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Pirate Cat Radio — Stream is down and blog is over 1 year out of date.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….