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By September 1964 Screaming 'Lord' Sutch, having been offered a concert tour in Australia and New Zealand, was no longer interested in further involvement with the radio station – Radio Sutch -
During the first few weeks of September 1964 Reg Calvert's new station changed frequencies three times, but reception of the signal was far from satisfactory. So, to improve signal quality Calvert obtained and installed some ex-
The station also achieved a greater degree of on-
By spring 1965 Radio City was fast becoming a significant rival in the battle for offshore radio audiences. Whilst not achieving the level of advertising income of either Radio Caroline or Radio London, it was nevertheless earning substantial amounts from the sponsored American religious programmes. Radio City claimed to be so successful financially that its owner Reg Calvert explored the possibility of opening a second fort-
Equipment was landed on Knock John Fort by Radio City staff who proposed to start test broadcasts for a new station during the summer of 1965. Unfortunately for Radio City another potential offshore radio operator, Essex businessman Roy Bates, already had his sights set on the Knock John Fort and a bitter, sometimes violent, territorial dispute broke out between the two rival groups.
Reg Calvert also made an attempt to launch a second station in April 1965 when he tried to purchase an ex-
Attention was turned instead to improving coverage for Radio City itself. In June 1965 professional riggers erected a new 240' aerial mast on the Shivering Sands Fort and broadcasting hours were extended to 13 hours a day.
In September 1965 Radio City, entered into negotiations with Radio Caroline about a possible merger. Reg Calvert approached the Project Atlanta side of Radio Caroline, through Major Oliver Smedley, offering Radio City for sale. Project Atlanta was not as enthusiastic as Calvert about acquiring Radio City largely because of its own financial difficulties and the serious staffing and format problems facing Radio Caroline South at that time.
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Screaming Lord Sutch still broadcast on Radio City during its early days