For extended/more recent pirate radio coverage,
see the News
10/23/01 - Target
(market): Afghanistan - We know the U.S. military
is conducting psychological operations in Afghanistan - we now also
know what it sounds like.
10/16/01 - The
Radio War in Afghanistan - As the United States
moves to bomb the country in its "war on terror," one of the
weapons in its arsenal is propaganda via pirate radio.
8/21/01 - Links:
Separating Transmitter from Studio - Not having
the transmitter located in the same place as the people is a good way
to avoid a raid or receive early warning of a pending one. This is a
look at some common ways to set up an studio-to-transmitter remote link.
7/17/01 - Shortwave
Spike - The shortwave pirate scene hasn't been
this active in years. We can thank the FCC's focus on FM for all the
5/29/01 - Itching
for a Fight - More details come out about a shortwave
militia pirate in Kentucky: not only is he arrogant, but he's a racist,
5/8/01 - New
Moves in the Netherlands - The Dutch scene is
probably the most active in the world, which is why the radio authorities
are trying new tactics to take stations off the air.
4/17/01 - Infighting
Kills Militia Pirate - Kentucky's state militia
tells a member to quiet the pirate act lest the feds really do
come swooping in.
Reborn - A
rare American shortwave pirate comes back to life after a skirmish-via-correspondence
with the FCC.
3/20/01 - KSMR
Makes History - A shortwave militia pirate is
openly challenging the authority of the FCC - and seems to be itching
for a showdown.
2/27/01 - Guerrilla
Radio News - As the radio industry abandons radio
journalism in favor of fattening the bottom line, the best place to
find news on the air could be from those stations not supposed to be
1/23/01 - Shortwave
Bonanza - While FM pirates tend to get all the
press, the shortwave pirate scene has been around much longer and is
still booming strong.
1/16/01 - Target:
Translator - A radio rogue who's hijacked FM
translator stations in the past briefly describes the process.
1/8/01 - Feet
in the Fire - There are ways to mess with the radio dial
that don't involve pirate broadcasting; here's a summary of a few recent
tactics in play.
12/5/00 - Hacking
the Dial - Putting your own signal on the air
is only one way of reclaiming the airwaves - what about hijacking stations
via computer control?
8/24/00 - The
Pirate's Presidential Primer - Voting guide on
the candidates for President and their stated (or predicted) positions
on media democracy and free radio.
5/21/00 - Radio
B2-92: The Fourth Crackdown - Further instability
in Yugoslavia ratchets up the physical dangers to anyone who speaks
out against the current regime. Free radio B92, having survived multiple
attempts at being silenced, is back in the firing line - in a big way.
5/14/00 - Summer
and Shortwave - As the seasons change, so do the frequencies
that shortwave pirates operate on. This is short primer into the perils
and potentials of shortwave pirate broadcasting, and where you can tune
in to listen for yourself.
10/25/99 - Tricks
and Treats - Halloween is a big holiday for shortwave
pirates, and a great time to sample the diverse creativity that crackles
around the globe.
10/11/99 - Revolutions
Begin Locally - The only thing keeping the FCC in check
is its perception of authority. Get the local law on your side and the
possibilities may be endless...
9/19/99 - KHz
and MHz Meet H2O - A short exploration into the history
of offshore pirate radio - stations that actually broadcast on the high
9/13/99 - Expanding
Your Lifespan - Some tips and suggestions to help potential
pirates enjoy a long and satisfying run on the air.
8/12/99 - Radio
B2-92 - Belgrade's voice of independent media and revolution
is back on the air after enduring multiple threats. Can the station
stay alive this time?
7/8/99 - The
Numbers Game - Or Cooking the Book - What do radio ratings
really mean? Can you trust the numbers? The evidence would seem to say
6/6/99 - Risks
and Rewards - Going on the air without a license is against
the law. But should that really stop you from taking the risk?
6/26/99 - Balkan
Busts, Bloodshed Continue - The bombs may not be falling
on Yugoslavia anymore, but Radio B92 and its allies are still taking
4/3/99 - The
Yugoslav Crackdown on Free Radio - The bust of belgrade's
B92 is total and severe.
3/27/99 - Free
Radio Under Fire - In the midst of military action in
Kosovo there is a free radio station attempting to report from the conflict
3/26/98 - The
Art Bell Reaction - The number one overnight talk show
in America spends a long segment talking up pirate radio in the U.S.
We've got a review of the show's ups and downs.
6/19/97 - The
Plus Side of Radio Monopolies - As the radio industry
begins to fall asleep at the switch, now is a good time to beef up a
bootleg station. This is possible in several ways, using licensed stations
themselves as helpful resources.