Radio ship MV Oceaan 7
Vince referred to everyone as doll (even us boys, which was a bit disconcerting!). He greeted everyone with an assurance that "You're looking good."

As the Head of Programmes and one of only three DJs on board on the last day, Rusty hosted the final programme on Radio 270 and his was the last voice to be heard on Radio 270- when the station closed down, at midnight on Monday August 14th, 1967.

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After Radio 270, Vince moved back to his home in Southend but was still seen regularly in East Yorkshire for a couple of years, visiting Maurice and his friends in the CRSC in Hull, where he proved to be a popular live DJ.


  Collated by Dennis Boreham

The 270 Show,
270's Super Hit 40 Countdown
Agent 270
Afternoon Show
Back with the Beat
Breakfast Show
Cold Cream and Currlers Show
Commuters Special
Dennis the Menace Show
Early Bird
Early Morning Sleepwalkers Show
Farewell Dance Party
Hiya Pals it's Hal's Show
In the Power House
Ladies Morning Show
Lunch Date
Mikey Mo Breakfast Show
M.H. Evening show
Midnight Hour
Midnight Up
Munchtime at Lunchtime Show
Musical Matinee
Music for the Housewives
Paul Burnett Twelve Hours Later
Peter Phantoman
Power House Party
Radio 270 Fun 40
Rock and Roll Party
Roger Scott Commuters Special
Siesta Time
Swap Shop
Teenbeat 66
That Wise Guy again
The 7200 Show
The Be-Oh De-Oh Do Show
Wise Guys Lunchtime show
The World Tomorrow (Garner Ted)
The Sunday Times Hour of Jazz
Roger Gale          A Walk in the Black Forest.  Horst Jankowski
Pete Bowman      Bird Rocker by The Ventures,
                             then These Boots are Made for Walking
Rusty Allen          Deep in the Heart of Texas,  DUANE EDDY
Brendan Power    Rockin Goose  DUANE EDDY
Ross Randell       Skyliner  MITCH MURRAY
Guy                     Tomorrows World  &  Iechyd-Da Alan Price Ser
Philip Hayton      Countdown Dave Baby Cortez
Mikimo                 Rainbow Round My Shoulder,  TED HEATH 
Paul Burnett        Peridot   BOB MILLER
Hal Yorke            Man of Mystery   The Shadows.
Dennis Straney   On the Street where you Live Dave Macey orch'
Paul Kramer        Kinda Kinky  The Ray McVay Band
Alex Dee              Along the Boulevard by Joe Loss Orchestra
Ed Moreno         So Whats New    Herb Alpert
Bob Snyder         Quite A Beat by Sandy Nelson       
Roger Keene      In the Midnight Hour Little Mack & Boss Sounds
Mike Barron        Climb The Apples     BOB WALLIS
Neddy Noel        Bye Bye Love, later an arrangement of his own

Radio 270 DJ Vince "Rusty" Allen,

Radio 270


Roll of Honour

Vince 'Rusty' Allen  PD
Richard Andrews
Mike Barron
Pete 'Boots' Bowman
Jeff Bridger / Jeff Jones
Paul Burnett
Alex Dee
Bob Dewing
Roger Gale            PD
Guy Hamilton
Mike Hayes    St'n Manager
Julian Hewitt
Allen Ives
Roger Keene
Roger King
Andy Kirk
Paul Kramer
Len Martin
'Neddy' Noel Miller *    PD
Mick the Mod
Ed Moreno
Harvey Proctor
Brendan Power
Ross Randell
Roly Roland
David Sinclair
Bob Snyder
Dennis 'Menace' Straney   PD
Steve Taylor (Jack McLaughlin)
Leon Tippler
Ben Toney             PD
Marcus West (Mark Wesley)
Hal Yorke                     PD

PD-Program Directors

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Radio 270 DJs line up on deckl
Radio 270 Admin Jane Young
Ben joined Radio 270 in 1966. Best known for making Radio London (Big L) one of the biggest radio stations in the world (over 15m listeners), he had been the station's first Programme Director. He also worked at Swinging Radio England where he had a management / consultant role.  Ben didnt stay with 270 very long: he returned home to the USA, as while he and his wife Ronagh were in Scarborough they found out they were pregnant with their first child.

Ben returned to Radio 270 for a second stint in May 1967 and was heard doing programmes for a few more days after some consulting work on advertising.

Some years later Ben was made an Admiral in the Texas Navy.  It was rumoured that this was because one of his DJ colleagues on Big L (it was Pete Brady) had saved the life of a Texas pilot in the US Air Force who had to ditch his plane in the North Sea near the Radio London ship, the MV Galaxy.

"This is absolutely untrue and was not the reason at all," confessed Ben. "Several months before I became involved with Radio London, I was a delegate to the Democratic Party of Texas," he explained  "At the convention, I was elected to the Permanent Organization Committee for the State Democratic Party. This is why Governor John Connelly made me an Admiral."

LATEST NEWS.   After a fall at his home in January 2018, Ben was admitted to a hospice in Texas for a few weeks rest. Sadly he took a turn for the worse in April and late on Thursday 10th May, he passed away.  Rest in peace Ben and our sincere thanks for all the hard work you put into Radio 270,  and of course SRE and the Big L.

We salute you, Admiral Ben Toney, for all your work on the Radio 270 programming.

Radio 270 DJ  BEN TONEY

Radio 270 DJ


a real life Admiral

Well-known York actress Jane Young was also one of the 1966 voices on 270
Brendan Power, suitably attired for another stretch on the North Sea in 1967
Radio 270 DJ Dennis The Menace
Garner 'Ted' Armstrong, who was heard every day on Radio 270 at 6:30pm in the programme 'The World Tomorrow', from the Worldwide Church of God.
Mess Room 270 DJs
Some of the  Radio 270 men at the messroom table:
Phil  Hayton, and the late  Geoff Westoby  & DJ Paul Kramer
Radio 270 DJ Brendan Power

Radio 270 Disc Jockeys

Radio 270's first team of DJs were hired as early as January 1966 and were based in a fairly non-descript building in the middle of Newcastle, on Tyneside.

It was here that Scarborough's famous impressario DON ROBINSON instructed former Tyne Tees TV engineer Peter Duncan to build recording studios, where it was intended to pre-record the programmes for Radio 270. The idea was that they would be taken out to the ship and brouadcast by a very small team of technicians, augmented by two newsreaders.

Stacey brewer was one of the first hirings, as was Paul Burnett who arrived fresh from a stint at the Top Rank Ballroom in Darlington.   By March, Roger Gale, a former actor, had arrived from the world of theatre and he brought a touch of profesionalism to the team. 
The launch was set for April 1st, but sadly the last fell down hours before the start of programmes, and some urgent rationalisation had to take place while the ship was rebuilt. 270's new MD Wilf Proudfoot dismissed the Newcastle studio and old style programming as "too behind the times".

Wilf brought in Ben Toney, an American who was very experienced, including a stretch on Radio London, then the most powerful offshore radio station.

He also hired Noel Miller, whose wife Carole was working as a PA to Radio 270 shareholder Cyril Stapleton at Pye Records. Noel brought a wave of fresh air to the line up and at Wilf's instigation he introduced a Top 40 format. This proved an immediate hit with the listeners and many of the "old brigade' of BBC styled DJs left soon after. 

Noel also hired fellow Australian Dennis Straney who was bright and bubbly Top 40 afficionado and great at training new DJs. Dennis had worked at Radio City near London, but had done a lot of radio time in Autralia.  

Masquerading as Neddy Noel, with a huge supporting cast of sycophants such as George, and Sebastian (all voiced by Noel incidentally!), Noel quickly became a superstar across the North, while Dennis became Dennis The Menace and led the other team (the crews then worked alternate weeks on the boat).

Towards the end of 1966 some sweeping changes took place with three DJs sacked for telling the press that the ship was dangerous and should not be at sea. The two PDs (Noel and Dennis) also left Radio 270 not long afterwards, although both continued to be associated with Radio 270 and the station's bosses for many years. Noel went to the USA while Dennis stayed in Yorkshire promoting gigs and Radio 270 Dances.

They were replaced with Mike Hayes and Vince Allen (Rusty) who came from stations on forts in the Thames Estuary. They both proved themselves to be very popular DJs with the listeners.
Vince 'Rusty' Allen
A native of Southend, Vince was a bit of an amateur cowboy at heart and he had some experience of selling time and presenting on Radio Essex, an offshore station on the Knock John Fort, about 15 miles east of Southend.

Vince palled up with Maurice Jeffrey, Radio 270's sales manager, and quickly built up a good rapport with many of the station's customers. He earned valuable sales commission to supplement his £15 a week wages as a DJ. 

Our main lasting memories of Vince though are of his 'on air' persona, Rusty Allen, so named after his shock of dark red hair.  He opened his shows with the PAMS 'galloping horses in a rodeo' jingle  along with a sexy voiced "Hello Rusty" from his wife. He used Duane Eddy's "Deep in the Heart of Texas" instrumental as his theme tune while on 270.

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Brendan Power

Brendan's Irish lilt became very popular on him joining Radio 270. When he left the station in Spring 1967 he moved to Radio Antilles in the Leeward island - it's a lot warmer in the Caribbean than off the Yorkshire Coast. 

Brendan is now living back in Ireland with his family.
Neddy Noel on Radio 270
Neddy Noel, the alter ego of Noel Miller, in the Radio 270 studio in 1966
Dennis The Menace, as Dennis Straney called himself, on the air.
Radio 270 DJs RustyAllen & Ross Randell
Ross Randell says 'Bysey-bye' watched by Rusty Allen (left)
Radio 270 DJs Ross Randell, Mike Barron, Keith Robinson (Engineer) Rusty Allen,
Jeff Jones and Paul Kramer line up on deck.

The Radio 270 Team

of DJs


Most Newsreaders also
hosted programmes

Stacey Brewer

Steve Taylor

John Aston

Robin Best

Julian Hewitt

Philip Hayton

Albert Hough / Hart

Jeff Jones

Roger Gale         
A Walk in the Black Forest.  Horst Jankowski
Pete Bowman      Bird Rocker by The Ventures,
                             then Boots are Made for Walking
Rusty Allen         
Deep in the Heart of Texas,  DUANE EDDY
Brendan Power   
Rockin Goose  DUANE EDDY
Ross Randell      
Guy Hamilton      
Tomorrows World  &  Iechyd-Da Alan Price Ser
Philip Hayton     
Countdown Dave Baby Cortez
Mike Hayes              
Rainbow Round My Shoulder  TED HEATH 
Paul Burnett       
Peridot   BOB MILLER
Hal Yorke           
Man of Mystery   The Shadows.
Dennis Straney  
On the Street where you Live Dave Macey orch'
Paul Kramer       
Kinda Kinky  The Ray McVay Band
Alex Dee             
Along the Boulevard by Joe Loss Orchestra
Ed Moreno        
So Whats New    Herb Alpert
Bob Snyder        
Quite A Beat by Sandy Nelson       
Roger Keene     
In the Midnight Hour Little Mack & Boss Sounds
Mike Barron       
Climb The Apples     BOB WALLIS
later an arrangement of his own

The Final Hour
AUGUST 14TH - 1967
Radio 270 closedown
Featuring Head of Programmes, 
Vince 'Rusty' Allen,

This is the final 60 minutes of the life of Radio 270.  The programme includes many of  the voices of Radio 270 DJ's, including Ross Randell, Paul Burnett and Guy Hamilton.

Rusty also chats to the members of the crew of the Oceaan 7, and plays recordings of other DJ's who were unable to get out to the radio ship for the last night on the air due to the weather.  Hear again messages from Leonard Dale, the Chairman and Wilf Proudfoot, the MD of Radio 270. 

Over an hour of nostalgia make up this historical recording, right up to Radio 270 leaving the air with National Anthem at one minute to midnight.  (This is a good quality off air recording.)

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Mike 'Mikimo' Hayes
DJs up the mast
Mike Hayes self portrait
Mike now lives in France and in the Netherlands where he is a successful painter. You can see his work on his own web site, just click the logo above or on the self-portrait below to go there.

Radio 270 DJs dance

After the closedown of Radio 270 on Monday August 14th, 1967, many of the DJs found work not only DJing in clubs but compering dances with leading bands of the day.  The Tremeloes were on a major tour, celebrating their recent number one hit, "Silence is Golden" and promoting their latest single "Even the Bad Times are Good" which was by then high in the charts.  

Radio 270's Advertising Manager, Maurice Jeffrey, organised a series of 'Meet the Radio 270 DJs' dances, where several DJs appeared.  The most popular were Rusty Allen, Mike Hayes, Mike Barron and Paul Kramer.  These were staged at the area's major venues, the Floral Hall in Hornsea, The Top Rank in Doncaster, the Skyline Ballroom in Hull, Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes, Burton Constable Hall and the Grand Pavilion in Withernsea.  These gigs all  invariably sold out (they were regularly advertisied on air in the final few weeks of the station) and several of the events had long queues "around the block" which were even reported in the local press!
radio 270 DJs Dance Hornsea
Radio 270 DJ Mike Barron
Radio 270 DJ Mike Barron, signing autographs for the station's fans on Bridlington Harbour. This was a popular place to find the Radio 270 DJs, as it became the main tendering port in 1967. The huge cliffs at Flamborough Head gave some protection from the worst wind and waves (Northerlies)
Mike Hayes  Radio 270
Radio 270 main studio
Radio 270 DJs dance in Hornsea
Radio 270 jingle CD
Radio 270 jingle CD
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All your favourite jingles as heard on Radio 270 throughout '66 and '67. Right from the very early days until the station's closedown, Radio 270 used a variety of Station IDs and 'stingers' to punctuate the music and dialogue.

Some of these sounds have rarely been heard for almost 50 years. Now you can have a set of the Radio 270 sounds and play them any time you wish.

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Radio 270

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  • Canadian & SESAC promo' songs
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Dennis the Menace
Here is a shot of Dennis The Menace, on his way out to Radio City in early 1966. After only a few months he left and was brought tyo scarborough by Carole Miller, where he became one of the best known voices on Radio 270 in Summer 1966. His booming tones are fondly remembered from so many Radio 270 commercials.

Noel Miller, then PD of Radio 270 and a fellow Australian, has this to say about Dennis:

"His magnificent voice, easy style and commanding on air presence had every listener hanging on every word he said."

"With the freedom he had on 270 he was probably the best I’ve ever heard... he was a rebel & an innovator who inspired us all."

"Sadly, it was the rebel in Dennis, that made him such a great DJ and curtailed what could have been a great career.
In short .. he was ahead of his time and management failed to catch up."
Radio 270 dances in Hull and Withernsea