camdwntownjohn wrote:There was an all-oldies station from Twickenham called Radio Sovereign which was taking a large percentage of Capital's listeners and must have influenced them into starting Capital Gold. There was also Radio Jackie which was operating a very professional all-day service. I must watch that BBC documentary.
As Robbie's post made clear, this was about the soul/reggae/early hip-hop pirates, whose influence seeped through into shows such as Mike Allen's after he moved away from his mainstream daytime show - but there was also Laser 558, a return to offshore radio, picking up the audience for Top 40 music.
The thing about the whole culture that surrounded the soul pirates is that their owners were often every bit as supportive of the right-wing politics and economics which had now reached critical mass as the 1960s offshore stations' owners had been during their wilderness years - white liberals at the NME who wrote otherwise positive articles about, say, Jazzie B or Morgan Khan were routinely horrified at their anti-welfare state sentiments - but were not accepted by the gatekeepers of those politics as their predecessors had been, and we all know the reasons for that. Now, as we know from the election, the equivalent culture knows better (not least because there was still a whiff of Third Programmery coming from Labour in the 1980s, and despite the hype about the second coming of Attlee, there is really no more of that in the current Labour Party than there was under Blair ... no doubt if there had been we'd have had the result everyone expected).