Power Hour

Sponsored by: Budgens of Whitstable

The Power Hour provides the perfect link from the ‘Live Lunch’ to the ‘Home Run’This music driven sweep plays the very best songs from a given year without a presenter, just great songs back to backBut can you work out which year?Answer in the ‘Live Lunch’
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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

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 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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"; } ?> 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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"; } ?> Power Hour Flashback #3 Fri 01/08/14

Flashing back …

Youngs Family Butcher Herne Bay 1

Young’s Family Butchers 

The superb picture shows the shop at the corner of Mortimer & William Street, Herne Bay

The shop remained a butchers for many years & is now Greensteads Cafe

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"; } ?> Oyster Kite Flying Tue 29/07/14

Today started off overcast and foreboding but with the promise in Red Sands Radio weather of a pleasant afternoon conditions proved ideal …


… clear skies and a slightly variable wind

photo (3)

Young and not so young prepare to fly

photo (2)

It’s aloft …

photo (1)

Thanks to Mission Control for the pictures

Kite Flying under the guidance of Andy Thomas at Kites n Things in the 3 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DD 01227 264 722

Also at Whitstable Harbour Village

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"; } ?> Power Years #4 2014 Mon 28/07/14

Week 4


Reeves Beach Cottages

Monday 28th = 1980

Tuesday 29th = 1977

Wednesday 30th = 1992

Thursday 31st = 1976

Friday 1st = 1979

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"; } ?> Power Hour Flashback #2 Sun 27/07/14

We venture to our sister town Herne Bay…

Birdseye View of Herne Bay a

Aerial view of Herne Bay Pier

The view showing Central Bandstand, the Pier and what are now the revamped Victorian Gardens

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"; } ?> Power Years #3 2014 Sun 27/07/14

Week 3


RX43 Simon Issak

Owned by Brian Foad

Monday 21st = 1972

Tuesday 22nd = 1984

Wednesday 23rd = 1988

Thursday 24th = 1974

Friday 25th = 1994

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"; } ?> Power Hour – Flashback #1 Wed 23/07/14

Summertime means we share our pictures of the coastal towns …

Beltinge the 'Rising Sun'a

Flashback – Beltinge Village

Here’s one that’s just about recognisable, Beltinge Village with the ‘Rising Sun’ much changed elsewhere

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"; } ?> Power Years #2 2014 Fri 18/07/14

Week 2


Anchors away, at Whitstable Community Collage

Believe the anchor came from Warehams Antiques

Monday 14th = 1985

Tuesday 15th = 1997

Wednesday 16th = 1978

Thursday 17th = 2001

Friday 18th = 1986

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"; } ?> Power Hour Heats Up Fri 18/07/14

Driving the Power Hour our hand picked weekday feature at 14.00 has been a warm affair, the studio ACU has been flat out for 3 days!

Here are a few ‘Power Hour’ sunny views …


Hampton with distant Red Sands Forts

Tankerton Huts

Beach Huts at Tankerton


SB Greta Mast

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"; } ?> Power Years #1 2014 Fri 11/07/14

Week 1

Monday 7th = 1985

Tuesday 8th = 1987

Wednesday 9th = 1975

Thursday 10th = 2004

Friday 11th = 1995

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"; } ?> Power Boat Mon 07/07/14

There’s always something Mission Control likes in the Power Hour, as long as it’s not too new


Perhaps she listens in here boat?

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"; } ?> Power Hour Years 2013 Fri 10/01/14

Week 1

Monday 1st = 1983

Tuesday 2nd = 1990

Wednesday 3rd = 1982

Thursday 4th = 2001

Friday 5th = 1996

Week 2

Monday 8th = 1967

Tuesday 9th = 1884

Wednesday 10th = 1999

Thursday 11th = 1989

Friday 12th = 1995

Week 3

Monday 15th = 1969

Tuesday 16th = 1992

Wednesday 17th = 1985

Thursday 18th = 2002

Friday 19th = 1987

Week 4

Monday 22nd = 1993

Tuesday 23rd = 1981

Wednesday 24th = 1975

Thursday 25th = 1966

Friday 26th = 2000

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"; } ?> Power Hour – Whitstable Visitor Mon 17/06/13

A Dutch Barge came to Whitstable …

Dutch Barge

Dutch Barge

Pictured off Reeves Beach on 16th June 2013

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"; } ?> Bill here Mon 23/07/12

The Power Hourers had a surprise this morning when the elusive Barnacle Bill turned up to run the music sweep

Deficient of fans he struggled through the show with songs from 1980 a bit modern for him but he didn’t make a bad job of it

Barnacle Bill even had a couple of Facebook messages, abusive texts and emails

Duncan rushed in to meet him but as ever he’d disappeared said Duncan ‘But there was a lingering smell of fish pervading the studio’

Barnacle Bill's Pals

Barnacle Bill’s Pals

It would though appear that Bill has some friends

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"; } ?> Dredging Mon 16/07/12

Whitstable Harbour silts up and periodic four year cycle it’s dredged and the silt taken out to sea

Crane Dredger

Crane Dredger

The Crane Dredger ‘Lantic Bay’ officially a Grab Hopper Dredger owned by Wyre Marine Services based in Lancashire

Yukky Content

Yukky Content

Pictured working Whitstable Harbour Basin, the mud is stored in the hold and disposed of at sea, only for the whole cycle to be repeated in another four years

Dredging Approach

Dredging Approach

Final days work the harbour mouth

Dredging Bar

Dredging Bar

And bar at the harbour entrance, you might notice even the flat bottomed barges are held back until there’s enough water on the flood to go over the bar at the harbour mouth

Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers

Visiting from Brompton Barracks the Royal Engineers on a training exercise make a visit from their Medway home for a speedy lunch of Fish n Chips

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"; } ?> Fitched Thu 12/07/12

Geoff Fitch these days a fully qualified Paramedic popped in for a visit as whilst on calls close to the studio

James Day with Geoff Fitch

James Day with Geoff Fitch

Geoff was a colleague of ours on a number of stations 

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"; } ?> Buzzin’ Around Your Hive Thu 28/06/12

The Power Hour stretches your mind with the only clues to the featured year in the songs



Attracted by blooms in the studio garden

Buzzing Bees

Buzzing Bees

Ever industious worker bees gathering pollen their efforts won’t help you to the answer but they make an attractive sight outside the studio

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"; } ?> Fully Laden Fri 29/07/11

The final ‘Power Hour’ this session was 1986

Union Pluto

Union Pluto

Fully laden to the plimsoll line the ‘Union Pluto’ on the ballast quay was built in 1986

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"; } ?> Foreshore Tue 19/07/11

St Augustine's & Crab & Winkle

St Augustine's & Crab & Winkle

Peter & Elizabeth improving the Harbour Street side of the St Augustine’s Fish Market & Crab & Winkle Restaurant as the building gets it’s weatherboarding fitted. Work began at the weekend with the builders treating boards outside in between showers before permission was sought to use the South Quay Transit Shed

Oggies Alley

Oggies Alley

Oggies Alley one of many strangely named alleyways in Whitstable, leads from Sea Wall to the beach

Reeves Beach

Reeves Beach

Sea Wall with Reeves Beach to the right bordered by Tamarisk

Whitstable Bay

Whitstable Bay

 Local Club Yachts in the bay with children happily ferreting about for crabs

Leysdown Beach

Leysdown Beach

Sandy beach on the Isle-of-Sheppey viewed from Whitstable

Yachts Whitstable

Yachts Whitstable

Yachts on beach by Whitstable Yacht Club

Pollard Spit

Pollard Spit

The Pollard Spit Buoy in the background marking the seaward end of the Horse Sand bank between

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"; } ?> Boswell Mon 18/07/11



We met ‘Boswell’ at the Harbour Garden Cafe with Caraline, Monday’s ‘Power Hour’ turned out to be one of his favourite years – 2002

Give that cute little dog a bone