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Martin Green

Radio City's Dutch DJ Martin Green got his radio break in the mid-1960's

This long overdue feature includes additional photographs from Martins own archive

Martin Groenhorst taking time out from studying in his native Holland visited the UK in 1965

Harvester II goes about

1. Ready for crew change over Harvester II goes about, little Bob by mast (March 1965)

Control Tower

2. The Control Tower from base of Southern Gun Tower 1

An avid radio fan he ventured to the then sleepy seaside town of Whitstable in the hope of becoming a radio DJ

Harvetser II pulls back

3. Harvester II pulls back from Fort

Harvester II lays off

4. Harvester II lays off

Whitstable had already been rocked by the exploits of David 'Screaming' Lord Sutch when he set up Radio Sutch on the former WWII Maunsell Anti-Aircraft Defence Forts out in the Thames Estuary at Shivering Sands

Control Tower catwalk & legs

5. Control Tower catwalk & legs from G1 walkway

Lister Generator Lister JP3 Generator

6. One of the two small original Lister Generators
7. Later Lister JP3 Diesel Generator.

Radio Sutch had been taken over 'lock stock and barrel' by the initiator of the scheme Reg Calvert, who'd recognised the value of radio publicity for acts signed to him and his partner Terry Kings London 'Tin Pan Alley' King's Agency, 7 Denmark Street, London (WC2H 8LZ)

Living accomodation area

8. Living accommodation/sleeping area (can't place the face, anyone know who?)

Note: Some of the original WWII beds were pressed into service

Shore-link

9. 'Pigeon-Blackbird' shore-link in Living area

Note: The list on the wall is the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, the Chuck Berry LP sleeve was stuck on wall in 1964 & remained!

The renamed station Radio City had already received a number of demo tapes from Dutch & Netherlands 'wanna be' DJ's

Southern Gun Tower 1 Original Radio Sutch studio

10. Southern Gun Tower 1 from Gun Tower 2

11. The original Radio Sutch Studio

Note: The Pirate preferred AKG D12 had a piece of foam over the front annotated with 'Aim Here'

Control & Gun Tower 2

12. Control Tower & Gun Tower 2 from the Bofors Tower Walkway

Note: The dilapidated condition & sag of the Control Tower Gun Tower One Catwalk

Martin in Sutch/City studio Cossor & GEC transmitters

13. Martin in the Radio Sutch/City Studio
14. Cossor 188 metre & GEC 299 metre transmitters

Note: The foam over mic, DJ themes behind consul, 3" spools of tape above radiator are the few home produced jingles & Ads

Martin on Jib

15. Martin takes to a jib as Tony Pine plans to replace the Catwalk with a Jungle Walk

A novel idea so Martin was dispatched and as Martin Green was soon one of listeners early favourites despite his limited command of English

Southern Gun Tower 1

16. Southern Gun Tower 1

Note: The condition of the paint, since abandonment by the MOD in 1958 paint trials were carried out at Shivering Sands hence the apparent better appearance than Red Sands Forts

Shivering Sands was the busiest of the Forts with Trinity House Buoy servicing. The Port of London Authority visiting to service the tide gauge on the Searchlight Tower, & remove the remains of Gun Tower 4 in 1966. Marines training exercises on the Bofors Tower; evidence of their scramble netts can be seen in many photographs. See Radio City Sutch & City - Part 1 : Radio Sutch & City - Part 2 : Radio City Sutch & City - Part 3 : Radio City Sutch & City - Part 9

Martin in temporary studio 1 Martin in temporary studio 2

17. Martin in a temporary 'lash-up' studio
18. Mic' less the foam!

Note: The Collaro turntables jacked up with pieces of wood, the home built passive mixer, & ever faithful Ferrograph Series 4 & Brunnel tape machines in advance of the new studio being turned 45 degrees to left

The young Martin struck the South Thames Station Manager Eric K Martin as being worth a try. Radio City was always short of DJ's and money, so those with something like the right credentials and ability were sent out for trials receiving nothing or a token £5

Southern Gun Tower 1

19. Southern Gun Tower 1 from Control Tower roof

Martin in temporary studio 3 Martin in temporary studio 4

20. Temporary studio still in use
21. Surrounded by the top 20

Note: Reg Calvert designed 1st Radio City (red) poster over window through to TX room. Current singles in rack, top NME 50 on wall later became the City 60. The headphones went on for years, everyone used them in advance of DJ's owning their own 'ears'

After his short time at Radio City in 1965 he returned to his studies, later became manager of a rock band & set up their fan club

Harvester II below crane jib Harvester II leaves

22. Harvester II below crane jib
23. Harvester II leaving

Rock group Q65 at Shivering Sands

24. Rock Group Q65 (Muziek Express)

Note: The Dutch Rock Band took to a tiny rubber dingy & made for Shivering Sands in June 1966,they were permitted to board the Fort & were interviewed on-air

Martins Drive-In-Show press advert

25. Martin Green Drive-In-Show press advertisement

Martin organised concerts and Discotheque Shows, in Dutch radio speak 'Drive In Shows and in between Social Work still found time to present the occasional live gig

Downlaod Martin Green 'Dutch' Press Cuttings 1 : 2

Martin Green card

26. Martins self printed card

Martin at the time of publishing (December 2016) works at Zelfstandig Ondernemer

In early May 2016 Martin had a serious accident on his motor scooter in Rotterdam, as a result was in a coma

Seriously ill for 5 months he returned home in September and has since gladly made a steady recovery

With grateful thanks to Luuk Meuwese, Francois Lehote & Hans Knot for their help in producing this feature

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