The Manx had ahrborured the wish to run their own radio station for many decades, certainly since the late 1940s, however as broadcasting and most other matters were rigidly controlled by Whitehall, there was little chance of this coming about.
In the 1950s, a local retailer, Mr J Colebourne, contacted PYE, the equipmenmt manufacturer, and agreed to forma an alliance to set up a radio station in the Island broadcasting to neighbouring parts of the UK. Once again the Post Office, who were in charge of all brodcasting matters in the UK, refuised to grant a licence.
In the early 1960s the Radio Manx company tried once again and, with some assistance of the Isle of Man Government, it was agreed to give permission for a very low powered Manx Radio, audible only within the Island. At the same time as Manx Radio launched, Radio Caroiline turned up in Ramsey Bay and began broadcasting with a mighty 10,000 watt signal. Caroline North could be heard across the north of Englnd, Wales, parts of Scotland and most of Ireland.
Manx Radio limped on but was eventually allowed to broadcast with a 20,000 watt signal that did cover some other parts of the UK. For a while the station tried getting advertising in England as it undoubtedly had an audience there, but this was not commercially viable.
The station eventually became wholly owned by the Isle of Man Government, and indeed still is. Many representations were made by the isle mof Man policitians to Whitehall and to Westminster to get permission to broadcast with decentg power on a frequency to cover a larger area but the Post Office in London always refused, saying initially that the Labout politicians did nnot like copmmercial radio.
After commercial radio was licensed in the UK, the response to Manx Radio's requests was that if Manx could also be heard across the UK it would affect the economics of the small local stations. This excuse was to be the key used to unlock a licence!