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-
In September 1965 Radio City, entered into negotiations with Radio Caroline about a possible merger. Reg Calvert was approached by the Project Atlanta side of Radio Caroline, through Major Oliver Smedley and Allan Crawford.
The Project Atlanta side of Radio Caroline (which was in financial difficulties) was looking for a new base for Caroline South, with a plan to move the Mi Amigo to a new anchorage and provide further coverage of Britain. Unknown to Reg Calvert the Project Atlanta team had already tried to claim Knock John Fort as their new base before being evicted by Roy Bates.
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Screaming Lord Sutch still broadcast on Radio City during its early days
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