This Blog is the precursor to our part-series publication called YesterCode. The Code is explained via the link above. It is an extension of our academic series which began after the year 2000, and those monologues are Online at Foundthreads.
Those publications chronicled our own studies into the origins and development of electronic mass media, and as they were influenced by Don Pierson (1925-1996) of Eastland, Texas, with regards to his interest in British broadcasting from offshore locations. It was Don Pierson who created the offshore commercial station that became famous as a result of its jingle identification: Wonderful Radio London (1964-1967).
The British Broadcasting Corporation subsequently attempted to mimic Don Pierson' station by creating a non-commercial version identified as Wonderful Radio One. The BBC commissioned the same Dallas, Texas jingle company to re-sing the lyrics but using the same music beds.
The three authors of YesterCode were brought together by Don Pierson in the early 1980s while working on another franchised publication. This collaboration led to an international broadcasting venture with Don Pierson. It was to one of the three authors that he bequeathed his legal and financial records about the start of his offshore broadcasting interests in the British Isles during the Nineteen Sixties.
After Don Pierson died, the three authors continued to document their original research into the origins of British and American broadcasting. They discovered that the foundation of Don Pierson's offshore ventures of the Nineteen Sixties were based upon false information publicly promoted in the international press about the start of the ship-board station called Radio Caroline (1964-1967).
It was, and still is, the extent of misinformation and its continuance in the press and on BBC broadcasts, that has led to this work. What the authors have been able to uncover is a foundational story that is not related to the broadcasting of programming, but to electronic manufacturing; the interests of British publishers, and the development of the British offshore oil and natural gas industry.
The latter reason is one of the primary causes behind the continued obfuscation of this story, because it was the development of the offshore oil and gas industry that rescued the British Pound and therefore London as a world financial center. But what is not so widely known is the historical relationship between that development and the company known as Brown and Root based in Houston, Texas. The historical "roots" of that company (which became a part of Halliburton), stretch back to a relationship with Winston Churchill and the need for Britain to obtain enough oil to fuel its RAF planes and Army tanks during World War II. For many years, the history of that activity, like the non-BBC broadcasting work in Britain that was managed by Sefton Delmer, remained top secret, and only parts of it have been dribbled into the mainstream press.
But before British offshore oil and natural gas began to come on line in a massive way after the Nineteen Seventies, the British Pound was teetering upon devaluation. It reached the point where the UK was in danger of becoming relegated to that of a small player on the world financial scene. In the end, the USA came to the rescue of the United Kingdom and it saved it from financial collapse. This was achieved via U.S. credit guarantees which were on a scale of importance, and which only rivalled the USA Marshal Plan that financially rescued Continental Europe after World War II.
Our biggest challenge in discovering the real story of British offshore broadcasting, has arisen not so much from official sources, because many hitherto classified documents have now been made available for research, and put within easy access via the Internet. The obstacles have been created by the childish, immature and ludicrous obstructionism of a new generation that came to believe in the lies and distortions originally spread by Ronan O'Rahilly.
Back in the early Nineteen Sixties, Ronan O'Rahilly had arrived in London to create a future for himself in the world of entertainment management, and to find additional financing on behalf of his father who was trying to raise capital in order to promote and develop his own business interests in the Republic of Ireland. Ronan O'Rahilly remained a part of that family business, although he denied it. The bond seems to have been broken after 1967 when the vanity of Ronan O'Rahilly began to challenge the authority of the British Crown. Then Ronan O'Rahilly began to embark on a flight of fancy that was fueled by criminal activities which resulted in several of his friends losing careers and ending up in prison.
Long before the death of Ronan O'Rahilly in 2020, his mental capabilities degenerated to the point that he was no longer in control of his own life, let alone the activities of others who were inventing a continuing mythology about Radio Caroline. It was at this juncture in time that a collection of people and interests came together in common cause, and after several attempts, they created yet another broadcasting venture which they also called Radio Caroline.
The original group of individuals in the Nineteen Sixties who had come together in common cause, represented three main areas: 1) publishing and printing; 2) electronics manufacturing; 3) the oil and natural gas industry. None of these three groups wanted it to be exposed, and so in 1964 they were buried under the banner of a pop music venture that became known as Radio Caroline. But that was the age of the Beatles and other pop groups, and so the real movers and shakers behind the scenes shone their spotlight upon Ronan O'Rahilly as the faux creator of Radio Caroline. They did this in order that the real creators and their interests remained hidden from public view.
Today, a new group of people who had no part in the activities that took place in the Nineteen Sixties, have successfully agitated to get a community broadcasting license for a totally new and very small station called Radio Caroline. Having succeeded in this endeavor, they have now persevered in obtaining English Charity status for a ship which is now but an engineless hulk. That vessel was once used for an offshore station that broadcast from the North Sea using, among other names, Radio Caroline.
Neither the current land-based station, nor the associated hulk have any legitimate historical connection to the original Radio Caroline (1964-1967). But it is the noisy handful of supporters of the licensed community station which now calls itself Radio Caroline, who also gather around raising money from individual members of the public in order to preserve their hulk, and now with the additional hope of being able to tap into the public purse as a registered charity in England and Wales.
The supporters of that new enterprise have also published a number of books that promote the totally fake stories once spun by Ronan O'Rahilly. Not only have they turned the distorted record of Ronan O'Rahilly into that of a demised cult leader, and their movement into a quasi-New Age religion, but they have turned their faith into an ongoing attack upon this research project.
This is unfortunate, but both the research and publication of this research will continue. Therefore we will begin our new series of YesterCode part-publications in the very near future by addressing the O'Rahilly factor under the title of The Girl Who Never Was, and it will form the introduction to Book One with its collective title: Beginnings. The books will also have a narrator in addition to the three authors, because collectively, like the monologues at Foundthreads, it will also become a biographical series in presentation. In other words, it will report what has been experienced either directly or indirectly by its three authors.
Publication dates to be announced.
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