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Monday 19 September is International Talk Like A Pirate Day – and someone who knows all about that is Classic FM presenter Nick Bailey who began his career with the original pirate radio station, Radio Caroline.
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Nick read the 8am news bulletin on 8 August 1967, went on shore leave later that day and never returned to Radio Caroline because of the introduction of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act. He later emigrated to Australia on a £10 assisted passage ticket where he worked on several radio shows including an evening programme on Brisbane’s most successful station at the time, 4BH. It was while Nick was on the ship to Australia that he heard that both Radio Carolines had been towed away because of not being able to pay their bills. Since Caroline became illegal, advertisers had shunned the station.
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