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Via Southgate: Absolute Radio Pirates

Absolute Radio Pirates will celebrate the music and personalities of the pirate radio stations of the 60s with a one day take over from Absolute Radio 60s on the 12 August from 10am-4pm.

The special broadcast will mark the 55th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act which made it illegal for any British subject to have anything to do with a pirate radio station – whether it be presenting on air, a crew member on board, being an advertiser, promoting the stations, or supplying them with music.

The pirate radio stations closed down on 14 August 1967, to avoid breaking the law, although Radio Caroline continued to broadcast.

Welcoming a number of well-known presenters and archive content, the pop-up station will feature a line-up including Tony Blackburn, Johnnie Walker, Leona Graham, Shaun Keaveny, along with archive broadcasts from the likes of Kenny Everett and Tommy Vance.

Tony Blackburn talks about his love of Wonderful Radio London. Tony presented the first soul music programme in the UK and developed the Fabulous 40 format which combines the best new music with greatest hits. He will tell tales of climbing masts and doing aerial repairs so he could broadcast.

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