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Pirate BBC Essex

BACK TO SEA, WELL ... HARWICH HARBOUR.

To mark various offshore pirate radio anniversaries BBC Essex broadcast from the former lightship LV18 in Harwich harbour and I was asked to be part of the crew. It was great fun to be a part of in March 2004, August 2007 and April 2009, this time to coincide with the release of the film 'The boat that rocked'

 

The down side, especially in 2004 was that I have never been so cold .. we were even supplied with hot water bottles, but until the sun came up and made it bearable on deck it was like an iceburg, especially noticable when getting up at 4am to present the breakfast show.

 

That aside Pirate BBC Essex was great and once again attracted mountains of press, just as the pirate radio tribute broadcast on Breeze had done ten years earlier.

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A WHO'S WHO OF OFFSHORE RADIO:

The idea was to recreate the pirate radio stations of the 60's, playing the songs they played that still

sound good today, even if they weren't hits at the time. The crew was made up of a number of current BBC Essex guys and big name djs from the past who had worked on the likes of Radio London, Caroline, England and City. It was a chance to meet and work with some of my radio heros, Tony Blackburn, Roger Day and Johnnie Walker.

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