I grew up in South Wales before moving to England and Scotland, and eventually returned to Wales after many years of travelling the UK, and the world!
My first real memory of listening to the radio, and being fascinated by it, was as a 10 year old when a childminder had BBC Radio One on as she looked after my sister and I. That was when I first heard the likes of Tony Blackburn, DLT and Johnny Walker.
A few years later I was staying with relatives in London and watched a TV interview with Simon Dee in which Radio Caroline was mentioned, I was intrigued! In early 1974 I took possession of a Sobell Fidelio radio which had a special band reserved for Caroline 199 and Luxembourg 208.
I heard Radio Northsea International on this radio one night, and to be honest I sort of assumed it was from Norway, don’t ask me why! A year later I started getting into music and buying Record Mirror on a regular basis. There was a lot of coverage of the offshore radio stations in that UK music paper and after following the various clues within articles and small ads at the back I started listening to Radio Caroline in Autumn 1975.
Soon after there was the drifting and the infamous raid on the Mi Amigo and I followed the story. The station was back soon after the raid and I continued to listen to both Radio Caroline and Radio Mi Amigo.
Apart from listening to the offshore stations I did the usual school thing until I was 17, and then worked in the newspaper industry for seven years, mainly in the advertising and circulation fields.
My interest in offshore radio led me to becoming editor of the English language edition of Offshore Echos Magazine. Myself and two members of the OEM team hired a plane to fly over the Ross Revenge when it first arrived off the English coast in 1983.
I eventually decided to leave the newspaper business, and in 1987 I joined the Voice of Peace radio station. Working on the Peace Ship was quite an interesting experience and I learnt a lot, not just about radio, but life in general. I made many long lasting friends on the VOP, and had a great time in Israel on shore leave!
In late 1987 I joined Radio Caroline shortly after the big tower had collapsed. It was a bad time to be onboard, but we had a good crew and plenty of supplies. During that winter we tidied up the ship, built various aerial systems, and kept things ticking over on the broadcasting front although I really cannot say I liked the format at all!
In late Summer 1988 I returned to the VOP for another few months before returning to the UK and then rejoining Radio Caroline just before Easter 1989. I appeared on both BBC TV and French TV in features about Radio Caroline.
Little did we know in Summer 1989 that the British and Dutch authorities were hatching plans to destroy our beloved stations. This culminated in the massive raid on the Ross Revenge in August. However by this time I had decided to settle down, get myself a proper job and do all the normal boring things that you do!
I then did a few shows for Chris England’s Euronet satellite service, and over the next few years I helped out with various radio magazines, and eventually started my own publication, Playback, with backing from legendary Radio Atlantis and Caroline DJ Steve England of Alfasound who I had known for many years.
Time moved on, and I got involved in publishing a computer magazine, selling computer software, got married, became a father, those sort of things. Interest in radio dropped a little, and it wasn’t until I started up an online radio station around 2010 that things reignited for me!
2018 gave me the chance to work again on two European AM radio stations, firstly on Radio Mi Amigo International where I worked with some old shipmates from offshore radio days. Then in July I was offered the chance to join Seabreeze AM where I currently present a two hour weekly programme on Friday evenings. I can now combine my passion for radio with my love of music on a regular basis.
I have a broad taste in music, but Tamla Motown and 60’s Mod were my first real loves. This developed into a liking for Northern Soul after I bought a Vespa scooter and went on runs to the English East Coast where discos usually played non stop Northern Soul for the thousands of scooter riders that descended en masse on Bank Holiday weekends!
However, punk rock, classic rock, and 80’s pop also appeal to me, so my radio shows always feature a wide variety of quality music!