Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline
By Steve Conway
Liberties Press is pleased to announce the publication of ShipRocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline by Steve Conway, a witty, revealing memoir by the Phantom FM DJ about the years he spent on Radio Caroline, the pirate radio ship. The book is published to coincide with the release of Richard Curtis’s (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) new film The Boat That Rocked. RRP is €12.99.
About the book: Dublin-born Steve Conway emigrated to the UK at the height of the mid 80s recession, like so many of his generation. Working as an IT engineer in London Steve's life seemed safe and predictable, until he found himself caught up in the world of illegal pirate broadcasting. Joining a weekend rock music pirate station in South London led to a visit to the famous Radio Caroline ship, Ross Revenge, and a dramatic sea chase. Now determined to join the crew of Caroline, a sudden job offer in the dead of night could not be refused, even though it meant leaving his secure IT job with not even a day’s notice. Over the next years, dodging storms, disasters, police roadblocks and the odd flying saucepan Steve rose from the position of newsreader through presenter to eventually become Radio Caroline's Programme Controller. ShipRocked: Life On The Waves With Radio Caroline tells the tale of Steve's life on the (air)waves and the pirate radio ships constant battle for survival – and its eventual dramatic shipwreck.
In its heyday Radio Caroline had upwards of 23 million listeners and even in later years the audience still numbered over 5 million. The station still runs today, on satellite, and is funded completely by volunteer subscribers, who cover costs, wages, overheads, and even the upkeep of the ship Ross Revenge – the last vessel used to broadcast ‘Caroline. Radio Caroline has fanclubs and listeners (old and new) in Ireland and the UK plus France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and the USA. The owner and founder of Radio Caroline was Ronan O’Rahilly, grandson of