Radio Caroline is a British radio station founded in 1964 by Ronan O’Rahilly to circumvent the record companies’ control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdomand the BBC’s radio broadcasting monopoly.
Unlicensed by any government for most of its early life, it was a pirate radio station which only became formally illegal in 1967.
The Radio Caroline name was used to broadcast from four different ships owned by three different owners from 1964 -1989. Radio Caroline currently broadcasts 24 hours a day via the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5°E, via the Internet and by occasional Restricted Service Licence. Radio Caroline broadcasts music from the 1960s to contemporary, with an emphasis on album-oriented rock (AOR). The company also licenses other stations around the world to use the Radio Caroline name.
The MV Mi Amigo, c. 1974, which had been used as the home of Radio Caroline South from 1964-1968 and 1972-1980
A short film made by Paul O’Dell in early 1965 at Hornsey College of Art, featuring Tony Blackburn, Pete Brady and Keith Skues.