Radio Caroline claims world first in US launch

By James Cridland for
Posted 20 January 2015, 1.00am est

Radio Caroline

Famous pirate radio station Radio Caroline launches in the US today, with an intruiging world first: automatic timezone detection.

Listeners to internet radio are hampered by timezones, meaning that they often wake up to radio shows intended for drivetime or evening listening. However, with a new app, listeners on the East Coast and the West Coast of the US will get delayed versions of the station, enabling fans to wake up to the breakfast show and go home with drivetime. Listeners via the Radioplayer on the Radio Caroline website also automatically get versions of the station tailored for their timezone.

Tony Paul presents the Radio Caroline breakfast show live from Los Angeles every morning, and will therefore have the interesting experience of waking up to himself on the radio!

In 2005, BBC Radio 1 started broadcasting a time-delayed version of the station on US satellite service Sirius, which continued until 2011. It was only time-delayed for listeners on the East Coast, however. In 2013, we highlighted a DIY piece of work: the Radio-4-Matic, which delayed BBC Radio 4's output to Pacific Time for one hacker.

You'll find both apps on the Radio Caroline website.

Press Release

Los Angeles, Calif. - Legendary music station Radio Caroline that defied the British government to bring rock and roll to the UK and sparked the Swinging Sixties launches in the U.S.A. today.

Still leading the way in innovation, in an industry first, Radio Caroline is rolling out new apps on Tuesday Jan. 20 that remove the time difference and enable American fans to listen to the station's output from breakfast throughout the day and into the evening in either Eastern Standard Time or Pacific Standard Time.

It's the first time that a British radio station has synched its output for the East Coast and the West Coast of America with its flagship breakfast show originating in Los Angeles. Now listeners on both coasts can start their day with the breakfast show with Tony Paul from 7 to 9 a.m and hear the rest of the station's output from the U.K. around the clock.

After 50 years on the air, Caroline remains true to its heritage with real personalities playing the music of the rock and roll generations up to the present day and helping break the best new artists.

Apps for iOS and Android are now available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play and the apps are free!

“The British station with the American name soon became recognized as a symbol of rebellion the world over.” New York Times, April 3, 2011.

Named after President John F. Kennedy's daughter, Radio Caroline began broadcasting in 1964 from two ships anchored off the coast of Britain in international waters.

At a time when Britain's official broadcaster the BBC refused to play the music young people were clamoring to hear, pirate DJs lived on board the boats and rocked and rolled in defiance of The Establishment, playing songs by The Who, the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and other now iconic bands.

Endorsing the book “The Ship That Rocked the World,” Pete Townshend of The Who is quoted as saying: “Without Caroline, we would not have sold a single record.”

The story inspired the Hollywood movie “Pirate Radio,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, which was written and directed by Richard Curtis, a longtime Radio Caroline fan.

The station still has one of the “boats that rocked,” the “Ross Revenge,” now restored and anchored just off the coast of southeastern England.

A feature documentary about the history of Radio Caroline is currently in production in the U.S. and U.K. and features interviews with Roger Daltrey, Mick Fleetwood, Donovan, Olivia Harrison, Richard Branson and original DJs including Johnnie Walker and Tom Lodge.

More information

Radio Caroline
Suffolk & N.Essex (648 AM) UK,US
James Cridland — James runs, and is a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. He also publishes a free daily newsletter about podcasting, Podnews, and a weekly radio trends newsletter.


6 years, 3 months ago

Hmm, I am guessing that Radio Caroline have done some research to see if the number of Internet listeners over the pond will make this a viable venture because I am guessing whoever is providing the service on behalf of Radio Caroline, are not doing it for free. It sounds a good idea. And, by the way, I am sure I read that Tony Paul is NOT live. It is recorded "as live" and played out from the station the following morning.

6 years, 3 months ago

So I reckon it's only for the earliest part of Americans the broadcast's gonna be live. That sucks.

6 years, 3 months ago

That is not right. Nothing sucks about my all time favorite radio station. Been listening since 1964 and am still a fan. Internet and worldwide is the way to go whether live or delayed I now have the option to get to listen to Tony Paul over breakfast...

6 years, 3 months ago

I am absolutely delighted that Caroline has been able to extend its activities onto platforms in the U.S. I spent many happy days in the mid-Sixties listening to the North ship's output from Ramsey Bay on 199 meters. It sounded great in Mid Wales. However, recently I was beginning to feel that enthusiasm for Caroline had been hijacked by the need to keep the remaining ship in good shape (and possibly failing). The happy sunshine experience of all that brilliant music and enthusiastic jocks
had given way to the mediocre realities of painting and decorating a mouldering museum piece. I think that the trick is to get rid of of the past that may be holding you back and hang on tightly to innovations that will make you number one in the world again. Good Luck Caroline!

6 years, 3 months ago

Good luck to the Radio Caroline 'time zone detection' process in America.
Whatever happened to the planned additional channel 'Caroline Extra' in the UK?
Back in January 2014, my internet radio picked up the test transmission (stream) with new station title, then the service disappeared. I did email Caroline months ago but never received a reply.

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