of DJ’s from near and far
are joining the team, hosted by Programme Director and Trustee Garry Lee, including 2 DJ’s
from America and music connoisseurs, ex Pirate radio and Radio 1 DJ, Keith Skues and ex BBC
Suffolk and current Radio Caroline presenter, Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster.
The Pharos Trust, Registered UK charity No.:1090325
Tony O’Neil, Trustee and Station Manager, August 2021
Tune in at: www.carillonradio.com
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