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Encyclopedia > Wonderful Radio London
Wonderful Radio London's transmitter ship, the MV Galaxy
Wonderful Radio London's transmitter ship, the MV Galaxy
Don Pierson in 1964
Don Pierson in 1964

Wonderful Radio London also known as Big L, was a top 40 (in London's case, the "Fab 40") offshore commercial station that operated from 16 December 1964 to 14 August 1967, from a ship anchored in the North Sea, three and a half miles off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. While the station, like the other offshore radiooperators at the time, was dubbed a pirate radio station, its actual operation took place within the laws of the day and its offices were located in the heart of the West End of London. Its representation in London was by a company specifically formed by a former employee of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency who had been employed by the Texas venture capital group that owned the station. Image File history File linksMetadata Radio_London_Ship_-_MV_Galaxy. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Radio_London_Ship_-_MV_Galaxy. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 434 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (591 × 817 pixel, file size: 38 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Don Pierson as he appeared in 1964 and this photograph has been used as a press release and in several publications to date. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 434 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (591 × 817 pixel, file size: 38 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Don Pierson as he appeared in 1964 and this photograph has been used as a press release and in several publications to date. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Radio London The Fab 40 ( Fabulous Forty) was a weekly playlist of popular records used by the British pirate radio station Wonderful Radio London (also known as Big L) which broadcast off the Essex coast from 1964-7. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The North Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, located between the coasts of Norway and Denmark in the east, the coast of the British Isles in the west, and the German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts in the south. ... Frinton-on-Sea is a small seaside town in Essex, England, in the Tendring district. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total... Offshore radio refers to the practice of radio broadcasting from ships or fixed maritime structures, usually in international waters. ... The term pirate radio usually refers to illegal or unregulated radio broadcasting. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... James Walter Thompson (1847-1928) was the founder of the JWT advertising agency and a pioneer of many advertising techniques. ... An advertising agency or ad agency is a service business dedicated to creating, planning and handling advertising (and sometimes other forms of promotion) for its clients. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


The station broadcast from the MV Galaxy, a former World War II United States Navy US Minesweeper originally named USS Density. The majority of programmes were presented live from a studio in the hold. The ship's metal bulkheads presented problems with acoustics and soundproofing that were originally solved by lining the walls with mattresses from the crew's bunk beds, which meant that none of them could sleep during the day. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... USN redirects here. ... USS Pivot (AM 276) World War II United States Admirable Class Minesweeper shown in the Gulf of Mexico on sea trials 12 July 1944 Image:Hameln Class. ...

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Origin of the Station

Wonderful Radio London was the brainchild of Don Pierson who lived in Eastland, Texas, USA. According to an interview conducted by Dr. Eric Gilder with Don Pierson which was published by Sibiu University Press in Romania during 2001, Don Pierson got the idea in 1964 to start the station while reading The Dallas Morning News. The newspaper carried an account of the start-up of Radio Caroline and Radio Atlanta from two ships which at that time were anchored off the coastline of Southeast England. Donald Grey Pierson was born October 11, 1925 and died age 70 on March 30, 1996 at Eastland, Texas. ... Eastland is a city located in Eastland County, Texas. ... County Status County capital Mayor Klaus Johannis, from the Democratic Forum of Germans of Romania, since 2000 Area 121. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas area. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Radio Caroline is a European radio station that originally commenced transmissions as an offshore radio station broadcasting from a ship anchored off the coast of South East England in international waters. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total...


Pierson said he was captivated by the fact that these two offshore broadcasting operations were the first and only all-day commercial radio stations serving England. Because Pierson was an entrepreneur, he compared the number of stations then serving the population of Northwest Texas where he lived, with these two stations serving the population of England. As he told his story to Gilder, he concluded that he had an idea that would be worth a lot of money while bringing enjoyment to many people. Offshore radio refers to the practice of radio broadcasting from ships or fixed maritime structures, usually in international waters. ... Commercial Radio Hong Kong is one of the two commercial radio broadcasting company in Hong Kong (the other being Metro Radio). ... For the sequel to the computer game Entrepreneur, which has no article of it own, see The Corporate Machine. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Pierson caught the next available "red eye" flight from Love Field in Dallas to England where he investigated the British broadcasting scene for himself. Upon arrival he chartered a small plane and flew out over the North Sea above the two existing radio ships and after taking photographs, he returned to Texas with the idea of creating a station that was bigger and better than either of them. Dallas Love Field (IATA: DAL, ICAO: KDAL, FAA LID: DAL) is a public airport located five miles (8 km) northwest of the central business district (CBD) of the City of Dallas, in Dallas County, Texas, USA. The airport covers 1,300 acres and has three runways. ... Dallas redirects here. ...


Origin of the name

The station was originally devised as a clone of Gordon McLendon's highly successful radio station KLIF in Dallas, Texas. Don Pierson wanted to use recordings from that station and remove the local commercials and retransmit the tape-recorded output with local British commercials from his own ship anchored offshore. In other words KLIF in "Big D" would become KLIF broadcasting to "Big L". Gordon Barton McLendon (born June 8, 1921 in Paris, Texas; died September 14, 1986) is widely credited for perfecting, with great commercial success, the Top 40 radio format during the 1950s and 1960s which was first invented by Todd Storz. ... For information on the Dallas AM radio station with the call letters KLIF from 1947 through 1990, see KFXR (AM). ... Dallas redirects here. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... From the earliest days of the medium, television has been used as a vehicle for advertising in some countries. ...


However, the PAMS jingles used by KLIF, which were an unknown concept in the United Kingdom at the time, were not entirely the same as those heard on KLIF, but those on heard over its Dallas competitor which branded that station as "Wonderful KBOX". The KBOX jingles re-sung for Wonderful Radio London by PAMS, then determined the name of the station as far as listeners in the United Kingdom were concerned because what they heard was "Wonderful Radio London" and "Wonderful Big L". PAMS of Dallas (Production,Advertising and Merchandising Services)was the most famous jingle production company in American broadcasting. ...


Today the station is still exclusively remembered as "Wonderful Radio London" while "Radio London" is now thought of in terms of either a local BBC station that later came on the air, or any number of commercial radio stations that used the name "London" in their names.[citation needed]


Broadcasting staff

Kenny Everett (1944 - 1995)
Kenny Everett (1944 - 1995)
John Peel (1939 - 2004)


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Birth name John Robert Parker Ravenscroft
Ian Damon

The disc jockeys included: Chuck Blair; Tony Blackburn; Pete Brady; Tony Brandon; Dave Cash - who also teamed-up to present a very popular Kenny-Cash Show. Ian Damon; Chris Denning; Dave Dennis; Pete Drummond; John Edward; Kenny Everett - co-host of the Kenny-Cash Show and who was ultimately fired for constantly insulting on the air, Garner Ted and Herbert W. Armstrong who were the biggest advertisers on the station. Graham Gill, Bill Hearne, Duncan Johnson, Paul Kaye - who became the main news reader on the station. Lorne King; "Marshall" Mike Lennox; John Peel - see The Perfumed Garden (radio show). John Peters; Earl Richmond; Mark Roman; John Sedd; Keith Skues; Ed "Stewpot" Stewart; Norman St. John; Tommy Vance - who came to the station late via Radio Caroline South and previously as a boss jock in Los Angeles on KHJ. Richard Warner; Willy Walker; Alan West; Tony Windsor - who began his offshore career with Radio Atlanta. John Yorke. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL one game... Tony Blackburn (born 29 January 1943 in Guildford, Surrey) is an award winning English disc jockey, who broadcast on the pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio London in the 1960s and was the first presenter to appear on BBC Radio 1 in 1967. ... Comedian & Broadcaster Tony Brandon was born in Dorset in 1933. ... Dave Cash was born in the UK but grew up in Canada, where he started broadcasting. ... Ian Damon Ian Damon (born June 5th, 1935) is a British radio personality. ... Chris Denning, born in the 1940s, is one of the most notorious paedophiles in the UK, having been one of the original team of Radio 1 disc jockeys when the station started up in 1967. ... Kenny Everett Kenny Everett (born Maurice Cole in Crosby, Merseyside, 25 December 1950, died 4 April 1995), was a popular English radio DJ and television entertainer. ... “Peel Sessions” redirects here. ... The Perfumed Garden was the title given by John Peel to his 1967 late-night programme on the British pirate radio station, Radio London. ... John Peters (Born 19?? in Ashford, Kent) is a British disc jockey and long established personality in the East Midlands region. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ed Stewart (born April 23, 1941 in Devon) is a radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom. ... Tommy Vance, born Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston (July 11, 1941 – March 6, 2005) was a British pop radio broadcaster, born in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. ... Radio Caroline is a European radio station that originally commenced transmissions as an offshore radio station broadcasting from a ship anchored off the coast of South East England in international waters. ... KHJ can refer to multiple things: KHJ-AM, US radio station Airport code for Kauhajoki Airport in Finland This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Richard Warner co-founded the Power Metal band Kamelot with Thomas Youngblood in 1991. ... Radio Caroline is a European radio station that originally commenced transmissions as an offshore radio station broadcasting from a ship anchored off the coast of South East England in international waters. ... John Yorke: Executive Producer of EastEnders, December 1999 - May 2002 John Yorke is currently the Controller of Continuing Drama Series and Head of Independent Drama for the BBC. He joined the BBC in the late 1980s, working initially in radio as a studio manager and then as a producer on...


Advertising sales

A Ford car dealer in Abilene, Texas who became one of the investors associated with Don Pierson in his offshore project, nominated Philip Birch, a J. Walter Thompson Ford account representative who had relocated from the JWT offices in the USA to their offices in London. Birch became their employee representative responsible for all commercial sales of airtime. Birch, a hard-headed businessman, was largely responsible for the station's commercial success, carefully tailoring the American-style format to give the broadest possible appeal to a British audience. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on worldwide vehicle sales. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas County Taylor County Government  - Mayor Norm Archibald Area  - City 286. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... James Walter Thompson (1847-1928) was the founder of the JWT advertising agency and a pioneer of many advertising techniques. ...


Underwriting the basic expenses of the station was the half-hour strip religious commentary program called The World Tomorrow and presented by either Herbert W. Armstrong or his son Garner Ted Armstrong. It was claimed that all other advertising contributed towards the return on investment by the Texas consortium that owned the radio ship venture. The World Tomorrow is a now-defunct radio and television half-hour program which had been sponsored by the Radio Church of God (later renamed Worldwide Church of God while under the direction of Herbert W. Armstrong. ... Herbert W. Armstrong (31 July 1892 – 16 January 1986) was the founder of the Worldwide Church of God and an early pioneer of radio evangelism, taking to the airwaves in the 1930s from Eugene, Oregon. ... Garner Ted Armstrong (February 9, 1930 - September 15, 2003) was an American evangelist and the son of Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide Church of God, a Sabbatarian organization that, at the time, taught strict observance of a seventh-day Sabbath, holy days typically associated with the Jewish faith...


The British authorities would not allow the registration of a British sales company called "Radio London" and so it was registered as "Radlon (Sales) Ltd." which was the name plugged on the air for advertising sales. The investors behind the project were based in Texas and they used a series of totally different names for interlocking companies outside of the UK and USA that represented their ownership in order to disguise primarlily for tax reasons, their financial interests.


After the closure of Big L Birch achieved success in his own right when he was later awarded a UK license for the Independent Local Radio station, Piccadilly Radio in Manchester during 1973. Logo used by the Independent Broadcasting Authority for promoting Independent Local Radio services. ... Piccadilly Magic 1152 AM Piccadilly Magic 1152 (also known as Magic 1152) ‘Greatest Hits Non-Stop,’ was Manchesters first commercial radio station. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ...


Station name

The original name of the station was to have been Radio KLIF London, since the ship station was to have used recorded programs made for station KLIF in Dallas. When it was decided that the sound should be live instead of recorded, Don Pierson hired Ben Toney as station manager and program director with Philip Birch to be in charge of the sale of airtime. Birch wanted to call the station Radio Galaxy, a name similar to one used by Ford for its Galaxie automobile division. As a compromise the minesweeper was renamed MV Galaxy while the station became Radio London. However, the PAMS jingles caused a further defacto refinement of the name so that it was known as Wonderful Radio London and Big L, following the example of KLIF in Dallas which called its hometown Big D. For information on the Dallas AM radio station with the call letters KLIF from 1947 through 1990, see KFXR (AM). ... Dallas redirects here. ... PAMS of Dallas (Production,Advertising and Merchandising Services)was the most famous jingle production company in American broadcasting. ...


Transmitter power

The station's RCA Ampliphase Italian manufactured transmitter was rated at 50,000 watts (50 kW), although it initially operated at just 17,000 watts. By contrast Radio Caroline, its main rival, operated with a LTV-Continental Electronics (CEMCO) 10 kW transmitter. In 1966 Caroline South upgraded to a 50 kW CEMCO transmitter and for a time Wonderful Radio London pretended to retaliate by claiming a new output of 75 kW, although it had never upgraded its original transmitter. RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... Radio Caroline is a European radio station that originally commenced transmissions as an offshore radio station broadcasting from a ship anchored off the coast of South East England in international waters. ... A Corsair II aircraft made by Ling-Temco-Vought. ...


Station close-down

At midnight on August 14, 1967, a new law called the Marine & Etc., Broadcasting (Offences), Act came into effect within the United Kingdom. The intention and effect of this statute was to create a criminal offence for any person who supplied music, commentary, advertising, fuel, food, water or any other assistance except for life-saving purposes, to any ship, offshore structure such as a former WWII fort, or flying platform such as an aircraft used for purposes of broadcasting without a licence granted by the regulatory authority for broadcasting in the UK. The Marine, etc, Broadcasting (Offences) Act was introduced in the UK in 1967, and, broadly speaking, prohibits broadcasting (i. ...


Because Radio London had always been run along strictly commercial lines, its management decided not to defy the law and to close before the Act came into effect.


It was decided to close at 3 PM on August 14, 1967. The timing was chosen partly because it would guarantee the station a large audience for its final show, and also to enable the broadcasting staff on board the MV Galaxy to return to shore and board a train that would take them to London. Consequently a one hour pre-recorded show was broadcast from 2 PM to 3 PM to allow time for the staff to get ready to leave the ship.


"Their Final Hour", as the program was called, celebrated recorded greetings of farewell and remembrance from many of the big recording stars of the day. Included were the voices of Mick Jagger; Dusty Springfield and Ringo Starr and following his voice the last record played was "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles. Philip Birch, manager advertising sales at the London office followed with his own last words and he was followed by Paul Kaye's final announcement: "Big L time is three o'clock, and Radio London. .. is now. .. closing down." The station's theme tune, the "PAMS Sonowaltz", popularly called called "Big Lil" was the last piece of music heard before the transmitter was turned off just after 3 PM. Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger CBE (born July 26, 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Dusty Springfield OBE (16 April 1939 - 2 March 1999) was a popular English singer whose career spanned four decades. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


Just after Radio London closed down, Robbie Dale on Radio Caroline South broadcast a brief tribute to the station, thanked all of its staff and DJs, and held a minute's silence.


Most of the offshore stations had already left the air. Radio Scotland and Radio 270 continued until the last minute and closed at midnight. Radio Caroline South announced that both it and sister station Radio Caroline North would continue. Their owner Ronan O'Rahilly saw them as defending the principle of free broadcasting rather than as being mere business assets. (Caroline's offshore broadcasts were to continue on and off until 1990, after which the station pursued legal means of broadcasting.) Radio Scotland [1966-1967] was an offshore pirate radio station broadcasting on 1241kHz mediumwave (242 metres), created by Tommy Shields in 1965. ... Ronan ORahilly is an Irish businessman in the music industry. ...


The MV Galaxy sailed to West Germany, where Erwin Meister and Edwin Bollier later attempted to buy it for what was to become Radio Nordsee International. When this deal fell through Meister and Bollier set about finding another ship. In 1974 the Galaxy, with its 212 foot mast still erect, was sunk in Kiel harbour as an artificial reef. By 1986 concerns about pollution from the ship's corroding oil tanks led to its being raised and broken up. Erwin Meister is a Swiss businessman who, with his partner Edwin Bollier, formed the company Mebo Telecommunications in 1969. ... Edwin Bollier and his partner, Erwin Meister, founded the Meister/Bollier (Mebo) electronics firm in Zürich, Switzerland. ... Radio Nordsee International (RNI) also known as Radio North Sea International was a European offshore pirate radio station. ... Kiel ( ) is a city in northern Germany and the capital of the Bundesland Schleswig-Holstein. ... A reef surrounding an islet. ...


Further history

When his second radio ship venture closed and the vessel returned to Miami, Florida, in 1967, Don Pierson attempted to restart Wonderful Radio London from her. His plan was to interest other investors in restarting Wonderful Radio London from off the coast of New York. When that attempt failed, he began a further venture involving yet another ship which would restart Wonderful Radio London off the coast of San Diego, California. That venture also failed to commence operation. This article is about the city in Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... NY redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


In 1982 Don Pierson helped to promote a syndicated Wonderful Radio London Show, which was first aired over KVMX, a local station he owned in Eastland, Texas. Pierson actively promoted the show at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. When Ben Toney, the original station manager and program director of the original offshore Wonderful Radio London station became involved, the show was aired on KXOL in Fort Worth, Texas and as a daily show aired over 250,000 watt XERF in Mexico. Further plans were made to extend the early morning airtime of XERF into Wonderful Radio London as a full service station and to also send a new ship across to the UK as Wonderful Radio London International' (WRLI), in the hopes of replicating Don Pierson's success of the 1960s. However, these further plans failed to materialize beyond their successful syndication stage. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is a US trade association that advocates on behalf of over 8,300 radio and television stations and networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and various judicial bodies. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Fort Worth is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas, located about 30 miles west of Dallas on the West Fork Trinity River and forming part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... The call letters XERF-AM are assigned to a licensed border-blaster radio station that was located in Villa Acuña (later renamed Ciudad Acuña) and that was operated under the laws of Mexico. ...


Don Pierson died in 1996. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Swinging Radio England and Britain Radio

As a result of the success of his Wonderful Radio London venture, Don Pierson also created Swinging Radio England and Britain Radio on board another ship in 1965. However, these stations did not get on the air until 1966 when their offshore radio vessel anchored close to Big L on board the MV Galaxy. The twin stations were not commercially successful due to both technical problems and mismanagement by the London company representing them. Radio England was replaced by Dutch station Radio Dolfijn in November 1966. In early 1967 Britain Radio was replaced by Radio 355 and Dolfijn by Radio Twee Twee Zeven (227). Both stations closed well before the MOA came into effect. Swinging Radio England (SRE) was a top 40 offshore commercial station billed as the Worlds Most Powerful that operated briefly from 3 May to 13 November of 1966 from a ship anchored in the North Sea, three and a half miles off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. ... Swinging Radio England (SRE) was a top 40 commercial pirate radio station with studios and transmitter located in the hold of the MV Olga Patricia, renamed MV Laissez Faire, a former US built World War II merchant ship. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

  • Wonderful Radio London is explicitly referred to (and some of its jingles used) on The Who's album The Who Sell Out.
  • Wonderful Radio London also features in The Who film Quadrophenia.
  • The station is also featured in the 1966 film Dateline Diamonds, which includes a few external shots of the Galaxy as well as a fanciful studio re-creation of its interior.

The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964 and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Back cover The back cover of The Who Sell Out The Who Sell Out is The Whos third album, released in 1967. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964 and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Alternate cover Original soundtrack version Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, one of the groups two full-scale rock operas. ...

See also

  • See Radio London for other stations that have used this name or its variations in whole or in part. Several stations are listed.
  • Radio London (Big L) — An independent radio station broadcasting from Frinton-on-Sea near the home of the original offshore (pirate radio) station.

The Perfumed Garden was the title given by John Peel to his 1967 late-night programme on the British pirate radio station, Radio London. ... Radio London as a name has many meanings: 1. ... The new Big L Radio London International was opened on Saturday 14 May 2005. ... Frinton-on-Sea is a small seaside town in Essex, England, in the Tendring district. ... The term pirate radio usually refers to illegal or unregulated radio broadcasting. ...

References

  • Mass Media Moments in the United Kingdom, the USSR and the USA, by Gilder, Eric. - "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu Press, Romania. 2003 ISBN 973-651-596-6 - This work draws contains reprinted work from 'The History of Pirate Radio in Britain and the End of BBC Monopoly in Radio Broadcasting in the United Kingdom' by Eric Gilder, North Texas State University, 1982. "London My Hometown" is the second chapter of 'Mass Media Moments' and it tells the Don Pierson story from his perspective and from original and exclusive archives. This chapter began as an audio-visual symposium during 2000 called "Infinite Londons" that was sponsored in Romania by the British Council. The expanded proceedings of that symposium were subsequently published in book format and it included "London My Hometown" that was later reprinted as the second chapter in Mass Media Moments.
  • The Wonderful Radio London Story, by Elliot, Chris. - Ray Anderson doing business as East Anglian Productions, Frinton-on-Sea, United Kingdom. 1997 ISBN 1-901854-00-0 - This work was derived without permission from the archives claimed by Eric Gilder and Associates (see note above.) However, the publisher was declared insolvent under UK law and it was subsequently learned that neither the printer, graphics designer or its claimed author had been paid. The connection between this work and Gilder originated with Wonderful Radio London International (WRLI) in 1984, when Chris Elliot became a part of that project. Elliot recorded the Wonderful Radio London top 40 shows in the UK and they were subsequently relayed once a week over KVMX and KXOL in Texas, and daily over XERF in Mexico. When the WRLI venture came to an end Elliot retained files on loan from the Gilder archives of Don Pierson, and Elliot subsequently arranged for their publication under his name in two publications prior to the publication of this book. Although the book contains many interesting photographs and hitherto unknown information, it is not a documented work and no specific credits are given to original works. Where source material was not available to the author from the limited files that he had access to, incorrect conjecture has entered into the narrative.

External links

  • Wonderful Radio London in the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame - Contains many audio, visual and text biographical stories relating to personal involved in the 1964-1967 venture.
  • Wonderful Radio London story by Eric Gilder - Contains an in-depth sequence of events relating to the history of the Don Pierson archives and publications that have drawn upon them.
  • Studio Anorak tribute to Wonderful Radio London - Contains many "Where Are They Now?" biographical stories about personal involved with the station.

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Wonderful Radio London - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1259 words)
Wonderful Radio London or “Big L” was a United Kingdom unlicenced off-shore commercial station, with studios and transmitter aboard a former US Minesweeper anchored three and a half miles off Southeast England from late December 1964, until 3 p.m.
Wonderful Radio London was created by Don Pierson who took his inspiration for the station and for the name from two sources.
The KBOX jingles re-sung for Wonderful Radio London by PAMS, then determined the name of the station as far as listeners in the United Kingdom were concerned because what they heard was "Wonderful Radio London" and "Wonderful Big L".
Radio London - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (574 words)
During 1984 an attempt was made to restart Wonderful Radio London using the same PAMS jingles, following the recreation of the original station sound as a radio program on a local Texas station owned by Don Pierson.
During August 1997 and subsequently, a RSL was issued by UK authorities to British citizen Ray Anderson of Frinton-on-sea]], Essex, for a 1 watt station to initially commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original Wonderful Radio London.
Easy Radio London was the name used by former RTL owned station Country 1035 after it was bought by Avtar Lit's Sunrise Radio group.
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