RADIO SEAGULL on board the MV Mi Amigo - the archives 1973 - 1974

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Keith, the wireless waffler, writes:

"I worked near Harley Street when Geronimo was in its formative years and used to pop in at lunch hours. I would have been around 16 to 18 yrs of age then and working for the BBC in their Publications office but was a member of their studio dramatic club and had seen and acted in professional studios. I was a young teenager who knocked on a door and found myself in awe of slightly older chaps saying they were going to run a radio station from abroad. I was amazed when they launched from transmitters in Monte Carlo. They played the whole of the Woodstock album one evening. My memories also made me recollect that the Harley street office did not resemble a studio in the least.

I was phoned out of the blue by Ronan O'Rahilly and was asked for contact details for the Radio Geronimo announcers (Barry Everitt & Hugh Nolan) - I gave him this and hope that this may have led to them being on Radio Seagull..."


Of particular interest to Radio Geronimo listeners is Bob Noakes description of Hugh Nolan and Barry Everitt during their time on board the Mi Amigo, anchored in the International waters of the North Sea. Three years had passed since the demise of Radio Geronimo. Then Hugh and Barry appeared on board the Mi Amigo with the full support of Ronan O'Rahilly, owner of
Radio Seagull and Caroline...

"...Hugh and Barry arrived with their hash pipes and crates of underground records, and above all, with the total blessing of Ronan who had sent them across to us....

...Radio Seagull had become established. I was to spend the next few weeks on board in the company of some very strange people who were operating what had become possibly the strangest radio station in Europe. Our two new djs had given the station a distinctive new ultra-progressive sound that I found neither good nor bad - I simply didn't understand it. Andy and Johnny were on land enjoying a break, which left the station largely in their hands. As there was still nobody in charge to make decisions of music policy and direct the station's output, and love and peace, hash smoke and good vibes were guiding us, Radio Seagull soon became self-indulgent, directionless and empty...

...It was a wonderful broadcasting and communication opportunity for all involved; a transmitter which most of Europe could hear and carte-blanche to do and say anything....

...Barry and Hugh were undoubtedly professional, but their choice of music was so heavy and often so obscure that they could have only been reaching a small percentage of the available audience. The emphasis was on old Dylan tracks with plenty of Zappa and Beefheart. Later in the evening came some of the more horrisant music that only the most erudite of listeners would have been able to understand...

...The emphasis on drugs had also become much greater and this was reflected in the programmes; a special jargon had come into use which some of us could not understand. The station, and everything about it, had become so avant-garde and freaky that it was totally far out...

...Barry and Hugh were night-people who seldom saw the light of the sun. They slept by day and arose at about four in the afternoon to choose records for the evening's programmes. Their breakfast was usually a cup of tea and a thickly rolled joint which provide them with enough lethargy to stagger through their work and get high on the strange and fantastic music they selected...."

Bob Noakes, 1984. Last Of The Pirates ISBN 0 86228 092 3
 


Norman Barrington - Radio Seagull
Record & Radio Mirror

8 December 1973


Elija Van Den Berg*
 

Barry Everitt
(with fist raised)

Norman Barrington
 

Mike Wallgarland
 (Mike the poet)

 

Mike Hydrophoil

Andy Archer Robin Adcroft
*Elija comments in 2004:
My opinion of Seagull is it is the closest to a perfect radio station I have ever heard. The discussions and presentation of the programmes were human and intelligent. There was a real feeling of warmth and compassion. People talked about issues in a calm manner to people rather than shouting AT them, which is mostly what they do today (no communication between listener and broadcaster/DJ. There was real feedback from the listeners, which was frequent and created real debate and thought. I was there all that period and it is nice to get some kind of acknowledgement of my existence after all these years, this is mostly thanks to Tony Allan.

Elija invites you to visit the Tony Allan memorial website

Check out Andy Archer's diary. Click here.
Check out Andy Archer's diary

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