Yesterday I acknowledged the help given to 'The Trio' by David Dudley [left] whose son Simon bought the former wooden construct lightship 'Lady Dixon', after it had been rotting away following many years of neglect. David Dudley discovered that this hulk had at one time been the proposed home of GBOK, which was intended to become an offshore radio station, and Dave became fascinated by the history of this hulk.
Today I want to put a lot of information in order of sequence that other writers have ignored; either because they were specializing on a specific aspect in the life of one of the participants, or as in the case of Paul Rusling's 'The Radio Caroline Bible', because he did not understand the subject he was writing about which is why he avoided all mention of GBOK in his 'Bible of Bilge'!
You read that right! In the softback version of Rusling's book you can search the Index for any reference to GBOK, and you won't find one. You can flip through the pages to see if it is there, and if it was missed out of the Index. Well, if it is there, I could not find it. Can you?
So what did Rusling do with this gap in offshore broadcasting history? Well, he just pretended that it was not there! Then what? Well, by eliminating GBOK he also eliminated the 'hook' that Pye latched on to, because Radio Caroline really came out of GBOK, and not Radio Atlanta, because Atlanta and Caroline were really two sides of the same coin, but each side was different.
However, the story behind-the-story of GBOK, as well as its inter-connectivity with the start of Radio Caroline, is a vital part of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle, and if that thread is left unaddressed, it leads to invented links such as the ones that Rusling attached in his make-believe and cobbled-together series of fables. In fact, the more that his 'bible' is analyzed, the more impossible it becomes to try to correct his many misspellings; typographical errors and just made-up nonsense!
Rusling's bilge book does more harm than it does good, and yet, a little army of trolls stand behind their cult leader Rusling to defend his fiction. Why, because Rusling is supporting Malcolm Smith's claim that the tiny station he represents is the latest incarnation of Radio Caroline, except that it is not. Radio Caroline died in 1967, never to return again.
Others have adopted that name for other projects, but they are not related and neither is there a continuous timeline of broadcasting from 1967 to the present day. Rusling's book is built upon plagiarized texts which have been twisted to the point of total distortion. That is one of the main reasons why it became very necessary for 'The Trio' to distance themselves from everything connected to Paul Rusling due to the long-term harm that he has set in motion.
Therefore in this blog, the time that follows is based not upon the fantasy published by Rusling, but upon the actual and documented timeline established after decades of research, and which owes its origins to work performed by 'The Trio', with help from many people such as Dave Dudley.
In the next thread I will bring into focus several different people who were active during the same period of time, and I will reveal how they interacted with each other, learned from each other and helped to propel events that led to the creation of Radio Caroline. This will include the story of GBOK.