OFFSHORE ECHO'S MAGAZINE is the only magazine in the world solely devoted to Offshore radio, and is published by FRANCE RADIO CLUB, a non-profit making association set up in 1974.
France Radio Club has its roots in the free radio movement of the 1960’s, when groups like the Free Radio Association and Free Radio Campaign were formed to support the offshore radio stations of that era. These groups set up branches around Europe and across the world. France Radio Club grew out of what was originally the Free Radio Campaign branch in France.
During the late 1970’s a number of “radio libres” (free radio) stations were set up in France. At first they were persecuted by the authorities. The combination of the authorities attitude against free radio and the gradual demise of the original Free Radio Campaign, or FRC, the French group changed its name to France Radio Club, still retaining the initials FRC. Later in an enlightened move, the French authorities legalised the “radio libres”.
FRANCE RADIO CLUB is an independent group of listeners, sharing a love of radio culture and free radio, especially "offshore" radio. The offshore stations, set up on board ships, and forts, are at the heart of modern radio in Europe. They were extremely popular throughout the 1960's & 70's and into the 1980's, when they were the only stations to provide young people with an exclusively music format. The listeners called them " Free Radio" stations - the authorities "Pirate Radio".
While famous offshore radio stations like Radio Caroline, no longer broadcast freely from International waters, the memories of offshore radio are far from dead.

OFFSHORE ECHO'S magazine was first published in 1974, as a duplicated newsletter written in French. As the readership grew the magazine expanded. English, Dutch and German language sections were added and the magazine changed to litho printing, allowing photographs to be used. By the end of 1982, the English language section had grown to such an extent, that it was necessary to produce two separate magazines.
In February 1995, Offshore Echo’s celebrated with a special colour magazine to mark our 100th edition and FRC’s 21st anniversary.
OFFSHORE ECHO’S magazine is devoted to Offshore Radio, with news of developments of Offshore radio throughout the world. There are also interviews with offshore radio personalities past and present, as well as archive material, exclusive photographs and general news.
For subscription details of both editions, see below.
Offshore Echo's is unique in being the only magazine in the world solely devoted to offshore radio. It's readers are international, spanning more than 25 countries. They are not only listeners, but radio industry professionals from all over the world.

France Radio Club is involved in a campaign to return an offshore station like Radio Caroline to the air in its original form – live – and broadcasting free, from the International waters of the North sea. France Radio Club has consulted with numerous European and International organisations and individuals. The aim is to preserve history and- the pioneer of commercial music radio in Europe - as a cultural monument, for the benefit of the future generations. France Radio Club is looking at all means, financial, logistical and material that would allow an offshore station to come back on the air and keep alive the spirit of Free Radio and adventure at sea - the concept of Offshore radio for today's, and future generations.
One of the main aims of France Radio Club is to collect as much archive material (sound, film, video, paperwork, documents, photographs, etc) on the subject of offshore radio and its history, and make these available to the public. We are always looking for good quality material, to preserve the history of offshore radio, for the present and future generations.
France Radio Club has helped numerous media sources - TV and Radio with research on the offshore stations. For example, BBC2's Arena and French TV's Thalassa programmes on Radio Caroline. France Radio Club has regularly participated in various debates on radio.

Offshore Echo's magazine is published 4 times a year, with single copies available at £9.00 each.
Offshore Echo's magazine annual subscription costs £30 in UK and 40.00 for the rest of Europe.

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Offshore Echo's/ France Radio Club also have for sale a large collection of Compact discs, videos, cassettes, books, etc, of interest to the Offshore and free radio enthusiast. See The Offshore Echo’s Collection on this web site. A free printed version of our catalogue also available, please send an A5 sized SAE, for a copy.


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FRANCE RADIO CLUB, 338 rue Pierre Leroux, F-76580 LE TRAIT, FRANCE

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Phone: 00332 35 37 04 74