Yesterday a blue plaque was unveiled at the station’s original London headquarters in Mayfair to celebrate almost 60 years of broadcasting to the British public.
The station and its transmitters were taken over by the invading German forces in 1940, and were used for English-language propaganda broadcasts by William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw") and others. When the Allied armed forces vacated the Radio Luxembourg premises at the close of World War II, the English-language service attempted to restart transmissions to the United Kingdom as a full-time commercial radio station using the European long-wave band, once more under the management of Stephen Williams. ", He comes upon a photograph of himself and Harold Wilson. In December 1933, they transferred 23-year-old Stephen Williams from directing their English-language programmes transmitted over Radio Paris to become the first manager of the English language service of Radio Luxembourg. During the 1980s one of the station's slogans was "Planet earth's biggest commercial radio station". From 1932, German journalist and LGBT-activist Eva Siewert worked as editor-in-chief and trilingual head spokeswoman for the station in German, English and French. Ten to eleven. By the middle of 1968, even the two Caroline offshore stations had left the air and, while other attempts were made to restart offshore radio commercial broadcasts aimed at the UK in the early 1970s, Luxembourg did not face commercial competition, only a growing increase in audience share by more BBC services. I remember the great DJs of the time like Tony Prince, Mark Wesley, Paul Burnett, Bob Stewart and Dave Christian. He said, 'What were you - a miner? Eastern Bloc governments did not use jammers to prevent people from listening to Radio Luxembourg, but did do so for Radio Free Europe and, since the stations used harmonic frequencies (1439 kHz for Luxembourg and 719 kHz for Free Europe), the jamming also affected Radio Luxembourg's signal. Little did the young Mark know that waves would be so important in his future. What a magnificent view of the Thames Estuary.'. Right there, I thought, you have a terrific government conspiracy plot.'. An English-language classic rock digital station from RTL Group called Radio Luxembourg began in 2005.
I wonder if we can improve it by whipping it up to 78?' The stations thus exposed millions of Britons and British companies to commercial broadcasting, which contributed to the creation of the commercial ITV during the 1950s.. Under good weather conditions, and especially at night, people as far as eastern Czechoslovakia, Poland  and Estonia could listen to the station. Williams soon left the station and Everitt found himself in charge of a small on-air staff of three women and one man.
His latest novel, Dead City Exit, sees the return of Mark's protagonist James Stack and his team, Summer Peterson and Charlie 'Hollywood' Dawson and was inspired by a scientific discovery he read about in The Guardian. O'Rahilly had discovered something intriguing: unlicensed ships in Europe with pirate transmitters playing music of their choosing to a tiny audience in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. But soon there was competition from other nearby ships, particularly "Wonderful Radio London", and they upped the tempo (the former Radio London DJ Keith Skues described his station as the "swingingest"); soon the Rolling Stones and the Byrds were enthralling anyone who, like a young Johnnie Walker listening in a suburb of Birmingham, could thread a long wire from their window and manipulate the spotty reception. It also strongly influenced contemporary underground culture and music in Czechoslovakia. Learn more. That's why the American government put Elvis in the army and why the British police hounded Brian Jones in an attempt to destroy the Stones. Eine Spurensuche", "RTL sells Channel Five to Richard Desmond", http://www.radioluxembourg.co.uk/?page_id=30, "Radio Luxembourg and its significance for listeners in socialist Czechoslovakia (oral history)", "Radio Luxembourg and its importance for auditors in the socialist Czechoslovakia (oral history)", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Radio_Luxembourg&oldid=984508019, Articles with dead external links from October 2019, Articles needing additional references from March 2012, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles needing clarification from January 2019, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2012, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. I wouldn't call them groupies. Having had his first taste of the decks in Essex, Mark managed to get on board at the pirate radio ship, Radio Northsea International, and it was his experience presenting at sea that led to his big break. It is 40 years since he joined Radio 1, a decade since graduating to Radio 2, but his spliff stories are newly in demand. '", Walker got high with his friends and suddenly found himself popular. 'My girlfriend in London was an Irish girl called DeeDee. I was an avid listener of Luxy from about 1970 through to the 80s. Ollie Henry, wife and former co-host to the late Stuart Henry on Radio Luxembourg has died in Wales. Initial output was dignified, with shows aimed at housewives and children home from school; they did play the Beatles, but also the Searchers and Ken Dodd. By Peter Bradshaw, Go-go dancers and Paul McCartney were among those at the world premiere in London of Richard Curtis's latest comedy The Boat That Rocked, about a 1960s pirate radio station in the North Sea, Available for everyone, funded by readers.
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