How are the class of 2009 USA pirates doing?

Back in 2009 as The Boat That Rcked (Pirate Radio) was hitting the screens the following article was run in Focus On Film.

How did the stations mentioned fare over the last 8 years.

AM 1330 The Blaze at Arizona State University — Online Only
Edge Radio 106.7 — blog appears to be a click farm
WRPO-FM old website offline – now a low power station.
Pirate Cat Radio — Stream is down and blog is over 1 year out of date.
1.5 / 4 is the score card, the half point where an on air is now only online.

Modern Pirates on the airwaves: Richard Curtis’ Pirate Radio remembers a time when pirate radio was the only way outlaw stations could reach an audience hungry for new music. Since that period in the 60s, much has changed with broadcasting standards, internet communications and radio technology. We wanted to know, however, does pirate radio still exist, and what makes it necessary. Mike Johnston reports.

You don’t have to break out your eye patch or learn to preface every statement with “Aarrrrr” to be a modern radio pirate. All you really need is a computer and the desire to be heard. There is a potential audience of 1.6 billion internet users worldwide and, as the technology that enables digital broadcasting continues to evolve, its ability to compete with traditional analog radio also increases. For example, both Shoutcast and Ustream now have iPhone apps that allow listeners to receive digital broadcasts wherever they go. more….

Audion, error turns to invention.

Reading Where Great Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson last week. I learned that Lee deForest (the grandfather of radio) accidentally invented the Audion which went of to be the vacuum tube.

The story goes that a Bunsun burner in his bedroom laboratory in 1903 changed colour when he sparked his spark gap transmitter. What is a spark gap transmitter?

The spark gap transmitter is a descendent of an Irish invention. The Induction Coil was invented by Rev Nicholas Callan in Maynooth in 1836.

The blue flame of deForest’s Bunsen burner changed to red when the spark gap transmitter was activated. According to Johnson’s book this was an error. The flame change was not created by the massive all band electromagnetic pulse from the transmitter but was caused by more simple wave, an acoustic soundwave or air being pushed.

Never the less the error set deForest off on a tangent that would lead him to invent the Audion which was a very ineffective but much needed amplifier. The Audion was later improved by placing its gates inside a vacuum tube.

I was happy to believe this story until tonight I read a story on

Possible truths
1. Lee deForest didn’t understand what he had invented
2. Flames do conduct electromagnetic waves
3. The Audion was not an efficient amplifier
4. The Vacuum Tube was the improvement the Audion needed.

So here is the really interesting thing, deForest though ignorance, blind faith and belligerence invented something from a scientific error that directly led to the ideal solution which is still used to this day in guitar amplifiers.

So sometimes mad scientists invent what conventional scientists will never discover because learned conventions mean they would never be barking at the wrong tree. All hail the mad scientist.

The Martello Tower in Howth was the scene of tests in the early 1900s for deForest and the British Post Office. At the Martello Tower today is The Hurdy Gurdy Radio Museum that has a real working Spark Gap Transmitter. If you ask them nicely they will demonstrate it for you.

1957 Lee de Forest This Is Your Life

Radio Scilly Closedown Sequence

The smallest radio station in the world 107.9 FM Radio Scilly Closedown Sequence – Radio Scilly Goes AUTOMATIC 7 days a week from 10PM TO 7AM

Wikipedia says

Radio Scilly is a not for profit, non-profit distributing community radio station. It launched at 2 pm on 3 September 2007, and broadcasts to 2,100 residents of the Isles of Scilly.

It broadcasts on FM on 107.9 MHz from the existing radio mast by the Coastguard Tower at Telegraph on St. Mary’s island. Currently, BBC Radio Cornwall transmits from there on 96 MHz. Tests show that all of the Isles of Scilly can be covered from this site, and the transmitter output power is 100 watts vertical polarisation, although the station is licensed for up to 200 watts mixed polarisation.
It claims to be the world’s smallest radio station, due to the small number of residents on the islands, and the fact that reception beyond islands is very limited (reception is possible in St. Just in Cornwall). However, its licensed service area population is slightly larger than that of the UK’s smallest licensed station Two Lochs Radio which broadcasts to an official service area population of just 1,681.

Dublin Pirate Days

Made for DCTV by broadcast historian Eddie Bohan this is Dublin Pirate Days. Episodes 1 & 5 are missing in action but I hope to source them. There is some great content here, but do excuse the audio quality which suffered in the production budget.

Spirit Radio off Medium Wave

Spirit Radio is off air on 549KHz

in a message on facebook the station said

“Hi. Just to let you know we are experiencing transmitter Issues affecting our 549MW Broadcast.
We have Technicians working on it to fix them.

Innovation Crush podcast

Soundcloud / iTunes / Stitcher

What they says about themselves….
Crush Industries creates insightful media, products, and services designed to increase innovation potential in businesses and individuals. Our flagship property, Innovation Crush, is a weekly interview series with over 700,000 subscribers around the world.

Innovation Crush is a fun, funny, and highly informative series profiling the rock stars of innovation and game-changing ideas shaping the world today.

One part Fast Company, and one part Comedy Central’s, The Daily Show, each episode is a walk through the minds and lives of awe-inspiring idea-makers around the world.

Meet the host Chris Denson
Chris Denson is an award-winning innovator, marketer, recovering comedian, and host of the Innovation Crush podcast, with over 700,000 subscribers around the world. Having been a guest speaker, curator, and attendee at 100’s of industry events, Chris is an expert at uncovering the best thinking and commonalities across a diverse array of cultures. Applying his expertise to the likes of the White House, Summit Series, and Omnicom Media Group, his work has been featured Adweek, Forbes, the New York Times, and Inc, to name a few.

His career has spanned marketing, media, technology integration and product innovation. With an early background steeped in stand up comedy, screenwriting, and production, Chris conceived Innovation Crush in 2013, launching the series in 2014. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, holds a degree in packaging engineering; spending his first years after college as an engineer for Daimler-Chrysler.

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Ronan Keating goes to Magic Breakfast Show

in just over a week’s time Ronan Keating will begin co presenting the breakfast show on Magic FM with fellow host Harriet Scott. Starts September 4th across the UK.

Ronan’s best holiday trip ever? The Maldives “The Ocean below you and these fishes and creatures, just different form the way I was born and raised”.

I think Bayside in Dublin isn’t so far from the Irish Sea and the Blue Lagoon Ronan! (but it isn’t the Maldives). Next ESPN will send a news crew to Dublin 13 looking for the ghetto.

Ronan’s previous radio hosting experience was in June 2015 filling in for the summer on Magic. He is an accomplished presenter on TV and once co presented the Eurovision Song Contest to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

first all women radio station in the world

When Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract in 1955 he used the money to start an all girl radio station in Memphis, TN. Set in a pink, plush studio in the nations’ third Holiday Inn, it was a novelty—but not for long. He hired models, beauty queens, actresses, telephone operators. Some were young mothers who just needed a job. WHER was the first radio station to feature women as more than novelties and sidekicks. The WHER girls were broadcasting pioneers.