TV & Radio
Radio Caroline is an English radio station founded in 1964 by Ronan O'Rahilly, to circumvent the tight hold the record companies had on the broadcast of popular music in the UK. It originally commenced transmissions as an offshore radio station broadcasting from a ship anchored in international waters off the coast of South East England. Originally unlicensed by any government, for the majority of its early life, it was labelled as a pirate radio station.
The station continues today as a satellite and internet broadcaster, with occasional transmissions via a low power RSL licence, usually emanating from the final offshore ship, the MV Ross Revenge. There are also other, affiliated broadcasters, who either use the progamming output for sustaining material, or the "Caroline" format and jingle package.
Music ranging from the 60s to today is broadcast, with an emphasis on album-oriented rock (AOR) but also "mixing things up" with nostalgic tracks and some specialised music programmes.
Radio Caroline first began test broadcasts on Friday, 27 March 1964, commencing full time transmissions at 12 noon two days later on Easter Sunday; from a former Danish passenger ferry, the Fredericia,...