Radio Seagull on air: CHRIS COOPER presents

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Chris Cooper started out on hospital radio in 1978, quickly moving on to landbased pirate radio, running a shortwave station called Empire Radio, along with a couple of like-minded enthusiasts. With a mix of contemporary music, and zany comedy extracts, "The Empire" attracted a loyal following.

In 1981, Chris set up EST on FM, broadcasting rock music across his home city of Birmingham. Through contacts made during this period, he was invited to join The Voice of Peace in 1987, so headed off to Israel for his first adventure in offshore radio. This, in turn, led to him joining Radio Caroline, from the North Sea, broadcasting from late 1989 into the New Year of 1990.

Chris then became a legitimate radio operator, passing his Amateur Radio examination, and helping a number of licenced RSL stations during the 1990's, before work commitments, and caring for elderly parents, led him to drop out of radio for a number of years.

In 2004, he became landlord to the famous offshore broadcaster Roger Day! Five years later, when Roger organised the Radio Caroline 45th birthday party, Roger invited Chris along. There he met Radio Seagull's Mandy Marton. Another 8 years passed before Chris - now retired - was persuaded by Mandy to join Radio Mi Amigo, broadcasting from the lightship in Harwich Harbour. It was now 2017, exactly 20 years since Chris had last stepped into a radio studio! There he met Radio Seagull boss Sietse Brouwer. The rest, as they say, is history. In 2018 Chris was invited to join the Jenni Baynton, when the lightship went offshore, and was privileged to join the great team of Radio Seagull presenters. In 2019, Chris finally became a regular presenter on the station. In his own words, Chris says "Throughout my radio career, I've been incredibly fortunate to be in the right place, at the right time. I failed every audition I made for stations. I am the proof that it's not what you know, but who you know! It's a huge honour to be invited to join the fantastic lineup on Radio Seagull."