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Boom Radio hosting day-long celebration of 1960s pirate radio

By | Published on Wednesday 3 August 2022

It’s a good month for fans of piracy. Of the radio kind, though. If you’re a fan of other kinds of piracy, we’ll, we’re not interested in you having a good month, obviously. But if it’s pirate radio you like – and especially olden days pirate radio that seems all kinds of quaint in hindsight – well, you are definitely welcome, and you’re in for a good month.

Digital radio station Boom Radio will present a day of programmes later this month celebrating the offshore pirate stations of the 1960s, marking the 55th anniversary of the UK’s Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, the pesky laws that made it illegal for any British subject to assist such stations.

Various DJs who presented shows on outfits like Radio Caroline, Radio London and Swinging Radio England will appear across the day on Sunday 14 Aug, including Johnnie Walker, Roger Day, Dave Lee Travis and Keith Skues. The latter will present an hour-long programme interviewing a stack of other pirate radio DJs from the 1960s, including Paul Burnett, Colin Berry and Tony Blackburn.

Confirming the special day of programmes, Paul Robey – Content Director at Boom, a station that targets the baby boomer generation – told Radio Today: “We know this era really chimes with our listeners. The day is a chance to celebrate the influence of what happened back then on the radio we hear today”.

But, please do note, Boom isn’t the only station marking the 55th anniversary of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act. Bauer’s Absolute Radio 60s will become Absolute Radio Pirates on 12 Aug, with both Johnnie Walker and Tony Blackburn popping up as part of those pirate radio celebrating festivities as well.