70’s Magic

Sponsored by: The Peter Cushing

What’s going on sponsored by: Parry Law

 Taking in Glam Rock, Super Groups & that seventies Soul makes this programme a firm Sunday favourite Red Sands Radio Life Ring Logo


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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio Fort Antenna Wed 07/02/18

The ferocious gales of early 2018 have brought down the second of two antennas built by Red Sands Radio. The fist single dipole mast proved inadequate shearing at the base insulator during erection over two weekends. Whilst only designed for the 2007 broadcast, the popularity of the station encouraged a return the following year

Sourcing a fibre glass lattice mast, a second antenna was erected and has since been fully maintained. Unfortunately, unauthorised boarders made a fire on the top of the G1 Tower, resulting in damage to the lattice base and weakening several insulators. This damage was hastily repaired, and in April 2017 new stainless guys and several new insulators fitted

Exposed to the rigours of the weather and prevailing westerly winds, funnelling down the Thames Estuary, it’s understandable why the Forts have deteriorated to such an extent. To give an indication, I recall in 1965 we lost galvanised steel buckets filled with sea water, and even a small boat overboard!

Red Sands Radio came ashore in 2009 and broadcast from Whitstable Harbour until 2014. But we’d always hoped to make further broadcasts from the Fort. Sadly the high winds of 2018 were the final straw for the antenna which had stood for over ten years. Finally, it’s testament to designer Guy Maunsell who said with proper care the Forts would stand for 200 years. However, built by largely unskilled labour in 1943, and without structural maintenance since 1958 it’s remarkable that the Forts have stood so long

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"; } ?> New Features October 2017 Sun 01/10/17

www.bobleroi.co.uk is back with another mammoth website update

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‘Scrapbook’ has a new Radio City feature with transparencies (slides) taken of Shivering Sands in the late 1960’s

Much lengthy research has produced a fairly comprehensive list of programme and DJ theme tunes from all of the stations that have broadcast from the Red Sands Fort

Whilst on the Oxford Canal earlier this year we took a stroll to the Old Clifton Hall at Clifton-Upon-Dunsmore, home of Reg Calvert’s 1960’s ‘School of Rock & Roll’

Catching up with John Edward aka Johnny Flux at the 50th anniversary of the 60’s Offshore Stations, we’ve finally completed a feature on Johnny’s long and interesting career

Whilst across in the ‘Personal Pages’ by request pictures of the inauguration of Vattenfall’s Kentish Flats Wind Farm. Plus a leisurely look around the Crich Tramways Museum, woodlands walk, memorial grounds and tower

This times ‘One Subject One Link’ has a contribution that talks about the many new small community stations coming on-air and the quality of some presenters

Enjoy your visits to www.bobleroi.co.uk

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"; } ?> Kentish Flats Windfarm Inauguration Sun 01/10/17

Kentish Flats Windfarm Inauguration …

Vattenfall Inauguration

Guests & Vattenfall Staff aboard the MV Balmoral

The Swedish Power Company Vattenfall invited guests to the offic1al inauguration of the Kentish Flats Windfarm that had been extended from 30 to 45 turbines

Sailing from Ramsgate on 1st Junbe 2016 around the North Foreland to the eastern edge of the windfarm and afterwards to Whitstable Harbour

For the full feature visit www.bobleroi.co.uk

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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio Theme Tunes Wed 06/07/16

We’ve had a number of enquiries about the Red Sands Radio Theme Tunes so here;s the information:

The Red Sands Radio Themes & Fillers

The Red Sands Radio Station Opening Theme Tune used from 2007 – 2014 is by the French Band ‘Air’ entitled ‘La Femme D’Argent’ (The Silver Woman/The Money Girl)

This comes from their album ‘Moon Safari’ recorded in Paris between April – June 1997 & released on the 19th January 1998, in the UK by Virgin Records: 7243 8 44978 2 8

I was given an advanced copy by Fiona at Virgin when running Medway FM where we promoted the track ahead of it becoming popular to a wider audience. It was included daily during the ‘Medway FM Café Live Lunch’

Red Sands Radio Closedown Theme Tune is by ‘Franck Pourcel’ entitled ‘On A Clear Day You Can See Forever’. The track from the Musical of the same name was composed in 1929. ‘Robert Goulet’ also recorded it in 1965 for his ‘On Broadway‘ LP which Offshore Radio Essex used as a Tender call

Red Sands Radio Fort

We played it in tribute to the original Radio 390 theme, which was a KPM library piece by the ‘Telecast Orchestra’ called ‘Sentimental’, sounding very similar & often confused with ‘On A Clear Day’ There’s no evidence, although many think Frank Chacksfield recorded the track

The late French Orchestral leader ‘Franck Pourcel’ recorded the track originally in 1965 with vocals for the ‘Overture’ LP

Re-recorded, it appeared again in France on a 1977 compilation Music Cassette called ‘Unforgettable Melodies’ featuring the orchestras of Franck Pourcel, Ron Goodwin, Geoff Love & Manuel & His Music Of The Mountains

‘Unforgettable Memories’ on CD was released in UK on the EMI Music for Pleasure Label: CD-DL-11- 1120 in 1991 & Readers Digest included it on ‘Melodies Moods & Memories’ an 8 vinyl LP set in 199 GMMM-A-215

Both tracks, as well as the 30+ Red Sands Radio fillers were edited to suit, & remixed with ‘live’ atmospheric recordings of the resident Fort Seagulls, the Redsands North Buoy, & waves lapping around the Forts legs

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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio 2015 Mon 13/07/15

Red Sands Radio 2015 …

RSR Antenna

Red Sands Radio Antenna

With many people disappointed that Red Sands Radio isn’t on-air for what would have been our 9th year, we reiterate the reason(s) we’re not on-air as usual this summer

Whilst we’ve sighted a shortage of competent professional presenters: Press Release #2 2015

In tandem we have a deficiency in funding with both KCC (Kent County Council) & CCC (Canterbury City Council) no longer contributing towards the project

In the background the Local Authority have plans to redevelop our harbour studio building so we’ve had to vacate the premises

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"; } ?> Radio Forts in Colour Tue 02/06/15

The Radio Forts in Colour Exhitition


Colour Photographs & Drawings of the Forts

We present an exhibition of colour photographs and superb drawings of the Forts & Towers of the Thames Estuary by Gerry Pitcher

The FREE EXHIBITION is on from 2nd – 21st June at Beach Creative, Beach Street, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5PT (United Kingdom)

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"; } ?> Staff Shortages hit Local Radio Station Fri 01/05/15

Red Sands Radio Staff  Shortages

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Red Sands Radio Flag

Based in the historic harbour at Whitstable, Red Sands Radio originally broadcast from the Offshore Forts and this year is suffering a severe shortfall in staff

“Red Sands Radio Founder MD and Programme Director Bob Le-Roi said; “With a small core of dedicated key members it’s always been difficult to juggle life-work commitments with running Red Sands Radio”

“We strive to achieve a high standard at Red Sands Radio with core daytime programmes hosted by professional broadcasters. However, when they become indisposed or indeed things go wrong we don’t have sufficient quality back-up”

“This coupled with a shortfall at weekends; we haven’t the resources to provide the quality of service the Coastal Towns expect of us. Consequently with regret, it’s unlikely Red Sands Radio will be on-air for its 9th successive year in 2015”

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"; } ?> Coastal Towns Events Sat 11/04/15

 Run by Red Sands Radio and relaunched the Coastal Towns Events Website


Coastal Towns Events

The definitive listing of what’s going on along the coast: The Coastal Towns Events Website came about in trial format after a number of Whitstable and Herne Bay Liaison Group Meetings 

Run experimentally by Red Sands Radio and powered by Koolwebs, the site quickly proved popular, and at the trial peak listed more than 700 events 

With Local Authority approval and a positive reaction from the Community and business, the site has re-launched in a more appealing and user-friendly format

 It’s easy to use and simple to get your event added quickly

 If it’s going on Locally it should be in the Coastal Towns Events Website from Red Sands Radio  

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"; } ?> 70’s Groove Sun 27/07/14

Willie Morgan on ’70’s Magic’ with the choice of tracks from the decade of Glam’!

Groovy Clock

Engineer Dave’s – 70’s Groove Clock

Groovy stuff  but will he find a a gem from his box on the top of his wardrobe?



Eagle eyed Paul Rutters spotted above at a Boot Fayre in Deal this morning, catch Paul on ’80’s Power’ a little later

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"; } ?> Willie’s 70’s Magic Sun 20/07/14

Willie Morgan features a Classic Album one track every hour …

Bag It

Willies 70’s songs, in the bag 

A ‘Nice Pair’ two totally different songs that share an identical title

‘Spotlight Songwriter’ of particular writer or writing team 3 hit  songs written or co-written, as recorded by different artists and one by the writer him or herself

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"; } ?> Willie Remembers the 70’s Sun 13/07/14

Here are the features …


Sponsors & listening in ‘The Waterfront’

Featured Classic Album with one track every hour

A ‘Nice Pair’ two totally different songs that share an identical title

‘Spotlight Songwriter’ of particular writer or writing team 3 hit  songs written or c-written, as recorded by different artists and one by the writer him or herself, today Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield & Barry Mann

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"; } ?> Crumbs it’s Willie Sun 13/07/14

Good man fed the birds a few crumbs from his breakfast

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Ingrid & Willie Morgan

Tried but didn’t quite succeed in distracting Bob’s 60’s Splash but follows on nicely with the 70’s in colour!

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"; } ?> 70’s Magic meets 80’s Summer Music Power Sun 21/07/13

‘Solid Gold Sunday’ today always a friendly team at Red Sands Radio …

70's, 80's Anyone

70’s, 80’s Anyone

… here’s Martin & Paul have fun with a triple stack Cart’ machine, they we’re the tools of the radio industry in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s …

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"; } ?> Dull day, no we’ve 70’s Magic Sun 21/07/13

Dull Day, no 70’s On an overcast ‘Solid Gold Sunday’ the music’s bright on ’70’s Magic’, here we share some more North Kent photographs …

Hampton Pier

Hampton Pier

Rough seas around Hampton Pier

Cloudy Sunset Swalecliffe

Cloudy Sunset Swalecliffe

Sunset over Whitstable & Swalecliffe

Hampton foreshore Herne Bay

Hampton foreshore Herne Bay

Better days, a sunny scene at Hampton from Swalecliffe

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"; } ?> Martin goes personal Sun 07/07/13

One or two pictures from Martins album…



With Holly

Mountain Martin

Mountain Martin

Martin on Mount Etna

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"; } ?> Oo a 70’s Flashback Sun 07/07/13

Martin playing around in Barry’s CPMG London jingle studio

Young Martin

Young Martin

Lovely period hair style 

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"; } ?> Dream Team Sun 30/06/13

Martin’s first 70’s Magic aided by daughter Jenny

Martin & Jenny

Martin & Jenny

Deciding on order of reads of ‘What’s Going On’ from the station website

Jenny & Martin

Jenny & Martin

Top 70’s tunes from 10.00 – 13.00 each & every ‘Solid Gold Sunday’

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"; } ?> 70’s Magic – Dukes Tue 25/06/13

Every chance to see 70’s cover groups & musicians that play …

Dukes Postcard

Dukes Postcard

. .. at the Duke of Cumberland Hotel, Whitstable High Street, the Hotel postcard by Chris How

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"; } ?> 70’s Magic – Whitstable Improvement Trust Tue 25/06/13

Pictured from the arched side entrance of the Duke of Cumberland Hotel, High Street, Whitstable

Whitstable Improvement Trust

Whitstable Improvement Trust

The Whitstable Improvement Trust and right Marion Clements Ladies Wear

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"; } ?> EPICentre Day 2 Sun 22/07/12

Sunday with the promise of a glorious day Whitstable Habour’s rammed with visitors

Sue Allen

Sue Allen

With over 60 stalls selling local delights the temptations great



Ricky of Godmersham Game cooks up venison burgers, pork and apple sausages, Their range includes pheasant, partridge, mallard, teal, wigeon, pintail, shoveller, tufted and pochard. Also wood pigeon, wild rabbit & hare

Katie's Cakes

Katie’s Cakes

Katie of Cupcakes showing decorative and celebration cakes

Mail cupkates@hotmail.co.uk

Sea Shankies

A few sea shanties add to the atmosphere

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"; } ?> Martin – Magic Sun 08/07/12

The best selection of songs for the 70’s hand picked by Martin Smith

Martin Smith 2012

Martin Smith 2012

70’s Magic part of the Solid Gold Sunday mix on Red Sands Radio 

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"; } ?> More Stalls Mon 25/07/11

Enzo's Bakery

Enzo's Bakery

At the Canterbury west station end of the old Whitstable – Canterbury (Crab & Winkle) railway line in the preserved Goods Shed, Enzo’s Bakery ‘not  only bread’ www.enzosbakery.co.uk

Lili's Hut

Lili's Hut

 ‘Lili’s Hut’ in the Harbour Village Liliana’s original paintings, photographs, hand made jewelry, arts & craft