Offshore radio DJ and engineer Robin Adcroft (Robin Banks) has died
DATELINE Cheltenham, 16th September 2018
Robin Adcroft was born in Cheltenham in 1950. His early involvement with offshore radio was as a volunteer with the Free Radio Association and he eventually became the Association's Photographic Officer and later pursued an early career in the film industry.
While working in the film industry, Robin also became involved with land-
In 1972 when Radio Caroline returned to the air from a position off The Netherlands Robin was invited to join the station as an engineer and was soon also presenting programmes.
In August 1973 Robin moved to Radio Northsea International (RNI) as an engineer and again he also presented programmes, under the name Robin Banks. However, a year later Dutch legislation outlawing offshore radio came into force and RNI closed down.
The owners of the RNI ship (Mebo II) had plans for it to continue broadcasting in the Mediterranean as Radio Nova International and Robin was employed to prepare the studios and transmitters, but Radio Nova never made it onto the air from the Mebo II.
Robin then joined his colleague Spangles Muldoon (Chris Carey) working in his electronics company and for a while he was also employed by Rank Xerox.
After a short spell as a DJ in Duch clubs Robin returned to offshore radio when he joined the Voice of Peace off the coast of Israel.
When he left that station, Robin spent some time on the Mebo II in Libya (the ship had by then been sold to the Libyan government) looking after the technical side. Here he arranged occasional test transmissions from the ship featuring familiar voices or pieces of music from RNI and Caroline and on 14th August 1978 the last English-
Robin continued to work in broadcast engineering, installing equipment at stations all over the world. He was also involved in land-
While compiling a series of photographs of the 1960s offshore stations for the FRA Robin had become particularly interested in Red Sands Fort, (home to Radio Invicta, KING Radio and Radio 390), and he never lost this fascination -
Robin died on 16th September 2018 at the age of 68 after a battle with kidney cancer.
(Additional material courtesy of the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame)