‘Pirate’ goes fishing for listeners 

14 June 2024 tbs.pm/81578


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From the Birmingham Post for 25 May 1964

In pirate garb, and brandishing a sword. “Screaming Lord Sutch,” the 23 year old pop singer, and members of his team aboard his “pirate” radio fishing boat before leaving Butlers Wharf, Tower Pier, for Southend-on-Sea yesterday.

The vessel, to be called Radio Sutch, will operate off Southend from next Wednesday – the third “pirate” radio station to operate off Britain. Apart from two disc jockeys aboard “Lord Sutch” will do some of the programmes himself.

A man in shorts leaps from a boat

Sutch – a former Parliamentary candidate for Stratford-upon-Avon – has underwritten the radio venture for a month.

The vessel will anchor about four and a half miles off Shoeburyness, Essex. A converted fishing trawler, about 60 foot long, called Cornucopia, was catching fish off Southend on Friday.

Mr Reg Calvert, Sutch’s manager, said “Radio Sutch” would transmit from noon to 2 p.m., 5 to 8 p.m. and 12.15 a.m. to 2.15 a.m. The programmes would be variously called From me to you, Candy’s Pop Shop, Programmes for Under Sixteens, with a late night programme, Saucy Bedtime Stories.

“The sort of thing we intend to do on the late night programme is to have a ‘fade in’ of An English Country Garden and then five minutes’ reading from Lady Chatterley’s Lover. We will then play evening music. We have a lot of long playing records.”

“Radio Sutch” would be able to transmit over a 50 mile range. It would not interfere with Radio Caroline or Radio Atlanta, he said.


Lord Sutch

Lord Sutch


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