Euphoria would be an understatement when Tony Kirk received a phone call on 24th November 1987 to join Radio Caroline. He remembers that moment well as anyone would when ambition was about to be realised but his excitement was very short-lived when a few hours later the Ross Revenge’s 300-foot high aerial mast collapsed on a very rough North Sea so his journey was put on hold. A year later, another phone call and in November 1988 he was on board presenting programmes from the high season the 558 services. It was the start of an adventure that included threats of mutiny, the station’s 25th-anniversary commemorations at Easter 1989, on deck carrying out mast repairs during a dramatic ‘rock and roll’ force 10 storm, and being on board when the Dutch police and British DTI raided the station in an attempt to silence it in August 1989.
Back on dry land, he was heavily involved behind the scenes with Radio Caroline in the 1990s when the station moved ashore and was the licensee for a number of Caroline’s legal 28-day broadcasts from Dover Harbour and the Blackwater estuary. He also held the station’s first satellite licence and secured, against strong opposition, the trademark ‘Radio Caroline’ on behalf of the station.
During the 1990s he was also heard presenting on an assortment of UK short-term charity stations that included Radio Cracker from Cheam, Radio for New Infants (RNI) from Bromley, and for almost 15 years, when not elsewhere, supported his local hospital radio station, Radio St Helier in Carshalton, Surrey, where he spent 3 years on the managing committee as Programme Controller.
His music tastes are best described as eclectic, being diverse from rock to pop, blues to classical, and covering all genres between and beyond.
The Album Show
An awesome two-hour show guaranteed to be packed with a diverse selection of tracks especially hand-picked by Tony Kirk.
You can look forward to a superb selection of lesser played tracks and artists from the past seven decades along with a sprinkling of some great music memories.
Whether you like your music to be rock, blues, pop, soul, R&B, disco, reggae, or whatever, we are sure there will be something that you will enjoy.
The Tony Kirk Sunday Afternoon Show
A show packed with loads of great music that you grew up with, and more.
Hand-picked numbers by Tony Kirk from his own eclectic music collection which includes a wide range of genres from the past seven decades.
Sunday afternoon listening at its best. But be ready . . . as you can expect the unexpected!