Steve’s Saturday Night


You can never tell what you’ll hear, there’s the good the bad & the very ugly songs you remember & some you’d rather forget! Whatever you fancy Stephen will find it making a fun Saturday Night with plenty of the Wright Stuff

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

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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"; } ?> Bob’s 60’s Splash Sat 27/08/16

1st on air in 1988 & on various stations since. It’s back ‘Bob’s 60’s Splash’ from 13.00 BST this afternoon on Maritime Radio 101.4 FM


Big Splash


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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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"; } ?> Whitstable Carnival 2014 Sun 03/08/14

The 117th annual Whitstable Carnival 2nd August 2014


Lead Vehicle


Whitstable Carnival Court

See Queen & Princess’ at Whitstable Carnival official site


Sam the Whitstable Giant

See Roger Annable on the ‘Live Lunch’


Victoria Falconer (Annable) with Roger Annable & Sam’s Crew

See Victoria Falconer in Whit Lit on the ‘Live Lunch’


Majorette Troupe 1


Majorette Troupe 2


Majorette Troupe 3


Landing Gear Adjustments – Hurry Up Granddad


Airborne Again!


Herne Bay Court


Miss Kent Court


Future Classics

Mobility Scooter drivers having fun, good for them with scooters & garb made-up for the part


1st Whitstable Scout Group


Miss Ramsgate


Walking Revellers


Miss Sheppey


Hungry Horse


Hungry Horse


Miss Sittingbourne


More walkers …


Sittingbourne Greyhounds


Miss Dover


Miss Minster


Glenn’s Barbers


Buckets at the ready


More walking …


… back to happiness


Tail end of Glenn, good float


The very end of the procession

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"; } ?> Early Night Steve Sat 02/08/14

An early Steve’s Saturday Night’s just (W)right for you …

Pilot Steve

Pilot Steve

It’s a little crazy but let Steve fly you through the programme in his own style 

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"; } ?> Big Oyster Festival Parade Sat 26/07/14

An exciting visual & audio spectacular …


… headed by the 100 year old Oyster Cart  …


… Samba Pelo Mar Band follow


 Stunning costumes, inventive mobiles for an essential part of the parade


Sam the Whitstable Giant is amongst the most popular of characters


We’ll find out more about Sam on Monday’s (28th July 2014) ‘Live Lunch’


Plenty of fish of course, wet or cooked?


Giants everywhere!


Funny & Scary


With Harbour Street & High Street closed the procession wheedles its way through the town dropping off oysters at hostelries en’route


He’s cute


Not sure about him?

Oyster Programme of events on our What’s Going On Page

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"; } ?> Busker Steve! Sat 26/07/14

Well, well, well Stephen spotted outside the studio earning a few pennies before his show!


Busker Steve

Wonders will never cease Gravesham Borough Council have banned Stephen from their streets & here he is bold as brass blagging in Whitstable, expect he’ll have an explaination?

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"; } ?> Steve’s Snaps Sat 19/07/14

I know you like to share & join in the fun of my show, so here are some photo’s to amuse you …

Bargain Box

Bet you didn’t know Kirsty snapped up a bargain when she found me!


We like records at Red Sands Radio, Bob has a wax cylinder player he uses on his 60’s Splash, Willie & Rutters have sensible turtables for their featured records

Whilst I like a traditional Dansete, isn’t bad but will only work when placed on a black bag of rubbish, strange that!

To be honest I’m not a lot of cop with computers, I have to ask Bob to help with the adverts, he helped, no he compiled this page for me, which is why it all went quite for a moment at 18.30!


Kirsty & I went to Hastings, as you know there are Sail Lofts along the old part of town, do you know I nearly got locked in!

Crazy Golf

Here’s Golfer Kirsty she has a good handicap – me!

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"; } ?> Scared Steve Sat 12/07/14


Close formation flying at 230mph, the RV8tors are flown by highly skilled professional display pilots


The Rv8Tors pilots today are Alister Kay with 25 years display flying in the hot seats of Spitfires, P-51D he’s clocked up over 9000 in single piston aircraft & gliders


Meanwhile Andy Hill a well known formation instructor, light aircraft test pilot & ex-RAF Harrier GR7 instructor teaching acrobatic manoeuvres in Jet Provost, Extra 300 & Bulldog aircraft

Is this Safe

Is this Safe

With planes buzzing the studio Steve dived for cover under the broadcast desk!

Guilty conscience or memories of our time on the Fort, he never took kindly to Sea Water

He’s more at home on the Norfolk Broads, well sometimes!

RV8tors photograph compliments of our ‘Big Phil’

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"; } ?> Shell Shocked Steve Sat 12/07/14

Images from around the towns …

Shell Shocked

Oyster Shells at the Horse Bridge Ramp

Quite apt as we find Steve rather Shell Shocked’

“There’s usually something to throw a spanner in the works for me near broadcast time, this time it was my main PC blowing up”

“The new PC arrived running windows 8.1 which was as much fun to learn as trying to get an over-excited juvenile octopus into his pyjamas, then I found that my programme’s incompatible with Windows 8.1, so this too had to be upgraded”

(Stephen you’re programme’s incompatible with every radio station in the world except Red Sands Radio)

“Learning two major software upgrades for someone of my age don’t come easy, crumbs I haven’t been so confused since porridge oats came out in biscuit form!”

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"; } ?> Tasty Whelks Sun 21/07/13

The Whelk taste in is underway …

West Whelks

West Whelks

Some fine Wests Whelks on offer …

Kirsty Hesitates

Kirsty Hesitates

 … Kirsty hesitates before the first bite …



That’s a thumbs up from you then?

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"; } ?> Break a Leg Sun 21/07/13

Well not quite a but as you heard on ‘Steve’s Saturday Night’ his foot isn’t so good …



.. taking a tumble after a gig, Steve fell breaking a bone in his foot, pictured along side long suffering Kirsty

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"; } ?> On ya Bike Sat 13/07/13

… or should we say scooter as the Veteran Vespa Club of Great Britain came to Whitstable Harbour to exhibit a number of lovingly preserved period machines

Hat Man

Hat Man

Steve when we said wear appropriate head gear for a scooter we thought you understood!



stunning examples picking the best of the crop quite a challenge for a novice …

Scooter Corner

Scooter Corner

So many to choose from …

Desirable Classics

Desirable Classics

… luckily Toby knows his onions these two Paggio’s represent everything a collector could want the right hand example epitemises the best model ever produced having all the features in a 1950’s machine

Toby talks to Bob

Toby talks to Bob

Toby describes the features sought after in a truly collectible bike

Scooters Galore

Scooters Galore

Hey let’s scoot round the Harbour Village

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"; } ?> Steve’s Bike Sat 06/07/13

This week Steve’s been given a compliment, we think …

On Ya Bike Wally

On Ya Bike Wally

On ya bike mate, oh well ever please to oblige following instructions here’s Steve using pedal power in Walberswick

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"; } ?> Stephen, a Wright one! Fri 05/07/13

Watch Out!  Stephen Wright is back on Saturday from 16:00 – 19:00hrs

A Wright One!

A Wright One!

Stephen will be playing all your favourite sounds to get you well and truly in the mood for a fantastic Saturday night – ‘Steve’s Saturday Night’

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"; } ?> Day Job Tue 02/07/13

At last we find out what Stephen Wright really does for a living …

Day Job

Mine’s a 99 mate

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"; } ?> Steve’s Saturday Night – In Full Leaf Tue 25/06/13

Saturday evenings from 16.00 – 19.00 ..

Middle Wall Cottage

Middle Wall Cottage

… for Steve Saturday Night

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"; } ?> Oyster Parade Sat 21/07/12

Whilst Steve was getting ready to entertain and amuse the Coastal Towns and the fish of the Thames Estuary Basin

The Oyster Parade got underway here are some pictures from our studio vantage point

St Peters Church

St Peters Church

Samba Pel Mar

Samba Pel Mar



Giants 1

Giants 1

Giants 2

Giants 2

Giants 3

Giants 3

Giant 4

Giant 4

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish

Frightning Fish

Frightning Fish

Captain Sam

Captain Sam

Red Sands Radio first with the photographs

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"; } ?> Steve goes trawling Sun 15/07/12

Stephen Wright not content with upsetting the boatmen of his native Gravesend, came back into Whitstable on Sunday afternoon following his Saturday evening programme despite a curfew

Stephen & Kirsty

Stephen & Kirsty

Seen at the harbour front he was snapped by an eagle eyed photographer

Luckily locals had been forewarned of his antics and he was chased out of town by fishermen brandishing marlin spikes

Dear Red Sands Radio Please leave Stephen alone we really enjoy his programme and it’s nice to be able to put a face to the name, the picture of him with his charming daughter is lovely – Doris Harbuckle

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"; } ?> Leotard Sun 08/07/12

In Steve’s Saturday Night he glibly said one of the scariest things would be Bob springing out from behind a wall in a yellow leotard

Yellow Leotard!

Yellow Leotard!

Mike Elwood found our transmitter day glow coat & grabbed a shot of Bob for Stephen Wright, however it appears to have found its way onto the website!

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"; } ?> Saturday Evening Sat 07/07/12

A sunny moment in Whitstable, the sun gives a golden glow to one of the countries oldest yacht clubs

Whitstable Yacht Club

Whitstable Yacht Club

Founded in 1902 the facility is host to several international events annually

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"; } ?> Windy Farm Fri 29/06/12

With the expansion of the Windfarm of the Kentish Flats there are a number of ships attending …

Windfarm Vessel

Windfarm Vessel

Quite often to make the best of the tides they lay off the coast in the mouth of the Swale

Vestas & Vattenfall

Vestas & Vattenfall

Back at the Vestas & Vattenfall base in Whitstable Harbour the sun sets over the service yard

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"; } ?> RX43 Simon Issak Fri 22/06/12

RX43 Simon Issak

RX43 Simon Issak

Brian Foad’s fishing boat the Rye registered RX43 Simon Issak pictured on the hard by Whitstable RNLI Station on 5th July 2010 at 17.48