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The Radio Election - The Story of the 1970 General Election

The Radio Election - The Story of the 1970 General Election

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This show was 75th in the global pop chart.

The Radio Election - BBC Radio Devon
1st January 2011 - Presented by Paul Rowley
This fascinating documentary tells the story of the 1970 UK General Election. This was the first election to be held since the demise of the much loved Pirate radio stations of the 1960's, brought about by Harold Wilson's Labour Party. The Conservatives had made the introduction of commercial radio one of their manifesto policy's and as a result Radio Nordzee International (RNI) joined the campaign to get the Tories elected, even changing the station name to Radio Caroline for a while in order to fight the fight for free radio. The Government responded by using a jamming signal against the transmissions (something they had not even resorted to during the war !!) This is an extremely interesting story and a MUST listen...............
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Brian Clement

I was 20 in 1970 and living in London. Everyone of my age listened to RNI. That jamming signal did our heads in. We were told that the only way to stop it was to vote Conservative. So that's what we did. Everyone I knew went out and voted Conservative. Then we waited for the jamming to stop. This was the first and last time I ever voted.

Chris Rainbow

oh yes, I remember it well. how we were all cheated and are still being manipulated today. my message ? listen to music, not polititions


We still lost Radio Caroline International from the Mebo 2 sadly.