Pirate radio is illegal or unregulated radio transmission. The term is most commonly used to describe illegal broadcasting for entertainment or political purposes, but is also sometimes used for illegal two-way radio operation. Its etymology can be traced to the unlicensed nature of the transmission, but historically there has been occasional but notable use of sea vessels – fitting the most common perception of a pirate – as broadcasting bases.
Rules and regulations vary widely from country to country but often the term pirate radio generally describes the unlicensed broadcast of FM radio, AM radio, or short wave signals over a wide range. In some cases radio stations are deemed legal where the signal is transmitted, but illegal where the signals are received—especially when the signals cross a national boundary. In other cases, a broadcast may be considered "pirate" due to the nature of its content, its transmission format (especially a failure to transmit a station identification according to regulations), or the transmit power (wattage) of the station, even if the transmission is not technically illegal (such as a web cast or an amateur radio transmission). Pirate radio stations are sometimes called bootleg stations (a term especially associated with two-way radio), clandestine stations (associated with heavily politically motivated operations) or Free Radio stations.
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... In the early 1960s, still using his real name, he began working for BBC radio, presenting talks and, occasionally, Woman's Hour ... However, when his cousin, the Liberal Party politician Oliver Smedley, founded the pirate radio station Radio Atlanta, he joined the station as a disc jockey, broadcasting from the ship Mi Amigo moored off ... In 1964 he married Mandy Kilbey, sometimes presenting radio programmes jointly with her they later had two sons ...
... In Saints Row 2, there is a pirate radio station called "99.0 The Underground" and is hosted by DJ Ken ... Unlike the games other radio stations, the signal strength for this station varies across the city of Stilwater, often dropping in volume when driving ... It is trasmitted via the lower radio tower on Mount Claffin ...
... PC Plum investigages strange emanations coming from his police radio, and from taps and kettles all over Balamory ...
... is currently a presenter on Radio Caroline. 1960 Lodge became the CBC manager for a new radio station CBXH in Fort Smith, N.W.T ... In 1964 Lodge joined England's first offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline, as disc jockey and programme director ...
... in the United States with the title Pirate Radio ... Upon that release, Manohla Dargis wrote Robert Wilonsky, reviewing Pirate Radio after having seen The Boat That Rocked and its UK home video release, said the U.S ... had had "most of its better bits excised" according to Wilonsky, "after watching the DVD, Pirate Radio feels so slight in its current incarnation ...
Famous quotes containing the words radio and/or pirate:
“There was a girl who was running the traffic desk, and there was a woman who was on the overnight for radio as a producer, and my desk assistant was a woman. So when the world came to an end, we took over.”
—Marya McLaughlin, U.S. television newswoman. As quoted in Women in Television News, ch. 3, by Judith S. Gelfman (1976)
“The pirate gaped at Belindas dragon,
And gulped some grog from his pocket flagon,
He fired two bullets, but they didnt hit,
And Custard gobbled him, every bit.”
—Ogden Nash (19021971)