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I am creating this page while updating and expanding the entry for "Pirate Radio". In 1984 I interviewed Don Pierson for a radio broadcast and some of this material has now been published with my cooperation by Sibiu University Press under the authorship of Dr. Eric Gilder. I will be drawing upon this material and my lasting friendship with Don Pierson who turned over to me all of his official records concerning the creation of Wonderful Radio London and his other offshore radio stations: "Swinging Radio England" and "Britain Radio". I will also be creating page entries for these stations as time permits and linking them all through the "Pirate Radio" entry. MPLX/MH 21:30, 28 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Why I removed the following item to this page[edit]

The Wonderful Radio London Story (Jumbo Records, UK, 1997) is a 3-CD audio documentary comprising narration, interviews and clips from programmes. It is now out of print but may be available secondhand.

This is a contested copyright issue. Please see the external link:

However, the contributor is in the legal position of being able to contribute this information from its original source, not the source cited above, due to the fact that some of the contested material - especially the exclusive interview with Don Pierson and a lot of documented material about the origin of the station, comes from Don Pierson archives in the legal possession of the contributor to this article and this is one reason why this information is now being made available for everyone by these contributions to "Wonderful Wiki"! By the way, I am also in the process of creating a Don Pierson biography on Wikipedia. I have not had time to complete it as of this date. MPLX/MH 00:32, 1 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Reference is made to the publication of a 3-cd set in the nineties (?). May I just point out there was a 2-LP set issued by Ray Anderson/EAP in the early 1970's, to complement other double LP releses related to priate radio, including Caroline and RNI. I know of, but not the detail of, some questionable copyright problems, which is not my concern --Keith 16:44, 14 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]


If you have a photo of RL's vessel, please upload it. --kingboyk 06:45, 9 February 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done! - Ian Dunster 13:48, 6 March 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have added a picture of Don Pierson and other details which I intend to expand. Fragilethreads 04:48, 11 January 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

John Yorke ambiguous?[edit]

The reference to John Yorke appears ambiguous. The Wikipedia article for John Yorke makes no mention of any involvement with pirate radio. Although it appears he is a BBC TV producer, so I am not sure if it is the same person or not. Does anybody know? Charles 20:05, 22 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

John Yorke (or Yorke) was indeed a BBC Producer and he did make a short-lived appearance as a Radio London DJ.

Mary Payne, Radio London webmaster —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:09, 14 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Are we sure it is one and the same person. The person needed to be aged 18 at least in 1967, and therefore, would now be aged app 60??. I query only on basis there is no reference on his personal page, and nothing dated before "late 1980's following university". Sorry, doesnt ring right --Keith 17:45, 14 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My apologies. I'm getting my Johns mixed up! It was Jon Sedd who spent a short spell on Radio London and went on to become a radio and TV newsreader (Yorkshire TV) and producer under his real name of John Crosse. He retired ( I think to America) some years ago and we have not heard from him for quite a while.

John Yorke, who came from Brooklyn, was 24 years old when he spent a couple of weeks on the station in 1967. (According to Brian Long's book 'The London Sound') His real name is believed to be John Young and he is one of the few offshore DJs who have never been traced.

Mary Payne, Radio London webmaster —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:29, 15 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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incorrect use of file name[edit]

Who named this Wonderful Radio London???. The "Wonderful" part was only ever used in promotional material. The namne used within text in news stories, and on air was simply "Radio London" --Keith 23:00, 15 November 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Spot on! But almost two years have passed and, well ... IXIA (talk) 22:13, 8 November 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Jingles / connection with BBC Radio One[edit]

It's well-known that the start-up of Radio One in August 1967 was to satisfy the demand for pop-music broadcasting which the BBC had previously ignored, only for the pirate stations to move in and fill the gap.

However, reading this article, it seems to me that at least two early Radio One jingles can be traced back to Radio London; the "Radio One is wonderful" jingle (which is also a pun; later parodied by a comedy show as "Radio Prune is prunederful") and the "Tower of Power" jingle which referenced Radio London boasting (in both senses) the most powerful antenna mast in pirate radio.

If references can be found for these links, so they can be included in the article, it would be great. — (talk) 17:10, 31 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]


4FWS redirects to this article, but I don't see it mentioned in the article. Or perhaps I missed it? -- Gyrofrog (talk) 20:16, 27 March 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]