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Please check out yesternoir.org: HERE.
Please check out yesternoir.org: HERE.
Much has already been written on yesternoir.org regarding the origins of the original Radio Caroline. Mervyn has kindly shared some additional information with me in private (and unlike others it will remain that way) which really does support the details that have already been published through Caroline Brooks (yes she does exist as do the other people Mervyn has named). Their research is detailed or forensic as they say, the attention to detail impressive and the results have changed my understanding of events in the 1960's completely. As a lover of truth I am quite happy to be corrected and educated, it's healthy for the mind and body.
All of this has led me to consider the following. Is there any tangible connection between Radio Caroline in the 1960's and the subsequent Radio stations that have used that name? In addressing that question I include my own interactions with Ronan O'Rahilly (who I first met in 1977) and those involved with Radio Caroline from the late 1980's onwards.
So we have Radio Caroline which began broadcasting in 1964 and was damaged by the Marine Offenses Act in August 1967 however remained on air largely through Payola until March 1968 when the ships were towed to Holland. This is a matter of historical fact. As an impressionable child of the 1960's I listed to Radio London (Big L) and learned at an early age that Governments will do anything they want regardless of public opinion and widespread sentiment (sad as I was at the time it was a lesson worth learning and has helped me considerably in adulthood).
On the evidence presented so far, I have concluded that the origins of Radio Caroline are as described on Yesternoir and that Radio Atlanta and Radio Caroline were a single operation.
The real role of Ronan O'Rahilly initially as a spokesperson for Radio Caroline and then the convenient business face of the station is also correct.
That he was most definitely not the founder and was part of a smokescreen to keep those behind both ventures hidden is in my opinion also correct.
You might not like that opinion however as I have said the evidence often documented or cross referenced is robust at the very least, indeed the level of investigation and time devoted to uncovering the truth has been considerable. That alone has helped me understand why Paul Rusling and Brian Lister are not popular with the researchers, there is a strong argument that at the very least their behavior was unethical and potentially a lot worse however it is not my responsibility to second guess what further actions may be taken.
So back to the question. Is there any tangible connection between Radio Caroline in the 1960's and the subsequent Radio stations that have used that name? In part two I will address that question, firstly considering Radio Northsea International's taking the name Radio Caroline International during a British election and the ongoing impact that had (because it had considerable impact) for offshore radio and the Dutch outlawing their own offshore stations in 1974.
I would urge anyone who has not read Andy Archers account of his experience with Radio Caroline in the 1970's to do so, the link is here. This will help you to see just how Ronan O'Rahilly operated during the early 1970's. It also helps you to start following the money and who was really funding and running Radio Caroline at that time. You might want to then consider what tangible connection there was with the 1960's Radio Caroline operation. I have tried to be logical and factual rather than sentimental and looking back through rose tinted glasses, will you be?
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