Radio Free London (RFL) 1968 – John Earl

The above sound tracks were found on a reel 2 reel tape recorded by one of the Radio Kaleidoscope Monitor stations, the tape was found in one of the archive boxes marked 1968. This Radio London International (RLI) broadcast suggests that it was emanating from the Romford/Ilford area’s and  includes requests for “Roland Pearson“. The DJ’s are John Earl and Kentucky Red.

The  reception of this MW broadcast recording is typical for the 60’s, most of the land-based pirate stations including Radio Kaleidoscope only used 50-100 Watts of transmitter power during MW daytime transmissions, this was more than enough to provide a good 30-50 Mile transmission radius until 1800 hrs when the atmospheric conditions would change allowing high powered continental broadcast stations to appear causing interference.

Domestic Broadcast receivers in the 60’s were valve radio’s they would regularly drift off frequency as they warmed up, requiring the listener to constantly adjust the Radio’s tuning dial throughout the day.


Do you Know who DJ’s John Earl or Kentucky Red are?




The following Press article identifies some of those who were involved with RFL 1969 :-

Dick Fox Davis – A clergyman’s son & Organiser

DJ – Kayne Newman

DJ’s – Don & Sandy Allan

Technician – Mike Davis

DJ – Brian James

DJ – Jason Wolfe

DJ – Jim Gordon

News Reporter Donald Walker – Photographer  Peter Stone


Radio Free London (RFL) Meeting – 1969 (Courtesy Linda Van Schagen)



Press story – 1969 (Courtesy Linda Van Schagen)