'Radio-Noir' now begins here.
This is where my book begins its presentation as this blog transitions from a book review to presenting a new story-line in episodic format. A new web page will also be added very shortly where new material first presented here, will then be edited to become part of an e-book which in turn will become a printed book.
Meanwhile, a academic project is to be launched under the name of 'YesterAir'. It was first announced back in 2015, and its style, presentation, authorship will remain totally separate in scope and in its target audience from 'Radio-Noir'.
Some may wonder why the title "Dial 999 for Caroline!" seems to have been dropped by 'The Trio' - well, it hasn't!
Click and you will see Part One of the video that was made using that title. However, that title projects the expectation of a British criminal story, which it is. But it is much more than that, it is also a story involving the intelligence agencies of both the UK and USA as well as the activities of the U.S. Cosa Nostra and the so-called 'Jewish Mafia'. In the USA "999" is unknown as the number to call for emergency services, because "911" is used instead. In other words this story has not shied away from its dark overtones, it has done just the opposite: it has expanded in scope, hence 'Radio-Noir'.
No one has ever put this story together before! What has been published (and broadcast) so far about Radio Caroline, has mainly been fluff and puff; absolute nonsense pulled from thin air.
In other words the public have been presented with rubbish; nonsense, and idiocy to benefit a handful of people trying to make money off the legacy of two names: Radio Caroline and Ronan O'Rahilly. However, Radio Caroline and "the dark side of life" is a more apt coupling, although Ronan O'Rahilly personally represented that "dark side of life" that no one wanted to talk about - because of fear!
The amount of money being discussed here, is not the small amount money that is handed under the table in wads of folded notes to a receiver who poses a physical threat to the giver. This is about the digits flowing through electronic conduits that carry untaxed money to obscure bank accounts that are controlled by people with their own methods of enforcement to prevent defaults. That is what the "dark side" means.
Let there be no doubt about what this blog is unraveling: it is one aspect of the dark side of life that has been accompanied by sex, drugs, booze and music. Lots and lots of music to drown out the mayhem and the misery.
Welcome to part of that world fronted by a minor greeter and doorman named Ronan O'Rahilly.
As I explained the other day, this investigation began back in 1966, or more specifically, it began on June 22, 1966 when a story was splashed across the pages of Daily Telegraph about the murder of Reg Calvert. He will killed by way of a gun barrel that was pointed at him by Oliver Smedley who then pulled a trigger.
A member of 'The Trio' became intrigued.
How could a major British daily newspaper that represented the Tory Establishment in power, get a story so wrong about that event and then cause it be published? This question resulted in a phone call to the reporter who admitted that he had no prior background knowledge concerning the story. He had written his article because it had been assigned to him by his editor.
In order to satisfy his boss, the reporter went into to a favorite watering hole on Fleet Street where these folk once congregated at lunch time. Over a pint of beer he asked a friend who worked for a ITA television program franchise to fill him in on the details, and from their conversation the story then appeared in print.
It seemed to this member of 'The Trio' that the background story to the sudden development of commercial radio stations from off the British coastline should be told properly, and since he was a member of the National Union of Journalists and held other press credentials, that he should write it without delay. The end result was a half-page feature that was published on June 27, 1967 in a regional daily newspaper.
A year later, in fact, two days after the majority of these offshore stations had closed down, this same member of 'The Trio' wrote a letter on August 16, 1967 to Don Pierson in Texas. It asked for details behind the Texas creation of Radio London; Radio England and Britain Radio. No reply was forthcoming - at that time.
Years later, when the author of the letter was in Texas on May 22, 1983, Don Pierson personally gave this letter writer his financial and legal documents relating to those stations. They had been sitting in boxes stored in the rest room (toilet) of a Pullman rail car which sat upon rails and served as a guest house in Don Pierson's back garden.
The main contents of that box answered the request for information, but they also led to a story that had been kept from the British public. So when Steve England of 'Tapetrix' began selling the story of 'Swinging Radio England', he was actually peddling fantasy and not fact. When this was brought to the attention of Steve England he admitted - on a second version of his tape-for-sale, why the true story was only now emerging for the first time.
No one in Britain knew much about Don Pierson, and prior to some of the Pierson documents being shared with others, no one knew the name of Burton Kanter of Chicago. But even when some of these documents were then shown to a colleague of Ray Anderson who then reprinted them without permission, none of his readers bothered to ask questions about Burton Kanter.
No one asked who was behind 'The World Tomorrow' broadcasts, or how they got on to the airwaves of the offshore stations.
In fact, hardly anyone asked questions but a lot of people kept churning out books and broadcasts to the gullible masses who had been former listeners to the offshore stations. They were interested in reminiscent tales that were often made up or embellished by former disc jockeys and minor bit players who knew nothing but wanted appear to be important (in their own eyes).
The money side, the real side, remained a secret and until now, and there has been no bigger secret than the dark side of the story, the sinister story of Radio Caroline.
Even with the death of Ronan O'Rahilly, his local priest at his memorial service was handed a script full of nonsense that pretended to chart the life work of this gadfly Irishman. The press duly reported that nonsense as fact.
Of course the brainwashed adoring fans of Ronan O'Rahilly are aghast that anyone should dare to suggest that this man was merely a 'decoy duck', which is how a contemporaneous Member of Parliament had once described him to the press. But as time went on, this decoy duck became ever more the charlatan and con man who behaved like an evangelist who was spreading baloney to sustain his own personal lifestyle.
So I don't expect, and 'The Trio' don't expect, that the cult-like trolls will accept these revelations about the true and sinister story behind Radio Caroline. The plodding academic version has been published in episodic articles for many years, but few have read them. Such is the fate of academia. It runs parallel to the legal world where new evidence can only be presented after a tedious foundational chain has been presented, and it has to be to the satisfaction of the judge who is presiding over the court room trial of that evidence. Wikipedia has taken the strange step of excluding original research, which means that nonsense published as fact is accepted by Wikipedia and remains unchallenged. Some of the material on Wikipedia about Radio Caroline is unbelievably ridiculous and without foundation in fact.
The academic side of this project by 'The Trio' is still in progress, and it will appear as a series of works called 'YesterAir'; but this account called 'Radio-Noir' is for everyone who wants a quicker fix in "bam-bam-bam" style that is more likely to trigger an emotional response of shock and horror. Of course trolls will simply ignore it all because their minds have never been open, and I do not expect to open them now - in whatever manner the facts are laid before them.
If you are ready, I will now begin an account of how and why Radio Caroline began with a test broadcast on March 27, 1964 from off the coast of Essex, England.
This is 'Radio-Noir' - examining the dark side under a media-microscope!