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