Radio 270 broadcast from a ship moored off the Yorkshire coast from June 1966 until the August 1967. With an audience of four million, 270 was essential listening at the height of the Swinging Sixties.
Monday 14th August 1967
a black day in the minds of many. So many of us still feel the pain of the Tuesday morning afterwards. We tuned in vain to 270 metres,
and there was nothing . .
just a vacant crackling of the ether.
The station broadcast from the good ship
Oceaan 7, anchored just four miles off Scarborough, and later in Bridlington Bay. She was a small but very seaworthy Dutch trawler, fitted out in Guernsey, arriving off Scarborough in March 1966.
The launch on 1st April did not go too well; the top 100 feet of her 161 feet tall aerial mast snapped off during a storm and the ship had to be sailed to Grimsby for a replacement mast. More details of the Radio 270 History can be found on the History Page.
It's a fascinating tale involving bomb hoaxes, the mast collapsing and a top level inquiry ordered by the Prime Minister into how the RAF tried to help Radio 270 on its last night. The story is written by the 270 men who were there at Yorkshire's very own swinging station.
The station finally started test transmissions on 4th June 1966, initially on just a quarter power. Later that month regular programmes began but only after a rival offshore station, Radio London (Big L) had tried squatting on 270's frequency (1115 KHz). Radio 270 retaliated by hiring two of the Big L's key architects; programmer Ben Toney and engineer Russ Tollerfield. A full list of the Radio 270 team, including DJs, marine crew, news-readers, engineers and the backroom girls who manned the office, all on the Radio 270 Team page.
The Radio 270 offices on the side of Wilf Proudfoot's house in Scarborough
What Became of Radio 270?
After closing down on August 14th, 1967, the ship sailed to Bridlington and the DJs were landed at the harbour at 1am, where several hundred listeners and the stranded DJs (Mike Hayes, Paul Kramer and Mike Barron) were waiting to welcome ashore Rusty Allen, Ross Randell and Philip Hayton and the engineers.
Later that morning Captain Olaf Hodgson sailed the ship past Scarborough, towards Whitby, where she was initially berthed outside the Angel pub, just south of the town's famous harbour bridge. After the crew were paid off, the ship was taken across to the shipyard where over the next week some items were removed.
She was offered for sale by local estate agent (and Radio 270 shareholder) Len Tuckley. About six month later a deal had been done with Radio Caroline to replace their South ship, the Mi Amigo, which had been towed into Amsterdam by creditors.
Radio Caroline didn't pay the required money so the Oceaan 7 continued to be offered for sale for another year before the transmitters and other plant were removed in September 1968. On the last Sunday in October 1968 the ship left Whitby having been sold to Smiths scrapyard at Blyth where she was dismantled in late 1970.
The Oceaan 7 tied up outside The Angel pub in Whitby, after having paid off her crew. In the front is Robert Ashton's trusty steed across the Harbour, with several Radio 270 stickers on the pillion box. Robert took this pic in August 1967.
Neddy Noel's 270 Souvenir DVD
features voices many of
the Radio 270 men.
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Details of the entire Radio 270 crew of DJs and other staff can be found on the Radio 270 web site's TEAM page.
NOTE There are several individuals who claim they were a Radio 270 DJ, however the listing on our TEAM page has been checked against Wilf Proudfoot's own records and we are certain that the one we have is "all inclusive". If they are not listed on the TEAM page, then you can be pretty certain that they NEVER worked on Radio 270!
Radio 270 T-Shirts available in 50 colours
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The PIRATE RADIO PARTY BOAT will have radio and TV studios plus filming facilities on board. It will be the home of multiple radio and TV stations and also house recording studios for musicians as well as be available for production of music videos.
The Pirate Radio Party Boat will sail from port to harbours around the UK all year round spending a couple of weeks in each. Transmissions will take place live from the ship.
The public will be invited to tour the facilities during the day and in the evening the ship's restaurant will be available for dining. There will also be a performance area for musicians to perform their latest material. The restaurant will also be available for lectures and educational purposes during the day and there will also be exhibition space which will include many Radio 270 artefacts.
For more information about the Pirate Radio Party Boat, see this web site.
Radio 270's first super star, NEDDY NOEL, is donating all the proceeds of his excellent souvenir DVD of Radio 270 to the Pirate Radio Party Boat.
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Proceeds from the sale of this DVD are being donated by Neddy Noel to the Pirate Radio Party Boat
Neddy Noel, Radio 270's first star DJ returned to the UK this week and while in Hull he visited BBC Radio Humberside and appeared on Andy Comfort's afternoon show.
In a half hour interview he chatted about the early days of Radio 270, where he was programme director. Andy had found some of Noel's old audio clips which had a bit of Noel being refereshingly open about politics, and Noel explained how the decision to bring in the MoA was politically motivated. You can hear the interview by clicking on Noel's Page - click HERE.
The Oceaan 7 at her penultimate resting place, alongside the shipyard in Whitby, where she was to remain for over 18 months, offered on the market for £12,500. The price included a large quantity of records!
The transmitter and the studio equipment was bought by the IBC (a Dutch based broadcaster) who used it on the same frequency as Capital Radio. Most of the parts were later used by the Belgian offshore station, Radio Atlantis.
Your swingingest host on the Yorkshire coast