Radio Kaleidoscope  at Christmas





1967 – Southend-on-Sea – First Pirate Radio station!

Radio Kaleidoscope was a pirate radio station that operated out of various locations in Essex, UK, during the 1960s and 1970s, and which in many ways set the lead in clandestine radio that land-based pirates followed for many years afterwards. It produced high-quality, inoffensive and fun radio shows, broadcast simultaneously on medium wave, short wave and VHF, and interspersed with unique and professionally-produced jingle sets, provided by a contact in the BBC.  It was the first land-based pirate station to offer telephone request shows in 1967, whereby listeners could phone in and request their favorite records.  The station could also receive fan mail, and distribute prizes, by means of an anonymous dead-letterbox in East London.

Radio Kaleidoscope was very much part of the local community, and alongside receiving regular telephone feedback from remote engineers about transmission quality and signal strength, the team also gave talks and lectures to youth clubs and colleges about just what was involved in running a pirate radio station. Read more about the history of Radio Kaleidoscope here.


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Southend-on-Sea “Pirates” 1968










Typical map of telephone calls received whilst On-Air

Typical map of telephone calls received whilst On-Air 1967


*** NEWS FLASH ***

Radio Caroline has been granted a MW Radio broadcast licence in the 50th year anniversary of the Marine Offenses Act 14-August-1967.

Welcome back Radio Caroline a much loved radio station..


14-August 1967 

The first day of the Marine offenses Act outlawing the Radio Pirates


The first broadcasts were heard from Radio Kaleidoscope


Click HERE and listen to The Radio Election – The Story of the 1970 General Election

Click HERE and listen to RNI song – Who do you think you are kidding Mr Wilson


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