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Bob Le-Roi

Bob Le-Roi,
60s Splashmeister


Bob has been in broadcasting virtually his whole working life, starting on the Offshore Forts
off the coast on his native Whitstable on Radio City. When the Pirates closed he worked at
SERED an electronics and recording company owned by his father-in-law whilst picking up
cover shows at BBC Radio Medway

A bit late in the day Radio Caroline showed interest, but before he could join the ships were
towed away. On Radio Caroline’s return he was invited to make some recorded programmes
which were produced by Andy Oldfield. Running his own Entertainment and Production
Services business he joined the BBC again as a freelance at Radio Kent. Whilst still at the
BBC he became involved supplying the Ross Revenge through 1983 – 1990 universally
known as ‘The Whitstable Navy’

Moving from the BBC to ILR Bob spent many happy years at the Kent ILR Invicta Radio,
programming, producing and presenting, and fitted in a weekly show for Radio Fax in
Ireland. Events changed as Invicta was taken over a number of times, Bob jumped ship to setup his own station Medway FM the last UK ILR whilst assisting many other stations
throughout Kent

During the 1990’s Bob was invited to present programmes on Radio London and Radio
Northsea International when they returned from ships off the Essex coast. He did programmes
for the ILR sustaining network Juke Box Memories, European Klassic Rock, and then joined
Radio Caroline working out of the Maidstone TV Studios, later Larkfield. For over a year
Bob was the voice of Virgin Radio’s top of the hours commercial. He also made programmes
for Radio Seagull and the Voice of Peace. When Medway FM was sold Bob worked for DMG
Radio then GWR before venturing overseas to Malta to run Calypso FM taking the station
from the bottom of the league to number two

Bob briefly worked for BFBS TV as a transmission controller continuity announcer. Hardly
radio he set about bringing radio from the Forts 40 years after leaving. Red Sands Radio was
conceived which broadcast from the Red Sands Fort and continued from Whitstable Harbour
in all for eight years. Although viewed favourably, with spasmodic local authority support it
was decided to suspend application for a full licence. The brand was taken to London and
after two trials Maritime Radio won a full term licence for the Royal Borough of Greenwich
History of ‘Bob’s 60’s Splash’ programme has been aired by many stations since the 1980’s.
Produced ‘live’ in the Offshore Radio way and interspersed with newly produced jingles, the
original concept has since been copied but this is the original






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