June 1, 2013
Ellen Kraal was a fairly regular Radio Caroline DJ on the Mi Amigo between 1973 and 1978 using the name “Samantha” and most often heard on the after-midnight shifts. Surprisingly she re-appeared on the Ross Revenge in September 1984 and again in late October/November 1984 for what would be her final offshore broadcasts. Sadly it was reported that she died in 1992 when she must only have been in her early forties.
Here is a recording from September 1984 featuring Samantha. Unfortunately when I began “project downsizing” five years ago one of the first things skipped was a box containing hundreds of cassette tapes of 1970s/1980s Radio Caroline. Somehow this cassette has survived. WARNING: The quality of this recording is poor I’m afraid and is only suitable for anoraks . Reception of Radio Caroline from the Ross Revenge on 319m was excellent here in the daytime but alas went downhill in the evenings due to the close proximity of Radio Tunisia. The fact that my “equipment” was an Amstrad Radio/Cassette didn’t help!
PS: They climbed Everest because it was there. I post these occasional lo-fi recordings because they are here. Having spent/wasted an hour copying another old cassette of Radio Caroline from April 1984 to mp3 why should I be the only one to suffer. Actually this hour may be unique. It is the only hour from the Ross Revenge in the 1980s I’ve heard that (in my humble opinion) doesn’t contain a single duff tune. (Duff quality recording again though….)