Pirate Radio Cranks Up the Volume for Documentary

Pirate Radio USAVia Joe Nolan’s Insomnia:

Hello friends. This weekend I discovered an entertaining and eye-opening pirate radio documentary online: Pirate Radio USA.

Given the post-Clinton legalization of media monopolies, the subject of pirate radio has once again become a hot-button topic. Pirate radio broadcasters use homemade technologies to take over radio frequencies, broadcasting without licenses, outside of FCC rules and regulations.

Pirate radio has become a form of civil disobedience. The various subjects of the documentary fight directly against the corporate media by simply “stealing” FM bandwidth to broadcast their radical, rocking messages. Of course, the irony is that the airwaves above the United States are owned exclusively by the public.

How can you steal what you already own?

More about the film at Joe Nolan’s Insomnia.

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Joe Nolan was born under a bad sign on June 13th in Detroit, Michigan in the last Metal Year of the Dog. Polymath, provocateur, inter-media artist, his tell-tale signs have turned up in music, visual art, journalism, poetry, fiction, video and film. A double Gemini, his interests range from the pharmacology of phenomenology to fly fishing; from mysticism to mixed martial arts; from chaos science to chaos magick. Joe Nolan's Insomnia blog republishes to some of the most read counter-culture sites on the web and the Coincidence Control Network podcast which he hosts has been downloaded more than half-a-million times.He is recording his fourth CD in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives to the east of the Cumberland river on a little wooded lot dubbed Bohemian Walnut Grove.

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  • Joenolan

    One of the most interesting aspects of this film is the documentation of the origins of Independent Media Centers after The Battle of Seattle. In some areas, these centers have provided a viable local alternative source for news and debate. In others, they’ve struggled to keep their doors open. In many, they’ve been subjected to dubious pressure and harassment from law enforcement.

  • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

    One of the most interesting aspects of this film is the documentation of the origins of Independent Media Centers after The Battle of Seattle. In some areas, these centers have provided a viable local alternative source for news and debate. In others, they’ve struggled to keep their doors open. In many, they’ve been subjected to dubious pressure and harassment from law enforcement.

  • Vox Penii

    >Pirate radio has become a form of civil disobedience. The various subjects of the documentary fight directly against the corporate media by simply “stealing” FM bandwidth to broadcast their radical, rocking messages.

    Pirate radio has become a form of irritating attention whoring. The various subjects of the documentary broadcast to hide their sense of inferiority by violating federal law.

    FTFY.

  • Joenolan

    VP – I’m sure your slander fits with some of pirate radio’s practitioners, and some of the folks in the film certainly seem less than enlightened, but media monopoly is a huge problem and much of what the doc has to say is right on the money. Surely ‘pirate radio’ would be one of the last options for someone who was trying to get attention? I’ve never even heard a pirate radio station – ever! But I for one am glad they are out there….at least some of them :O)

  • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

    VP – I’m sure your slander fits with some of pirate radio’s practitioners, and some of the folks in the film certainly seem less than enlightened, but media monopoly is a huge problem and much of what the doc has to say is right on the money. Surely ‘pirate radio’ would be one of the last options for someone who was trying to get attention? I’ve never even heard a pirate radio station – ever! But I for one am glad they are out there….at least some of them :O)