Radio Caroline operates via radiocaroline.co.uk and is the same organisation that has control of the radioship Ross Revenge, the last home of Radio Caroline at sea as an ‘offshore radio station’. The registered trademark holder and accepted ‘owner’ of Radio Caroline in the UK is Peter Moore.
Peter has been writing about Radio Caroline North and so I thought it would be useful to stitch together what he has said to explain the relationship between Radio Caroline and Radio Caroline North.
Peter Moore writes:
This is NOT sour grapes just a factual explanation. Seemingly John Dwyer had an idea for a Caroline North tribute about 18 months ago and mentioned it to Bob Lawrence who said to contact me, but John did not.
Then maybe a year went by and he mentioned it again to our engineer Peter Clayton and again he was advised to contact me, but he did not.
Then around November time 2013 he did make contact almost with a fait accompli i.e. ‘ we’ve got a ship and a licence and it’s all going to be great so can we have your blessing and off we go ‘.
I noted very clearly that there seemed no intention to involve the actual Radio Caroline nor invite any of our broadcasters, nor discuss music or co-operate with publicity.
So, at the least it was very cheeky and I guess I could have got on my high horse with an injunction and stopped the whole thing dead.
But then I would be spending our supporters money that I would rather spend on the boat and many of you would be calling me a rotten spoilsport.
So I had some frank discussions with John and an arrangement has been made that I expect him to honour as a gentleman. On that basis and on the basis that we are stretched too thin to put on an event in the North I did not object.
But, yes, When BBC Radio offered an interview John made no mention of the present Radio Caroline nor said that an interview was in the offing. I heard it first on here. John said that he was ‘ very tired ‘ and did not like to contradict the reporter who stated ‘ of course Radio Caroline is not on air right now ‘.
Again I was not informed of the BBC TV feature, but found out and rushed Peter Antony up there. And, as been stated, Tony Prince aside from making a total fool of himself did not let Peter Antony get a word in.
One thing that does p–s me off is when people like Prince who have done nothing whatsoever for Caroline at any time in 50 years aside from enjoy the fame, turn up and hog what should be our publicity. He is not the only one.
Back to practical things, our sales chap Albert Hood drove to Liverpool on Sunday with a load of our merchandise that John has offered to sell for us. When/if I hear that all this is in place then we may well promote the event, assuming also that it can be heard.
John has promised to air every four hours, an announcement admitting that this is a tribute station, stating that the actual Radio Caroline is on air full time and giving our web details. Then toward to final days of the event I am sure the presenters will direct listeners toward us.
Some of my colleagues are roasting me for being too tolerant, but some things have to come down to trust. And !!! It’s only an RSL.
At one time i.e. 23 years ago, we were fascinated by the possibility of having a temporary licence to broadcast from Dover and we got awfully excited and took it all so very seriously, but several RSL’s later we got to see them for what they are, overpriced, underpowered and soon forgotten.
That is not to say we will NEVER do another for a specific purpose such as to say ‘ if we got a full time frequency, this is the sort of service we would provide ‘.
But as you only have 28 days, you have to make each hour count and ( whether you are strictly permitted to or not ) to test that everything is working before the big opening moment.
Link transmitters are vulnerable, as both we and BBC Essex found out, to pranksters finding the frequency with a scanning radio and putting on their own link either with more power or closer to the TX site.
But link licences are readily obtained and could be tested in advance prior to the broadcast, or better still why not use a broadband connection.
Good idea maybe to take 28 days but announce the start date as being a day or two days later and get everything right.
Further, as the world and his wife seem to find it easy to get an internet signal streaming, that could have been in place days/weeks before ( in Liverpool I mean ).
I will not suggest for a moment that we have not f—-d things up in the past, but in his determination to paddle his own canoe 100% John missed the chance maybe to ask us where we went wrong before, so as to avoid doing the same thing himself.
Equally he could have asked for help.
So, I very much hope and indeed expect that he will soon sort it out and only waste say 8/10% of his licenced time.
Obviously, if it does descend in to a multi coloured f–k up some of the merde will rub off on us.
Never mind, here’s hoping.