Pirate radio stations are nothing new they’ve been on the go since the 1960s with Radio Caroline …
I can still remember two Scunthorpe DJ’s attempt at a pirate radio station. It was called WLNG & Broadcast on 104.9 FM on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the late 1980s.
There’s very little information about WLNG on Google just a couple of mentions in articles.
Fast forward to the pirate stations of today. It would appear to all intents that Haringey & Hackney Councils in London are having a crackdown on Pirate stations using their properties to broadcast from.
I can see why they’ve had a crackdown some of those aerials in the video below are badly cobbled together. Have to admit they look like complete eyesores on the top of buildings as well.
We would soon notice if a pirate radio station had put an aerial on the roof of our building. Mind they’d have to gain access to it first.
Our message to the Pirate radio stations being hassled by these Council/Ofcom officials.
“Why be a Pirate station on an FM signal with very little reach?
When you could potentially reach far more people by streaming on the Internet”
Internet Radio is the future of broadcasting & it’s not all that difficult to start your own online radio station.
You just need a decent PC (1GB of RAM would do) decent broadband connection, decent microphone and mixing desk, along with decent streaming/automation software and a Shoutcast/Icecast server.
We know of a lot of radio stations on the Internet that have been on the go for years and as far as we’re aware they have never owned a licence to stream.
So it seems NO one really checks if your legit or not on the Internet.
In any case you could just move your server to another IP if the authorities were snooping on your broadcasts.
It’s amazing how popular streaming online radio has become in the last 10 years. So it’s little wonder there are so many pirate stations.
Hopefully you shouldn’t have to worry about your transmission equipment or aerials being seized by officials.
Unless you were broadcasting some really bad content!
Sexism/Homophobia/Racism/Islamophobia/Jihad are definite no go areas when it comes to broadcasting even if you’re a pirate broadcasting from a bedroom.
Remember at the end of the day no one wants to listen to crap.