With this background of a long-
Radio Caroline North, however, soon became accepted by the Isle of Man Government and the Manx people in general. Constant on-
The Island and its people did not forget this in 1967 when the British Government tried to impose legislation on the Manx statute book outlawing Radio Caroline and a bitter constitutional dispute ensued.
Radio Caroline North started the new year with some problems caused by rough weather on the night of 13th/14th January 1965 when the starboard anchor chain snapped. With the other anchor unable to hold in the severe storm, the MV Caroline began to drift, but eventually the Captain managed to manoeuvre the ship so that she remained outside territorial waters and rode out the storm. Within a week a new one and a half ton anchor and four and a half ton chain were installed on board the radio ship.
A milestone was reached at Easter 1965 when Radio Caroline celebrated its first birthday. To mark the occasion the station introduced four 'Bell Awards' which were presented to various artists for their contribution to musical entertainment during the preceding twelve months. Recipients were -
Birthday messages and greetings from over twenty artists were also recorded and included in programmes on both the North and South Caroline stations during the Easter weekend.
Nationally Radio Caroline's advertising income fell dramatically during 1965. Radio London was picking up all the lucrative commercial contracts to the detriment of Caroline South. The bulk of the Caroline network's revenue was coming as the result of national campaigns, which included the coverage area of Caroline North -
Caroline North itself was highly successful at this time and in fact throughout its entire life. There are a number of reasons for this, but it must always be remembered that Radio Caroline North held a unique monopoly position and although other stations were planned to compete for northern audiences none ever materialised. Caroline North experienced some minor competition in 1966, but only on the fringe of its coverage area, from Radio Scotland (particularly while that station was anchored off the west coast of Scotland and off Northern Ireland) and Radio 270 (anchored off Yorkshire). However, neither of these smaller stations made any dramatic impact into Caroline North's primary area and the station always attracted a large and dedicated audience not only in the north of England, but in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and along the east coast of Southern Ireland.
The programme output from Caroline North was always far more suited to its audience than that of Caroline South. Ronan O'Rahilly had maintained direct control over Caroline North after the merger with Radio Atlanta and gave DJs the freedom to play the music they knew listeners wanted to hear. Geographically, too, the station covered an area of the country which in the mid-
Caroline North also benefited from a talented team of DJs and in particular the first Programme Director Tom Lodge, who was responsible for deciding the station's programming style. It is no coincidence that in 1966 Tom Lodge together with another successful Caroline North DJ, Mike Ahearn, were brought south to help re-
Airtime sales -
First birthday greetings from the stars, March 1965
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30th March 1965
Radio Caroline North promoted a live concert -
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Promotion for Radio Caroline Record Shops
Caroline North DJ line-
Ship and Location
News footage showing the DJs and tender in Ramsey Harbour and life on board MV Caroline