Thursday, August 9, 2007

Johnnie Walker and the Emperor Rosko back on "Pirate" radio

Johnnie Walker is one of the former Pirate radio presenters who are broadcasting from off the Essex coast in a special week of broadcasts to mark the 40th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act.

It's all being done courtesy of BBC Radio Essex, which is an irony. Dave Cash, Roger Day, Ed Stewart, Mike Ahern, Mark Wesley, Pete Brady and dear old Keith Skues are also among the deejays who are part of this enterprise. Even the Emperor Rosko is on!

I can just remember Radio Caroline before the Act came into force. Someone said that their ship was sailing off our coast and we all went out to look out for it.

But I did seriously listen to Caroline in the seventies when you could only just hear it on medium wave and they had turned it into an album track station. It was excellent. I can remember hearing the Moody Blues' "Isn't life strange" and the Rolling Stones "You can't always get what you want" on it.

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