Radio Caroline plays the hits

I’ve mentioned before how confused and angry radio anoraks get. Well, the older ones mainly.  They spontaneously combust if they are faced with anything modern.  They explode with messy consequences if anybody says, does, or thinks anything other than they themselves do with regard to radio, which, incidentally, they believe should sound like they imagine it sounded back in the 1960s.  Indeed, they will even tell you with the monotony of an old lady who has cornered you in the supermarket and wants to tell you how old she is, that they have listened to Radio Caroline non-stop since Easter 1964.

This is why today’s version of Radio Caroline in the UK is an oldies station.  It dare not play anything modern, for fear of random explosions littering the south-east.  Strangely, at the top of every hour a modernised announcement is played that has a very modern beat clunkily grafted onto it.  This might be designed to anger the standard listeners, yet not be long enough to make their heads actually explode.  However, the idea of playing modern songs hasn’t been tried since a brief period in the late 1980s, oh, and of course, in the 1960s.

So, it was with a snigger that I noted an audio stream claiming a ‘New balls’ format and using the callsign ‘Radio Caroline’.  I just know that as soon as confused radio anoraks find it they will immediately reach an advanced bilious state.  This version of Radio Caroline plays modern bubble gum pop.

Shock horror!

Yes, a Radio Caroline for young people.  Its format is identical to any standard ‘hot hits’ format, like the local one I occasionally enjoy from Liverpool, Juice FM, or the Capital Radio network.  So, really and truly it’s not doing anything fantastically different or new, just playing the faster moving pop hits segued with, inbetween them, a pre-recorded constipated shouting man saying Radio Caroline and cliché straplines.

As soon as the anoraks hear of this station stream, I can see their keyboards on fire as they spew out their conspiracy theories and consider it to be an attack on ‘the real’ Radio Caroline.  They will blame anybody who has been declared the demon of the month, and will start on about how dare they do such a thing.  Sadly, they no longer seem to accuse me of being behind anything they don’t understand.  The last person to do that was some mental bloke who lives in America and spends his sad and lonely time obsessively recording Radio Caroline and storing all its shows on a gigantic server for a reason that’s not ever been made clear, but I assume was an activity suggested by his therapist.  So, it’s been a while since I was bad boy number one.

Should I at this junction say that this new balls Radio Caroline is organised by me?  I mean some innocent is going to get crucified by a herd of slipper shuffling anoraks aren’t they?

Is it something to do with me?  Well, what can I say?

Actually, extended listening to the station should hint to anybody about the background to this modern Radio Caroline, what it’s for, where it is, and why it uses the Caroline name, but I won’t spoil the anorak conspiracy theories.

Listen to ‘Radio Caroline’ here:


  1. Hmm?
    Not sure where you are going with this posting Chris. The audience of Radio Caroline is mostly male and mature ( you would say 'old' ). Neither of us might want that to be the case, but it is. If we feed them a diet of just released 2011 pop they will not be happy.
    Maybe they support us financially to stay on air and maybe they will stop. More significantly and as you say, they can hear that sort of format all over the UK on other stations.
    But your suggestion that Caroline plays no new music is quite wrong, we schedule a significant proportion of brand new stuff each week. This may not leap out at you since it is not N.Dubz or Lady GaGa, but it is brand new all the same.
    So, your premise fails in this area.
    What is always overlooked of course is that Radio Caroline is a Brand and a Registered Trade Mark. So the music stream I am listening to right now is infringing that Trade Mark with the offence called Passing Off, i.e. purporting to be something that it is not. So it is not a merry jape, it is against the law.
    Now, you could say, why not just leave the stream/operator alone. Thing is, people pay to advertise on Radio Caroline but if they find their way to this stream, they will of course not hear their ad and, if they are a company selling goods and services to the mature age group they will say that we are targetting the wrong audience. My defence could only be to say ' oh, that is not Radio Caroline it is just some guy causing mischief '. If my customer feels that this is an insane situation and pulls his ad, we lose out.
    So again I have to trace the operator and issue a ' cease and desist ' which will take up time I could more gainfully use. To discourage further pranksters, perhaps I have to take one case right through the court process.
    Consider Chris, if I looked at the company who make Morgan sports cars and I did not think much of their cars since they look so old fashioned, I might draw up my own design of what I think is the right sort of car. That is my choice. I can put it on sale as the Moore Roadster. But I can't call my car a Morgan or I would be in court quick smart.
    Nobody would find that surprising, but many think that can just nick the Radio Caroline name and say ' tee hee, what fun '.

    Peter Moore,
    Radio Caroline.


  2. Now then, there is an assumption that this hit music Radio Caroline is in some way an act of devilment. Certainly I 'played' my article to indicate that it is, as part of my annual laughing and pointing at anoraks.

    I don't know if in truth it is an act of devilment that has successfully cunningly disguised itself for some months as a legitimate radio stream, but it is a legitimate radio stream associated with an iPhone App that's been downloaded by thousands, rather than being a direct attack on the original Radio Caroline.

    The 'station' takes its name from the lady who the App is about, and is one of the options available via it, apparently sharing the music she loves.

    The very attractive and fit lady herself, born in 1990, is Danish. Her voice features from time to time on it to hope that her fans are also enjoying the music, and to trail a competition (that never seems to arrive) to win tickets to see her, so she herself obviously has some input into the stream, rather than it being put together by a troublemaker with a fake excuse that it's actually about her and nothing to do with the original Radio Caroline.

    So, to the truth of it all. It's the music stream for fans of Caroline Wozniacki, the number one tennis lady who hates tennis players who 'grunt'. I think it carries commentary and information about her matches instead of the music when she's out on court not grunting.

    I guess she also has a legitimate claim to be calling her music stream after herself, but whether or not she should indicate that her music stream has no connection with streams of a similar name is probably one best decided informally between all parties concerned.


  3. Hi,

    although not really my taste in music it does have a certain keep you listening vibe. I don't think the voice over guy is constipated lol.


  4. Peter.
    Much as you may not like this use of the name Radio Caroline, has it crossed your mind that this YOUNG lady has never heard of your OLD MAN station.
    It is, after all, many, many years since Radio Caroline was a household name and few under the age of 40 still remember the original, which incidentally played up to date popular music and didn't exist purely to satisfy a few old has beens.


  5. Well Tezza,
    What you say is possible in that, if indeed a young tennis player wants to have someone run a music web stream for her fans, she may not have heard of Radio Caroline.
    But since I am sure she is not sitting there pushing buttons, you have to further presume that whoever was contracted to create the web stream and the play out system and commission the ID jingles, also has not heard of Radio Caroline.
    But, to be fair, let us assume that also is possible.
    That has no bearing on the fact that Radio Caroline is a protected name, so the process is to make this known and to ask the stream operator to cease and desist.
    I see no reason to be ' ageist '. Chris seems to have a big downer on old people, but they are as entitled to enjoy their music as are young people. The term ' has beens ' is hardly called for.
    Yes, Radio Caroline could itself create another station playing current pop, maybe we will. But then we would be just one more of so many stations doing exactly that.

    Peter Moore.


  6. Hi Peter.
    Yes mate, you are right to pull me up over the “ageist” thing, but I am nearer to 70 than 60 so I place myself among those I referred to.

    I do feel that I, like a lot of others of my era, tend to stick to the music that I raved about when I was a young man.
    As regards to Caroline, I find that very few of the people I talk to even know that the station still exists and I meet thousands of people every year in connection with my job. They tend to ask me what it's all about because I am usually wearimg a Caroline shirt of some description, so my point about this lady and maybe even her advisors still has some validity.
    Probably just a quiet word outlining the situation and pointing out that she is useing a registered trade name will be enough to settle the problem.
    As for Caroline creating a seperate stream for pop, well yes there are many others doing just that but are they doing it as well as Caroline could do it?


  7. If you were considering transmitting current music Peter would it be worth thinking about a stream that only played brand new releases to give new acts a helping hand.
    Of all the radio stations now available there are none that I know of that exclusively play only new stuff. Once it got known about I am sure that you would be inundated with all the wanabees under the sun offering their wares for free or even paying to get them airtime. Some of which might even be good.


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