Now this, surely, is a job for the Afterword. The other day I found a treasure trove of old Radio Caroline shows on Mixcloud. However, they were mainly from the 60s and 70s. I have fond memories of the mid-80s and switching over from Janice Long or Richard Skinner to Caroline on 963 medium wave.
At the time it was sharing the frequency with Rafio Monique. And between the two stations handing over to one another, it would broadcast an hour of sponsored evangelical content. Fortunately, at 9pm, this would give way to – in my mind – a great mix of US college rock (REM, the Del Fuegos), rubbing shoulders with the tuneful end of UK indie, plus the kind of classic rock (Mountain, Kansas) you’d expect from Caroline. That plus the ship’s bell ringing on the hour and cryptic mentions of Living Awareness and the Caroline Roadshow whose extensive itinerary never seemed to stretch beyond Essex.
My question is: does anyone remember who the mid 80s nighttime DJs were? Were the shows as good as I remember? Did anyone anywhere record any? And if not, should we build up an imagined mid 80s nighttime Caroline playlist on Spotify (no, that’s just me, isn’t it?).