Thursday 11 August 2022

Pirates of the Airwaves podcast

Mark Wakely, founder of a land based pirate radio Facebook group, has been talking to some of the
people who were involved in the pirate radio world of the 70s and 80s.

In the episodes they look back on what is was like being involved in pirate radio at this time, remembering clambering on to the roofs of tower blocks to string up antennas and dodging raids from the authorities.

The first episode featured Pyers Easton, better known to listeners in London as Chris Miles. He ran the station London Music Radio (and a lesser known station called London Basin Broadcasting Company - clip HERE) and built many rigs for stations during the 80s.

Others interviewed include Nick Catford who tells the story of Radio Jackie - a trailblazing pirate that now broadcasts to South West London as a legal station; Steve Marshall who was involved in the pioneering London soul station Radio Invicta, worked on the Voice of Peace in the Mediterranean and on the Irish stations during the 80s.

If you're interested in the land based pirate scene then it is definitely worth of a listen to Mark's podcast. He is regularly adding new interviews to the series.

Visit the Pirates of the Airwaves podcast page at 

There you can also find all the different ways to listen to the shows and subscribe so you don't miss future episodes.

His Facebook group is called Land Based Pirate Radio of the 70s and 80s and can be found here

Sunday 13 March 2022

Welcome to the Pirate Memories blog

This blog turns the clock back to the 1980s with recordings of shortwave pirate radio stations from Britain, Ireland and across Europe. There are also some clips from medium wave and FM stations from the London area, plus QSLs from many of the stations featured.

I have given it an update with a new template and embedded audio files in the posts to make it easier to click on and listen to the stations.

There's just over 100 stations featured with oldest recordings from the early 1980s at the beginning of this blog, working through to the late 80s.

Go to the 'Index of Stations' to see which stations are featured and when they were uploaded. The blog archive is near the bottom of the right hand column.

Alternatively, you can use the 'Labels' section. For instance, if you want to hear Irish stations from the 1980s, click on the Ireland label and it will bring up all the Irish stations featured on the blog.

Finally, you can simply scroll through to explore the pirate stations featured.

Happy listening!