ABC Radio were a regular station on the South Coast in the mid 80s. Despite only operating for a few hours at weekends, they had many problems from the DTI, sometimes being raided every week. They even had their P.O. Box closed down!

Perhaps it was the fact that, although only using modest transmitter power, they often put the transmitter on very high ground meaning they covered a huge area, sometimes reaching London and the French coast! They also had links with other pirate stations with many DJs going onto The Voice Of Peace and Radio Caroline.

Occasional presenter Stuart Clarke had been involved in many earlier stations such as Radio Zodiac and Radio Mercury on short wave, and the original ABC radio of the early 80s. He was also a founder member of ABC Radio in Tramore Southern Ireland. Other DJs included Andy Ellis, Mike Williams, Paul Davis, Simon West, Howard Peters, Pat Brooks, Gary Oliver, Barry Grahame and Mike The Bike.

By 1988, due to DTI pressure, the station reduced its broadcasts to special events and then made its last broadcast on New Years Eve 1988. Some of the presenters were later heard on Coast FM.

If anyone has any more information on this station please contact The Pirate Archive.


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ABC Radio – 105 – Eastbourne – Stuart Clark – Clips – Dec 1985
3 mins
ABC Radio – 105 – Eastbourne – Andy Ellis – Stuart Clark – 15/6/86
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ABC Radio – 105 – Eastbourne – Andy Ellis & Simon West – 13/9/87
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ABC Radio – 105 – Eastbourne – Andy Ellis – 17/4/88
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