A Warm Welcome To Harvest Moon Radio.
Any online radio station is only good if it plays the music it’s listeners want to hear.
Harvest Moon Radio launched as an internet based online radio station in September 2017 We had a range of different shows and presenters. Today we continue to bring our listeners the music they want to hear. Our mission statement has always been “Where It’s All About The Music”.
In 2021 we started using Live Video Streams for our LIVE Scottish Pirate Show every Sunday. You catch up on previous shows head over to our MixCloud Page where you have access to 300+ shows.
Where Did It All Begin?
I guess it all really started back in the 60’s when we had the wonderful fun pirate radio ships broadcasting around Europe mainly from somewhere in the North Sea. 1967 saw the UK government outlaw the pirate radio ships. Most Closed down but some continued most notably Radio Caroline and in the 70s Radio North Sea International.
I had an opportunity to join RNI which I sadly declined as amongst other things I couldn’t swim so have never been keen of being on water.
So for me my first opportunity to present radio shows was around 1993 when I did 2 radio shows for a small community station based in Peterhead, where I presented a Thursday night show and also the Saturday afternoon sports show. Job changed meant I had to moved away and it wasn’t till I returned to the North East of Scotland did I continue again as a radio presenter, this time presenting the Friday Morning Breakfast show called Cereal Sounds on the local radio station Radio North Angus back in 2003. The show was quite successful and was quickly picked up to go out also on the new DAB network increasing my potential audience to a scary 500,000.
After a break I returned with a show I called The Pirate Show on Scottish Borders Community Radio Station TD1Radio. These shows gave me the desire to launch my own Internet Radio Station and in 2017 Harvest Moon Radio took to the internet to bring you a mixture of shows from around the world.
We now have 300+ shows available on our Mixcloud station page with more added every week. Whilst yes it would be nice to have multi presenters and shows, those days are not in our immediate plans for Harvest Moon Radio. Never say never however – we have some ideas for expanding. For now I simply just want to enjoy making the shows and hopefully the listeners enjoy listening to the shows either Live or using our Listen Again.
I have also over the last 5 years offered advice and support for a number of internet radio stations wishing to get started, all of which are still broadcasting today.
HISTORY OF PIRATE RADIO SHIPS
The radio station was started back in 2017 as a project/hobby idea to try and go back to the days of the 60s and the many pirate radio stations that sprung up around the coast of the UK and Europe.
Pirate radio in the UK first became widespread in the early 1960s when pop music stations such as Radio Caroline and Radio London started to broadcast on medium wave to the UK from offshore ships or disused sea forts. At the time, these stations were not illegal because they were broadcasting from international waters. The stations were set up by entrepreneurs and music enthusiasts to meet the growing demand for pop and rock music, which was not catered for by BBC Radio services. The first British pirate radio station was Radio Caroline, which started broadcasting from a ship off the Essex coast in 1964. By 1967, ten pirate radio stations were broadcasting to an estimated daily audience of 10-15 million.
Radio Scotland was an offshore pirate radio station broadcasting on 1241 kHz mediumwave (242 metres), created by Tommy Shields in 1965. The station was on the former lightship L.V. Comet, which had been fitted out as a radio station in Guernsey using RCA technology and engineers, it was anchored at locations off Scotland, usually outside territorial waters. The station began on 31 December 1965
The UK Government closed the international waters loophole via the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act in 1967 which came into effect at midnight on the 14th August 1967, although Radio Caroline would continue to broadcast in various forms right up to 1990. When Marine &c. Broadcasting Offences Act become law on 14 August 1967, Radio Caroline was renamed Radio Caroline International. Six weeks later, the BBC introduced its new national pop station Radio 1, modelled largely on the successful offshore station Radio London, and employed many of the ex-pirate DJs.
On 24 March 1970, a radio ship named Mebo II anchored off the east coast of England during the UK general election campaign, broadcasting as Radio North Sea International (RNI). RNI operated on medium wave, short wave and FM. Its medium wave transmission was jammed by the UK authorities and on 13 June, RNI changed its name to Radio Caroline International with co-operation from Ronan O’Rahilly. Radio Caroline lobbied against the Labour Party, for the Conservative Party and for the introduction of licensed commercial radio in the United Kingdom. Following the election, RNI resumed its original name but jamming continued under the newly-elected Conservative government. It was not until RNI returned to its original anchorage off the Netherlands that the jamming ceased.
From June 1971 until the end of August 1974 Radio North Sea International was a regular and reliable broadcaster from international waters, four miles from the coast of the Netherlands. The main MW transmissions continued at about 50 kW on 1367 kHz, shortwave using 10 kW on 6205 kHz and VHF FM on 100 MHz. Dutch programs, which were mostly taped on land, were extended eventually to 20:00 Central European Time (CET).
Programs in English extended at the weekends from 03:00 until 06:00, when Dutch language programming began. The second 10 kW AM TX was tested on medium wave 773 kHz, and on 30 September 1972 as RNI 2, a second stream on 1562 kHz, in addition to the main stream on 1367 kHz, and intended to assure advertisers that, if need arose, Mebo II could continue transmissions on another frequency. The main English-language service closed at midnight on 30/31 August 1974, and Dutch transmissions ceased on 31 August 1974 at 20:00.
Following RNI’s closure due to the Dutch Marine Offences Act, it was announced that the ship would move to Italy to broadcast as that country’s first offshore radio station. However, this plan fell through, and in 1976 the ship sailed to Libya where it operated for some time in coastal waters relaying Libyan state radio. Later its broadcast operations ceased, and it was sunk in 1980 when it was targeted for Libyan rocket practice.