There are two basic questions that anoraks and people like Ray Clark cannot answer, and both of these questions provide part of the answers to two more questions: who created 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, and why did they they do it?
We know a lot about the true answers, and we also know a lot about the three key individuals who were used to mislead everyone away from searching for the true answers.
One person is Stephen Christopher Moore.
He arrived at Southampton in 1948 and over the following years he got to know Ronan O'Rahilly. Stephen called himself 'Chris Moore' when he was a disc jockey for a property owner who managed more than one venue with an eponymous name that was affiliated with Stephen Moore's place of work.
Stephen Moore also met Ian Cowper Ross who he introduced to Ronan O'Rahilly.
This gang of three were indirectly hired by Jocelyn Stephens who was the public link in a chain of publicity vendors. A lot of it was false publicity. Some of the elements in that chain came together by chance rather than design.
This includes a young venture seeker and publicity hound named Robin Leach who attended school at Harrow. It was Robin Leach, for his own ends and purposes, who dreamed up the 'Caroline Kennedy Hoax', but its telling was first handed-off to Stephen Moore, while Ronan O'Rahilly was used as an alternative voice to offer a totally fictitious explanation as to where the name 'Caroline' had come from.
Ronan O'Rahilly also made a lot of false claims about Georgie Fame who made it clear that the kind of music he wanted to play was not commercial, and even though he already had an EMI recording contract, his career was going nowhere. Just after 'Radio Caroline' came on the air, Georgie Fame was ready to emigrate to the USA. Ronan O'Rahilly's lies about Georgie Fame are many, but the fact is that Ronan O'Rahilly was a liar who mislead everyone who was silly enough to listen to him.
It was Beatrix Miller, the editor of 'Queen' who began to use and promote the name 'Caroline', but when Jocelyn Stevens bought the company that published 'Queen', she quit. But Jocelyn Stevens managed to hire her back. For a time everything went according to plan, but then Jocelyn Stevens was brought into the Pye Plan to create 'Radio Caroline', except that the directors of Pye knew nothing about the plan.
However, Stevens had not just bought one publication named 'Queen', he bought several other publications as well, and then he got the idea to turn the quiet and sedate 'Caroline', into a slut. Since 'Caroline' was named after a real person that Beatrix Miller knew, Beatrix Miller quit for a second time, and this time on the same day that Planet Productions was registered in Ireland as a sales outfit. The ship had already been bought, along with the equipment and a number of former BBC engineers became part of a plan to set up a broadcasting station on a ship. One of those engineers had ties back to the early days of the BBC at Savoy Hill, and his expertise was in studio equipment. A. N. Thomas was another technician, and he supervised the 'Caroline' transmitters.
Ironically the grandfather of the real 'Caroline' had talked about doing something similar aboard a ship back in the Nineteen Thirties, but at that time the technology did not make it feasible. Through this man the real story of 'Caroline' comes into play along with the connecting dots that lead to Jocelyn Stevens.
There are a lot, and we do mean a lot of unrelated strands in this very complicated story that only came together as part of an omnibus plan just before the commencement of broadcasting in 1964 by 'Radio Caroline'. Yet, the mythology of 'Caroline Kennedy' only comes into play in 1965, and no one asks why?
The same thing is true with a person called 'Jimmy Ross' who is mentioned by a newspaper without explanation, until 1990 when Ian Cowper Ross invented fantasy drive to Hindhead by Stephen Moore, Ronan O'Rahilly and Ian Cowper Ross. He did that by inference when he subtlety inked the text of his 1990 novel about a family named Shaw, by retrospectively connecting the dots back in time to the year 1964, and his opportunity came first on BBC-TV, and then with an interview by Ray Clark.
So come on Ray Clark: Step up and admit that you have no source for this fantasy car ride other than the suggestions made to you by Ian Cowper Ross. He was one of three very young and very immature guys who were picked-up by Jocelyn Stevens.
The real father of Ian Cowper Ross was a genuine salesman selling dry-cleaning franchises, and even Ian has painted himself as a useless kid who his real father was sick of financially supporting, since he had got to the useless stage of wrecking an expensive motorcycle and then a sports car. This landed him first in hospital and then in court. It was Jocelyn who gave this kid something to do as part of the team whose job it was to lie to everyone and anyone who would listen to them, and this included the press.
Apparently it still includes Ray Clark and Chris Edwards of OEM.
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