Sixties Pirate Radio Sounds
Sixties Pirate Radio Sounds
   









Pirate Radio ProgrammesExamples of Pirate Radio Programme Planning and Playlists:  
                   Big 'L' - Radio London    Radio Atlanta    Radio Caroline
   KING Radio    Radio City    Radio Invicta    Radio 390    Radio 270    Radio Essex BBMS    Radio Sutch

Radio Adverts

Of course, what kept the whole thing afloat was the income from advertising broadcasts and 'paid' programmes. Many shows were 'sponsored' by various companies with frequent allusion to, and discussions about, the product with pre-recorded jingles and 'live'ads read out by the DJs, such as this OXO one.
Here is a medley of a few well-known jingles for Flash, Bananas, Bulova, Sunsilk, Consulate, Ever Ready, Woolworths, Heinz, Maxwell House and Double Diamond: S
ee Media for more radio and television advertising sounds and information.


Radio Atlanta        RADIO ATLANTA

Weekdays June 22nd - 26th 1964

06:00 Early Call (Bob Scott)
06:15 Country and Western Style (Johnnie Jackson)
07:30 Breakfast Club (Ted King)
08:45 Musical Mail Bag (Richard Harris)
10:00 Work Along (Clive Burrell)
11:15 Morning Star (Tony Withers)
11:30 Spin Around (Clive Burrell)
13:00 Headline Hits (Tony Withers)
14:00 Music The World Over (Richard Harris)
16:00 Sounds Of The Sixties (Tony Withers)
18:00 All Systems Go! (Mike Raven)
18:30 Music Of The Moment (Neil Spence)


Radio Atlanta

Saturday June 20th 1964

06:00 Early Call (Bob Scott)
06:15 Country and Western Style (Johnnie Jackson)
07:30 Breakfast Club (Ted King)
08:45 Musical Mail Bag (Richard Harris)
10:00 Down Beat (Tony Withers)
12:00 Sweet And Lively (Clive Burrell)
13:00 The Saturday Show (Tony Withers)
16:00 Latin Americana (Clive Burrell)
16:30 Best Of The Ballads (Richard Harris)
17:00 Country and Western Style (Johnnie Jackson)
18:00 All Systems Go! (Mike Raven)
17:00 Music Of The Moment (Neil Spence)


Sunday June 21st 1964


06:00 Sunrise Serenade (Richard Harris)
08:00 Croissants And Cafe (Clive Burrell)
09:00 Sunday Singalong (Neil Spence)
10:00 Quality Street (Richard Harris)
11:30 Turntable 64 (Tony Withers)
14:00 Music The World Over (Richard Harris)
16:00 All Systems Go! (Mike Raven)
17:00 Traffic Jam Session (John Ridley)
18:00 Nice'n'Easy (Clive Burrell)




The Bob Scott Show / The Johnnie Jackson Show
25th May 1964 - 6:55 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Tony Windsor New Releases Show
30th May 1964 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

'Gloria', Kenny Bardell (Sabre)
'The Poor People Of Paris', Chet Atkins

End of The Bob Scott Show / Beginning of The Johnnie Jackson Show

'What Am I Gonna Do Without You?', Lynn Collins (Sabre)
'Save The Last Dance For Me', The Drifters
'Let The Four Winds Blow', Fats Domino
'Hippy Hippy Shake', Frank Bacon (Rocket)
'Yellow Rose Of Texas', Stan Freburg
'Perfidia', The Ventures
'Don't Throw Your Love Away', Tony Stevens (Canon)
'Tonight I Fell In Love', The Tokens
'My Boy Lollipop', Laura Lee (Canon)
'Crazy', Patsy Cline
'Love My Life Away', Gene Pitney
'You Can Depend On Me', Brenda Lee
'Mocking Bird Hill', Frank Bacon (Canon)
The labels in brackets were all owned by Merit Music (Allan Crawford)

'Stop, Look And Listen', Wayne Fontana (pop)
'I Don't Want To Know', Shirley and John (pop ballad)
'Rock Around The Clock', Bill Haley and His Comets (re-release)
'Dimples', John Lee Hooker (r&b)
'Rosalyn', The Pretty Things (r&b)
'Hickory Dick And Dock', Bobby Vee (pop)
'I Wish You Would', The Yardbirds (r&b)
'Please Little Girl', Heinz (pop)
Be Anything But Be Mine', Connie Francis (ballad)
'Why Not Tonight?', The Mojos

Following programmes:

4:00 p.m. Clive Burrell, Latin-Americana
4:30 p.m. Richard Harris, Best Of The Ballads
5:00 p.m. Johnnie Jackson, Country & Western
6:00 p.m. Mike Raven, All Systems Go (beat music and r&b)
7:00 p.m. Neil Spence, Music Of The Moment

Radio Caroline                Play List extracts from programmes broadcast during April and May 1964

Simon Dee Show / Carl Conway Show
10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

'Blueberry Hill', Ray Connif (light orchestral)
'Nutty Squirrel', Billy's Bag (jazz)
'I Call Your Name', Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas (pop)
'Side By Side', Ray Charles and Betty Carter (jazz)
' I Love You Because', Jim Reeves (country ballad)
'Pushover', Etta James (r&b)
End of Simon Dee Show:
Theme - 'On The Street Where You Live', Tommy Dorsey

Start of Carl Conway Show:
Theme - Music by Ray Conniff
'Needles And Pins', The Searchers (pop)
'With A Little Bit Of Luck', Stanley Holloway
(soundtrack from 'My Fair Lady')
'Young And Foolish', Paul Anka (ballad)

The John Junkin Show
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The Preacher', Billy May (jazz big band)
'You And I', Billy Davies (pop)
'Limehouse Blues', Tony Bennett (ballad)
'The Reverend Mr. Black',
The New Christy Minstrels (folk)
'Living It Up', Murray Ross (jazz vocal)
'Hello Little Girl', The Fourmost (pop)
'Lover', Johnny Dolittle (jazz ballad)
'Falling In Love', The Big Jolly Trio (jazz)
'If I Were You', Peter and Gordon (pop)
'Confessin', Louie Prima and Keely Smith
(jazz ballad)
'I Could Write A Book', Ella Fitzgerald
(jazz vocal)
The Chris Moore Show
12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Opening theme: 'I've Got A Woman', Jimmy McGriff (jazz instrumental)

'I'm So In Love', Frank Sinatra (ballad)
'Wheel Of Fortune', Ray Conniff (light orchestral)
'Peanuts', Gene Pitney (pop)
'Take The A Train', Mantovani (light orchestral)
'Ain't Misbehavin', Nat King Cole (ballad)
'As Usual', Brenda Lee (pop ballad)
'I'm The Lonely One', Cliff Richard (pop)
'Pushover', Etta James (r&b)
'Hey Look Me Over', Cy Coleman (jazz)
'Stars Fell On Stockton', The Shadows (pop instrumental)
The Carl Conway Show
12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.

'Anytime Is The Right Time', Ray Charles (gospel r&b)
'Something Special', Dusty Springfield (pop)
'Baby Don't Cry', The Puppets (pop)
'Summer Place', Andy Williams (ballad)
'America', Trini Lopez (soundtrack from 'West Side Story')
'I Just Wanna Stay Here And Love You', The Mike Sammes Singers (light orchestral)
'Yesterday And You', Ellenka Balluska (foreign ballad)
'Sunday', The Stringalongs (instrumental)
'My Favourite Things', Mark Murphy (soundtrack from 'The Sound Of Music')
'Little Egypt', The Marauders (pop)

Radio London Big L         Radio London Big L         Radio London Big L         Big 'L'   Radio London
        
The Chris Denning Show
Saturday 21st May 1966 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

9:00 Weather forecast, DJ theme tune and introductory patter
9:02 Sloop John 'B' (Beach Boys) (10) (2)
9:05 Advert: Players Weights tipped cigarettes (30 secs)
Advert: Mother's Pride bread (30 secs)
9:06 Wonderboy (Bruno) (39) ( - )
9:09 Advert: Top Deck soft drink (30 secs)
Advert: Evette deodorant (30 secs)
9:11 Little Man In A Little Box (Barry Fantoni) (climber)
9:14 Is This The Dream? (Zombies) (revived 45)
9:16 Advert: Generation boutique (70 secs)
Advert: Big L Marquee Beat and Disc promo (90 secs)
9:20 I Love Her (Paul and Barry Ryan) (9) ( - )
Advert: Mother's Pride bread (30 secs)
9:23 Message To Michael (Dionne Warwick) (30) ( - )
9:26 Advert: Harry Fenton stores (30 secs)
9:27 River Deep Mountain High (Ike and Tina Turner) (climber)
9:30 News
9:31 Hey Girl (Small Faces) (5) (15)
9:34 Advert: Bri-Nylon 'Impact' shirts (30 secs)
Advert: Burton's Mail Order (30 secs) (read live by DJ)

 


9:35 Promises (Ken Dodd) (21) (14)
9:39 Advert: Top Deck 'Rumba' drink (30 secs)
Advert: Outspan fruit (15 secs)
9:40 To Make A Big Man Cry (P.J.Proby) (climber) (34)
9:43 Advert: Mother's Pride bread (30 secs)
Film trailer: 'Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment' (30 secs) (read live by DJ)
9:44 Revenge (Ray McVay Sound) (revived 45)
9:45 Advert: South-east Jazz & Blues Festival (70 secs)
Promo: Bride Show (15 secs)
9:47 Sorrow (Merseys) (3) (9)
9:49 Advert: Generation boutique (70 secs)
Advert: Top Deck 'Rumba' drink (30 secs)
9:51 Got To Find Another Baby (Force West) (33) ( - )
9:54 Advert: Mother's Pride bread (30 secs)
9:55 Radio London Club Disc of the Week: Don't Bring Me Down (Animals)



The first number in brackets is the Radio London 'Fab 40' position
The second number is the position in the B.B.C. chart

The Lorne King Show
Sunday 21st May 1967 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

6:00 Weather
6:01 Silence Is Golden (Tremeloes) (8) (1)
6:04 Advert: Vidor batteries (15 secs)
Advert: Speedwood stock car racing (45 secs) (read live by DJ)
6:05 Two Streets (Val Doonican) (11) ( - )
6:08 Advert: West Sands Caravan Park (30 secs)
6:09 Lola (Los Brincos) (climber) ( - )
6:11 Advert: Silexine Paint (30 secs)
Film promo: 'The Double Man' (25 secs)
6:12 My Old Car (Lee Dorsey) (climber) ( - )
6:15 Advert: Vidor batteries (15 secs)
6:16 There Goes My Everything (Engelbert Humperdinck) (climber) ( - )
6:19 Advert: Uppercut Club 'Discoveries of Tomorrow' competition
(Philip Birch Agency)
6:20 Patterns (Small Faces) (climber) ( - )
6:22 Advert: Costa Brava Holidays with DJs (90 secs)
6:24 A Day In The Life (Beatles) (LP track)
6:28 Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd) (Radio London soul set) ( - )
6:30 News




6:32 Get Me To The World On Time (Electric Prunes) (4) ( - )
6:35 Advert: Rothmans 'Crown' filter cigarettes (30 secs)
6:36 Don't Sleep In The Subway (Petula Clark)
6:39 Film promo: 'The Double Man' (25 secs)
Advert: Big L catamaran offer (30 secs) (read live by DJ)
6:40 No Good To Cry (Jimmy James and The Vagabonds) (climber)
6:42 Advert: Vidor batteries (15 secs)
6:42 Every Day I Have To Cry (Dusty Springfield) (revived 45)
6:45 Advert: Wimpy Bars (15 secs)
6:45 Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procol Harum) (5) ( - )
6:49 Film promo: 'The Double Man' (25 secs)
6:50 Then I Kissed Her (Beach Boys) (20) (12)
6:52 Ad: Rothmans 'Crown' filter cigarettes (30 secs)
Advert: Radio London T-shirt offer (65 secs)
6:54 To Be Loved (Casinos) (climber) ( - )
6:56 Advert: London School of Broadcasting (60 secs)
6:57 Here Comes My Baby (Tremeloes) (LP track)

The first number in brackets is the Radio London 'Fab 40' position
The second number is the position in the B.B.C. chart


Radio City

Monday to Friday

06:00 Early Bird Show
07:03 Voice of Prophecy
08:00 Breakfast Break
08:30 Allen Revival Programme
08:45 Up and About
10:00 Just Go
12:00 Gary Stevens Show
13:00 Breakaway
17:00 5 x 4 Show
17:30 Sixty Minute Special
18:30 Voice of Prophecy
19:00 Ralph Cooper
19:30 City by Night
20:00 Auntie Mabel Hour
21:00 City by Night
23:00 Late Date
24:00 Closedown
Saturday

06:00 Early Bird Show
07:30 Voice of Prophecy
08:00 Breakfast Break
08:30 Allen Revival Programme
08:45 Up and About
10:00 Just Go
12:00 Gary Stevens Show
13:00 Breakaway
16:30 Discomania
17:00 5 x 4 Show
17:30 Sixty Minute Special
18:30 Voice of Prophecy
19:00 Ralph Cooper
19:30 City by Night
20:00 Auntie Mabel Hour
21:00 City by Night
23:00 Late Date
24:00 Closedown
Sunday

06:00 Early Bird Show
07:30 Voice of Prophecy
08:00 Breakfast Show
09:30 Basildon Request Show
11:00 Just Go
12:00 A La Carte
14:00 Auntie Mabel Hour
15:00 Breakaway
16:30 Discomania
17:00 Cobweb Corner
17:30 Release Date
18:30 Voice of Prophecy
19:00 City Top 20
20:00 City by Night
23:00 Late Date
24:00 Closedown
When David Sutch sold Radio Sutch to Reg Calvert the station name was changed to Radio City and the wavelength to 299 metres. Some original programmes continued, like 'The AntiCity Show', 'The Five by Four Show', 'Feed Back', 'Discomania' and 'The Auntie Mabel Hour'.

Most stations played jingles and commercials from tape cartridges but Radio City used reel-to-reel. In addition to the usual music programmes, subsidised by American evangelical shows, Radio City broadcast the only comedy show on pirate radio - 'The Auntie Mabel Hour' - with recordings of DJs performing comic sketches and parodying contemporary songs. Some of their material seems to have been 'borrowed' from 'The Goon Show' and 'Round the Horne'. Christmas 1966 found the show featuring 'Alice in Wonderland' that had DJs singing alternative lyrics to instrumental versions of pop songs.

Another unusual feature was 'The Anti-City Show' in which listeners were invited to send in letters and tapes with complaints about the station. It generally became a soapbox for anything that annoyed.

Radio City


Radio 70

Radio Invicta KING Radio Radio 390
Radio Essex
Around December 1966 the 270 schedule looked like this;

06:00 Paul Burnett or Mike Hayes
09:00 David Sinclair or Rusty Allen
12:00 Roger Scott or Guy Hamilton
14:00 Brendan Power or Hal Yorke
16:00 Roger Scott or Guy Hamilton
18:30 The World Tomorrow
19:00 Paul Burnett or Mike Hayes
21:00 - 00:00 The Midnight Hour
(David Sinclair or Rusty Allen)

Radio Sutch

June 1964

12:00 - 14:00
Music From Me To You (Reg Calvert, Brian Paul, Colin Dale)
14:00 - 17:00 Closedown (?)
17:00 Old Favourites (Brian Paul)
17:30 Swing With The Girls (Colin Dale)
18:00 Turn Of The Pops (Flipsides) (Jeff Mew)
20:30 Nutty Ned Half Hour (Screaming Lord Sutch)
21:00 Rocking Good Time (Sutch, Colin Dale, Brian Paul)
23:00 Music For Lovers (Brian Paul)
00:00 - 00:50 Something New (Rhythm'n'Blues) (Colin Dale
00:50 - 12:00 Closedown (?)
05:00 Early Morning Spin
07:00 Breakfast Show
09:00 Top Sticks
10:00 Mail Call
11:00 Strictly For Highbrows
11:30 Pot Luck
12:55 Information Desk (mon-fri)
13:00 Lunch Box
14:00 Date With Romance (mon-fri)
14:00 A Seat In The Stalls (sat-sun)
15:00 Memory Lane
16:00 Afternoon Session
16:30Kiddies Corner
17:00 Music For The Evening
18:00 Closedown
07:00 Rise and Shine
08:00 The Mike and Mandy Breakfast Show
09:00 Country Style
09:30 South of the Border (mon-fri)
09:30 All That Jazz (sat)
09:30 Concert Hall (sun)
10:00 Mail Boat
11:00 Music from the Shows
11:30 Our Kinda Folk
12:00 Lunch Box
14:00 Melody Hour
15:00 Memory Lane
15:30 Lucky Numbers (Roger Gomez)
16:30 Stateside '65
17:00 Up and Coming
18:00 Raven Around (Mike Raven)



The early 1967 schedule looked like this:

06:30 Bright & Early
07:00 The World Tomorrow
07:30 Morning Melody
09:00 Spotlight
09:15 The Marie Simone Hour
10:15 Masters of the Organ
10:30 Keyboard Cavalcade
11:00 L.P. Special
11:15 Doctor Paul
11:30 Music from the Shows
12:00 Lunch Break
13:00 From Me to You
14:00 Playtime
14:15 Melody Fair
15:15 Stateside Special
15:30 Intermezzo
16:00 Memory Lane
16:30 Tea Time Tunes
17:00 Music Express
18:00 The Scene at Six
18:30 The World Tomorrow (repeat)
19:00 Country Style
19:30 From Me to You
20:00 Dinner at Eight
20:30 Continental Cabaret
21:00 - 00:00 Serenade
The final BBMS (RADIO ESSEX) 24-hour programme schedule as published in Radio News:

Weekdays:

06:00 Daybreak Programme
09:00 Morning Melody
12:00 Musical Magazine
15:00 Music Till Six
18:00 Swing Session
19:00 Evening Inn
21:00 Formula 67 Part 1
00:00 Formula 67 Part 2
03:00 Formula 67 Part 3
Weekend:

06:00 Weekend Special
09:00 Morning Melody
12:00 Musical Magazine
14:00 Swing Session
15:00 Afternoon Spin
17:00 Jazz Along An Hour
18:00 - 06:00 Closedown (?)
Pirate Radio Programmes   Pirate Radio Programmes
'The World Tomorrow', a 30-minute 'paid' syndicated programme, was hosted by Garner Ted Armstrong and recorded daily in New York. It consisted of American religious items and current events which were interspersed with frequent requests for 'donations'.

Radio 390 offered more 'quick-fire' shows, rather than the longer shows presented by other stations. Its format was generally aimed at the older listener and featured a lot of music which was not classed as 'popular'. As a result It only lasted a very short time. In 'The Marie Simone Hour', Marie would give general daily horoscopes, inviting listeners to write in for 'personal' ones - at a price.




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