It is funny to think that according to the trunk full of vanity publishers who know nothing and are so quick to tell everything - for a price - that not one of them, not one of them - has explained why Project Atlanta Limited was created and who created it.
Oh they have names, but who were these people and what was their relationship to radio?
Where was the operating company for Radio Caroline?
It did not exist.
Yet knowing who these people were who populated the board of directors of Project Atlanta Limited helps to explain the origins and life of Radio Caroline before it died on August 14, 1967 and its corpse was hauled away on March 6, 1968.
This is all part of our own ongoing investigation, and we will be revealing some of it before the dawn of 2021.
In late 2019 Paul Rusling became the latest in a long line of "I know-nothing-but-pretend-that-I-know-what-you-don't-know" people, who have slapped their own names on vanity publications and hoped to make money - by conning gullible readers who genuinely wanted answers. As everyone should know by now: he had none to offer.
However, hacks such as Rusling are but variations on a theme of Arnold Swanson, but not Ronan O'Rahilly; because O'Rahilly hitched his wagon to the real storyline. Unfortunately, when that storyline ended on August 14, 1967, O'Rahilly thought that he could keep it going. But all he kept alive was the meaningless name of 'Caroline'.
Radio Caroline was dead and remained dead.
Today, not only is Radio Caroline an irrelevant name in communications, but the medium it used back in 1964 is also on its way to extinction as it was once perceived. To know why O'Rahilly went off into cloud-cuckoo-land is to understand why Rusling knew nothing and knows nothing of the real story, that is, apart from the bits he stole from us, and yet, he still does not understand the subject at all.
It all has to do with dates on the calendar.
August 14, 1967 marks the real end of the story, but it whimpered on until March 6, 1968, and then it was extinguished - forever.
The other date of importance is the one we have already raised on this Blog, and it concerns the date upon which Allan James Crawford got involved with offshore radio. Crawford says that he first met Ronan O'Rahilly at the beginning of 1963, but Crawford had already become involved with offshore radio in 1962, the year prior to meeting O'Rahilly.
The date of Crawford's arrival at 47 Dean Street also coincides with the beginning of his involvement in offshore radio. Another author who should know better than to put two and two together and make six, is academic Adrian Johns. He asserted that Crawford moved into the vacated premises once occupied by the VRON/CNBC project. But they had been located diagonally across Dean Street and further up from the address Crawford moved into. Johns tried to connect dots that don't exist in order to tell his story and sell books. It is as fake as Ruslings!
All of the evidence points to Crawford beginning his involvement in 1962, and no earlier. If you have proof that he did begin his offshore interests earlier than 1962, we would like to see the proof, and if you have it, we will immediately admit our mistake!
The mistake made by anoraks is in confusing the date of incorporation of CBC (Plays) Limited in 1960, and assuming, incorrectly, that this is when Crawford got involved. But Crawford left all kinds of tell-tale evidence behind for investigators like us, to uncover years later.
Arnold Swanson was a crook, and Metropolitan Police warned the British government that he was a crook. Later, after more scams elsewhere, his wealthy wife divorced him; denounced him, and led police to arrest him for having underage sexual relations with two young teenage girls.
However, Swanson had managed to not only con John Thompson and his fledgling company Voice of Slough Ltd into cooperating with him, but he also attracted two ex-BBC engineers and the son of Charles Orr Stanley who headed the Pye Group of companies.
Stanley did have a legitimate agenda that stretched back via pioneers of British commercial radio, and that trail began before World War II. But Stanley did not have all of his irons in the same fire.
He had a goal and that was to defeat the BBC monopoly in television and radio in order to sell television and radio equipment. He was never in the business of trying to operate stations on his own, although he did create demonstration units to prove that his business plan worked.
Others then ripped-off the Pye Plan and pretended that it was their own work.
Stanley's interests spread out in several directions simultaneously, and offshore broadcasting was only one part of his plan. Yet the people he brought into his plans were only told what they needed to know about the aspects of his plans that they were involved with. These people formed a line of experts whose interests in British commercial radio also stretched back before WWII.
However, while Charles Orr Stanley was certainly a major player, he was not the only major person in this story with an agenda. The others were not involved with broadcasting in a direct sense, because their interests spun-off in several other directions. Some were involved in music; some in law, and some in a gigantic operation worth billions of US Dollars and British tax Pounds.
But these interests all converged in the same time and space to achieve different goals. So the time-dated interests of Allan James Crawford are very important to this story, in as much that by pinning down dates, it is possible to see where he fits into the bigger picture, and why he brought in Ronan O'Rahilly.
It is also possible to see why Allan James Crawford who in all probability did not know the 'bigger picture', then found himself used and abused by other people as the Radio Caroline aspect of it lumbered on to its final conclusion and destruction.
Reg Calvert had no idea of what he was getting into. He thought that he did, and he became a fatality along the way.
Don Pierson who created Radio London; Radio England and Britain Radio, was another person who groped his way through a veil of deceit and lies which eventually led to his demise. Don Pierson thought that it was all a straight-forward and obvious enterprise, but it wasn't, but he did not know that.
What Ted Allbuery learned along the way remains a mystery. His pre-offshore radio days hint at his possible wider perception of something more, and he even had a dalliance with Herbert W. Armstrong in Pasadena, California. It was Armstrong who brushed against the darker world of political propaganda by broadcasting, and it was Armstrong who financed offshore radio by buying time on the stations.
But search as you may, you won't find major articles citing UK government sources as to why Armstrong funded the offshore broadcasting stations. That is a can of worms that the clandestine world of geopolitical propaganda did not want to be opened, by anyone. However, if Allbuery ever came to know what was really going on, he never wrote about it when he became a successful author of spy stories.
But that was not the big story behind North Sea activities.
It is the big story that we have now uncovered and pieced together.
To date it has not been published anywhere, by anyone.
It is not a story about now aging old men with their tin pot replica radio stations attached to a rusting hulk. This is a story affecting millions of people in the year 2020 during the course of their normal daily activities.
However, it is a story that has to be pieced together from many, many different sources and thoroughly documented. Once published it will trigger all manner of additional publications and broadcasts, and it will become the focus of many who gaze once again at a picture of the past in wonderment that it was not brought to everyone's attention before now. The answer is that it has been partly revealed by others, but not in the way and in the manner that those interested in offshore radio broadcasting will have noticed.
Because it is necessary to correct the currently perceived timeline of events, it is time to have a closer look at the life of Allan James Crawford. It is necessary to understand exactly where he fits into the true timeline, which is totally different from the fictitious nonsense spun by Paul Rusling and his tribe of self-serving vanity hacks, and the dubious documents written on the subject by people claiming to be scholars.
Our intention is to unravel the mysteries surrounding this story, and there are many mysteries that remain as yet unsolved. But we now know enough to begin publication.
However, unlike the fraudsters, and there have been many, we are not out to con anyone out of anything, and to date, we have not asked for, and neither do we now ask for any money from anyone who is presently reading this Blog.
There will be more on this Blog about all of this in due course, along with details of the first book in a new series of books. They will be part of a commercial undertaking that will finally begin to explain to everyone, what was really going on during the so-called 'Swinging Sixties'.
Metropolitan Police were asked for their opinion about Arnold Johann Swanson and they told the Crown authorities that Swanson was a con artist. His plan was to float a scheme and not a radio station so that he could con money from business into his own pockets.
Swanson was a Canadian who had no money.
He was a Canadian version of Ronan O'Rahilly.
Swanson divorced his first wife and married a Canadian shipping heiress in Reno, Nevada, and she had money to spare. So he spent her money on a number of promotional schemes which allowed him to syphon money off into his own pockets.
GBOK was one of those ventures.
GBOK had been spun off the Voice of Slough Limited project started by John Thompson - who also had little money. Thompson had lived in Canada and returned to England at the time when commercial radio was being promoted by hundreds of registered companies.
All of this began late in 1959.
Thompson began making a noise for himself in 1960.
Thompson noted that a lot of the potential radio station companies being registered in the UK were copying the name 'Voice of America'. So Thompson registered 'Voice of Slough'.
Then along came Swanson who told Thompson all kinds of nonsense about his expertise, of which he really had none. So Thompson folded his project under the Swanson banner of GBOK and let Swanson take over.
Swanson conned Pye; BBC engineers, and many other people out expertise in order to get money from investors. It looked like he had money because he had control of his wife's finances and he splurged on buying an impressive house that fooled a lot of people.
Money begets money, and so does the illusion of money.
But things became too hot for Swanson and so he dumped everything back in Thompson's hands. Thompson then tried to revive his original idea, but without success and Thompson then tacked himself on to the ill-fated Radio Invicta project, and he had the nerve to complain in writing to the UK government, that Ted Allbuery had stolen that project from him with the birth of Radio 390!
I guess Thompson was trying imitate Swanson who by then had gone to California where his wife had bought another expensive property.
Then he went to Hawaii and bought a disused ocean liner which he explained was to become part of a new shipping line. Of course he didn't actually buy it, he just arranged terms so that it looked as if he bought it.
But his wife was getting worried and distanced herself from him.
Meantime he was back in Canada having sex with two underage teenage girls. His wife, accompanied by cops, caught him in the act and Swanson was arrested. She then divorced him and had to take him to court to try to regain control of her own money!
You will love his excuse that he told the judge in answer to the reason why he was in court: He said that he was so happy to be in the protection of the police who put him in jail, because his wife had become violently crazy, and he was afraid of what she might do!
Con men keep on conning and people keep on falling for their speil.
Think Ronan O'Rahilly.
Think Radio Caroline.
There is a true story behind the birth of Radio Caroline, it's just that it has yet to be told and so you have not read it. Hopefully we will begin to remedy that before this year is out.
We began researching and writing articles about British media in 1966, which resulted on June 27 of that year with publication of a half-page feature in a daily newspaper. It had been prompted by the onslaught of fake reporting in newspapers such as 'The Daily Telegraph', which was triggered by the shooting and killing of Reg Calvert, the man who began the offshore station called Radio City.
We tracked down 'The Daily Telegraph' reporter who wrote a main feature about Calvert's death, and asked him about his source material. He told us that he was assigned to the story by his Editor, so he wandered down to a Fleet Street watering hole and asked his mate who worked for Granada TV to fill him in with details. This hear-say nonsense then appeared in print, and in turn it sparked us into beginning this project.
At first we began with the O'Rahilly mythology about the start of Radio Caroline, because that is what Don Pierson who began Radio London also believed. That mythology was Pierson's motivation. Then, when Don Pierson gave us his legal and financial records about Radio London; Radio England and Britain Radio, we came to see that the cassette that Steve England was selling with the help of fiction spawned by Johnnie Walker, was absolute rubbish.
Our print publishing also gave birth to radio and later television programs. One of those radio programs rebutted the Steve England product with commentary by Don Pierson. So instead of withdrawing the fake cassette from sale, Steve England merely tacked on a brief acknowledgement with excerpts of Don Pierson's commentary. But Steve England dissed the differences, including the made up nonsense spawned by Johnnie Walker, as the result of time and different recollections!
But this is where made-up fakery clashes with documented proof. The former would be pitched from any courtroom as perjury, but it is soaked-up and repeated by mindless anoraks who worship anything named 'Radio Caroline'.
We have attempted to cooperate with others by sharing our research, and consequently we have been ripped-off by plagiarizing lazy writers who didn't understand the subject, but wanted to make a vain showing with their names in print and on air. These literary thieves merely took our material and then cobbled it into the mythology already in circulation. So they didn't make our job easier, they made it worse. In so doing they hammered into the dull mindsets of the soaking sponges who imbibed their nonsense, more variations on a continuing theme of mythology.
Radio Caroline does not continue, mythology continues.
It is not just Steve England; Robert Chapman; Brian Lister and Paul Rusling who stand in the way of knowledge; nor is it the work of paid hacks such as John Venmore Rowland, but prominent people such as John Whitney. It was the work of Whitney that eventually led to a new and trivial media entity being given a license to broadcast as Radio Caroline.
John Whitney also did his best to bury the trail of investigation.
Yes, the same John Whitney described on Wikipedia this way:
"John Norton Braithwaite Whitney, CBE (born 20 December 1930) is a British writer and producer who has been involved in the introduction and development of commercial radio and television in the UK during the 1970s and 1980s. He has held various posts such as Managing Director of Capital Radio, Director General of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), and Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). In addition he is involved with numerous charities such as Artsline, Stage One, and the Shakespeare Globe Trust, and in 2008 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to broadcasting and charity."
We have now managed to finally create a new storyline by unmasking the vain glory and self-promotion by people like John Whitney. Funnily enough, the one clown among the dross who could have told anoraks the real story, if he had looked, was Paul Rusling from Yorkshire.
Paul Rusling told us that he does not read books (and he said this as he stood in one of our book depositories), nor does he like to perform research, he said. He merely takes and twists and self-promotes, and in so doing he confuses the story even more. By so doing Rusling helps to further conceal the real story about the development of British offshore broadcasting, just like John Whitney.
But for all of his huffing and puffing and self-promotion as an 'expert', he is stripped bare as an expert of naught, which includes the history of his claimed home base of Yorkshire! What a fraud.
We were writing daily blog updates, but this did not result in additional help, but in more abuse from trolls. In many instances they were too young in years to remember the actual events, and too immature to want to know how we can authoritatively tell our readers that Ronan O'Rahilly was a con-man. Instead, they clutch on to the nonsense that Radio Caroline of 1964 continues to broadcast, but that legacy is fiction: it is totally and utterly untrue.
Because of the fact that people like Rusling have merely propped-up the Establishment tale of doyens such as John Whitney, and because we have now broken through Whitney's wall of obfuscation and nonsense, we created today's landmark blog entry to note the date in which this was finally achieved. We can now report that we are very close to putting together a skeleton storyline of true events.
No, we don't claim to know all of the previously hidden answers, but we do now know enough to publish what we know, and do so in the hope that there are enough honest and intellectually interested readers who can fill-in some of the blanks that remain. To that end we are still working on an initial publication later this year.