By the summer of that same year a group of 'broken hearted pirates' were to get together and plant the seed of RFL. Its first broadcasts in July 1968 were to feature some of the big names from 'Radio Caroline' including Steve Merrick and Spangles Muldoon. Spasmodic broadcasts appeared including one to coincide with the launch of BBC Radio London.
Later that same year regular Sunday broadcasts commenced on the medium wave. Two stations effectively broadcast back to back. Radio Free London North, presented by ex-pirate Jason Wolfe and Radio Free London South, presented by Michael Christian. Both were to be heard on 255 meters between midday and 4pm.
The authorities waged war on this new form of land based pirate radio. At this stage broadcasts were from peoples bedrooms, sheds etc and very immobile. An address of 21 Greek Street London W1 was used as a point of contact between listeners and the radio station. After many raids the medium wave station eventually faded into obscurity in late 1969.
Mark Ashton who had been involved with various pirate radio stations in 1968 and 1969 including RFL, Radio Jackie and Radio Free Caroline (all based around London and the South East), decided the time had come to initiate Radio Free London into the newly popularized FM system of broadcasting, the quality being much better than the early medium wave transmissions and it was wrongly assumed, that it would be harder for the authorities trace.
With the technical assistance of one or two radio boffins borrowed from more legitimate forms of radio, RFL was soon to be a regular feature across London throughout weekends and bank holidays. After several visits from the then Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Radio Free London was to be moved into farm fields and woodland around the south of London running its now state of the art equipment from car batteries. This is how RFL continued on and off for the next two decades bringing rock music to London and the South East. Now RFL moves into the next realm of of 'Internet Broadcasting' with many of the old names including Mark Ashton, Mike Burnett and Ken Myers.