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