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?