RadioJackieLogoRadio Jackie first took to the airwaves of Southwest London on the 19th March 1969. They went on to be one of the most regular and well known pirates throughout the 70s.

There were many raids and court cases, and in one of them, the barrister they had hired found a loophole. That was, that the authorities could not confiscate any transmitting equipment without a court order. Radio Jackie, and many others, went from broadcastings for a few hours on a Sunday to 24/7.

The 1984 Telecommunications Act put an end to the loophole, but Jackie was able to carry on till February 1985. They were raided heavily, twice in as many days, so decided to close on the 4th February in a blaze of glory.

They hoped to get one of the promised new community radio licences, but these never happened and it was 1996 before a licence was made available. Jackie applied but the Radio Authority gave to it another applicant, Thames FM. Over the years Thames Radio, as it was later renamed, had a number of owners. None of them could make the licence work and it fell into financial difficulty.

In 2003 the original Jackie team purchased Thames Radio for £1. Radio Jackie was finally launched as a legal station on 107.8 MHz on Sunday 19 October 2003.

The full story of Radio Jackie has been published in a book, which is available from most book stores and on-line:

‘Radio Jackie – A Very English Struggle’ by Colin King ISBN 190400640X

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Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – Andy Archer – 19702 mins
Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – Dave Townsend & Unknown – 1971
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Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – London – 28/2/713 mins
Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – Dave Stevens & Dave Owen – 26/3/727 mins
Radio Jackie – 94.4 – Mike Knight – 14/5/7214 mins
Radio Jackie – 94.4 – Michael Baron – Mike Knight – 27/7/72 NEW31 mins
Radio Jackie – 94.4 – Mike Knight – 28/10/725 mins
Radio Jackie – 1320kHz – Michael Knight – Closedown – 28/4/74
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Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – Mike Knight – Andy Belmont – 21/7/74 NEW29 mins
Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – The First 8 Years – 197758 mins
Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – Phil Hazelton – 14/8/7758 mins
Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – Tony Bond – 30/4/78
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Radio Jackie – 1331kHz – Clips – 197848 mins
Radio Jackie – 1332kHz – Clips – 197923 mins
Radio Jackie – 1323kHz – Clips – 198020 mins
Radio Jackie – 1323kHz – Mark Damon – 5/4/81
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Radio Jackie – 1323kHz – Dave Owen – 21/1/8346 mins
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Radio Jackie – 1323kHz – David Merreck – 26/5/84 NEW31 mins
Radio Jackie – 1323kHz – Mike Knight – 28/5/84 NEW17 mins
Radio Jackie – 1323kHz – Dave Small – 28/5/84 NEW29 mins
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Radio Jackie – 1332kHz – Jimi King – Outside Broadcast – 8/12/8428 mins
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Radio Jackie – 107.8 – Dave Owen – Jackie’s 40th Birthday – 19/3/09126 mins