Red Sands Non-Stop

 Guy Starkey makes every evening special!Red Sands Radio Non-Stop playing the hits you want to hear, virtually non stop with a few chosen words from Guy

Tune in from 19.00 – 23.00 Monday – Friday & Sunday, Saturday’s from 21.00 -23.00

Guy Starkey

Guy Starkey


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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

SS Southern Buoy 1969 3a

‘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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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio 2015 Mon 11/05/15

Red Sands Radio 2015


Red Sands Radio

Thanks to everyone for your views and comments regarding Red Sands Radio. We were encouraged by the many positive remarks and support for your truly local station

A huge thank you also for all the kind offers of help, we have noted everyone’s contact information for future broadcasts

Our original mission statement was that Red Sands Radio would always be ‘live and local’ and therefore the notion of programme sharing, pre-recorded and voice tracking is just not an option

Sadly we do not have the resources  to broadcast this summer, but never say never again!

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"; } ?> Happy Christmas 2014 Sat 20/12/14

Red Sands Radio wish all our sponsors, advertisers and listeners a very Happy Christmas

Red Sands Christmas Card

& a healthy and prosperous new year

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"; } ?> Close Down Sun 03/08/14

Well we’ve accomplished a more than ever this season with more interview guests than ever, loads of outside broadcast pieces, dozens of local traders on Shop Watch Live


West Quay Whitstable

We’ve continued to champion local & unsigned artists and songs

To our cost we found a new character called Ken & Barnacle Bill even got own show


The Army Forts

Yet we’ve not forgotten our roots which this year stretch back 50 years, we paid tribute to that rich past with in ‘Afternoon Spin’ with original recordings from the Forts tightened up for our broadcast

We are the legendary Red Sands Radio the only proper local radio station in town 

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"; } ?> Oyster Festival 2014 Fireworks Finale Sat 02/08/14

Video Clip of the conclusion to the annual Whitstable Festival the Fireworks Display from the mud flats at low tide between Reeves Beach & The Royal Native Oyster Stores

Video Clip


Fireworks Video Clip of final display

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"; } ?> Considerate Parking Fri 01/08/14

Begs belief – Range Rover Sport owners clever parking on Sea Street, before 21.30 on Thursday Evening


Main thoroughfare through Whitstable, Buses & Lorries wouldn’t have a chance getting through!

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"; } ?> Good Guy Thu 31/07/14

Our evening presenter diligently slaves away from 19.00 – 23.00 with little praise, here Guy Starkey shares a few photographs from his personal album …


Chilling at home

Guy Suited & Booted

Guy Suited & Booted

Pondering Guy

Pondering Guy

Parisian Guy

Parisian Guy

Resident of Sunderland his programme is remotely produced to sustain Red Sands Radio through the evening and early night time hours

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"; } ?> Late Night Christmas Shopping in Whitstable 2013 Sat 21/12/13

Whitstable’s 3rd & final Late Night Christmas Shopping on the Thursday 19th December 2013

Late Night Christmas Shopping Postcard

Some of the Shops, their owners & staff that stayed open; we jump around the Town from Harbour to Oxford Street


Whitknits Shop Front


Whitknits owner Linda (right)




Buttercup, Children’s Boutique

Mary-Jane, Buttercup

Mary-Jane of Buttercup

Buttercup, business card

Buttercup Business Card

Birdies Birds

Birdies Restaurant with Hot Mulled Wine

Birdies, Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas, Birdies


Colin of Whitstable Lavender


Whitstable Nutrition Centre owned by Michael Knowles

Steve, Whitstable Produce Centre

Steve of Whitstable Produce Store

Whitstable Produce Centre

Whitstable Produce Store


From one end to the other, Steve has moved into Marion Clements former ladies clothes shop next to the WiT Shop

Elliotts Coffee Lounge

Elliotts Coffee Lounge


Samba Band


Fabric Shop






The ladies at Herbacerus

Flory & Black

Flory & Black

James, Flory & Black

Owned by James, his father Steve run owns ‘Stocks’ in Cromwell Road & his mother Tracy runs the nearby Cake Shop

Baubles, Flory & Black

Sums up James’s finantial thoughts

Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge




Waltshaw’s Girls, Mince Pie anyone?

Herberts Cycle Shop

Herberts Cycles been in the town since 1939

Keith, Herberts

Keith of Herberts Cycles


Harry’s Hardware Shop, surely one of the longest traders in the town


Street Entertainment, ‘The Rag & Bone Man’

Clothes Horse

The Clothes Horse

Cheese Box

The Cheesebox

Cheese Box Girls

Cheesebox Girls


The Cheesbox Postcard

Fish Slab Gallery

Fish Slab Gallery

Whites of  Kent

Whites of Kent

David Daly

Tomic & Daly’s, David with Chocolate Santa “If no one buys it, Karolina is going to eat it on Christmas Eve!”


Jane at Graham Greener

WiT Arch

20th December the lights arrive & go up; angels, trees & a huge 7 metre arch outside the WiT Shop in Harbour Street

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"; } ?> Hungry Horse H Factor 2013 Fri 04/10/13


The National competition this autumn seeking the UK’s finest singers …


… with a tempting  prize of £10,000 and a day in a top recording studio, the heats & semi’s were held at the Hungry Horse (The Wheatsheaf) Whitstable and the final on Thursday 3rd October 2013

The Heats & Semi


Contestant 1 – Sorry we don’t recall her name?


Contestant 2 Joseph


Contestant 3 Gavin


Contestant 4 Jolene



Sandy with Hungry Horse’s Tammy


2nd song from Contestant 1


2nd song from Joseph


2nd song from Gavin


2nd song from Jolene



Compere Russ Crosbie of Effective Entertainments & Sandra


Waiting judges decision


We’re right out of drinks over here!


Anxious moment


Going through to the finals it’s Gavin & Jolene …


Jolene 1st on with a cover of Leo Sayers ‘When I Need You’


From covers of Wet Wet Wet previously Gavin went for Snow Patrol for his 1st song



Stuart gave us his take on Robbie Williams during the interval


His efforts appreciated

Bravely, Jolene selected an Amy Winehouse track ‘Valerie’ for her 2nd song whilst Gavin went for the Script. Final song from Jolene covering her favourite the classic ‘Crazy’ originally by Patsy Cline

A toss of coins had Gavin singing Deacon Blue ‘Dignity’ …


Awaiting deliberation from the evening judges: Tyler, Russ & Bob … 


 Jolene is announced the winner


30 year old Jolene Bennett and partner Chris live in Westgate with their two daughters. Qualifing at Thanet College Jolene is a fully qualified I.T. Service Engineer for ADM Computers in Canterbury. She began singing along to Disney Films with her sister graduating to Karaoke 10 years ago


Strangely and by coincidence our runner-up Gavin is Jolene’s brother-in-law, they’ve sung together for fun at the Royal Restaurant in Ramsgate, it was Jolene that forced his hand to participate in the contest. Gavin Hill also lives in Westgate with his wife. A former Chef at the Oxford & Cambridge Restaurant in Pall Mall, London, Gavin’s moved onto working for the Fuji Company manufacturing ink


A happy Jolene pictured with Tammy & Tyler Lintott of (The Weatsheaf) Hungry Horse, Whitstable

Listen to the Local Finals with

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 & Winner 

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"; } ?> Whitstable Foreshore Fri 19/07/13

Dr Guy Starkey completes some serious work at Sunderland University before he’s on Red Sands Radio Non-Stop

Dr Guy

Dr Guy

For accompaniment here are some evening photographs of the Whitstable Foreshore …

Lifeboat House

Lifeboat House

The RNLI Lifeboat Station with the Town & Gown

Fisherman's Holiday

Fisherman’s Holiday

Fisherman’s huts for a holiday

Twisted House

Twisted House

Twisted House on Reeves Beach

Royal Native Oyster Building

Royal Native Oyster Building

Royal Native Oyster Stores

Quay End

Quay End

East Quay with the Red Sands Forts beyond

Fisherman's Huts

Fisherman’s Huts

Rear of the Fisherman’s working huts …

…. Whitstable Photogenic anytime

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"; } ?> Sun Goes Down Wed 10/07/13

Good name for a Level 42 song …

The Flats

The Flats

… the best sunsets and ‘the best of yesterday & today’ in the evening

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"; } ?> Evening Promenade Mon 08/07/13

Evening Promenade on Red Sands Radio Non-Stop …

Guy Dines

Guy Dines

with Guy Starkey … but first dinner

Swalecliffe Promenade

Swalecliffe Promenade

Guy’s strole takes him to Swalecliffe

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"; } ?> Sunset Guy Sun 07/07/13

As the sun sets over Whitstable Harbour …

Harbour Sunset

Harbour Sunset

..Guy Starkey keep the Coastal Towns entertained

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"; } ?> Late Supper Fri 05/07/13

As the sun sets over Whitstable Bay …

Lonely Buoy

Lonely Buoy

… whatever time  you have your evening meal ..

Chef Guy

Chef Guy

.. have Guy with you on ‘Red Sands Radio Non-Stop’

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"; } ?> Sundown Mon 01/07/13

End of the day time to slip into Red Sands Non-Stop with our Guy, Guy

Harbour Sunset

Harbour Sunset

The best songs and the best sunsets on the coast

Yachts at Sunset

Yachts at Sunset

Red Sands Non-Stop the right evening/night accompaniment 

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"; } ?> Guy Goes Global Sat 29/06/13

Our Guy Starkey gets set for a jet setting series of Red Sands Non-Stop

Global Guy

Global Guy

Around the world via our new multi functional player on this website

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"; } ?> Red Sands Radio Non Stop – Non Stop Mon 17/06/13

Red Sands Radio with the early evenings non-stop

Tankerton Gulls

Tankerton Gulls

Guy Starkey and the tunes spanning the decades 

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"; } ?> Whitstable’s Favourite … Fri 29/06/12

Whitstable’s Favourite …



Built in 1890 she is the last surviving Oyster Yawl remaining in the town, shot close to the beach in 1944 by enemy aircraft she was dragged ashore and remained untouched for years to eventually be rebuilt for preservation in 2005

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"; } ?> Up a tree Fri 22/06/12

Advertiser About Trees topping a Sycamore

About Trees

About Trees

Often working into the summer evenings About Trees have Red Sands Non-Stop belting out of their van & portable radios