Pirate BBC Essex latest

Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day reports:

Here is what’s happening in Harwich.

Sat 12th August
Ray Clark (BBC Essex) live O/B 9-11am from H’penny Pier and deck of LV18.
Pirate Radio Exhibition on the H’penny Pier opens at 10am (until 5pm)
Meet the Pirates talk at the Electric Palace Cinema 5.30pm till 7pm with Roger Day, Alan Turner, Steve Scruton, Ian Wyatt.

Sunday 13th
Exhibition opens 10 – 5
9 am BBC Essex Quest programme starts from Harwich
Meet the Pirates talk at the Electric Palace Cinema 5.30 – 7pm with Roger Day, Keith Skues, Tom Edwards, Norman St John followed by film The Boat That Rocked 7 – 9.30pm
Pirate BBC Essex starts broadcast 10 pm – 1am With Keith Skues and all former dj’s in Harwich.

Monday 14th
Exhibition opens 10 – 4pm
9 am Pirate BBC Essex re-starts with Roger Day
10.30 Norman St John
12 noon Tom Edwards
1.30 Johnnie Walker
3pm Switch to Ross Revenge for Ray Clark until 4 pm Closedown

Shows at Electric Palace Cinema

Details have now been announced of two shows, at Harwich’s historic Electric Palace cinema, during Pirate BBC Essex.

On Saturday 12th August, there will be an opportunity to meet the 1960s pirates. Meet live in the Electric Palace some of the Pirate DJs who have come down to broadcast on Pirate BBC Essex. The price is £7 NC. Starts 5.30pm.

On Sunday 13th August, another chance to meet the pirates followed by a showing of The Boat That Rocked. The price for both is £10 NC. Starts 5.30pm.

Mi Amigo Online Launch Night

We’ll be launching Radio Mi Amigo’s 2017 programme with a special evening that will be broadcast online via this website. At 8pm on Thursday 13th July the Harwich Town Cryer will offically open the Radio Mi Amigo Online Stream, marking the end of our month-long testing phase. In the studio will be Garry Lee and Brendan Day with a huge pile of vinyl!

We’ve been busy getting the studio ready for the night,  trying to minimise any interruptions to the stream, which has been 24hr for the past week or so. Of course, it’s under two weeks to the start of Radio Mi Amigo’s FM broadcasts!

Coinciding with the launch is the official opening of the LV18’s Secret Garden. Harwich Secret Gardens Weekend is next weekend, 15th & 16th July, and the LV18 is on the cover of the programme booklet. The Harwich Secret Gardens Chairman, Hugh, is seen holding the programme, accompanied by Tony, Mi Amigo Station Manager, and Sally, chief botanist.

Radio Mi Amigo Shows

Our Programme Director for 2017, Garry Lee, is busy putting together the programme and has a few words about this year:


The Stonehenge Disco is back!!! On the programme this year, not only will we be celebrating 50 years since the outlawing of offshore radio, but also 50 years since The Summer Of Love & 40 years since the rather momentus 1977 and the birth of Punk & New Wave! Lots of amazing music, clips & memories to come, both on the evening shows & the overnights. We are counting down the days!!!

Also coming soon on this year’s Mi Amigo RSL in July, we have a wonderful new team of overnight presenters. One of which is The Reverend Rabbit! The good Reverend will be serving up a diet of tasty album tracks for the wee small hours between 4-6am on the first five nights of the broadcast.

Returning to Radio Mi Amigo this July… It’s the housewives choice…. Bart Serlie – The Floating Dutchman!!!

More programme news to follow!

Getting Ready!

It’s been a busy few weeks on the LV18 as we prepare for Radio Mi Amigo next month and Pirate BBC Essex just two weeks later!

The studio still looks rather bare with just a hint of technology but it’s had a lick of paint and a tidy up. Elsewhere the ship has had similar treatment; lots of those ‘Winter jobs’ have now been completed!

We’ve been testing our new streaming service and it sounds great! Thanks to everyone who’s commented on our Facebook page. We are preparing a few programmes to go out exclusively online before the broadcast starts on 21st July, keep an ear open for that!

There’s plenty going on in readiness for Pirate BBC Essex too, Steve Scrutton, Ian Wyatt and engineer Matt visited us recently to make sure everything was ship-shape. Cheers guys!