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Ronan O'Rahilly

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:51 pm
by brigham
Sad to hear of the passing of Ronan O'Rahilly.

A great character. RIP.

Re: Ronan O'Rahilly

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:20 pm
by Brock
"Ronan O'Rahilly comes 2nd after only Reith in UK Radio History" according to one poster on a forum I'm involved in. I wouldn't go quite that far, but he was certainly very influential over the development of radio broadcasting in the UK. Radio Caroline was the first of the pirate radio stations and has influenced practically every broadcaster that came after it. RIP.

(Incidentally, I regularly listen to the internet station Radio Caroline Flashback, which plays music from that era, and very good it is too. The parent station Radio Caroline is still available on 648kHz in Suffolk and north Essex.)

Re: Ronan O'Rahilly

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:02 am
by fatcat
When you think about it, what a concept! "let's broadcast from a boat outside territorial waters" Then logistics of the mast (on a rocking boat) and the power needed to get the coverage, quite something to think about when today your mobile phone drops a call.
Of course, the government was having none of it and initiated by Tony Benn (of all people) who was in charge of communications they brought out bills to squash the pirates.

Re: Ronan O'Rahilly

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:47 am
by Mark
I have a CD set from a few years ago, basically a music compilation with a few jingles on it as well, nice set though.

Sorry to hear the news, R.I.P.

Re: Ronan O'Rahilly

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:57 am
by Brian F
fatcat wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:02 am
When you think about it, what a concept! "let's broadcast from a boat outside territorial waters" Then logistics of the mast (on a rocking boat) and the power needed to get the coverage, quite something to think about when today your mobile phone drops a call.
Of course, the government was having none of it and initiated by Tony Benn (of all people) who was in charge of communications they brought out bills to squash the pirates.
Of course if you are on a boat/metal fort in salt water you get a very good earth for ground wave transmission. I saw Ronan when on the central London March for free radio. I remember him appealing for "No violence" before it started.

Re: Ronan O'Rahilly

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:51 am
by Brock
fatcat wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:02 am
When you think about it, what a concept! "let's broadcast from a boat outside territorial waters"
It ought to be said that O'Rahilly didn't come up with the idea himself. The Dutch station Radio Veronica had been broadcasting since 1960. (Wikipedia says that the first stations in the North Sea appeared in 1958.)