Sunday Soul

 Solid Gold Sunday’s last look back through the decades with the very best of the Soul, Stax, Mototown and Atlanta as we play the giant hits 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 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

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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

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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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"; } ?> 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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"; } ?> Studio 4 Sun 03/08/14

Our much documented studios range from a digital & analogue suite, self op’ radio studio to our harbour facilities


Situated at Whitstable Harbour we’re right on the quayside … 


… in the Historic ‘Old Steam Packet’ building that served the Old ‘Crab & Winkle’ Railway line that terminated here …

… but there’s one building in town we’d love to have as a studio …

Studio 1

The old studio on the Saxon Shoreway

Studio 2

Just a short walk along the promenade from Beach Walk


With 69m2 (743sqft) it’s spacious


Open plan space


Picture window eastern view towards ‘The Street’


View from front window across the Thames Estuary


 Looking Westwards towards the Isle-of-Sheppey & Swale


Westward view towards The Savoy, The Waterfront, Swimming Pool & Bretts Harbour Plant

The situation is splendid accepting it’s above the public promenade toilets for a rental of £6,000 from Canterbury City Council

The old EMUS Studio (amateur radio shore line watch) address is Premises at Beach Walk, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 2BP

Call Eban Graham 01227 862 094

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"; } ?> Damon does Soul Sun 27/07/14

Ian Damon comes aboard for a couple of Soulful moments

Ian Damon

Ian Damon on Radio London in 1967

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"; } ?> Sunday Soul Sun 27/07/14

Ian Damon for his first session with the Classic Soul numbers on Sunday Soul with some evening shots around the harbour


Harbour Ramp Beach


Yacht Club Beach




The Coaster Pluto on the East Quay


Clinker Built ‘Calypso’


In the rigging

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"; } ?> SSSo Soulful Sun 20/07/14

Glyn at the helm …


Glyn at  Sedbergh in Cumbria

Banging out the Classic Soul Hits

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"; } ?> Regatta 2014 Sun 13/07/14

Whitstable and Margate Lifeboats performed a joint rescue display in front of The Slopes

Here the fast rescue boat is about to transfer a survivor to the main vessel




And zoom off to pick up another one!

We’ve found out our Big Phil’s moonlighting!


Full Circle begin their set at 03.30

We knew he worked at Connaught Bingo in Herne Bay, but he’s in a band too!


Full Circle performed until 5

When ‘snapped’ by Mission Control he tried to hide behind a post holding up the stage canopy, some chance!

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"; } ?> Fishing for Soul Sun 14/07/13

Mike Elwood’s a keen fisherman often casting his line from the beach, piers & sometimes his cousins boat …

Boy Beau

Boy Beau

… ‘Boy Beau’ now working from Whitstable Harbour …

Boy Beau Wheel House

Boy Beau Wheel House

… the Folkestone F60 registered vessel came up from Dover and has been refurbished by her owner Jason Ryan

FE 60 Boy Beau

FE 60 Boy Beau

Undergoing trials the Boy Beau FE63 makes for the fuel berth

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"; } ?> Soulful Sunsets Sun 07/07/13

Here’s a selection of sunsets from Whitstable, Tankerton & Hampton …

Wash Pilgrim

Wash Pilgrim

… the ‘Wash Pilgrim’ at the West Quay …

Simon Issak

Simon Issak

… Brain Foad’s ‘Simon Issak’ in Whitstable Harbour Basin …

Sheppey to Essex

Sheppey to Essex

… views across to the Essex Coast …

Hampton Sunset

Hampton Sunset

… Sheppey from Hampton Pier …

Tankerton Sunset

Tankerton Sunset

… the best last, Tankerton slopes wraps up’ Sunday Soul’

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"; } ?> Dusky Sunset Wed 03/07/13

It doesn’t matter where you are you can always hear Red Sands Radio …

Hampton Outfall

Hampton Outfall

Mobile phone at Hampton whilst watching the sunset

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"; } ?> Sunday Soul Sun 30/06/13

Mike Elwood gets oh so Soulful …

Soul Boy

Soul Boy

The choice selection of tunes to round off ‘Solid Gold Sunday’

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"; } ?> 90’s – Four Sun 22/07/12

The final ‘Best 90’s’ show of 2012

With the featured year 1993

Excavations at North Lane, Canterbury discovered evidence of an industrial nature from Roman to Medieval periods

The Herne Bay Festival was created as part of the Town Cente Management initiative to celebrate the town

Chestfield Golf Club hosted the Kent County Championship, at Sandwich the Open Golf Championship at Royal St Georges was won by Greg Norman

Britt Award for best female went to Annie Lennox, best male was Mick Hucknall & best band Simply Red

Sports personallity of the year athlete Lindford Christie

Number one this week was Take That – Pray

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"; } ?> I’m Sailing Sat 21/07/12

The way it used to be …

I'm Sailing

I’m Sailing

Leaving Whitstable under sail

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"; } ?> 90’s – Three Sun 15/07/12

Featured Year 1998

Whitstable Town Ladies formed their own Football Club

Other Main News

The Hotel Continental had a full refurbishment, the Sir William Nottidge School was renamed Whitstable Community College

Donna Brown was crowned Miss Herne Bay she’d been a carnival princess the previous year

Wimbledon Champions 1998

Mens = Pete Sampras beating Goran Ivanišević Womens = Jana Novotná defeated  Nathalie Tauziat

Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen won his first title with McLaren

Sports Personality of The Year 1998  was Michael Owen

Number 1 This week Billie with Because We Want To

Number one Album this week was Hello Nasty by the Beastie Boys

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"; } ?> 90’s – Two Sun 08/07/12

Feature year was 1990

Local News The New Thanet way was started in between Whitstable and Herne Bay

Sarah Robinson, a 19 year old Barclays Bank employee became Miss Herne Bay 1990

FA Cup Winners 1990 Manchester United beating Crystal Palace after a replay at Wimbledon Stephen Edburg beating Boris Becker, women champion was Martina Navratilova

F1 Champion 1990 Ayrton Senna for the second time Eurovision Winners held in Yugoslavia Italy won

Italia 90 World Cup Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the Final

Gazza cried on that one night in Turin we lost on penalties

Pubs – The second in the series of squints at the 90’s included pubs that have faded from the towns but their memories live on ..

In Whitstable: Noah’s Ark, Tankerton Arms, Bear & Key

Herne Bay: Richmond Inn, Royal Oak, Bun Penny, Scruffy Ducks, Roman Galley

Faversham: Park Tavern, Anchor Inn, New Inn

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"; } ?> Bose Loves Mon 02/07/12

Bose love’s Red Sands Radio

Tune In

Tune In

Red Sands Radio 87.9 mHz FM 

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"; } ?> 90’s – One Sun 01/07/12

Featured Year 1996

  • Bill Clinton wins re-election as President of the United States, beating Republican Bob Dole.
  • January 16 – Jamaican authorities open fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane, but neither singer was injured.
  • January 18 – Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson
  • March 13 – Ramones fans riot in Buenos Aires, Argentina after waiting all night for concert tickets only to find out that the show had been sold out
  • March 18 – The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour
  • July 5- Dolly the Sheep was born
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"; } ?> Offshore 2 Thu 28/06/12

Herne Bay musician & resident Mike Elwood new to the station in 2012

Offshore 2 at Herne Bay

Offshore 2 at Herne Bay

Spining the best of the 90’s each & every Sunday evening

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"; } ?> Mountain Mike Fri 15/06/12

Big boy Mike Elwood joins Red Sands Radio

Mike Elwood does Colorado

Mike Elwood does Colorado

Playing the Best 90’s