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volume 3
september 2000

Rare pictures from radio's past

 





  Radio London: 6. On full power
by Gerry Bishop, Hans Knot and John S. Platt
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  In February 1966 agreement was reached over the payment of fees to the Performing Rights Society. These were to be based on a percentage of advertising revenue, rising over a period of three years after which a fixed rate would be introduced. In May 1966 some 50,000 British Pounds were spent to raise the power of the transmitter to 75 kW.
 
1 Still another incident on board of the Galaxy happened on Christmas Eve 1965. Harwich police were called after a crew member had been running around brandishing a knife. Walton lifeboat refused to take out the police who had to go out on the Offshore One. He was taken off and sent back to Holland. It wasn't a happy Christmas, for the valve on the 50 ton water tank burst, leaving those on board with no water. After an appeal over the air by Tony Windsor the tender took out fresh supplies.
   
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  A more happy Christmas in 1966
   
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Kenny Everett

   
World's first play of Beatles album Help! with Kenny and Cash
   
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On the evening of 11th January 1966 a force 8 gale was blowing and the Galaxy began to drag her anchor. At 1.37am Walton coastguards noticed that she was drifting and at 2.45am ordered Clacton lifeboat to be launched. By this time the crew had managed to steady the ship after she had drifted some four miles south, ending up two miles or so from Clacton. That morning Radio London was not on the air as she was inside the three mile limit. The tug Kent from Felixstowe and the tender went out to tow her back to her anchorage and broadcasting resumed at 1.00pm when John Edwards played "Day Tripper".

   
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In the papers: Galaxy drifts loose

   
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In the papers: Galaxy drifts loose (click on the picture for a larger piece of the article)

   
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Advert: Apologies for being adrift

   
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Radio London's popularity was also used in adverts from record companies

   
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In the papers: London rules the airwaves (click on the picture for a larger piece of the article)

   
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Advert for Duncan Johnson on Radio London

   
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John Edwards, Duncan Johnson, Ed Stewart and Dave Dennis

   
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  Letter from Keith Skues to befriended news editor of a newspaper (click on the picture for a larger piece of this document)
   
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A letter from Max Bygraves: "Dear Sirs, Having heard and enjoyed your programmes so much, and noticing the abundance of Birthday Wishes, I thought that perhaps you might be interested in the enclosed record 'IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY'."

   
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Tony Blackburn

   
15 In February 1966 agreement was reached over the payment of fees to the Performing Rights Society. These were to be based on a percentage of advertising revenue, rising over a period of three years after which a fixed rate would be introduced. In May 1966 some 50,000 British Pounds were spent to raise the power of the transmitter to 75 kW.
   
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  Picture from a comic about the offshore stations (click on the picture for the whole page)
   
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  Ed Stewart
   
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