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Selected Radio Caroline Related Guestbook Entries from 1999-2000

Hello Norman,It was a very good show on Radio Caroline and you played "Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Tonight" by Earth & Fire. If you or anyone reading this are interesed in E&F my Web site has some"Anorak" information and now a link to my Yahoo E&F Club Site.On looking earound your site its nice to hear the Pams Jingleswhich frequented the airwaves when "Free Radio" was on the airThank you for e-mailing me about the Explorer problem. I am usingNetscape this time and it seems to be working properly.All the best to you and yours for 2001. I will be listeningfor future TXs from you.yours,Chris.
Chris Martin earthandfire@ilovecaroline.co.uk>
Bournemouth, UK - Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 15:34:52 (GMT)

Hi Norman !. Great website !. I remember hearing you on Caroline in the 1970's, and Radio Mi Amigo, for a short while. Great memories, and it all seems a long time ago. I collect Dutch pop music c.d's & vinyl, and find the music (from Holland), very interesting & refreshingly different.I still believe that the "cold war" could have had something to do with the closure of the 1960's radio ships !!. We lived in Suffolk (1962/67), and my late father then worked on a former top secret site at Orford Ness, Suffolk (now a nature reserve). My brother & I were given an old valve radio to listen to, and you could imagine our delight when we found that we could hear pop music from ships at sea !. Our dad was not very pleased when he found out that we were listening to "pirate" radio, and tried to ban us from listening to such stations. He tried to encourage us to listen to Luxembourg - I wonder if he knew that it was a former pre ww2 "pirate" ?. It was not like him to "tell us" what to listen to on the radio, and I am sure that he was "told off by the A.W.R.E - his employers, not to listen to the radioships, and that includes your family !. We still remember that situation as a teenager. In the end, to get around it, we used to listen to Radio Veronica. Both the ships used by Veronica are now at Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and are "floating discos"Best wishes,Mike
Mike Horne <mike@jhorne62.freeserve.co.uk>
Leeds, Yorkshire, UK - Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 11:36:50 (GMT)

Great to hear you are doing a show on Caroline this Christmas! - is it the first since '74?
Peter Biles <PBiles@freeserve.co.uk>
Canterbury, UK - Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 22:46:51 (GMT)Norman's Comment: Hi Peter, -seem to remember your name! Yes this is the first for more than 25 years!-More details-, Thanks for comment.

Hi Norm, I use to play at Radio Phoenix 'ego boosting' hospital radio in Leidschendam -nr.Den Haag- back in the 70's. And you might not remember this, (or might not want to)but I remember you and Brian prez. a show on Phoenix.If you want to hear it again, well I belive that I still have a copy somewhere filed in a dark corner- with all theother 'smillin' memories' . Any way, I enjoyed your site. But I wonder,.... Where are the Suzie Wafel Commercials???
Leen J. Meyer <moheganfalls@aladdinscave.net>
Leicestershire, UK - Thursday, November 23, 2000 at 21:12:01 (GMT)
Norman's Comment: Hi Leen, I have added a Suzy Waffle Ad on the MP3 Page, for you!

Former pirate radio and BBC broadcaster 1964-1983. Ran the Mi Amigo Roadshow around Cornwall and the West Country during the late 70's. Worked through Gerry Coards Eurojock agency in Denmark alongside Carl Kingston, Dougle and Huggy Bear etc. Decided during 1999 to retire to Malta for peace and relaxation. Took 1.5 tons of records, tapes, cd's etc as decided not to part with over 25,000 records etc. After three months word got out and I was asked to go back into the business. Now working throughout the winter six nights a week playing to British audiences in some of Malta's leading hotels.Have now set up a retro 50's - 60's radio style roadshow incorporating the pirate radio jingles, adverts etc. Has taken the Island by storm. I have also been made Vice-President of Malta's leading entertainment agency, with offices in the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Italy and Germany. So much for the rest and relaxation. Maybe a pirate ship will stop by and offer me a job at sea!!!!!. Keep up the good work Norm you are a guiding light to us all.
Miles R Wilson <miamigoroadshow@yahoo.com>
St Pauls Bay, MALTA - Monday, November 20, 2000 at 11:08:58 (GMT)

nice !78 worked on Mi Amigo brought back some memories,
Owen Mc Garry <mcgarr@oceanfree.net>
dublin, UK - Sunday, November 19, 2000 at 16:51:03 (GMT)

Hi NormanWhat a brilliant site....70s Pirate radio has to be one of the most exciting times in Radio (For me anyway!)Im a keen collector of Radio shows from the 70s ...Pirates,Luxy and even *gulp* the beeb.....all adds up to the complete view of 70s nostalgia!If you visit my website you will find details of my tape archivekeep up the great workMike
Mike Grant <mike.grant1@btinternet.com>
Chard, somerset UK - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 21:48:57 (GMT)

I have a Barclay radio set with "mv Caroline" clearly marked on the dial. I obtained the set for IR£5.00 at an auction room in Oldcastle in County Meath, Ireland, back in May of 1991. Is this set a collectors' item? Is it worth anything? (Suffice to say, I have no intentions of parting with it!) I would appreciate any information on this Barclay radio set from anyone who knows anything about it. The radio set, by the way, is in perfect working order.
Sean Brady <spb@eircom.net>
Oldcastle, County Meath Ireland - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 00:45:51 (GMT)

Good site I remember you on caroline was it you that originally came on board as a Transmitter engineer. It was good to see the pictures of you and Alan west on the RSL RNI boat.Does anybody know what Andy Archer &Stevie Merwick are doingKeep up the good webRegardsSteve Ball
steve ball <steve@ball45.fsbusiness.co.uk>
southampton, UK - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 17:03:52 (GMT)

Norman, just a short note to say that I recently discovered your website. It is excellent. I am a great fan of Radio Caroline and I am presently putting together a project about the radio station. I hope to have it published one day and donate all proceeds from any sales to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. (I was diagnosed myself with MS in October 1996). I do have a small query. I had a Personal Top Five played by Dave Windsor on Radio Caroline at 9.00 PM on the evening of Wednesday 17th October in 1984. I do have an off-air recording of the selection being played and the quality is quite good. (The recording was made off 963 kHz AM in Kilnaleck in County Cavan, Ireland). I was wondering whether a better quality recording of Radio Caroline on this evening was made in the south east or east of England, or if you know of anyone who may have, or knows someone who does have, a recording of Radio Caroline from Wednesday 17th October 1984?Any help would be very much appreciated.Best Wishes.Sean Brady
Sean Brady <spb@eircom.net>
Oldcasle, Meath Ireland - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 15:54:27 (GMT)

I enjoyed your website it was most enjoyable. I can remember way back to the 60s listening to Veronica at my sisters house on the coast at South Shields, my interest in pirate radio blossomed with the arrival of RNI in 1970 and Carolines' return in 1972. I have been an avid supporter of 'free radio' since then, i will continue to scan all am and fm bands for alternative free voices.
Geoff Hutton <Listener@ic24.net>
Durham, UK - Thursday, October 05, 2000 at 22:16:16 (BST)

Primo!..I've been searching a lot of the Radio Hauraki websites for the past two hours and none of the information provided answers any of my questions. Such as how the station makes their money and who does the station belong to today?.I would greatly appreciate it if someone would be able to answer my questions.
Aisha Campbell <lasoul4aisha@yahoo.com>
UK - Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 20:59:10 (BST)

Fantastic site - I remember your days on Caroline and the English Mi-Amigo well. Including the tour of the ship when you were woken up live on air - all you could worry about was a cup of tea
Mark Keable
UK - Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 20:30:49 (BST)

Hi Norman you really have a cool website.....just looking at it now with my dear mother.....everything is fine here with us, Greetings from all of us to Dorothy, Ester and ChristopherAllard
Allard Schwencke <a_schwencke@hotmail.com>
UK - Thursday, August 17, 2000 at 21:44:10 (BST)

Nice to find an old piratecolleque on the internet
Bert Bennett <b.wijfjes@rtvoost.nl>
UK - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 09:50:42 (BST)

Hi Norman, a great site, i love the AM offshore stations.In my early years ('68-'80) I run a studio in holland.look at www.rocksoundradio.tmfweb.nlthanks. Leon.
Leon Deurhof <leon@rocksoundradio.tmfweb.nl>
utrecht, Holland - Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 20:07:04 (BST)

Hello everyone,We are Worldwave Radio and we are an internetradiostation from Eindhoven in The Netherlands!You can listen to us live online on the internet when you have any mp3 player on your computer like Winamp!Just visit our website and click on the links of your choiceto listen to our fabulous musicprograms in hifi-stereo!Greetings,Worldwave Radio Eindhoven!Website:http://www.radiowereld.nl/worldwaveEmail:worldwave@usa.net
Worldwave Radio <worldwave@usa.net>
Eindhoven, NL The Netherlands - Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 00:23:40 (BST)

Greetings from one of dutch D.J.s in 1973
Ron .
UK - Thursday, August 03, 2000 at 01:33:55 (BST)

This is a fabulous site. I remember being fascinated by Nik Cohn's descriptions of Radio London and Radio Caroline. When I bought "The Who Sell Out" I was amazed that the offshore broadcasters used American radio jingles which were in use in my own hometown.I always held the idea that I was being screwed out of something because I was unable to listen to these legendary frequencies. How ironic that it turns out American Top 40 radio was the model for the offshore efforts! I would encourage anyone who loves the highly successful sound of Top 40 formatted radio to investigate an online museum dedicated to preserving the sounds of that era. Go to: www.airchecks.com to find out more. Thanks for your great audio files and... Ta! Sterling Shields
Sterling Shields
Minneapolis, MN USA - Tuesday, June 13, 2000 at 22:43:48 (BST)

If you remember Capital Radio 604, then you'll love this site.http://www.Capital604.com.We've got jingles, Bill Mitchell drop ins and idents, interviews, videos and more.
Craig Johnston <craig@capital604.com>
Durban, NTL ZA - Thursday, June 08, 2000 at 14:51:49 (BST)

jean paul maieur <jean.paul.maieur@skynet.be>
8500 kortrijk, belgium - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 16:37:18 (BST)

Hey Norman!Great website - but a bit slow. I enjoyed the pictures, and the sounds you have added. Looking forward to receive the jingle-cd. Please tell me if it costs anything and I will forward you the money.RegardsBjørn
Bjørn Langballe <gotu@get2net.dk>
Slagelse, DK - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 23:04:34 (BST)

Hello Norman!This is one of the best sites about offshore radio.I remember it all very well.Thanks for such an interesting site!Dick
Dick Offringa <offringa@wxs.nl>
Emmeloord, FL Holland - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 21:06:10 (BST)

Today May 6th 2000 I was listening again to 1575 RNI.(not so strong as in the seventies) It's already a lot of years ago I heard Norman on Caroline. It is a very interesting site. In the seventies and the eighties I was writing about offshore radio, but nowadays I am writing about classic cars. Still I like to hear the jingels, I have a very small collection of jingels. Perhaps you are interested in jingels of Belgian local stations? Please let me know. Greetings from the Belgian coast.Albrecht de Groeve
Albrecht de Groeve info@oldtimerdreamcar.com>
Oostende, B - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 10:40:27 (BST)

Hi norman lost you for a while there, the mpeg sounds great on your new site, like the new stuff as well see ya.
Dave lewis <djlewis@djlewis.screaming.net>
Bexley kent, UK - Saturday, April 22, 2000 at 19:31:54 (BST)

Great trip down memory lane. I lsitened to both Caroline and London, but you were the last. Sadly missed, never repeated.
Andy Norris <anorris@snipe.co.uk>
Bewcastle, UK - Monday, April 03, 2000 at 17:49:22 (BST)

Norman...just bored on nights but enjoyed your site! I wasa young man who could see (& hear) the stations from the fortsfrom my house in Whitstable!..all the best...Paul
Paul Allen <paul.p.allen@talk21.com>
Northampton, UK - Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 02:07:12 (GMT)

Working on a Caroline 73/74 reunion, maybe you can help spreda the word, still looking for Tony Allen and Mike Hagler
elija vcornelia@cybermesa.com>
Albuquerque, nm us - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 17:18:23 (GMT)

Love the site, especially your new mp3 page - expand please!!Does anyone remember "TWR - Tunbridge Wells Radio" a very short lived land-based pirate in the early 70's?I was one of the nasty Post Office people that shut it down (but I did get the jamming of RNI stopped for an hour or two once!) although Andrew Smith alias 'Bob McCord', the station's owner, dj, etc. was an aquaintance of mine - but what ever happened to him?Ricky Green and Bob McCord, both of Tunbridge Wells, were probably among the best dj's in the South-East. If anyone knows where Andrew is, please e-mail me an address.Keep up the good work.Regards to all,Peter.
Peter Hindmarsh <penterco@home.com>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 06:17:13 (GMT)

Great site and a joy to hear the jingles from a truly great era in radio once again.
Michael Dockree <TheHonDox@tinyworld.com.uk>
Welling, Kent UK - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 18:40:21 (GMT)

Hi Norman what happened to the "Smythe" bit then I remember listening back in the day I was living on the east coast then at a place called Weeley Nr Clacton do you Know it?Anyhow it's nice to see a fellow Pirate still about I was almost going to join you guy's in the summer of 73 but Spangles(Muldoon) Prog Controller at the time either didnt get or didnt like my demo so it wasnt to be you know climbing up that bloody 183 mast for what was it £30.00.?Anyhow have done a few things since them days Radio Jackie, JFM,Solar93,Solar(Portugal)Local Station Eclipse FM in Sutton Surrey and now Solar Radio again legally this time on Astra Satelite MTV Audio Carrier 7.56mhz and Real Audio www.solarradio.comIf you are ever down this way give us a shout?And Keep up the Excellent Work.By the way I met Ronan and the guys back in the 1970's and told them about the recording that I had of the Christmas1972 link up do you remember?albeit a primitive recording by todays standards.By the way when I sent the demo in 73 my Stage name was Mark Francis.Anyway the old dog & bone bill is ticking away so I'm off Dont forget if your down this way give us a shout Laters.......Barrie
Barrie Stone <barriestone@hotmail.com>
Epsom Surrey, Surrey UK - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 06:47:14 (GMT)

Yo Norman,Long time no see, now i have buy a computer, and find you on the internet.By your visit in Holland and the MV Communicator a coupple of years ago you give me a note with your site and e-mail adress.After three years i try it out, please can you send me the photos you have been taken on the ship.With greetings Martin Verdoorn from the MV Communicator
Martin Verdoorn <m.verdoorn@zonnet.nl>
Holland - Saturday, January 29, 2000 at 22:37:12 (GMT)

Greetings from the colonies...I would listen to Caroline while I was in Berlin in the mid 70's....and also did a couple of shows as JACK O'Brien with the "Berlin Service" of RC....Is Rohanan O'Rielly still around...? Cheers...Joel O'Brien
Joel O'Brien <theobriens@adelphia.net>
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2000 at 22:32:44 (GMT)

Hi Norman,I emailed you some months ago saying that I was in the process of constructing a website. Well, the site is now available and I would like you to view it. I've also provided a link to your excellent website. I hope you have no objection to that. The Radio Seagull page will appear as soon as I can find some suitable audio clips.The recordings I made here in Coventry are not that good, the search continues. Look forward to hearing from you soon.Vince.
Vince Marks <vincent.marks@virgin.net>
UK - Saturday, January 29, 2000 at 12:00:51 (GMT)

Hi Norman. Great page. I grew up in ireland during 60.s and listened to Caroline a lot. Listened to Johnny Walker a lot. Also i remember one time listening to Alan Freeman on either radio one or two with an hourlong show entitled "The reign of the Pirate". Have you ever heard this one?drop me an e-mail if you have any info.Keep up the good work - regards Denis
Denis <dobber6@worldnet.att.net>
USA - Saturday, January 19, 2000 at 11:57:04 (GMT)

I'm sending you this message in the hope that this historic festive seasonof 1999-2000 will bring you pleasure, abundant cheer and good health. It'salso my 'mass produced/ Christmas card' way of saying THANKS. I very muchappreciate all who have assisted me with information in recent times as Iset about collecting the few remaining relics of Australian radio's past 40years.1999 has been another year superb 'finds'. Among them, a long awaitedopportunity to rummage through the extensive 2SM collection, arguably thelargest collection of Australian commercial radio output anywhere. If onlyother stations had been as diligent in saving their heritage. Perhaps theywere, but sadly the new ownership merry-go-round of the '80s and '90s hasundone the fine efforts of those who came before.Also in this past year, I've managed to get serious by writing a draft forthe yet un-named radio book covering the DJ/Top 40 years of Australian radio(1958-1988). Much more work needs to be done and I intend to plod alongwith it next year. 10 of a planned 15 chapters have been drafted however, Ithink it's dreadfully 'over written' so the editors will have a field daywith it.The challenge ahead is to juggle my rather time consuming hobby ofcollecting, research and writing with my 'proper job' of running theAudio/Visual Unit at the Dept of Education, Training and YouthAffairs(DETYA) in Canberra and of course the all important familycommitments. In short, the book will get done when I can manage it. If Ihave any questions for you, and I'm quite likely to, I'll be in touch.Perhaps I should say thanks for any info in advance..............you knowit's all for a good cause.Warmest regards to you and yoursWayne Mac
Wayne Mac <wayne.mccardell@detya.gov.au >
Australia - Saturday, December 29, 1999 at 12:04:36 (GMT)