Prince Charles explains 'pebble theatre'.
Don Pierson [right]
explains how a young
Prince Charles made a
request to join the
Radio London fan club.
Prince Charles explains 'pebble theatre'.
Don Pierson [right]
explains how a young
Prince Charles made a
request to join the
Radio London fan club.
In yesterday's blog I focused upon 'key words' that created a riddle.
If the claims in the 2002 IEE book called 'Radio Man' are true: how can that riddle by reconciled with all of the many books, magazines, newspapers, radio and television documentaries that purport to tell a different story about the creation of Radio Caroline? Both versions cannot be true, can they?
What if both versions are untrue?
This was the dilemma that presented itself just before the lecture that was due to be delivered on October 25, 2014 at the Burntisland Communications Museum. In the accepted version of the story, Allan Crawford had one set of investors and a project from which Ronan O'Rahilly had broken away and then gathered his own investors with the help of a man called 'Jimmy Ross'.
There were supposedly two ventures: One behind Radio Atlanta and another behind Radio Caroline.
But to make that scenario work, a lot of details have to be overlooked, and most of those details are really timeline questions. For instance: How was Project Atlanta Limited put together; when was it put together, and who was on the board of that company?
You may think that is a settled question, but it is not.
First of there is that secret trip that Ronan O'Rahilly. He was supposedly a big hero worshiper of President John F. Kennedy, and yet, O'Rahilly took off for Idlewild Airport in New York on behalf of Allan Crawford in June 1963, just as JFK was touching down at Shannon Airport in Ireland.
The press claimed that O'Rahilly renamed the mv Fredericia and called it 'Caroline' after President Kennedy's 5 years-old daughter. However, we now know that this was a latter day lie. It was dreamed-up in early 1965 by freelance journalists who were working in New York for the weekly 'yellow press' U.S. newspaper called the 'National Enquirer'.
Second, when O'Rahilly returned to London, Crawford's Project Atlanta Limited was registered on August 1, 1963 with just two directors. So what about all those other high-flying directors whose names later cropped up on its board? How about them, indeed! How did they get there and when did they get there?
Third, there is that strange intervention with the timeline on November 22, 1963. That is when President Kennedy had his head blown apart in the middle of Dallas, Texas, and then, his alleged assassin was gunned down in the middle of the Dallas Police Department underground garage - while surrounded by police and reporters. All of it transmitted on 'live' television coverage.
Fourth, there is the former 'Radio Nord' radio ship, which suddenly, right after the murder of JFK, saw its refurbished transmitters and all broadcasting equipment rushed down from the Dallas factory to the pier on Galveston Island where the mv Mi Amigo was docked. Then that ship suddenly left port after its captain told authorities that it was going out for 'sea trials' in the Gulf of Mexico during the Christmas and New Years' holiday period. But that ship never returned to port and sailed instead for the Bahama islands.
Fifth, and within hours of the Mi Amigo leaving port, a retired Danish passenger ferry called Fredericia, suddenly left its Copenhagen dock bound for Rotterdam.
Sixth, years later, Ian Cowper Ross wrote a book, a novel that was published in 1990, in which he began to recite a fanciful tale that he also told on a BBC-TV 'Arena' program that year. It was all about a crazy car drive with Ronan O'Rahilly at the wheel, and they were on their way to see Ian's father, who young O'Rahilly had never met but called him 'Jimmy'. Supposedly, O'Rahilly had such a gift of the gab that 'Jimmy' arranged then and there to have a bank hand over to Ronan O'Rahilly a suitcase of cash which was enough to buy and outfit the Fredericia as a radio ship called 'Caroline'.
Seven, even though O'Rahilly had double-crossed Crawford they agreed to work together and use Ronan's father's port at Greenore. The trouble with that scenario being that Ronan's father did not own a port at Greenore, and nor was Ronan's father very wealthy.
So where does the Frankland-IEE book fit into that scenario?
Neither the accepted version of events nor the Frankland-IEE story as reported are true.
The key is in those words: "fictitious"; "manufacturing"; "made" and "nonexistent manufacturer." They all relate to the broadcasting equipment which had been installed in 1964 on board the mv Caroline (ex-Fredericia), allegedly (according to a single paragraph on page 276 in the 2002 book called 'Radio Man'), upon instructions from Charles Orr Stanley and his son John who managed the Pye Group of companies.
But is the narrative true?
It is not.
If you will recall (or refer to yesterday's blog), this mystery began when Nicholas Stanley (who had commissioned the book for a 'mere' £92,355), could not explain the source of the information in that one paragraph on page 276. He was also extremely hazy, because this event had taken place years before. He was also unsure how the information had been obtained, but he thought that the source was an "engineer" named Hill, but he did know where this 'Mr Hill' could be located, or even if he was still alive.
Meanwhile, problems had developed at senior level in Bradford where 48 bankers boxes that 'might' contain the answer, would only be available for inspection at an old RAF airfield and now storage facility at Wroughton, during one time per month. That is, as long as the Museum at Bradford had a 'minder' to spare and send down to Wroughton with the appropriate box to be inspected.
The problem for 'The Trio' was that not only did they not know which box contained the information they were after; they did not know if any of those boxes contained that information. Nor did they know what exactly it was that they were looking for. The Museum at Bradford did supply a very general list of contents for each box, but the boxes were more-or-less in the bundled condition that they were in when Nicholas Stanley had finished with them and turned them over to the Museum. Some, were later found to have grown mold and had to be withdrawn for "health and safety reasons"!
It seems that not only Philips have a hand (for whatever their reason), in destroying the original Pye archives, but no researcher at the Museum had picked-up from where Nicholas Stanley had left off and created a newly cataloged and detailed record about the contents of those boxes. No one else was trying to obtain access to those boxes in order to create a documented history of the Pye Group of companies that could then be researched for academic purposes. The book 'Radio Man' was, it seems, to have been the final answer.
At Bradford repeated inquiries by 'The Trio' became an irritation because these 48 boxes which had been donated by Nicholas Stanley, appeared to be the sole remaining archives of the Pye Group of companies, and yet, the Museum had just shelved them and forgotten about them for years, until 'The Trio' began asking questions. One reason that nothing had been done to catalog them was that they were not stored at Bradford, but off site at Wroughton, and the Museum also claimed that it lacked the money to hire someone travel down to Wroughton to do that job. Since no one was making a fuss, there was no reason to assign anyone to do that job.
Then 'The Trio' began making a bigger noise!
The Museum eventually assigned Ian Baird (who is indeed related to the eponymous famed inventor), to work with 'The Trio'. But just as soon as he got on with that task, we were told that funding for his employment would not be continued and so he was leaving for another job. 'The Trio' would have to wait until someone else could be hired.
Like a lot of these cultural operations, this Museum which is affiliated with the Science Museum in London, did have money to build a 'palace' to house artifacts, but the research side of this impressive structure took a back seat.
It seems that 'The Trio' have a habit of causing angst whenever and wherever they start to poke around into dark corners where no one else dares to go. Bradford was no exception. But as soon as it became obvious that 'The Trio' were in contact with Nicholas Stanley and that his bequest had been shelved and ignored, the Museum suddenly sprang to life and hired a young lady to write a blog for the Museum about their Pye archived materials! Keep in mind that this all began with 'The Trio', but you can find the result of her undertaking Online at:
However, don't look for the connection between Pye and Radio Caroline, because it is not there.
Meanwhile the 'anorak community' which swirled around this subject were also either uninterested, or they laughed to scorn at the claims uncovered in the book 'Radio Man' whenever they were mentioned by 'The Trio'.
It was due to this hostile environment that 'The Trio' decided to see if there were any open-minded students of broadcasting history who had an interest in the subject about the origins of Radio Caroline. So they commenced publishing an informal, no-cost-to-subscribers newsletter called 'Caroline Investigation'. Part of its purpose was to keep assembling names as subscribers who could then be invited to participate in a symposium. So a long list of names was added, including that of Paul Rusling!
In addition, pages were added to 'Facebook' but none of it produced any contributory information or funding to aid with further research. 'The Trio' plus one other person who did assist them in a major way with their Wroughton research, remained on their own.
Tomorrow I will explain in detail what happened at Wroughton and how 'The Trio' began to realize that everyone was lying, and that no one ever want the true story of Radio Caroline to be told. But you will learn what 'The Trio' discovered, and you will also come to understand why the Garry Stevens Forum turned from cooperation into sheer hate for anything to do with the 'The Trio'.
The Trio' was about to relegate Ronan O'Rahilly to the dustbin of lies with all of the other con-men of history whose fake stories they have encountered. In addition, Malcolm Smith had turned for help to Paul Rusling and they set about the business of creating a 'bible of lies' about the mythological continuation of Radio Caroline throughout the years. That 'bible' would then be used to assist a tiny community radio station and a rusting hulk to gain and maintain gullible supporters!
See you here tomorrow!
[Textually corrected: 4/1/2020]
Knowing how eager my critics are to undermine my words in order to preserve their own hoax and fraudulent schemes to attract money for a cause that does not exist, I need to insert yet another caveat: When I introduce information that you may not already be familiar with, please, don't try to reconcile it with what you have learned from false information elsewhere, because you will end up becoming even more confused than you were!
I am creating a totally new and different timeline. While Paul Rusling has stolen some of his information from the former 'Caroline Investigation' newsletter, he has tried to hammer it as though it was a square peg into his round hole that leads to a void of understanding. Foolishly he has tried to brag that 'The Trio' have it all wrong because 'Jimmy Ross' did exist, and this mythological character was the primary source of funding for Radio Caroline.
But 'Jimmy Ross' does not and never has existed. As best we can determine, that myth did not even begin to surface until years after the final demise of Radio Caroline. We know who began that silly story and why that person began that fable, and in due course this too will be explained.
The real timeline is one that begins way, way back in the Nineteen Thirties, but not in the way that you might imagine, or try to second guess. However, the timeline of the investigation that 'The Trio' began to follow really did not start until October 25, 2014, because that is when the "lecture that never was" about the advent of Radio Caroline in 1964 was due to be delivered at the Communications Museum in Burntisland, Fife. Instead of a lecture, the assembled audience heard an embarrassing apology.
As I previously explained on March 27 (and revised, expanded and corrected on dates following) as a part of this continuing blog, the problem for 'The Trio' began with a book. It was not even a new book but one that was published in 2002, and it was only one paragraph (see left) on one page (276), in a book of 356 pages that caused a problem.
According to that text, the Stanleys (both father and son) agreed to "provide all its equipment" by setting up "a fictitious radio manufacturing company" and that "everything Pye made for Caroline was stamped with the logo of the nonexistent manufacturer." The key words being "fictitious"; "manufacturing"; "made" and "nonexistent manufacturer."
Those words presented a big problem because the broadcasting equipment loaded on board the mv Caroline (ex-Fredericia), did not include any major materials that were made by any of the Pye Group of companies, and neither was there any equipment on board that bore a strange (obscure) logo or badge. The equipment came from well-known American companies.
After purchasing a copy of this book In 2014, and after reading page 276, the question arose: What is the source of this information? On page 295 the sources are detailed for the preceding chapter on page 276, and this is what is listed:
No specific source is listed for page 276 about the information regarding Radio Caroline. In the back of the book there is also a listing for the box files [COS] relating to Charles Orr Stanley, but the listed contents are very general. There are additional sources listed, but nothing that specifically relates to page 276 and that paragraph. At the very top of the first page of 'Source Materials' (in the back of the book), is this added information: "The letters, documents and other material on which this book is based are held at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford." It was to Bradford that 'The Trio' then turned, and after many phone calls and emails they reached a brick wall of indifference.
Overtures were then made personally in both emails and phone calls to Nicholas Stanley; son of John Stanley and grandson of Charles Orr Stanley. From him it was learned that after Philips bought out Pye in the Sixties, someone gave the order to demolish a number of old Victorian houses in Cambridge which contained the Pye archives. Not only did the buildings disappear, but so did a lot of archive material.
Nicholas Stanley explained (to 'The Trio') that he had established the Stanley Foundation Ltd in order to create another repository from family sources, upon which the book 'Radio Man' was then based. But unfortunately he no longer had access to those 'new' archives because they had been donated to the Museum at Bradford, along with all of the notes pertaining to the creation of the book. So 'The Trio' turned once again to the senior management at Bradford who then volunteered that all of this 'new' archive material dating back to 2002, and all of the research conducted for 'Radio Man', was not only unsorted and undocumented, but it was in a warehouse and not readily accessible.
However, there was a further complication in that the Museum at Bradford could only permit inspection of this material at their undeveloped (at that time) new storage facility which is located at the old RAF airfield at Wroughton, near Reading. But non-Museum personnel could only inspect those contents one day a month, after the Museum at Bradford also dispatched a minder to Wroughton with the requested boxes. Since there were around 48 of these bankers boxes with unsorted contents and only a general description of the contents of each box, it would be necessary for 'The Trio' or their associate to identify which box they wanted to inspect.
Therefore a decision was made to contact Nicholas Stanley again, since the Foundation that he has established had hired the author and an assistant technical expert to write the book, and he had also gained support of the prestigious IEE to publish 'Radio Man'. A question was then put to him as to whether he knew the source of the information that appeared on page 276. He said that he thought that it had come from an engineer but he could recall any details since he was not the originator of the information.
At some point in time an investigation was also undertaken by 'The Trio' to see what the Stanley Foundation is and what its relationship had been to the book. This composite illustration reveals some very interesting details:
There seemed to be no alternative but to push ahead and ask Bradford for permission to see inside box after box in order to discover whether the source of the information that appears on page 276 and in that single paragraph, could be found within the contents. of those boxes. 'The Trio' were working with a hands-on person who had a very long history of documenting everything to do with the Caroline ships; but even he was not sure what kind of document it was that they were all looking for.
(Even getting to the old airfield which was just outside of Wroughton involved expense in both time and money. Given that there were 48 bankers boxes and that a Museum 'minder' had to be dispatched, there was also the problem of securing open-ended cooperation from the Museum management since it was impossible to say in which box, or even if any box actually contained the answer; or what kind of a document was being sought.)
Tomorrow I will tell you what was discovered, and what that discovery implied regarding this research project into the origins of Radio Caroline.
[Additional copy editing performed post-publication in order to tidy-up my written text.]
Page 15 - et seq
Well, wading through Rusling's book to reach page 14 was bad enough, but when I began to look with an analytical eye at page 15, I realized that what I am attempting to do by going through his 'bible' page-by-page and performing an autopsy of his virally contagious words is going to be impossible.
There is such a large cloak of deception that covers Rusling's words that they all turn into a farce, and not a just a mere veneer of falsity that whitewashes the true story. It is easier for me tell you the true story, than it is for me to explain the travesty of deception that Rusling has created by his mockery of so-called 'insider' enlightenment.
In response to yesterday's blog about the 4 Phases of the Original Radio Caroline, Scottg posted this (03/28/20 08:58PM) in the Comments section:
"Caroline, everytime 'Radio Caroline management' is mentioned, confusion continues. eg. Jocelyn Stevens, (private investors, and no public shareholders), and Alan Crawford (Project Atlanta Ltd with a public listing of the shareholders). JS group had to acquire and equip a boat, whereas AC (via CBC (Plays) Ltd,) leased a ready equipped boat. Therefore when 'Radio Caroline' is mentioned, could it be clarified whether it is JS, AC or both. Many thanks, Scottg."
Scottg, that is easier written as a question than answered with a brief caveat because your own definition of two groups of investors is based upon the hoax story that has been perpetuated by people like Paul Rusling. In brief: those two groups did not exist and they had never existed.
However, fans of Radio Caroline were led to believe that they did exist and that these two groups were led by Allan (two 'l's in his first name) Crawford and Ronan O'Rahilly. According to the popular press version of this story, Jocelyn Stevens was brought to the attention of their readers in connection with Radio Caroline after a television program was aired on Tuesday, May 12, 1964 on Granada TV.
That program was part of a relatively new series of filmed documentaries under the banner of 'World in Action', and it aired just 46 days after Radio Caroline made its test broadcast on Friday evening, March 27, 1964. The filming of that program took place much earlier in Jocelyn Stevens restrictively small offices at 52 Fetter Lane in London, which was just around the corner from the expansive offices of the 'Daily Mirror' newspaper.
It was from his Fetter Lane address and in the office his employees used for creating advertising to finance each issue of the fashion magazine that was originally called 'The Queen', that the interview with Jocelyn Stevens sitting behind a cluttered desk was filmed. Facing the camera to Stevens' left was a very young Ronan O'Rahilly, and sitting next to him and for most of the time off camera was Christopher Moore. To the right of Stevens and sitting in a corner and mainly off camera, was an equally young Ian Cowper Ross.
The office space at Fetter Lane was so small and cramped that photo shoots for the fashion magazine had to staged elsewhere, and that restricted Jocelyn Stevens' activities at that address. Among the companies that Stevens controlled at that time was Stevens Press and another company that published 'World's Press News', which had been around for a long time before Stevens bought it. 'World's Press News' had been previously described as the "journal of the British newspaper trade" on page 13 of 'The Ottawa Journal' for September 11, 1953.
The Granada TV program did not explain how a relationship had been created between Jocelyn Stevens and Radio Caroline. Nor did it explain why Ian Cowper Ross and Christopher Moore were sitting in that office. For that matter, the program did not explain the relationship between Ronan O'Rahilly and Jocelyn Stevens.
What this TV program did accomplish was to allow Jocelyn Stevens the opportunity to spin a yarn that was akin to a 'red herring' in which he denied that there was a 'Mister Big' lurking somewhere in Europe who was pulling the strings. The producers of the TV program went along with Stevens diversion by showing a quasi 'Alfred Hitchock' stereotype puffing away on a cigar, while Stevens was narrating his diversionary schtick.
Strangely, the actor performing for his cameo image of 'Mister Big' on the television screen, somewhat resembled F. W. Broadribb who had been shown in an earlier frame of this same program. Broadribb was a director of Project Atlanta Limited.
What was not explained was why Ian Cowper Ross was sitting in the corner. Stevens did say that the Radio Caroline project had begun somewhere around September-October 1963 (using his count-back reference), and he allowed O'Rahilly to utter a few words to the effect that he had gone to Sweden where he got the idea from Radio Nord. In another TV interview Allan Crawford said that he first met Ronan O'Rahilly during the "first part" of 1963, but he did not specify a month.
Crawford's own entrance on to the stage of offshore radio is mired in the mists of time that refers to the original registration of a company called C.B.C. (Plays) Limited on April 2, 1960. But that company does not begin to connect to Allan Crawford until the year 1962.
What transpired between 1960 and 1962 is still somewhat foggy, as is the identity of the party who registered that company and whether it was part of a commercial operation that surfaced in England to produce more plays for export to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Then that company went dormant, and it was subsequently bought "off-the-shelf" without undergoing a name change.
However, the available evidence to date does support Crawford's explanation that he first met O'Rahilly during those first few months of 1963.
We do know from independent Texas sources that Ronan O'Rahilly made a secret trip from Heathrow to Idlewild (New York), and from there to Houston (Texas) and finally to Galveston Island (Texas) in June 1963 on behalf of Allan Crawford. We know where Ronan O'Rahilly stayed in Houston, and we know that he bought a pair of cowboy boots. We know who he saw and what he did, and why he was sent on this obviously paid-for expensive business trip.
When O'Rahilly returned to London, lawyers for Allan Crawford set about registering a new company called Project Atlanta Limited which initially only had two directors. It became active on August 1, 1963. Stevens claimed in the TV program that the Radio Caroline venture had begun in September-October 1963.
Another key date is November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. His alleged killer was named as Lee Harvey Oswald who had been in London back on October 9, 1959, and Oswald was then shot and killed by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1964. This compressed timeline is very significant because it relates to the birth and death of the original purpose behind the creation of Radio Caroline, as I explained in yesterday's blog.
Back to the 'World in Action' TV program of Tuesday, May 12, 1964 on Granada TV: You can see this program for yourself at:
Now let's refocus our attention of F.W. Broadribb. Do you know who this man is? I do and he is part of a chain of people who all have one thing in common: publishing. Not radio, not electronics, it is publishing. All of this was explained in great detail to Paul Rusling before he published his absurd book, but as Paul confessed, student he is not. Reader, he is not. So the key person in this publishing chain is misnamed by Paul Rusling.
However, there are more components to this story.
I told you that it was complex, and it is. Another strand is electronics, and that strand leads back to the British Broadcasting Corporation via just about every attempt prior to Radio Caroline, to get an offshore station on the air aimed at a British audience.
But the most over-exaggerated strand concerns the teen audience that was supposedly the reason why Radio Caroline was created. While British teens did their best to imitate various forms of American music, and even independent record producers like Joe Meek were having major hits which just a handful of years later Ronan O'Rahilly claimed was an impossibility.
It was not a demand for teenage music that put Radio Caroline on the air, that was already being transmitted by BBC and ITV. The Beatles were already riding high! No, the real force behind Radio Caroline came from within a faction of the British Establishment, and it was a faction that went straight into Buckingham Palace!
Peter Sellers (4th from left), made this home movie 'starring' his wife Britt Ekland (1st on left); who is next to Lord Snowdon standing next to Princess Margaret, who was holding hands with Peter Sellers and he was joined to the Stevens while they all sang "We're riding along on the crest of a wave" in the back garden of the Stevens' home.
You can see this movie at:
One other major contributor came via Houston, Texas. This is where the brashness of Texas money which flowed from a combination of Texas ranching, and Texas oil, then in turn fueled Texas politics mixed with pre-millennial evangelical religion. All of that also opened yet another undercover door for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to walk into Europe and the British Isles.
As if these elements did not provide enough hostility to provoke negative reactions from within the British Establishment, CIA working relationships with American organized crime, which is known by various names depending upon its ethnic background, also used offshore radio as another means of advancing their own interests.
Tomorrow I will return to the subject of the book 'Radio Man'. I will reveal how 'The Trio' was derailed back in 2014, which of course allowed the hucksters to continue to peddle their nonsense for cash. As you are by now well aware, it was to counteract yet another barrage of fake history wrapped in a claim to being a 'bible' akin to the 'Holy Bible', which became the primary reason why I began this blog!
Due to the major additions and corrections that I have made to the contents of yesterday's blog, this edition will be very short. I will begin by referring you once more to page 497 of Paul Rusling's 'bible':
"Few have tried so hard to denigrate the Radio Caroline name and the reputation of Ronan O'Rahilly, as a small group that claims the original Radio Caroline finished in Autumn 1964 when the original backers lost interest, once Harold Wilson came to power."
That is not a true representation of the work published by 'The Trio', because there were several phases that the original Radio Caroline went through after it was created in 1964.
The first phase did end on October 15, 1964 when the socialist Labour Party government led by Prime Minister Harold Wilson, barely squeaked into office and took over day-to-day administration of the United Kingdom. The original purpose behind Radio Caroline had been to pressure the previous Conservative government into issuing land-based licences for sponsored commercial radio stations. Now that objective had been rendered null and void.
On the other hand, Paul Rusling dismissed the original promoters of Radio Caroline with these garbled words:
"It's true that some 'original backers such as CO Stanley, of the Pye group and William Harvey of the BPB dropped out at that time but they were small investors and never key players." (sic).
Rusling could not even get the names of the "original backers" right, and so it is not surprising that his dismissal does not even make grammatical sense.
Following the socialist Labour Party take over, a second phase began. The de facto management of Radio Caroline which controlled two ship radio stations, had a choice: They could close down, or they could wait and see if the slim majority that held the Labour Party in place, stayed in place, or whether a new election would return the previous Tory government to power. A decision was made to wait and see what would happen to the government, but they did so in a legislative climate in which the socialist Labour Party had made it very clear that they would not be introducing sponsored commercial broadcasting.
Just as this second phase began, a new wrinkle was added. That was when the obfuscated news stories about Radio Caroline resulted in Texas investors sending over a commercial radio on board ship that was modeled upon stations heard in Dallas. A merger of interests was discussed, but since the Radio Caroline faction was mired in deliberate deceit, and so there was no basis for honest negotiations to take place, and the people behind Radio Caroline were not willing to show their hand.
This stalemate which had been met with Texas competition, then resulted in Mafia-based overtures coming from New York to find temporary favor with the de facto management of Radio Caroline who were really treading water until the next General Election. But that phase also came to its conclusion on March 31, 1966 with another defeat of the Tories, and another win for the Labour Party who now had a solid working majority.
The original dream and purpose of Radio Caroline was dead. In the third and final phase that began on March 31, 1966, Radio Caroline sank into the depths of dystopian dysfunction when a bullet killed Reg Calvert of Radio City on June 21, 1966. At the same time matters were made worse when the same Texan adventurers showed up again, but this time with two more commercial radio stations on board one ship.
The end came midnight on August 14, 1967, when a new law made it illegal to operate offshore commercial radio from within the United Kingdom. There followed a twilight zone fourth phase which lasted a few months until both Radio Caroline ships were finally towed away on March 3, 1968, although the original Radio Caroline stations had already died months before on August 14, 1967.
Tomorrow I will return with details behind the mystery that was created for 'The Trio' in 2014, by the book called 'Radio Man'.
UPDATED, REVISED AND EXPANDED 3/28/2020
This is where my Review of Rusling's book now resumes and it connects with the preamble that I have been creating over the last few days.
This is a very, very complex story that stretches over decades.
I am referring to an investigation into the origins of Radio Caroline (1964-1967), and not only to the untangling of Paul Rusling's plagiarized book. Rusling has turned a story that was already complicated, into a tangled web of multiple strands of deceit which stretches back over a long period of time!
There are two different storylines involved, and now I am bringing them together.
The first storyline involves the true events that led to the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964, and so far, no one has uncovered enough of the details in order to explain who, what, why, when and how Radio Caroline came into existence. To show his total ignorance due to his inability to understand the circumstances and events that led to its creation, on page 497 of his 'bible' with a total of 508 pages of mush, this is what Rusling wrote:
"Few have tried so hard to denigrate the Radio Caroline name and the reputation of Ronan O'Rahilly, as a small group that claims the original Radio Caroline finished in Autumn 1964 when the original backers lost interest, once Harold Wilson came to power."
There is no doubt that the "small group" that Rusling refers to is 'The Trio'. Rusling has made it known that he does not read history books and that he does not perform his own research. He obviously does not attempt to verify the rubbish that he uses to fleece his paying customers The quotation on page 497 is an example of nonsense that is clearly aimed at 'The Trio', and as you will learn, Paul Rusling has walked into a trap of his own making.
To justify his claims that he ascribes to a "small group", Paul Rusling wrote:
"It's true that some 'original backers such as CO Stanley, of the Pye group and William Harvey of the BPB dropped out at that time but they were small investors and never key players." (sic)
It would have been helpful if Rusling could even get names right, but he can't, as his statement (above) plainly shows. However, his biggest problem is a total lack of comprehension. A total lack of education in the very subject that he is trying to teach others - for pay! What a con-artist Rusling is!
I have seen the textual trail that leads from the 'Caroline Investigation' newsletter into Rusling's computer, and I have seen the email correspondence between the editor of that newsletter and Paul Rusling. Because Rusling was part of the Malcolm Smith team that caused Garry Stevens to suddenly turn against 'The Trio' and back Malcolm Smith, Paul Rusling felt the pressure to rush into print-on-demand as fast as possible with his book of nonsense.
It is nonsense because it does makes sense, and it does not make sense because Rusling does not understand how and why Radio Caroline was created and who engaged Ronan O'Rahilly to spin misinformation. So when Rusling saw some data that did not fit in with the mythology to which he had been exposed, he dismissed it out of hand.
These doyens of original obfuscation were led by Ronan O'Rahilly. But since O'Rahilly was paid for his services to paper-over a mystery and turn a complex story into a tale for simpletons, I am wondering how much of the true story Ronan O'Rahilly actually knew? After all, his job was to spin a tale, not to engage in deep political machinations and become a part of the original plot, because clearly Ronan O'Rahilly was out of his depth.
One reason for the mystery surrounding the creation of Radio Caroline is that the actual events were intentionally obscured, and I don't mean by one person or even by one fake storyline. I mean that several people have been involved at muddying the waters concerning actual events because they did their best not to leave a paper trail.
Now add to that a layer of intentional obfuscation. One of the those people hired in the early days included Ronan O'Rahilly. His job was to make sure that no one came to understand the true story behind the creation of Radio Caroline. To do this, O'Rahilly was given assistance in the person of Ian Cowper Ross who served as a scriptwriter to O'Rahilly, and as the years went by he began to appear on the stage as a spin-master in his own right.
The fact that it has been necessary to keep this deception going, decades after the demise of Radio Caroline, shows that whatever was being concealed back in 1964, is being deliberately concealed today. This fact alone shows that this has never, ever been a story about pop music or 'pirate radio stations' playing pop music for pop music starved teenagers. This is something much deeper than that, but that is the mythology that is still being perpetuated with the help of a subset of people engaged in the vanity of self-promotion.
These people had nothing whatsoever to do with actual events that led up to the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964, and by 'events' I mean the political and financial events. Some members of this subset were hired to run aspects of the original twin Radio Caroline stations, but their knowledge was limited to their own experiences.
Unfortunately for them, they collided with another group who jumped onto the bandwagon of self-puffery, and out of sheer vanity they decided to tell everyone the "true story" about which they actually had no knowledge. So this lot of blockheads absorbed the original misinformation to which they had been exposed, and then they added their own spin, and all of that led to more confusion.
These people are the real culprits behind the ongoing deception, and now leading the pack is Paul Rusling. These people became a cult of self-appointed "experts" who have regularly appeared on radio, television and in the press regaling everyone with their "inside" information. It is a process of obfuscation that is still going on, because after each bogus "revelation" or bogus "recall" of events, another layer of deception is added to the original stockpile of fables. As part of that ongoing process we have now witnessed the recent publication of two new major feature stories which have appeared in the 'Mirror' and 'Sun' newspapers.
Well that is the surface storyline, the first storyline that 'everyone knows', but what 'everyone knows' is actually a lot of nothing, because the real storyline has never been revealed. Until now. This brings me to the second storyline, which is the real storyline, and the people who have been trying to uncover it are the people that I now refer to as 'The Trio'.
My reason for referring to them as a group is because the trolls who have emerged from the Garry Stevens' Forum in support of Rusling and Smith, have tried to create the impression that only one individual is opposing them. Rusling and Smith have also pushed the message that this same individual has no credible track record as an investigative journalist, and after every attempt to point these detractors to publications and broadcasts that contradict their claims, they have chosen to ignore the evidence and repeat their fake propaganda.
Therefore, rather than play their silly games I am ignoring their emails which they also send to me via their cult-like "followers".
You may well ask: then why bother with Paul Rusling and his 'bible'?
The answer is that Paul Rusling stole intellectual research material from 'The Trio' and then repackaged it. Why? To support a commercial venture that benefits a tiny licensed UK radio station that calls itself 'Radio Caroline', as well as a rusting hulk called 'Ross Revenge'. Their project requires volunteer support, and that support comes from the creation of mythology that Rusling has provided and which is then further amplified by mainstream newspapers such as the 'Mirror' and 'Sun'.
Rusling, Smith and Stevens have created a package of deceit aimed at drowning out the investigation into the real story behind the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964. They were aided in their quest by two events: one was a book, and the other one was a lecture.
The cover of the book that halted their investigation is pictured to the left. Inside this book of 356 pages is a single paragraph of note, and in appears on page 276.
This book called 'Radio Man' contradicted everything that the 'The Trio' thought that they knew about the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964. This book is not just a biography about Charles Orr Stanley and the Pye Group of companies that he built, it is also a book of further obfuscation about both Stanley and Pye.
'Radio Man' was authored by a reputable journalist who in turn was supported by a person had previously published technical articles about electronics and the history of the Pye group of companies. Furthermore, the motivating force behind the creation of this book is the grandson, and son of the principal characters who formed the basis for the book itself, and it was published by the prestigious Institute for Electrical Engineers (which no longer exists under that name.)
In no way can that book be compared with the do-it-yourself authorship of Paul Rusling's 'bible' which lacks even a surface credibility. However, behind the creation of 'Radio Man' is another dark secret which in one sense goes to the reason why the book started off as a project to memorialize C. O. Stanley and his son John Stanley.
Before this book was brought into existence there was no overall history of the Pye Group of companies, and part of the reason for that is that those companies were snuffed out by the Philips Group based in Holland. For whatever the reason, and I don't know the reason, and neither does Nicholas Stanley who commissioned 'Radio Man': the official company archives of the Pye Group of companies appear to have been destroyed.
However, when Nicholas Stanley came into possession of his father's and his grandfather's own documents relating to the Pye Group activities, he was able to turn over to Mark Frankland who wrote the manuscript, and to Gordon Bussey who assisted him with technical details; a vast amount of information which was then relegated to over forty bankers boxes. These boxes were then put into storage.
But that is not all that Nicholas Stanley gave Mark Frankland to work with, because the most important element from the standpoint of the ongoing investigation by 'The Trio' into the origins of Radio Caroline, was an interview that was personally conducted by Nicholas Stanley. This is information that Nicholas Stanley did his best to conceal from 'The Trio', as you will now begin to learn for the first time because it is the key to unlocking a mystery into the origins of Radio Caroline. Without this 'key' it is impossible to understand what happened back in the years 1962 and 1963 when the elements that gave birth to Radio Caroline in 1964, all came together for the first time
Now that Paul Rusling has "played his hand" by publishing his plagiarized work as a scrambled pile of words that tell the reader nothing, but which do instill even more confusion, it is possible for the first time in public to reveal what this 'key' is, and why it is so important to an understanding of the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964. For this we need to go back in time to the year 2014 and a visit to a museum in the Scottish Kingdom of Fife on Saturday, October 25 of that year.
It was exposure to one lone paragraph in that entire book called 'Radio Man' which jerked the rug from underneath a prepared lecture due to be delivered by Mervyn Hagger (shown right). His audience were expecting to hear the story about the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964, but instead they heard an apology from Mervyn Hagger.
Up until that moment in time, 'The Trio' had concluded that the history of Radio Caroline (1964-1967) was settled, because there seemed to be some sort of continual thread following the person of Ronan O'Rahilly, although that thread was not a continuous strand because it stopped and started for various lengths of time after 1967.
However, providing that the foundation for the accepted story about the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964 is not questioned, then the story about Ronan O'Rahilly as its creator can still be accepted as being true, although various aspects of that story are already proven to be untrue. But without that interpretative foundation at all. There is no continuation. Instead, there are a number of groups who have used the name 'Radio Caroline' to describe their own unrelated ventures.
But even then, the story of offshore radio between the years 1964 and 1967 as heard in the British Isles is far from settled. Problems about the authenticity of information relating to that period and those events have also arisen, such as the time when Don Pierson inexplicably went into 'quiet orbit' when asked during an audio interview about the involvement of U.S. Senator John Tower (left) with Radio England and Britain Radio. That subject, 'The Trio' came to learn, was "off limits" to them, if they wanted to maintain their friendship and business relationship with Don Pierson; but it was not off limits years later to a friend of 'The Trio' who lived in Norway and who kept resurrecting that same question.
For some reason this friend had an obsession with the story behind one of Don Pierson's offshore radio ships. It was called 'Olga Patricia' and this Norwegian kept on asking that same question over and over again, and that question went all the way back to U.S. Senator John Tower and his involvement with the 'Olga Patricia'.
A little background information: Mervyn Hagger was in the USA when the 'Watergate Hearings' had taken place in 1973 and they transfixed the Nation, because its population followed the gavel-to-gavel investigation on both 'live' television and radio. Those Hearings eventually brought about the resignation of President Nixon in 1974, and then, just a short time later in 1975, the Church Committee of which John Tower was a Co-Chair, began investigating the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), again on 'live' television. On May 9, 1975, CIA Director William Colby was in the hot seat and the subject was covert operations including CIA assassination projects.
Up until that moment in 2014, 'The Trio' had documented the history of offshore broadcasting during the 1960s that targeted the British Isles. Again, until that moment in time it seemed that it was a story about American money and know-how which centered around the person of Don Pierson who lived in Eastland, Texas. After 2014 it became apparent that Don Pierson had fallen for the mythology spun by Ronan O'Rahilly, and it revealed a tragic story that had disastrous consequences for both Don Pierson, and his Texas investors.
Don Pierson had not only become involved with 'The Trio' in a revival project based upon his 1965 station that became known as 'Wonderful Radio London'; but he had also turned over to 'The Trio' his financial and legal files from the Nineteen Sixties. 'The Trio' had pushed ahead over the years by documenting in a variety of publications, everything that they knew about the commercial side of American offshore broadcasting to the British Isles.
Now we move ahead after 1980 when Mervyn Hagger began working with Don Pierson, first on a publishing venture, and then on a revival of Radio London. Because Don Pierson had previously been involved in a free port venture in Haiti (see http://foundthreads.com/12.html ) which involved the regimes of 'Papa Doc' and his son, and which they had expropriated, Don Pierson was still trying to get compensation with the help of the U.S. Government. By then William Colby had 'retired' as head of the CIA and so Don Pierson hired him as an attorney to deal with his claims against Haiti.
Therefore, in one sense, it was no surprise when the door to the Texas publishing office opened and Mervyn Hagger found himself shaking hands with Bill Colby. In a sense it was interesting event, but not a major event, and time passed by. Then came the verboten interview with Don Pierson and his reaction to the question about John Tower. This was followed by the drip, drip, drip question from the friend in Norway. Those questions went unresolved and no follow-up ensued.
But one day, the friend in Norway who had a major interest as a hobby in the history of Don Pierson's ship called 'Olga Patricia', received an unsolicited email from someone he had never heard of in Canada. As it turned out, that person had both an interest in firearms and in the assassination conspiracy theories involving John F. Kennedy. This Canadian correspondent sent to the Norwegian friend an email attachment from declassified CIA archives that revealed the involvement of the Olga Patricia in a covert war led by U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who was the brother of the President John F. Kennedy.
The declassified CIA document sent to the Norwegian and then to 'The Trio' , related to the same covert action which caused Bill Weaver to take the Mi Amigo to Galveston Island in Texas. That is the ship that Ronan O'Rahilly went to see in June 1963 on behalf of Allan James Crawford. But there is an interesting wrinkle in O'Rahilly's story.
First of all the only reason we know about O'Rahilly's visit: who he saw, and what he did, is because of Bill Weaver and Glenn Callison. Both men were both involved with Radio Nord, and both men met Mervyn Hagger and told him about O'Rahilly's visit.
But that visit by Ronan O'Rahilly coincided with the visit to the Republic of Ireland by a person who Ronan O'Rahilly later claimed was a major influence in his life. Therefore I therefore find an amazing contradiction in O'Rahilly's behavior: because when JFK made his visit to Ireland, O'Rahilly seems to have ignored it. In fact, the visit of JFK took place around the same time that O'Rahilly made his secret trip to Texas on behalf of Allan Crawford.
Back in the days when Ronan O'Rahilly was in charge of the thought processes running through own his brain, O'Rahilly began to claim a big admiration for John F. Kennedy, and from this supposed admiration came the mythology that he had named Radio Caroline after JFK's little daughter Caroline. We now know that is sheer rubbish, but then we also know that O'Rahilly's claim to almost worship the ground that the Kennedys walked upon, is also sheer rubbish.
Let us remember that President Kennedy made a visit to the Republic of Ireland at about the time that Ronan O'Rahilly was in London, and then took off for Galveston via Houston via Idlewild (New York) from Heathrow, and yet, so far, I have not found any mention by O'Rahilly of that visit by Kennedy. O'Rahilly would not get another opportunity to shake hands with John F. Kennedy on the soil of Ireland or anywhere else, because later that same year, JFK was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas.
Swirling around all of this was the secret CIA war that JFK's brother had been running out of his office to topple Fidel Castro; while his brother had been claiming in public, that after the 1961 abortive 'Bay of Pigs' invasion of Cuba by CIA interests and Cuban expats that this secret war against Cuba had been brought to a halt. But JFK lied, because his brother Bobby was still in command of a CIA 'Augmented' faction that was attacking Cuba and specifically targeting Fidel Castro.
Now, this is where things get really messy, because not only did Bill Weaver bring the Bon Jour, renamed Magda Maria, renamed Mi Amigo from Europe to Galveston Island; he did so upon request of RFK as part of the Kennedy's continuing secret war against Cuba. But, when it was discovered that the Mi Amigo was too small for its intended use, the ship later used by Don Pierson and called 'Olga Patricia', was used instead.
Where did RFK retrieve the Olga Patricia from? The answer is a USAF 'pen' in South Miami which adjoined a huge CIA base disguised as a research operation, that was located on the campus of the University of Southern Miami.
The reason why it was under the control of the U.S. Air Force, is because it was used to launch helium balloons carrying propaganda materials to be dropped on Cuba. It is ironic that the CIA facility was based on the vacated area once used a helium storage operation because the company under contract to work on the Olga Patricia, was the same company that outfitted the Communicator with helium balloons. That was during early broadcasts by the offshore radio station called Laser in which Paul Rusling had become involved. Rusling loves to shout about that venture as well in his earlier publications, but of course, like his 'bible', Rusling's version of events have to be carefully re-examined.
But back to JFK and RFK and their new invasion of Cuba. It was scheduled for December 1, 1963, and it would have followed a coup d'etat and the toppling of Fidel Castro. But then on November 22, 1963, JFK was killed in Dallas.
Then the person who was fingered as his assassin was conveniently disposed of when he was shot in plain sight while surrounded by the press in the underground garage of the Dallas Police Department.
At that moment both the Mi Amigo and Olga Patricia became a thorn in the side of both RFK and the CIA's token minders. The Mi Amigo was then sent back to Europe, and if the Olga Patricia had not been diverted to other uses, it is possible that the Olga Patricia could have become the ship that served as the base for Radio Caroline, rather than the motor vessel 'Fredericia'.
However, after Don Pierson finished with the ship as the home of Radio England and Britain Radio, the Olga Patricia, minus its radio equipment, returned to raiding the island of Cuba! That ship was even denounced as a CIA ship by Fidel Castro personally during a long speech broadcast by Radio Havana. But all of that is another part of the story that Paul Rusling won't tell you, because it spoils his fake narrative.
Clearly I have strayed too far away from the story behind the story of that book 'Radio Man' which gummed everything up in 2014, and because that is a subject all by itself, it will have to wait until tomorrow and the next installment of my blog.
Note: I have edited my original version of this blog.
Turning back the clock to 2014 ...
UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITION
I noticed that yesterday, someone named Mike Hunt started a new thread about me on the Garry Stevens' Forum. That was just after I re-posted a comment by Scottg, and then followed it up with a new commentary by me.
My own blog was about how organized opposition began, during the middle of last year, to anyone who began to reveal the true story behind the creation in 1964 of Radio Caroline. That organized opposition, and it was definitely coordinated opposition, began over on the Garry Stevens' Forum.
In his opening post yesterday, Mike Hunt asked about me: "Any former connection with radio, I wonder?" I don't know who Mike Hunt is, or why he wants to know, but here is my response to his question:
I was born in Denton, Texas, which is slightly northwest of the Fort Worth and Dallas Metroplex, and I have an uncle who is in the antiques business which is to northeast of Denton. Indirectly that is how and where my interest began in the subject of offshore radio broadcasting, which actually occurred, in conjunction with my interests in journalism.
My uncle (Tom), knew one of the members of 'The Trio', and at one time that person also lived in Texas but now lives in a neighboring State to Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia is like a mini pseudo State. However, I don't want to identify that northern State right now, because I don't want to cause a diversion that leads to the harassment of that individual. In case you are wondering, no, it's not the person that a lot of people on the Garry Stevens' Forum are in the habit of bad-mouthing, and yes, there really is a core trio.
Back to my uncle in the Lone Star State. If you go over to Google Earth, you will find a little place called Scotland in Northern Texas.
In Texas, everything that is incorporated as a community, is called a city and Scotland is no exception. Scotland, Texas even has its own U.S. Post Office (shown above), and it where my uncle gets his local mail!
But then there is also a Paris, Texas and a Corsicana, Texas; a Midlothian, Texas and a Venus, Texas. There is even a Edinburg, Texas that was originally known by another name but in 1919 it was renamed after a shooting. So the locals called in Edinburg (minus the 'h'), in honor of a prominent local businessman named Young was was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Edinburg, Texas is almost on the southern border of Texas with Mexico, while Scotland, Texas is more in line with the northern border of Texas and the State of Oklahoma. (You can put about three islands of Great Britain into the geography of Texas if you measure in kilometers.)
Anyway, Scotland, Texas (north of Dallas), is connected by U.S. Route 281 that almost divides the USA into two halves: west and east. That highway (its not a freeway which you call a motorway), but it goes all the way from the Texas border with Mexico in the south, to U.S.A border with Canada in the north.
If you know anything about the subject of offshore radio broadcasting and its inter-connectivity with the State of Texas, then you know that Wichita Falls, Texas played a very big part in the creation of Radio London; Radio England and Britain Radio. If you were driving north from Scotland, Texas on U.S. 281, you would be heading towards Wichita Falls, Texas (not to be confused with the City of Wichita in the State of Kansas.)
Texas is full of very small and obscure places like Vernon (populaton 11,000) and Wink (population 940). Vernon is northwest of Wichita Falls close to the Oklahoma border, and it is where Roy Orbison was born, although he grew up in Wink which is diagonally southwest of Dallas and part of a huge area geographically described by the 'Big O' as the land of "oil fields, oil, grease and sand".
If you drew a horizontal line with a shaky hand from Wink, you would come to Corsicana, Texas which is famous for 'heavy-duty' Christmas fruit cakes which it mails all over the world. Midway along that same line providing your hand created a little upper 'bump' you would locate Abilene where Don Pierson was Chairman of its bank.
Then, if you drew another line going northwest from Corsicana to Fort Worth, well midway you would come to Midlothian, which became the location for a cement manufacturing plant, but its local newspaper editor William Penn Jones put it on the map of infamy for promoting one of the earliest conspiracy theories about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That took place less that thirty miles away to the northeast in Dallas.
It was Penn Jones who, shortly after the assassination, began to raise questions about the location of Lee Harvey Oswald during the time of Kennedy's murder. But another person with a strange name and an interesting pedigree named Jones Harris, also showed up within days of the killing and he began asking more questions about the location of Lee Harvey Oswald during that event.
In fact, the assassination John F. Kennedy took place in the middle of events leading up to the creation of Radio Caroline which had very strong ties to Dallas, Texas. But few people who want to know about the real history of Radio Caroline seem to understand that its advent did not take place in a political vacuum.
A lot of people in England are really surprised to learn that Lee Harvey Oswald had shown up at Southampton, just before the British offshore story began to emerge.
Central to this timeline about offshore radio, and especially the creation of Radio Caroline, there was a ship which had been known as Bon Jour renamed Magda Maria. Managing that ship from a hotel in London during 1962, was Charles W. (Bill) Weaver from Texas. He was Gordon McLendon's representative, and he had been sent to shut down Radio Nord which had been anchored off the coast of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. The ship was then moved to the North Sea and it dropped anchor off Brightlingsea, Essex.
Then, just as the Cuban Missile Crisis began in late 1962, Weaver was told to bring the ship to Galveston Island, Texas, as part of a 1963 top secret mission headed by U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. The ship then gained a further name change when it became Mi Amigo.
In the closing hours of 1963, the Mi Amigo left Galveston, Texas to begin a voyage that would eventually return it to the North Sea. It dropped anchor at almost the same location that it had occupied in 1962, but in !964 it again became a radio broadcasting ship, first as home to Allan Crawford's Radio Atlanta, and then as Radio Caroline South.
Jones Harris later teamed up with Bill Weaver to write a very controversial book about Radio Nord and the assassination of President Kennedy. In some ways the Weaver book is similar to the first book by Ian Cowper Ross, because both books attempt to obfuscate the real story about Radio Caroline.
Now, you may be asking: How does this tangled mess relate to Caroline Brooks?
What is it that 'The Trio' have uncovered that is so dangerous to so many people that they do not want it to be reported?
Well, I began today's blog by turning the clock back to 2014, because in that year 'The Trio' were ready to go ahead with a new book called 'YesterAir: the origins of American and British broadcasting'. Then they ran into a roadblock. Fortunately for me it will be very difficult for my critics to dispute the following details, because they have been available Online since at least 2015, and you can still access them at Jon Myer's 'Pirate Radio Hall of Fame' by going to this link:
Read down to the end of the 'Introduction' in the first paragraph.
There is an asterisk that I have colored red, and it links to this footnote below it:
"*This new title, which will be available through The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame, is scheduled for publication during 2015 and it incorporates both new sections and updated comparative monographs which have been previously published by their authors: Eric Gilder and Mervyn Hagger, who are also responsible for the content recital on this page."
Originally 'YesterAir' was to have been published in late 2015, but then the mystery that prevented this from happening began to drag on and on and on.
It was not as though 'The Trio' were not searching for the answer. They were, and they were aided by a co-ventured sponsorship of that research by one of the most, if not the premier Offshore Radio publication that is known for its honesty in reporting.
Clearly my blog for today is going to have to be continued tomorrow because there are too many details that I want to share. The importance of that information is also the reason why I am reviewing Paul Rusling's book and exposing the fraud that it is trying to perpetuate.
My reason for interrupting my own page-by-page review of his book, is because you have not read this information before, unless you received the now defunct 'Caroline Investigation' newsletter. The reason why 'YesterAir' has not been published until now, is because of the roadblocks that were placed in the way of the investigation.
I will reveal that process of censorship tomorrow.
Tomorrow I will also begin to explain how those roadblocks and Rusling's theft, came together in an 'explosion' of yelling and name calling that took place last year on the Garry Stevens' Forum, and its co-Forum that Stevens called "The Joke Board".
The obvious answer to my headline question appears to be tied to events on the Garry Stevens' Forum that took place during the middle of last year.
It was in 2019 when a mounting crisis began to cause a chain reaction which led to an obvious split within the Garry Stevens' Forum, that divided its participants into two camps. The trigger mechanism causing this division was the increasing participation by one individual who is a member of 'The Trio' that I am working with.
The two camps can be described as those who supported the status quo (the majority), and a small faction led primarily by one individual, who was part of 'The Trio' who is trying to uncover the true story about the events that led up to the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964. At first, Garry Stevens remained neutral, and then he drifted to supporting the smaller group via a series of emails. Garry Stevens went so far as to call those who opposed continuing research, nothing more than trolls.
Well these 'trolls' who would not discuss the issues, and especially the core issue that Ronan O'Rahilly was a fraud because he had built his reputation upon being nothing more than being a paid spin-doctor with the job of promoting lies and deceit as an alternative explanation for the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964, then revived another Forum which Garry Stevens immediately branded as 'The Joke Board'. Since supporters of both Garry Stevens' Forum and this 'Joke Board' used multiple pseudonyms to cover their true identities, a certain amount of posting by the same people continued on both Boards. But when the 'Joke Board' began attacking Garry Stevens personally, he then went further and branded them as the 'Church of Caroline'.
The focal point of this split involved a quasi-religious doctrine, just like one of the 'New Age' groups of the Seventies, which in a sense was fitting, because at one time they had gathered around an idiotic cult mantra called 'Loving Awareness'. This group contained members who volunteered to preserve a former radio ship called 'Ross Revenge'. The former fishing ship had become a hulk, because it did not have a working engine. In the 1980s it became the home of a station which adopted the name of 'Radio Caroline', even though it had no connection to the original twin stations called Radio Caroline that broadcast offshore from 1964 to 1967 from two ships. One of those ships, the original motor vessel 'Caroline', was eventually scrapped, and the other ship gradually sank after its rusted out hull could no longer resist the water that surrounded it.
Sensing a need to link the Radio Caroline stations of 1964-1967, to a newly licenced (by the UK government), very small (1kW) community station that also called itself 'Radio Caroline', its supporters/followers seem to have adopted a sort-of Dan Brown idea. They turned Ronan O'Rahilly into the de facto high priest of their 'Church of Caroline' by claiming that his 'bloodline' was the fluid that connected all of the ages. This idea actually contradicted a statement by O'Rahilly where he had claimed that a licence for 'his' 'Radio Caroline' would only be obtained over his 'dead body'.
But since O'Rahilly has dementia of such an advanced stage that he cannot verbally communicate with anyone and spends his time sitting in his garden when the weather and his carer permit him to do so, O'Rahilly for all purposes other than his own biological survival, no longer exists, and when he did exist, he told lies, for pay.
So instead of O'Rahilly, another character named Malcolm Smith, who calls himself Peter Moore, managed to get the hulk called 'Ross Revenge', turned over to him. Together with a UK licence for a tiny community station that he calls 'Radio Caroline', he uses the hulk as a rallying point for his own followers. These are the followers that Garry Stevens called the 'Church of Caroline'.
Well things got so heated that Garry Stevens told the trolls to go to the 'Joke Board; and stay there. At the same time he made a member of 'The Trio' one of his Administrators. During this same period of time Paul Rusling was engaging with 'The Trio' by reading their newsletters and even visiting with the person that Garry Stevens had made his Administrator.
Then suddenly, quite suddenly, within the course of a few hours on one day in 2019, Garry Stevens reached an accord with Malcolm Smith and stopped all questions about the legitimacy of Smith's small volunteer radio station. Stevens then turned against 'The Trio'. He never offered one word of explanation.
It was at that moment in time and just as suddenly, that Paul Rusling popped-up with news about his book "The Radio Caroline Bible'. Knowing that 'The Trio' had been tipped-off about his theft of intellectual property, Rusling tried to reach an accord.
But since Rusling was also in bed with Malcolm Smith in order to create the lie in print that his tiny little radio station and his "rusting hulk" were connected to the original Radio Caroline, that accord was impossible.
Tomorrow I will tell you about why this search for information got underway in 2014, the story behind a book that 'The Trio' had planned to publish in 2015, which has now become a project involving a succession of new books, rather than just one. They will join others aimed at the academic market which are already in print.
In case you did not see his comment I will re-post it here. (I will be back later on today with another blog update as well that will continue the Rusling Review.) Here's what Scottg wrote:
3/24/2020 06:21:11 am
Caroline, The RSL from Dover in 1992, celebrated 20 years of 'Radio Caroline', they easily could have said 28 years! Therefore the current organisation can only claims links (to the name, 'CAROLINE') from Holland onwards. However this is not quite true. Although transmittions came from the Mi Amigo, from 24-7-73 to 23-2-74, the name Radio Caroline was not used, (they used Radio Seagull), The timeline again is broken. In fact the current organisation using the name are the people who did the supply runs when it returned to the Knock Deep in 1974, and especially when 'Radio Mi Amigo' and laterly when 'Radio Monique' closed. The earliest that I can place for current DJ's is Nigel Harris (Stuart Russell 15-5-76). As for Paul Alexander (Rusling), he only broadcast between 4th-26th June 1973 (66hrs total) on Radio Caroline. (source: Monitor (Buster Pearson)). Scottg.
I thought long and hard about using the word "evil" in the headline to today's blog, and here is the reason why I chose that word.
First of all it fits in with the Hans Knot description of Rusling's 'bible' as being akin to the Christian religion's 'Holy Bible'. That book has quite a lot to say on the subject of "evil", which in general terms is defined as being something that causes harm, and deceit. Lies and theft would certainly fall into that category.
So the Rusling 'bible' qualifies, according to the Hans Knot equation, as being an "evil" book!
But, you say, "C'mon, this is just a book about a radio station on a ship", and on the surface this is just a book review about an inconsequentially self-published, and limited, print-on-demand book. But there is an underlying problem: At the moment there is no book in existence which tells the true story about how and why Radio Caroline was created in 1964, and who created it.
You may reply: "So what?"
You may also ask: "Who even remembers Radio Caroline, apart from a few old people who are rapidly dying off due to the attrition of old age, sometimes hastened by illness?"
But that is also a part of the problem, and why I chose to use the word "evil" to describe the actions of Rusling and Smith.
I will come back to this duo in just a moment, but first let me explain why the recent appearance of two feature stories in the 'Mirror' (top-right) and 'Sun' (below-left) should be of concern to anyone studying mass media at university today.
The creation of Radio Caroline was not a story about an obscure Irishman who wanted to record a very young and obscure musician, and then to get that record played on the airwaves accessed by listeners in the United Kingdom.
Yet that is the story, with variations, that has been repeatedly told in newspapers; magazines; books; radio and television programs, as well as one highly publicize motion picture.
This is also the propaganda message of Rusling and Smith.
If this was indeed a story about a very young and obscure musician, and a young promoter who tried to record that musician and then to get his record played on the airwaves, then of course this would be trivia.
But that is not what the story of Radio Caroline (1964-1967) was, nor is it what Rusling has teamed-up with Malcolm Smith to reproduce in this 'bible' in order to give substance to the mythology recently displayed in first the 'Mirror' and then the 'Sun' newspapers.
The narrative of trivia that Rusling has now concocted to link events that began on the air in 1964, with ongoing transmissions in 2020, is no less than the old 'trick' of 'smoke and mirrors' used by stage magicians. The audience is directed to pay attention to one narrative when they should be paying attention to a less than obvious narrative.
The false narrative in the Rusling-Smith version is harmless, and therefore it has a license from the government of the United Kingdom. But this is where questions have to be raised about why was that license granted?
The answer is that a marriage of convenience took place.
It is peculiar that Rusling even reveals how the original perpetrator of the mythology that "Radio Caroline continues", has ranted about never, ever accepting any license from the British government. (See page 408: "Any on land licence would have to be over my grave", Ronan O'Rahilly is reported to have said, according to Rusling in his 'bible'. However, it was O'Rahilly who was originally hired to spin the deceit about the true origins of Radio Caroline back in the Nineteen-Sixties.)
But the original reason why O'Rahilly was hired to spin deceit, is because of the inter-connected stories of geopolitics; national politics and international crime that wrapped themselves around the story about how and why Radio Caroline came into existence in 1964, and why it was finally snuffed-out in 1967.
Nuclear war and the laundering of stolen bonds plus assassinations, are not trivial matters. But if you are going to tell the story of Radio Caroline (1964-1967), that is the story you are going to have to tell, unless ....
Unless you hire a spin-doctor named Ronan O'Rahilly who was like a stage magician who told you to look "over here", when you should have looked "over there".
The UK governments (Tory and Labour) of the Sixties, wanted to close the book on Radio Caroline with a new law, and it did kill-off Radio Caroline on August 14, 1967.
But then the people who Rusling calls "supporters", and who for the most part were and are cult believers in the O'Rahilly mythology (which classifies it as a quasi-religion), kept resurrecting the name of 'Radio Caroline'. But what they were creating was not the resurrection of the original twin stations that operated between 1964-1967 known as Radio Caroline.
In their own way these later manifestations that adopted the name 'Radio Caroline' became a different sort of government problem, because the original 'problem' had been dealt with. But the lurking danger with these latter-day and mainly unpaid volunteer operations, was that by using the name 'Radio Caroline', there was always the danger that the real story about Radio Caroline would one day be told.
That day is now.
But, instead of welcoming publication of the true story which will not only debunk O'Rahilly, but embarrass the government of the United Kingdom who gave the Malcolm Smith followers a low-power licence that permitted the use of a land-base transmission calling itself 'Radio Caroline'; these followers, like trolls, are as hostile as can be. In fact, they have climbed into bed with the very governmental system that supposedly Ronan O'Rahilly was fighting!
The reason for cover-up is plain: Although a lot of the participants in the geopolitical Cold War age have now died off, some are still alive and many related issues which have geopolitical ramifications today, will have to be addressed - once the full picture is revealed. This makes the people in the shadows who really operate the corporation sole known as the British Crown, very unhappy. So you might say that by promising to "tell all", we have upset the angry trolls supporting Malcolm Smith on one side, and made the quiet men who really pull the political strings on the other side, more than a little nervous about whether our "revelations" will be taken seriously.
The trolls are dutifully yelling and have been doing so loudly since the middle of last year, that 'The Trio' will never publish the real story. They also ignore all of the broadcasts and publications by 'The Trio' which are available free of charge Online. Their response to this Review shows that they only engage in personal attacks, and never engage in a debate concerning the issues.
The response from these trolls who are doing the bidding of the very governmental system that their patron saint O'Rahilly denounces, will no doubt be just as shrill in response to this blog, and so I will probably be deleting more comments than I will permit to go Online.
Break over ...
It would seem that the people I referred to yesterday don't actually read what I write. They sort of skim through it and glean what they think that they can then twist to mean something completely different from their gleanings.
Yesterday, which was Sunday, I took a little break to confer with 'The Trio' regarding further analysis of Paul Rusling's 'bible'. The context of that conference was to refer to what has already been written in this Review, and to avoid giving away more information for Paul Rusling to plagiarize within additional print-on-demand production runs of his book.
Because the "The Trio' is in three time zones and I only share one of them, it took awhile but we eventually concluded two things:
Now we come to yesterday's blog and the information that I provided.
All of that information is still true, but as of tomorrow, unless this pandemic makes it impossible, I will be back to pick up where I left off in my detailed and precise review of Paul Rusling's plagiarized 'bible', and I will do so within the context of our new approach.
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