This form of justification for Radio Caroline is extremely misleading because it is not an accurate account of the origination of commercial broadcasting as heard in the British Isles, but both the purpose of David Block's editorial, and Radio Caroline itself, was to promote a political message soliciting support.
On page 5 the key word is "some", as in "Some of the people involved". Right under this heading is a picture of Ronan O'Rahilly. In fact, his image is the only picture on page 5 of this original booklet. It then makes a very bold claim that is 100% untrue, as written: "Ronan is the young man responsible for Radio Caroline". Because if this sentence had been continued to state a true interpretation, it would have added: "becoming obscured as to its true origins and purpose".
The next sentence as written by Block is also misleading, and it is open to interpretation because Block claimed that Ronan's father is Irish; even though Ronan's father was born at Hove in England. Block uses this link to Ireland as a means of introducing an obscure figure from Ireland's 'recent' past, who was part of a failed uprising against the British Crown. Constant embellishments to the story about this person have created a modernistic reevaluation of his historical importance, and the sole purpose of these revisions has been to provide Ronan O'Rahilly, who was a young man of 24, with a notable political past, when his political past is a void in annals of time.
While Block identifies Ronan O'Rahilly's mother as "American" to correctly imply that she is a U.S. citizen; he then ignores the fact that his father was born in England and claims that "Aodogen O'Rahilly is an Irish industrialist who owns the port of Greenore where Caroline was fitted out for broadcasting." This statement also requires a lot of qualification because Ronan's father had bought a disused railway terminal that adjoined the water's edge where, at one time, a ferry docked and was serviced by H.M. Customs officers prior to Irish independence, and then for a time, it was serviced by Irish Customs officers. Ronan's father did not own a port, as such. But to even claim that Ronan's father had bought the land and facilities once used as a railway terminal complete with its own hotel that had served as a port, is also untrue.
Ronan's father controlled a building materials company near Dublin, and that company had bought the land and derelict facilities at Greenore at auction, with a view to demolishing them; clearing the rubble, and then erecting both a new factory and truck loading facility on that site. But since the company controlled by Ronan's father was short of cash, it could initially only afford to buy part of the facility at auction (sans hotel building), and then it was all left to sit, 'as is', in a derelict state.
Now the part of Block's rendition in which he states that: "Caroline was fitted out for broadcasting", is also untrue. The ship called 'Fredericia' and for a short time 'Iseult' and then 'Caroline', had been a ferry boat retired to Copenhagen. Then it was bought and brought to Rotterdam, Holland by the Wijsmuller company. That is where the ship remained for about as long as it later remained at Greenore.
When the vessel arrived at Greenore, the two new Continental Electronics transmitters were already on board, and so was a new generator to power them. What had not been added was a mast to support an antenna, and a radio studio, comprised of both an announcer's booth and an adjoining room visually connected by a glass panel where a panel operator played the records on cue from the announcer's signal.
Block then claimed that "Ronan had been in England since 1960 ...", but others claim that he "moved to London in 1961" [OEM 200; p.9, and on p.10 it says that "Ronan O'Rahilly's first few years in London are a little unclear, and many reports appear exaggerated, to say the least." The reason they are unclear is because they are full of faked reports designed to turn Ronan O'Rahilly into something more than a flamboyant gabber; which will be revealed both in this Blog, and later entries to prove that Ronan O'Rahilly was a fraud!
So Block claims that Ronan O'Rahilly showed-up in England "since" 1960", while OEM claims that "he moved to London in 1961." Since London is the capital of England, it would seem that one of those reports is incorrect. Block says "since 1960" and OEM says "moved to London in 1961". If OEM had used the terminology of Block, then the two versions might be compatible, but they are not. I want to remind readers that we are YesterTecs using cold case hard evidence to prove our assertions to court room standards where the "whole truth" and not "part truth" is demanded, and in a court room, failure to meet those standards can result in charges of perjury.
Block claims that Ronan O'Rahilly "....founded the Scene Club in London, now  acknowledged as the country's Mecca of rhythm and blues." But is that a true statement of fact, or is it more blarney that was later inserted to mislead everyone into thinking that Ronan O'Rahilly was someone he was not?
We can begin by asking what the word "Mecca" means when used in this context by Block. The Cambridge Dictionary defines the word "Mecca" when identified by a capital 'M' as ".... the holy city of Islam in Saudi Arabia", which the 'Scene Club' clearly was not. When a lower case 'm' is used, the same source defines that word as: "a place to which many people are attracted." Clearly this is the meaning that Block intended to convey, but therein is an other problem because Block claimed that it was a comparable shrine to the Holy City, only this shrine was to rhythm and blues music.
But is that convoluted statement true?
Well, first of all 'The Scene' was not "founded by" Ronan O'Rahilly.
How do we know?
Because we have already researched this topic and we will reveal our documentation in another day's Blog. But more than that, 'The Scene' was not even the premier destination for rhythm and blues music.
How do we know that?
The answer is contained in the contemporary music pages devoted to club advertising. 'The Scene' was a poor man's attempt to cash in on a fad which lasted for a very short time. Yes, we can prove that too. I don't mean that rhythm and blues lasted for a short time, because it morphed into a long-running style of music that is still enjoyed today, but the way in which it was marketed back in the early Sixties, well, it came and went within a short period of time.
Block continues: "Ronan started the mammoth task of creating Radio Caroline over a year and a half ago. He controlled the operation from its beginning and has been the man 'at the helm' ever since." Now that statement contains a lot of problems. For Ronan to have begun to create Radio Caroline "over a year and a half ago", means that that he would have begun at the beginning of 1963, because Block's words were published almost half-way in the year 1964, and counting back in time would confirm the account by Allan James Crawford. [See our video at http://radiocaroline.info to hear it from Crawford himself.]
But Block is trying to deceive us when he then claims that: "Ronan started the mammoth task of creating Radio Caroline over a year and a half ago. He controlled the operation from its beginning and has been the man 'at the helm' ever since." First of all Crawford contradicts O'Rahilly, because Crawford claims that O'Rahilly got his information from Crawford. However, Crawford is not telling the truth either, because Crawford tries to pretend that he began the project in 1963 with the ship variously called 'Bon Jour'; 'Magda Maria' and 'Mi Amigo', when in fact he had tried in 1962 to get a venture seaborne with a vessel called 'Satellite'.
Furthermore, Jocelyn Stevens then contradicts Block, and he also does it on film in a Granada TV news show called 'World in Action'. Stevens clearly identifies the start-up of Radio Caroline as being sometime around September-October of 1963, and while Stevens attempts to disguise this fact, he does so in the presence of both Ian Cowper Ross and Ronan O'Rahilly who tries to pretend that he began the venture after going to Stockholm, Sweden to see the people behind the offshore station 'Radio Nord'.
The problem with that lie is that in September 1962, the mv Magda Maria which had been home to Radio Nord, was sitting off Brightlingsea, Essex and its representative was staying at a hotel in London and trying to sell it to Allan James Crawford who lacked the money to buy it. Then Bill Weaver who was the Texan representing the ship in London - after personally closing down the venture in Stockholm - was asked by US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to bring the ship to the USA for a clandestine CIA venture. So Ronan O'Rahilly did not go to Stockholm, instead he went to Houston, Texas to see Bill Weaver, and he did so on behalf of Allan James Crawford!
It seems that Block and O'Rahilly were involved in a cover-up, but the question is: for whom?
Radio Caroline came to the attention of the press, not by the actions of Ronan O'Rahilly, but those of David Block.
It was David Block who wrote the first Radio Caroline brochure and skewed its text to obfuscate the real story about not only Arthur Carrington, but a number of other people as well. His boss was a very important person in the media world of music. Tomorrow, rather than following a scatter-gun approach, we will begin by focussing upon aspects of the first official Radio Caroline publication; analyze its contents, and expand upon them.
To start the slideshow, highlight an image and then click the 'Play' button that will then appear top-left, and read our continuing commentary below each image ....
Last year, before Paul Rusling decided to betray a friendship and steal some of our research and then publish a garbled version of it under his own name and call it 'The Radio Caroline Bible', a member of 'The Trio' participated on a Forum about offshore radio.
The person running that Forum made our member an Administrator of his Board, while he also dumped the trolls who were also on his Forum. He called them members of "The Church of Caroline".
Central to their belief system is a myth that Ronan O'Rahilly was the creator of Radio Caroline.
Right now I won't reproduce the private emails that the owner of that Forum sent to us, but I will point out that Paul Rusling is an Administrator of that Forum upon which is an advertisement for his fake story. That site is now populated mainly by gullible trolls who hide behind 'user names'; many with multiple fake identities.
The reason for mentioning this now, has to do with my last post on this Blog, and one prior to that in which I explained why we are known as 'YesterTecs'. It is because we try to follow a synthesized formula of academic research and "good old-fashioned police detective work" as the basis for our own investigations.
One of the foundational problems that we have encountered is something that Joseph Goebells came to understand in aiding and abetting the German National Socialists (Nazis) to establish their grip on the human mindset. In many instances that grip was achieved by young people with young women being to the fore.
To see what I mean about hero worship, just watch the 1935 Nazi movie called 'Triumph of the Will' (English title), which is available online at: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6uajey
As with all fake propaganda it is usually surrounded at the edges by a degree of fact, and that is what makes it believable - to some.
Metropolitan Police were convinced that Arnold Swanson's GBOK was a fake scheme by a confidence trickster to solicit money from investors. Swanson led would-be financial backers into thinking that he had money previously made by him from being the inventor of the car seat belt, among other things.
In reality, Swanson was a former vacuum cleaner salesman who married a lady from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, whose father had died and left her a fortune he made from a shipping line. Swanson's wife eventually divorced and exposed him after he was exposed in court for having sex with underage girls.
Therefore in trying to expose how Radio Caroline sprang to life on March 27, 1964, it is necessary to explain what actually happened, and not what everyone has been led to believe had happened. This is the reason for going back in time to see how Ronan O'Rahilly was promoted by the press as the creator of Radio Caroline.
The mythology has been repeated so often over the years that now we are well beyond the first generation that began spinning his lies and deceit. Not only is Ronan O'Rahilly now dead, but so is the Pye Group of companies that he was really working for in those early days.
In addition to 'Triumph of the Will', you should also watch 'An Honest Liar', which is a 2014 documentary about James Randi. He was a former magician and escape artist that began investigating fake claims by so-called psychics; faith healers, and con-artists.
No matter how many times the fraudsters are exposed, the masses continue to believe them. The same is true of the fraudsters behind 'The Church of Caroline' who con gullible trolls to support it with their money, time and contributory labor.
Therefore we will now proceed to take apart the various elements and people who brought Ronan O'Rahilly to the attention of the mass media as the false messiah behind the creation of Radio Caroline.
"O, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!"
That is a quotation from Sir Walter Scott.
Scott was very good at inventing history that never happened, and David Block must have attended his school of thought, because either David Block was told to distort real events, or David Block who wrote the first Radio Caroline booklet had no idea of what the real story was. But we do!
While Block was writing about contemporary events that had taken place only a few months earlier, the actual events that he was referring to were shrouded in secrecy, and there is nothing in the writings of Harry Spencer to suggest that David Block was present the day that Harry Spencer showed up at 47 Dean Street. This is important because Harry Spencer relates an event that must have taken place during the first part of January 1964, and we conclude this from the references that Harry Spencer made in his recital.
One key to the date is found in Harry Spencer's timeline of events resulting from that meeting. By following his thread we are led to the arrival, or rather, the non-arrival date of the mv Mi Amigo at El Ferrol, Spain, following its original port of departure from Galveston Island, Texas.
Spencer says that he went to 47 Dean Street after Allan Crawford had made the most recent in a string of telephone calls to him. The originating purpose of those calls was moot by the time that Spencer did arrive at 47 Dean Street, because Crawford want to to discuss fitting a new mast to the THV Satellite, which Crawford no longer owned via a ship's mortgage. Whatever, Crawford wanted to discuss, it was not the THV Satellite which had been docked at a port on the Isle of Wight where Spencer maintained his own business.
Spencer recites how he walked into 47 Dean Street and encountered Alfred Nicholas Thomas.
Thomas had made a career out of transmitter engineering with the BBC from which he retired in 1959 after which he went to work for the Pye Group of companies. This was verified in his obituary published by the BBC staff magazine. It contained comments from several people who had known him, but his BBC employment and his later work for Pye were not the only references. It was acknowledged that Thomas had also gone to work for at least one offshore radio project.
From other sources we know that Thomas visited the offices of CNBC on Dean Street, and then went on board the Borkum Riff anchored off Holland which was home to VRON, an offshore station that became known as Radio Veronica. It was not a happy experience for Thomas. Since VRON/Veronica was short of money, there is enough evidence to show that his employment by Pye, and his subsequent deep involvement in offshore broadcasting, was not an activity that Thomas took on by himself. His employer was Pye.
Thomas then cropped-up in connection with the spin-off GBOK project of Arnold Swanson who Metropolitan Police had deemed to be a con man, a swindler, and whose ultimate goal was not offshore broadcasting, but absconding with investment money. That had also been the downfall of the CNBC venture. Swanson ultimately left the UK with his wife who was the heir of a shipping company fortune bequeathed by her deceased father in Vancouver, Canada. Swanson's wife ultimately divorced him and revealed that he had been a vacuum cleaner salesman when she met him, and was going to prison for underage sex when she divorced him.
Swanson had come on to the scene like Ronan O'Rahilly, surrounded with fanciful tales which included inventing car seat belts and all kinds of other wonderful accomplishments, which according to his wife, were all bogus. But Swanson managed to get his wife to buy an impressive property in England, and then he managed to ingratiate himself with John Thompson of Slough who had also spent time in Canada as a journalist.
It was Thompson who made the first splash in the press - including the Canadian press - about starting a British offshore radio station. At the time one major British firm was registering a string of companies that all began with 'Voice of ....', and were part of the momentum to secure licensed land-based sponsored commercial radio stations. In the end there were nearly 200 of them, but their hopes were eventually dashed, first by Pilkington, and then by the General Election result of October 15, 1964 when Labour came to power.
But in the early days Thompson pulled a rabbit out of his hat when he secured a 7 days a week contract from the Aldridge Brothers London advertising agency representing the British interests of Herbert W. Armstrong and his Radio Church of God, Inc. This church organisation was headquartered and registered in California, USA, as well as in London, UK where the church had just opened a second campus of its Ambassador College between Watford and St Albans in Hertfordshire.
Swanson approached Thompson and sold himself as not just a wealthy man, but a technical expert who could transform Thompson's tiny 'Voice of Slough' station into something major that was based upon commercial formats used in North America. So the two joined forces.
However, Swanson's flim-flam attracted the interests of Charles Orr Stanley and his son John Stanley who controlled the Pye Group of companies. Via a subsidiary of a subsidiary formed in December 1963, the Stanleys had incorporated an offshoot of Faraday Electronics at Sheerness. This company had originally been a radio-gramophone manufacturer, but when Pye took it over the company was changed from being a retail manufacturer to a manufacturer of technical instruments. This coincided with the sale of HM Dockyards at Sheerness and the subsequent purchase of a large building within that complex that also faced the quayside.
Swanson eventually got hold of the former Irish lightship Lady Dixon and had it towed and docked alongside the Faraday facility. The Stanleys who had hired Alfred Nicholas Thomas then put him to work on the GBOK project.
Working with Thomas was another retired BBC employee named John Howard Gilman, and one of his specialties was in antenna design. A third member of that technical group was Arthur Carrington who had been hired away from Marconi to work for Alpha Television, a company jointly owned by Associated TeleVision and ABC Weekend Television who were program contractors for the Independent Television Authority (ITA). Carrington's specialty was in television cameras and microwave networking, both of which were skills used by Alpha Television in which Pye had a major interest. Pye supplied a lot of television equipment, both transmitters and cameras to both BBC and ITA, and Pye also worked closely with the Gates corporation in the USA.
In the end Swanson's own devious devices caused the collapse of GBOK, and for a time John Thompson tried to revive his original project by renaming his 'Voice of Slough' venture as GBLN. He even made an illegal land-based transmission from Slough and tried to fool everyone, including Armstrong, that his project was still going ahead. In the end Thompson redirected his attention to the former Maunsell Fort on Red Sands sandbar and the fledgling Radio Invicta.
So when Spencer came through the door and shook hands with A.N. Thomas, he was shaking the hand of a man with a lot of offshore radio experiences under his belt, as well as a lifetime of work for the BBC, and the backing of the Pye Group of companies.
Thomas grilled Spencer, according to Spencer's own account, and that grilling was resumed by meeting the next person: Captain De Jong Lanau, Chief Superintendent of Wijsmuller Tug and Towing company based in Baarn, Holland. With the Captain was a very young Ronan O'Rahilly, which means that before anything had taken place, O'Rahilly was working with Crawford in January 1964, and, he had previously been sent to Houston, Texas in June 1963, by Allan Crawford. A little later all of the announcing staff (including Simon Dee) who were used for the venture that became known as 'Radio Caroline', were all trained by Crawford's fellow Australians, upstairs in Crawford's studio at 47 Dean Street.
More tomorrow when I will tell you more about David Block and Arthur Carrington and how we were able to discover aspects of his life and reassemble his CV which went from Marconi to the Pye umbrella!
I have been asked why I don't simply tell the story from beginning to end in a linear manner without dancing all over the place? It is a reasonable question that deserves a reasonable answer, and here it is:
Using my current theme on this Blog which relates to the meeting of Harry Spencer at 47 Dean Street in circa. January 1964, my 'dance' begins with an explanation of what exactly is meant by the word linear: It is defined by one dictionary as referring to events "arranged in or extending along a straight or nearly straight line: a linear movement"; and as events "progressing from one stage to another in a single series of steps; sequential."
But to accomplish a linear storyline means knowing all of the facts, or even explaining what we as a team now know, or are still uncovering, is why our version of events differs from the accepted version of events. The trouble is, we are still uncovering the real storyline and this provokes questions due to its contradictions of what is claimed to be true, versus what is true.
This Blog began as a reply to plagiarism from someone who took our research and grafted it onto the accepted mythology and made the confusion worse than it was. Then came criticism from trolls who had read the mountain of books and other publications about Ronan O'Rahilly, who we maintain was a fraud, and who some seem to worship as a messiah or even a god.
Now that we have shut out the trolls by blocking their barrage of cyber-stalking posts, we are proceeding at our own original pace as 'YesterTecs'. We adopted that term to describe our own activities that set our findings apart from the writings of so-called 'historians' who claim to have documented the history of offshore broadcasting. Most of them have failed miserably because they were deliberately led astray by Ronan O'Rahilly and his masters. O'Rahilly was a puppet on their string and the historians have fallen for his lies and distortions.
Because we do not want to be classified as 'historians', we needed another word to describe our activities, and thus we became YesterTecs.
YesterTecs are cold case detectives analyzing past events because no one else is doing so.
YesterTecs review the hard evidence to see what has been missed, and that involves a dance in itself. Names crop up that others gloss over. To learn more about the people behind these names it is often necessary to buy books and documents from a variety of sources, and often we are only able to extract a paragraph or two.
By documented I mean that sources are given by way of reference. We want to avoid hearsay. We also look for contemporary accounts and first hand recitals by people with first hand knowledge which can also be verified by other means.
With 'live' criminal cases, detectives will often dance around in their questioning in order to keep a suspected person of interest on their toes, because it makes it more difficult for that person to remember what they just said, if they are repeatedly asked the same question out of sequence. With our cold case, it is the existing body of skeletal evidence that causes us to join in the dance, because the clues to the real story, and not the accepted story, do not come in a convenient linear format.
To assist us in discovery, we borrowed the term 'O3X' from psychiatry, and then we combined its revision: 'E-O3X' or Event - Self, Time, Place', as our guide to cold case investigation.
The 'Event' refers to an actual occurrence in time such as the arrival of Harry Spencer at 47 Dean Street. The 'Self' is this instance refers to Harry Spencer. The 'Time' refers to the date and time (which at present is not specifically known) when this occurred, and the 'Place' in this instance, refers to 47 Dean Street.
Consequently, it depends upon which part of a thread we are tracking in terms of its relationship to the overall storyline, as to how it is then reported on this Blog. Now when all of the data has been sifted and analyzed, it will then be assembled into a linear storyline and that will appear in manuscript format.
As far as we know, we are the only team using this methodology as our guide to solving what everyone else has deemed to be "case closed" now that Ronan O'Rahilly is dead. But since the biographical accounts of Ronan O'Rahilly have been composed of lies and distortions, this case is not closed and our own investigation continues.
One reason we know for a certainty that Radio Atlanta and Radio Caroline were always one single project, is because of the meeting reported by Harry Spencer. It took place at 47 Dean Street in the Soho district of London.
We do not know the exact date of this meeting because Harry Spencer did not tell us. But we do know from related events that it was most probably in the first half of January 1964, and we also know why Harry Spencer went to that meeting. Not only that, but Harry Spencer also told us who else was in attendance, and therein is a key to unlocking the mystery of how Radio Caroline came into existence.
The location of Harry Spencer's revelation begins on page 181 in Appendix One: "Harry's Story", which is part of the 2003, and revised/updated book published in 2018 by Ralph C. Humphries called 'Radio Caroline'.
While other parts of the book repeat myths found in the accepted story-line about Radio Caroline, I should explain that Ralph worked for Trinity House, but that was years after the events described by Harry Spencer, whose account seems to be his own authentic rendition.
We know that 47 Dean Street was not Allan Crawford's first office after leaving Peer-Southern, but it was his home for not only Merit Music, but a string of other companies that he was involved in which also shared his address. Harry Spencer had received "about three or four" phone calls from Allan Crawford who wanted "to talk about a big mast for a weather ship". That "weather ship" had been owned and operated by Trinity House with the name 'Satellite'.
The THV Satellite had been retired to a berth at Cowes on the Isle of Wight where Harry Spencer's workshop for rigging ships, was also located. Crawford had obtained a mortgage to buy the 'Satellite', but prior to actually meeting with Spencer, events had taken place off the coast of Denmark which caused Crawford's main investor who owned a theatrical group of support companies called the John Delaney Organization, to withdraw his financial backing from Crawford.
By 1962 Bill Weaver who was the national station manager for the McLendon stations based in Dallas, Texas, and the Station Manager of McLendon's KILT in Houston, Texas, had acquired another responsibility. He had been instructed to go to Stockholm and close down McLendon's offshore station called Radio Nord, and then to sell it.
In 1962, Bill Weaver moved into the Mayfair Hotel in London from where he talked to everyone and anyone who might have had an interest in buying the offshore radio ship 'Magda Maria', which also carried a cargo of equipment from its former Stockholm studio, that was now packed into the cabins below deck. Meanwhile the ship remained anchored off Brightlingsea, Essex.
Weaver spoke with the owners of Radio Veronica who went out to inspect the 'Magda Maria' under the watchful and reporting eyes of H.M. Customs. But Weaver did not get a sale. He talked to Arnold Swanson, a con man behind the GBOK project with its proposed radio ship called 'Lady Dixon', but he got nowhere with that lead either. He visited with Allan Crawford who was interested, but having just lost his financial backer, Crawford lacked the money to buy the 'Magda Maria' and its cargo.
Then in September 1962 Robert F. Kennedy came calling via his friend Robert Thompson, who had been the spokesman for Gordon McLendon and Clint Murchison in the 'Radio Nord' venture. So Thompson told Weaver to get the ship ready for a transatlantic crossing and bring it to the Texas island of Galveston. It would then be converted into a propaganda ship using helium balloons in the secret and ongoing CIA war led by Bobby Kennedy against Fidel Castro's Cuba.
That war was being run from the facilities of a CIA operations center situated on the southern campus of the University of Miami, and it was disguised as a private research company leasing space from the university. But right at the moment when the dry docking of the 'Magda Maria' was to make it seaworthy to cross the Atlantic Ocean, a near nuclear WWIII primer began an event that became known as the 'Cuban Missile Crisis.
With the U.S. Navy blocking all sea lanes around the Gulf of Mexico - which was the entry point to Galveston from the Atlantic - the sea voyage of the 'Magda Maria' was postponed until the first part of following year. The ship also had to wait for the worst part of the Atlantic winter storms to pass before it made its voyage to dock at Galveston. The ship arrived in March 1963 and Weaver was on hand to supervise the stripping of all of its radio equipment.
It had been intended to install helium balloons on board the renamed 'Mi Amgio', and after sailing into the Caribbean, it would have released high altitude balloons that were timed to drop propaganda over the island of Cuba. In the end, the 'Mi Amigo' was found to be too small for the job, and then the same company that later equipped Laser with its helium supported antenna, was told to equip the CIA vessel 'Olga Patricia' instead. This was the same ship that later became home of 'Radio England' and 'Britain Radio' on behalf of Don Pierson in Eastland, Texas.
Meanwhile, back in 1962, the GBOK offshore radio project had collapsed due to mismanagement and the activities of Arnold Swanson, who Metropolitan Police suspected of using GBOK as a confidence trick to swindle investors. One of the key investors was a company called Faraday at Sheerness where the 'Lady Dixon' was berthed. Faraday was controlled by the father and son team of Charles Orr Stanley and John Stanley who managed the Pye Group of group of companies.
Charles Orr Stanley had become involved with the UK broadcasting scene before WWII. His interests continued through the War years and went into full gear as soon as victory dawned. Stanley pushed for sponsored commercial radio and television broadcasting stations to be licensed by the government. In 1946 he was pushing the idea of offshore radio broadcasting, if the UK Government would not license stations on land. One of his main spokesmen was John Profumo, but he also had a team composed of the former management staff from the defunct Radio Normandie.
Stanley's ambitions had to be put on hold until the re-election of Winston Churchill as Prime Minister came about. Labour was dead-set against any form of commercial broadcasting. Churchill held a grudge against both the BBC and its former boss John Reith. It was Reith who banned Churchill from the BBC airwaves prior to WWII. So Churchill had turned to both Tory Leonard Plugge and his International Broadcasting Company stations, as well as to the shortwave stations based in the USA which could be heard in the United Kingdom.
It was Churchill who then gave the green light for a new monopoly television station run by the government called the 'Independent Television Authority'. This sponsored commercial station with many transmitters, then leased all of its time, not in hours, or half-hours or quarter-hours like the USA stations, but zoned off areas and leased entire broadcast days to "program contractors" who then sold time to advertisers.
Therefore by 1963, the Stanleys had both the money and the means to start a sponsored commercial radio operation, and that is how they came into the life of Allan James Crawford and the meeting described by Harry Spencer. But Pye did not fund the start-up of Radio Caroline. That money was brought in via several connections within the printing and publishing industry and coordinated by John Stanley.
More on this continuing revelation tomorrow, when I will have a lot more to say, not only about David Block and Arthur Carrington, but I will also explain how and why Ronan O'Rahilly was brought in to deflect attention from what was really going on.
While I was working on the Arthur Carrington follow-up, I noticed that a troll has outed himself and then had the chutzpah to accuse me of what "it" has decided to do.
Over on the forum for morons whose slogan is "Caroline lives matters" - which it doesn't because he trolls are worshiping something created out of a lie, one "Atlantisgb!" - has yet again tied itself to the blackmailing troll called Scottg, and it claims that I am Mervyn.
Now that is interesting because the multi-named troll named "Atlantisgb!/Scottg", has now provided a convoluted explanation that another troll called "Maldonian" (none of these trolls dare to use their real names in their cyber-stalking), well that troll named "Maldonian" has insisted that I am me and that I have joined three other real people!
So if I am me then I can't be Mervyn. but "Atlantisgb!" is "Scottg" - or is the politically incorrect "Atlantisgb!" really the slave-owning troll of another troll called "Scottg"?
Clearly none of these trolls are interested in history, or the fact that the US Declaration of Independence tears into the British-German King George III - which is one reason why the North American colonies broke away from the British Crown - because your king promoted slavery and then tried to start a slave war.
Well we have broken away from having anything to do with you monarchist trolls who populate the Garry Stevens Forum that started its own little petty war, which is why we are revealing the true history of Radio Caroline, right here, right now on this forum.
We are a team of three and with me that makes four.
Maybe that's too much "higher math" for troll minds?
Well, one troll who has been trying to blackmail me into revealing information before I am ready to reveal it, adopted a tactic of claiming that because I wouldn't - that he would. So I dared him to go ahead, and then this nameless troll fell silent.
I even offered to enter into a discourse with this troll, if he would simply identify himself. I made that offer several times and his response was silence. But he had one mission in mind and that was to support the theft of our work in a ridiculous book called 'The Radio Caroline Bible'.
The problem for the thief who stole our work was that he was committed to upholding a lie; the myth; the hoax, that Radio Atlanta and Radio Caroline were two separate projects. The troll who cyber-stalked us supported this same ridiculous story - which becomes undone when the life and times of Arthur Carrington are revealed.
The troll kept citing events in the professional career of Arthur Carrington which dated back to circa 1951, but he could not get enough material together to join that date to 1964 when Radio Caroline went on the air for the first time. The troll and his plagiarizing thief want everyone to believe that Ronan O'Rahilly created Radio Caroline, which he did not, and that Ronan O'Rahilly hired a radio engineer named Arthur Carrington to put the station together on board the ship renamed 'Caroline'. That simply did not happen, and here's why:
The explanation is found in the first major piece of literature published in the name of Radio Caroline. It was a small booklet, and this is what it said:
A person named David Block claims to be the author of this 8-page booklet, but David seems to be unaware that "MV" stands for "motor vessel" (as opposed to "SS" or "steamship.) The ship was not a merchant vessel but a former Danish ferry, the one implying non-human cargo and the other implying the transportation of human beings.
The picture of the person that David Block shows at the controls is not a disc jockey. In the early days Radio Caroline it only had announcers and panel operators, and that is what the person in the picture is doing.
It is not a picture of Arthur Carrington, although by reading the text above the picture you might get the impression that is at the controls. The person shown is Ove Sjöström, panel operator who was also an amateur radio enthusiast. He was not a trained radio transmitter engineer.
But because Sjöström misrepresented his credentials and almost destroyed both of the factory-fresh Continental Electronics transmitters on board the mv Caroline, George Saunders who is a qualified Marconi-BBC radio engineer, was eventually sent to the mv Caroline to sack Sjöström and repair the damage he had caused.
But what of Arthur Carrington?
In the booklet above it implies that Carrington outfitted the mv Caroline as a radio broadcasting ship, and it also states that he "was responsible for Britain's first aerial and first undersea television transmissions. He also worked on the installation of equipment into the Manchester studios of ABC television and has worked for the BBC and, The Marconi Company and for the British Government on radar."
Is this true, or is David Block who wrote the text of this first Radio Caroline booklet, just making stuff up?
Let's begin with what we do know.
When the mv Caroline (ex-Iseult; ex-Fredericia), arrived at Greenore, in the Republic of Ireland, both the Continental Electronics transmitters and the electrical generator to power them, had already been installed in Rotterdam, Netherlands. That is where the Fredericia was originally berthed for about the same length of time it spent at Greenore, after it had been brought from Copenhagen, Denmark after completing its days as a passenger ferry. That being the case, the only thing to be installed was a radio studio which Ove Sjöström could accomplish.
But what about the mast and the aerial (antenna) that was installed at Greenore? Who performed that work?
The answer is Harry Spencer who was a qualified rigger based on the Isle of Wight. Spencer was at the initial group meeting before the mv Mi Amigo arrived at El Ferrol after leaving Galveston, Texas and making at least on stop at Sun Cay, in the Bahamas archipelago. Where was that meeting? At the office and studio of Allan James Crawford at 47 Dean Street, in Soho, London.
Who else was present? Captain De Jong Lanau, Chief Superintendent of the Wijsmuller Towing Company who had Ronan O'Rahilly in tow. He was the second person that Spencer met that day after being greeted by A. N. Thomas. De Jong Lanau then told Spencer to follow him back to Rotterdam where the mv Fredericia was berthed. It was Spencer's job to construct masts for both the Fredericia and mv Mi Amigo after its transatlantic voyage.
Before he left 47 Dean Street, Spencer discussed with Thomas the antenna that would be attached to what he at first thought was one mast on one ship. But Thomas did not design antennas, that was the job of his colleague, John Howard Gilman, who was not present. Both Thomas and Gilman were working for Charles and John Stanley who headed the Pye Group of companies.
This crucial meeting was documented by Harry Spencer, but even though he did not place a day and a month on that event, it had to have occurred during the first half of January 1964, because of other known contemporaneous events. So where was Arthur Carrington? He was not present.
But according to this booklet written by David Brock, the equipment that Arthur Carrington installed on the mv Caroline included two generators; two transmitters and a combining unit; the aerial and "the sound control room and studio." But that is contradicted by both Harry Spencer and George Saunders.
We also know that Arthur Carrington was not a radio transmission engineer: he was a specialist in television cameras. But what of the other claims made in the name of Arthur Carrington, that he: ".... was responsible for Britain's first aerial and first undersea television transmissions. He also worked on the installation of equipment into the Manchester studios of ABC television and has worked for the BBC and, The Marconi Company and for the British Government on radar"?
Well, David Block seems to have made a lot of stuff up, because tomorrow I will tell you more about those claims, and I will also reveal the working identity of David Block.
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