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His first job was as assistant stage manager at Manchester Library Theatre and, for the next nine years he worked at various theatres around the country, culminating with a stint in the West End, employed on the hit musical Funny Girl.In June 1966 he joined Radio 390, the middle-of-the-road station housed on Red Sands Fort in the Thames estuary. He writes: “I was originally (real Christian names) but there was another Gordon on the fort and they made me change to David.” Gordon / David hosted such programmes as The Jim Reeves Show, Country Style and Music from the Shows.This was a huge success but closed abruptly when the floor collapsed. He applied for a job with Radio Caroline, then operating from two boats at either end of the country.
For pictures of Mike on Radio Caroline, see Tom Lodge's photo album.
There are some more recent photos, taken at the Radio Academy Celebration of Offshore Radio in August 2007, here.
(Very many thanks to Glenn Adams, Glenn Knight, Svenn Martinsen and Doug Foland.
Also to Pinky Siedenburg, who used to run Caroline's Amsterdam office, for providing this picture of Glenn speaking at a free radio rally in London.) was born in Liverpool on 30th. His first job was in a clothes shop but he also worked as a barman and clerk before opening a club with a friend.
(With thanks to Mike, Norman Redfern and Hans Knot for their help.
This photo issued by The Caroline Club.) was born in Bury, Lancashire, on 7th August 1940.
But this all changed with the passing of the Marine Offences Act, the law introduced to outlaw the offshore stations. As a result, not much is known about some of the DJs who worked on Radio Caroline after 14th August 1967. All that was revealed at the time was that he was a 25 year old New Zealander who had previously attended broadcasting school in San Francisco.
He joined the Caroline South ship in October or November 1967 and presented the 6-9pm show.
The offshore radio stations of the sixties were keen to promote their star disc-jockeys.