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Radio 390

Opening Dates

 23rd September 1965 (tests from 4.30pm)

26th September 1965  

(regular programmes from 6.30am)

Re-opened:-   31st December 1966

(at 12 midnight - claiming that new evidence had been obtained to show that Red Sands Fort was outside British territorial waters)

Closing Dates

25th November 1966 (11.00pm) following a guilty verdict on a charge of broadcasting within British territorial waters without a licence)

28th July 1967 (5.10pm ) - following a Court of Appeal decision that Red Sands Fort was within British territorial waters)


Estuary Radio Ltd

Ted Allbeury


Ted Allbeury (Managing Director)

(to 10th February 1967)

David Lye(Company Secretary)  

(Acting Managing Director from 12th February 1967)

Landbased Address

14 Bouverie Square, Folkestone,


Advertising Sales:

35a Bessborough Place, London W1

Mailing address:

BCM 390,

London WC1

Broadcasting Hours


6.30am - 12 midnight

Red Sands Fort


Easy Listening or ‘sweet music’

The term 'sweet music' as interpreted by Radio 390 in fact included a wide mix of non-pop music, ranging from 'standards' of the 1930s and 1940s, through jazz, rhythm and blues, military and organ music, to contemporary light  music.



388.1m (announced as 390m) (773kHz)

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