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Capital Radio Tribute to Radio Caroline

London ILR station, Capital Radio, broadcast a two hour tribute to Radio Caroline on 15th August 1980 (the 13th anniversary of the Marine etc. Broadcasting (Offences) Act coming into force and just 5 months after the Radio Caroline ship, Mi Amigo, had sunk off the Essex coast).  

The programme, presented by Nicky Horne, contained an hour long documentary covering the (then) 16 year history of Radio Caroline and included interviews with Ronan O'Rahilly, and former Caroline DJs Tony Blackburn, Robbie Dale, Johnnie Walker and Chris Carey (Spangles Muldoon).

The second hour was devoted to listener’s requests for their favourite records from Caroline in the 60s and 70s. Other ex-Caroline DJs Mark Lawrence, James Ross and Steve Kent talked about life on board the Mi Amigo in the 70s while Johnny Jason related his experience of being prosecuted under the Marine etc. Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967.

The tribute ended with Steve Gordon relating the story of the final night of the Mi Amigo and the dramatic lifeboat rescue of the crew. Nicky Horne then closed the programme on an optimistic note with "Fool if You Think it's Over".

The  Hold

HOLD Noun - cavity in a ship below deck where cargo is stowed. Also the area used to house transmitters on many radio ships.

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