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Radio 1

Radio 1, the BBC's pop music station, began broadcasting on 31 August 1967 with Tony Blackburn spinning Flowers In The Rain by The Move. The new station was designed to replace the various pirate radio stations...

Pirate Radio

The 1960s pirate radio phenomenon was founded on a simple loophole and a cunning understanding of maritime law. If a ship was moored three or more miles off the British coastline, it was technically sailing in...

Radio Luxembourg

Arguably the earliest commercial radio station broadcasting in the English language, Radio Luxembourg started broadcasting to the entertainment-starved listeners of the United Kingdom. Often mistakenly referred to as a ‘Pirate' radio station, Radio Luxembourg offered an English speaking...

Radio London

In November 1964 a 780-ton former WWII minesweeper named MV Galaxy anchored three-and-a-half miles off the Essex coast and became home to Radio London - "Big L". The American-financed pirate station was to give Radio Caroline -...

Radio Caroline

The first British pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, was founded by Ronan O'Rahilly in 1964 - he chose the name of the station in honour of the daughter of the first Roman Catholic President of the...

Transistor Radios

When the transistor replaced the bulky and unreliable vacuum tube in amplification units, transistors did the job better and were much smaller, making it possible to drastically reduce the size of radios and record players. Transistors...

Wolfman Jack

1 9 3 9 - 1 9 9 5 With the on-air cool of Alan Freed and the smokestack growl of Howlin' Wolf, Robert Weston Smith - a young white man from Brooklyn - remade himself as DJ legend...

Fred Dagg

Fred Dagg was actually New Zealand-born comedian and political satirist John Clarke, who appeared as Dagg on television always wearing a black singlet and gumboots. Fred Dagg, father of seven sons all called Trev, became a...

Disc Jockeys

In Britain, Radio 1 and Top of the Pops began in the Sixties, but by 1970 the Disc Jockeys (or DJ's) had been elevated to stardom, and many were household names; Tony Blackburn, David 'Diddy' Hamilton, Alan 'Fluff'...

Jimmy Clitheroe

James Robinson 'Jimmy' Clitheroe died on 6 June 1973 (the day of his mother's funeral). A coronial inquest found that his death was due to an accidental overdose of sleeping pills. He was 51 -...

2JJ (Double-Jay) Radio

Monday 20 January 1975 saw the birth of alternative Australian rock radio station, 2JJ - or "Doublejay" - using an old ABC radio standby transmitter. Apart from a minor technical fault that put the station off-air briefly after...

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Bond’s First XI (and what happened to them)

Ursula Andress walked from the sea in Dr No in 1962 and became the first of many beautiful women who found fame in James Bond films.  Some of the Bond girls such as Andress and...

John Wicks of The Records dead at 65

John Wicks, frontman of the UK power pop band The Records, has died in Burbank, California, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 65 years old. Wicks co-founded The Records in London in 1978. The...

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TV Party tvparty.com An American site that is sooooo slick. We can spend hours here, looking at categories such as 'Super Sixties', 'Hit Shows of the 70s' and 'Where are they now?' Feeling Retro   feelingretro.com A beautifully presented site featuring...

Quest to save Cosgrove Hall children’s TV treasures

20 October 2017 Puppets used for some of the best-loved children's TV characters of the 1970s and '80s are to get urgent repairs to stop them falling apart. The puppets come from the archive of animation studio Cosgrove...

Dame Barbara Windsor has died at the age of 83

10 December 2020 Carry On legend Dame Barbara Windsor has died at the age of 83 following her tragic but brave battle against Alzheimer's disease. She died at 8.35 pm GMT on Thursday at a London care home. Her...

Stevie Wright, ex-Easybeats singer, dies aged 68

27 December 2015 Australian rock legend Stevie Wright has died at the age of 68. The ex-Easybeats frontman, who is widely regarding as Australia's first international pop star, died at 6 pm at Moruya Hospital on the...

James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

20 July 2014 James Garner, the US star of hit TV series The Rockford Files and Maverick, and films including The Great Escape has died of natural causes, aged 86. Garner had suffered ill health since a severe...