MERSEYSIDE LBP - MAR (MK2) / RADIO CAROLINE NORTH
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It is thought that this station was the second incarnation of Merseyland Alternative Radio, and operated by Matt Black. Matt was involved in the latter part of the original incarnation of MAR. There were reports of a dispute between John Dwyer and Matt Black at the time the original MAR went off the air in August 1981. There were reports of 'jamming' on 1125kHz during August 1981 when MAR were still operating, and then a new station was heard to operate as Radio Caroline North in the later part of 1981. This station was then heard from Manchester in early 1982 on 1250kHz / 241m, but then appeared back in Merseyside during the summer of 1982 initially announcing 225m. They then changed to 1125kHz / 266m after Radio Ronda, (who had used the channel from January 1982), was seemingly no longer on the channel. At some point the name was then changed to Merseyland Alternative Radio. It is not certain when this version of MAR ceased broadcasting.
Merseyland Alternative Radio (Mk2) / Radio Caroline North Audio Library
|1982_07_17_sat_radiocarolinenorth_1125am_1210-1310_mattblack_debbiemiller.mp3 New Feb 2022
|Matt Black followed by Debbie Miller on a Saturday lunchtime. They were announcing 225m, so may have only just changed to 1125kHz / 266m that weekend. Recorded near Blackpool from 1125kHz.
|1982_07_17_sat_radiocarolinenorth_1125am_daveoctober_howardhughes_mattblack_1800signoff.mp3 New Feb 2022
|More from the above broadcast, but from later in the afternoon with Dave October, Howard Hughes and including the station sign off with Matt Black. Announced as 225m, but received on 1125kHz near Blackpool.
|1982_10_23_sat_mar_mk2_1125am_1515-1635_howardhughes_michaelcampbell-gh387.mp3 New Feb 2022
|By October, the station had become Merseyland Alternative Radio on 1125kHz. Here is Saturday afternoon with Howard Hughes, followed by Michael Campbell as received near Blackpool.