Monday 26 December 2011

Radio CLCG, Germany

CLCG stood for the Clandestine Listeners Club Germany and was also heard with Radio CLCG through the 1980s and 1990s. Here are two clips from late-1984.

(2.51 mins & 0.25 min)

Sunday 18 December 2011

KBC Radio

Here is a station that can still be heard on the airwaves, although now as a legal station via high-powered shortwave transmitters. Here is a clip of KBC from 1984 sounding much like they do today!

(1.40 mins)

Saturday 10 December 2011

Future World Radio

Here is a short clip from Dutch station Future World Radio, from 1984.

(0.36 mins)

QSL from

Saturday 3 December 2011

Radio Sound of Switzerland

Here is a station called Radio Sound of Switzerland making its first transmission in September 1984. Here are clips of announcements and signing off.

(2.45 mins)

Sunday 27 November 2011

Crystal Radio

Crystal Radio (not to be confused with another UK station, Radio Kristel) was a Midlands pirate from the 1980s. Here's a couple of short recordings from 1984.

(1.01 & 0.23 mins)

Saturday 12 November 2011

Radio Valleri & Misty Mountain Radio

Here a couple of short clips from 1984 of two stations from either side of the border in Ireland. Radio Valleri was a long-running station from Dublin while Misty Mountain Radio broadcast from Northern Ireland.

(0.54 mins)

A lot more information and recordings of Valleri at:

(0.46 mins)

There's more about MMR at:

Sunday 6 November 2011

Radio 101, Germany

Here is a clip of Radio 101 from Germany recorded in 1984.

(1.56 mins)

More information about Radio 101 at

Sunday 30 October 2011

London Basin Broadcasting Company

Here is a clip from a London FM station which called itself the London Basin Broadcasting Company (LBBC) from early 1984, featuring Steve Davis, Graham Archer and Chris Miles.

(2.57 mins)

Saturday 22 October 2011

Radio Madison

Here is a recording from January 1984 of Swiss station Radio Madison, offering its own station badges. By the strength of the signal, probably via a relay in the UK or Netherlands.

(4.31 mins)

Sunday 16 October 2011

Spectrum World Broadcasting

Spectrum World Broadcasting was another UK free radio station heard in the mid-80s. Here is a recording made in 1984. Gerry Sinclair of SWB was also involved with a south west London FM pirate called Radio Suburbia.

(4.33 mins)

Saturday 8 October 2011

Radio Invicta & Horizon Radio

Two of the pioneering soul stations in London in the early 80s were Invicta and Horizon. Here are some clips from the two stations from 1983.

(1.29 mins)

There's a lot more audio and information about Invicta at these links:

Here is a clip from Horizon. The station formed in 1982 but in 1984 a revolt led to 11 DJs setting up a new station, Solar Radio.

(1.05 mins)

I did find clips of Horizon and many other London pirates at this site:
There's a lot more about Horizon and more audio at the Pirate Archive:

In 2017 a new Horizon Radio website was launched:

Saturday 24 September 2011

Radio Enterprise, Netherlands

Here is a recording of Dutch station Radio Enterprise from 1983, relayed by Radio Apollo.

(1.47 mins)

Saturday 17 September 2011

London Weekend Radio

One of the most popular FM stations in London in the 1980s was London Weekend Radio. The station also helped launch the careers of Radio 1 DJs Tim Westwood and Pete Tong.

There is more about LWR at:
There also a longer, better quality recording at:
Also here:

(1.42 mins)

Saturday 10 September 2011

East Coast Radio, Ireland

Another of the many Irish stations on shortwave in the early 80s was East Coast Radio from Dublin. Heard here giving out address and looking for QSO with Prince Terry of Westside.

(1.35 mins)

Sunday 4 September 2011

South East Sound

Another medium wave pirate heard in the London area during the early 80s was South East Sound. It also had a sister station, Radio Kristel International, which broadcast on shortwave. Here's a clip of South East Sound, made in August 1983.

(2.40 mins)

The station also has a Facebook page at: and a website at:

Sunday 28 August 2011

Radio Daytona

Here is a recording of Dutch station Radio Daytona made in August 1983. They had a good signal and fast moving format.

(4.57 mins)

Sunday 21 August 2011

Free Radio Service Holland

FRS Holland can still be heard regularly, although the Dedemsvaart address on the QSL is no longer in use. Here is a short recording of the station from 1983.

(1.40 mins)

Saturday 13 August 2011

Radio Titanic International

Recording of Dutch station Radio Titanic International, from early 1983, being relayed via Radio Atlantis SW in the UK. I'm not sure if is it the same Radio Titanic as the Dutch station that can still be heard occasionally on shortwave.

(2.30 mins)

Saturday 6 August 2011

Radio Sovereign

Radio Sovereign was a popular medium wave station broadcasting daily to the London area in the early 80s as Britain's first golden oldies station. There is a lot more information and longer recordings at these websites:

(1.17 mins)

Saturday 23 July 2011

Mi Amigo Radio, Dublin

Another Irish station from the early 80s was Mi Amigo Radio. I don't seem to have a QSL for this one but here's a short recording.

(1.04 mins)

Saturday 16 July 2011

Starboard Sound

Here is a short recording of UK station Starboard Sound, which was relayed by South Dublin Radio.

(1.25 mins)

Saturday 9 July 2011

Voice of the Leek

There has never been much free radio activity from Wales, but in 1983 the Voice of the Leek changed this with a broadcast from there, with help from Radio Apollo. Here is an extract from the VOTL.

(3.16 mins)

Saturday 2 July 2011

Station 41

Here is another UK station called Station 41, recorded in March 1983, on a test broadcast on 7373 kHz.

(5.15 mins)

Saturday 25 June 2011

Radio Dublin

One of the best known of the Irish stations on shortwave during the early 80s was Radio Dublin, which was also on medium wave and FM. Here is short recording from the end of 1982 of Radio Dublin Channel 2 on 6280. There is lots more about Radio Dublin on the DX Archive website:

(1.08 mins)

Saturday 18 June 2011

Radio Atlantis

Here is a recording of Radio Atlantis International from 1982 with a  live broadcast.

(1.55 mins & 3.19 mins)

Saturday 11 June 2011


When I came across this recording I thought it was UK Radio but reading the history of UK Radio on the Pirate Archive website I realised this was a different station, also around at the same time in the early 80s. Here is a short recording made of UKR on Boxing Day 1982 (hopefully I will also find some UK Radio recordings in my collection!).

(5.33 mins)

Sunday 5 June 2011

Radio Lynda

In early 1980s Scotland had quite a flourishing free radio scene with a number of stations on the air, including Weekend Music Radio, Radio Stella, Radio Woodstock, Radio Free City and this one, Radio Lynda.

(2.04 mins)

Saturday 28 May 2011

Radio Pluto

Not the Dutch station currently on air, but a UK station of the same name from the early 80s, heard here signing off.

(1.41 mins)

Saturday 21 May 2011

Anchor Radio

Here is a recording of a UK station called Anchor Radio, made on November 14, 1982. The signal and sound were both very good with a professional sound.

(4.51 mins)

Sunday 15 May 2011

Radio Hexagon

Here is a recording from a station called Radio Hexagon from 1982.

(1.30 mins)

Sunday 8 May 2011

Radio Avalanche

Here is a short recording of UK station Radio Avalanche making their first broadcast, relayed by the Apollo Radio Relay Network in late 1982.

(3.23 mins)

Monday 2 May 2011

Radio Corsair & Skyport Radio

In the early 80s these two stations formed the Skyport-Corsair Network with Corsair on for the first hour and Skyport for the second hour. Here are some recordings from the two stations:

(3.01 mins)

(1.42 mins)

There is more information about Skyport Radio on the DX Archive at:

Saturday 23 April 2011

Radio Cavendish

Mark Stafford, who is better known for Radio Caroline, these days, was involved with this early 80s station called Radio Cavendish, along with Atlanta Radio. Like Atlanta Radio, there was always a good signal and audio with this station.

(3.02 mins)

Sunday 17 April 2011

Radio Concorde

Here is a short recording from a Dutch station called Radio Concorde, made in 1982.

(2.08 mins)

Saturday 9 April 2011

Zodiac FM

Some of you might remember the shortwave station Radio Zodiac. After it closed it reappeared on the FM band in London. Here is a recording from the early 80s of the station signing off during a Christmas broadcast.

(3.48 mins)

The shortwave version was featured last year on Pirate Memories.

Saturday 2 April 2011

Sunrise Radio

Sunrise Radio was a Swedish free radio station using a Dutch mailing address. I heard this station on 11410 kHz in Jan 1982. According to the Free Home Scandinavia website, the station broadcast between 1981 and 1985. More information at

(1.20 min)

Monday 28 March 2011

Radio Stoke Poges

This station took its name from a village in Buckinghamshire and used to start and end its programmes with a tolling bell. Here is a recording of Radio Stoke Poges.

(4.24 mins)

Saturday 19 March 2011

Radio Mi Amigo (UK) & Southern Radio

Tune around the medium wave any weekend in the early 80s and you'd find plenty of pirate activity. In the London area there were quite a few stations around. Radio Floss has already been featured on this website. Two others were Radio Mi Amigo and Southern Radio. The Southern Radio clip is very short but I've got a QSL from them so thought I'd include it.

Mi Amigo (2.16 mins), Southern Radio (0.18 mins)

Saturday 12 March 2011

Capital Radio Int, Dublin

Another of the many Irish stations around in the early 80s was Capital Radio International from Dublin. It used to put out a good signal, using 180W. Here is a short recording of the station.

(3.04 mins)

More information on the DX Archive website. Click here

Sunday 6 March 2011

Radio Gerona

Here is a recording of a Dutch station from the early 80s called Radio Gerona.

(5.01 mins)

Monday 28 February 2011

Radio Freedom, New Zealand

Radio Freedom from New Zealand was heard in the Northern Hemisphere thanks to a relay from Radio Apollo. Here is an audio clip. Thanks to Dave Valko in the USA for the QSL.

(1.44 mins)

Saturday 19 February 2011

Radio Delta

Radio Delta is a popular name for Dutch pirates. There are still two Deltas broadcasting occasionally on shortwave. I don't know if this Delta is one of those two ... maybe someone knows. But in this clip he says it is his first time on shortwave, recorded in the early 1980s. The QSL might also be for a different Delta ... sorry to be so vague!

(1.59 mins)

Sunday 13 February 2011

South Dublin Radio

Another of the Irish stations around in the early 80s on medium wave and shortwave was South Dublin Radio with its signature tune "Aint No Stopping Us Now." Here is a recording of the station signing off:

More information on the DX Archive. Click here

(2.17 mins)

Saturday 5 February 2011

Weekend Music Radio

Last year Weekend Music Radio from Scotland celebrated its 30th anniversary. Although the station has not been air for a while now, it still has a website with everything you want to know about the station. The address is

Here is a clip from 1981.

(1.56 mins)

Sunday 23 January 2011

Radio Kristel International

Here is a short recording of Radio Kristel from Easter 1982, who if I remember also broadcast on medium wave to the London area.

(3.05 mins)

Saturday 15 January 2011

Thameside Radio

One of the most popular stations on FM in London in the early 80s was Thameside Radio which had a loyal following of listeners. Even today, there are several websites devoted to the station plus it has its own Wikipedia entry! Here is a little extract from the station but plenty more can be found elsewhere.

(2.49 mins)

Other links:

Saturday 8 January 2011

Westside Radio

Westside Radio was a familiar sound on 48 metres during the 1980s with Prince Terry who then went on host Radio Ozone, with Garry Stephens. Here is a bit of Westside from the early 80s.

(4.32 mins)

There's more about Westside on the DX Archive website.

Monday 3 January 2011


Here is a station called WLS which broadcast from central England in the early 80s, with a slick presentation.

(3.14 mins)