Until 2015 we thought that the true story about the origins of Radio Caroline was known. We had already begun to publish our work with a precursory introduction under a two-part title called 'UK Offshore Radio' (which is still available Online.) Then the fog of confusion descended and everything ground to a halt.
As we have previously revealed in our two Blogs, as well as in an article published in the magazine of the Communications Museum at Burntisland in Scotland, we were confronted with a conundrum. That mystery began with a book called 'Radio Man'.
The initial problem began when the authors of 'Radio Man' claimed a very different heritage to the existing and accepted story, because their version was at variance with the one stated in books; magazine articles; newspaper features and broadcasts.
It took us over two years to root out the true story, and one reason for the delay is that the person who had commissioned the publication of 'Radio Man' had spent almost £100,000 in the process. The net effect was to deceive by obfuscation, and therefore mislead readers. While the story in 'Radio Man' is at variance to the 'pop' version, its harm is compounded by the careful substitution of words used in print, in order to change the meaning of the original research text prior to publication.
We do not believe that this was an accident.
We eventually discovered that the twisting of facts to partially deceive, was nothing more that a process put into play by Winston Churchill during World War II. This Churchillian strategy was deliberately invented to confuse and misinform the Nazi German leaders. It even confused President Roosevelt who was not told at first about the Churchillian plan of intentional deception. So the USA began to spend money and manpower to investigate what was perceived to be information coming from Nazi Germany, when it was really coming from Churchill's autocratic and secretive United Kingdom.
But in the Nineteen Sixties, that same methodology was being employed by British entrepreneurs to deceive the British electorate. Back in WWII it wasn't just one group of men and women who were engaged in a single operation, and nor was it simply passive propaganda. In WWII this was an operation outside the realm of standard warfare.
Winston Churchill commissioned several bodies on a 'need-to-know' basis to engage in an over-arching plan of action. In some instances its operatives acted like terrorists. Some were pornographers; some were engaged in polemics wrapped around religion, and others in musical entertainment to attract potential victims. Back in WWII it all fell under the umbrella of the UK Official Secrets Act, and while the true story has been dribbling out since the end of WWII, not all of it is known to this day.
But decades later, it is not as if just the same WWII methodology had been employed to conceal the real story of offshore radio, because in some instances the very same people had been recruited - because of their wartime know-how.
That is what we ran into when trying to research this story.
Most of the offshore radio fans did not, and still do not, have a clue.
Don Pierson, the Texan who created Radio London, Britain Radio and Radio England, was also deceived. He reacted to the fantasy and not to the facts, and it led to his downfall with regards to his financial involvement in those stations. In the instances of Britain Radio and Radio England, it also led to those stations becoming financial disasters.
So we are now getting ready to begin a new series of part-publications, and each one will consist of a two-sided approach. One section will debunk the myths, while another one will spell out the real story.
After several of these part-publications have been released, they will then be edited to conform to a single volume, with more part-publications to follow. They will likewise be grouped together as another volume that will eventually become a continuing series of volumes, as we originally promised prior to 2015. In this way, if we need to correct any part of a part-volume with additions or deletions or amendments, we can do so relatively quickly and at low cost.
We will keep you informed as to our publishing progress.