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1960s

Pirate Radio Station – Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967

In the realm of radio broadcasting, the term "pirate radio station" has garnered a fair share of attention and controversy. These unlicensed radio stations, initially free from legislation and operating on offshore platforms or ships, have long been a subject of heated debate and scrutiny. Detractors label such stations as pirates, accusing them of misappropriation of military installations, unauthorised use of allocated wavelengths, and playing recorded music without authority. Furthermore, concerns regarding safety risks to shipping and potential interference with […]

todaySeptember 28, 2023

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Pirate Radio Station – Radio North Sea International

Radio RNI In the early 1970s, a European off-shore radio station by the name of Radio North Sea International (RNI) made waves in the broadcasting industry. Operated by the Swiss firm Mebo Telecommunications and jointly owned by Swiss engineer Edwin Bollier and his business partner Erwin Meister. RNI was a daring venture that faced both disaster and success during its relatively short existence. The History The story of RNI begins in 1968 when Meister and Bollier, along with a group […]

todaySeptember 28, 2023

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Music Clocks: The Art of Timeless Broadcasting

Boasting 54 minutes of music an hour, LASER558 had a rather unique music clock, or 'Hot Clock' as they called it. But what are music clocks? In the fast-paced world of radio and television broadcasting, maintaining a well-structured hourly format cannot be overstated. Broadcasters rely on a unique tool called the music clock to ensure smooth transitions between segments. A music clock, also known as a broadcast or format clock, visually represents a station's hourly programming format. With its precise […]

todaySeptember 6, 2023

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Needle Time

In the world of radio broadcasting, there is a term that conveys both nostalgia and regulatory restrictions - "needle time". Originating in the United Kingdom, needle time was a system devised by the Musicians' Union and Phonographic Performance Limited to limit the amount of recorded music that could be transmitted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and later its affiliated radio stations. This article aims to explore the history, evolution, and impact of needle time on UK radio stations. The […]

todaySeptember 6, 2023

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Pirate Radio in the 1970s

Ahoy there, me hearties! Today, we're going to take a little journey back in time to the groovy 1970s when pirate radio ruled the airwaves. Now, you might be wondering what in the world pirate radio is. Well, let me enlighten ye! Pirate radio stations were illegal, underground radio stations that broadcasted without a license. Yarr, they were rebels of the audio waves, sailing through the rules and regulations of the establishment. These renegade stations were all about playing the […]

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UK Radio in the 1970s

The 1970s was a revolutionary decade for radio broadcasting in the United Kingdom. It marked a significant shift from the traditional AM broadcasting to the more advanced FM band. This change not only improved the sound quality but also paved the way for a diverse range of radio programs. Until the 1970s, most radio programs in the UK were transmitted over the AM band. However, as radio stations began focusing more on playing music, they realised the limitations of the […]

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