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  • Spotlight No. 6

    Hall of Fame Spotlight No. 6- WKND

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    WKND was founded in 1988 after Radio Animal wanted to start a shortwave station and was trying to think of a name and saw a Pittsburgh hotel advertising “WKND Rates!” for the weekend. Since the station would run mostly on the weekends, Animal decided to use ‘WKND, Weekend Radio’ as a slogan. After some confusion with a Scottish pirate station called Weekend Music Radio, Eddie Egghead Johnson from Voice of Stench came up with ‘We’re Kanine Dog’, and that became the station’s forever slogan.

    WKND had its inaugural broadcast on November 1st 1988 with a 4 hour show that included the musical version of War of the Worlds with Richard Burton, spooky music and IDs, all in a Halloween theme. This was on 1621 KHz, above the mediumwave broadcast band at the time, and reached listeners in the Northeastern US with 60 watts of power from a home made transmitter.

    In 1989 the station added a shortwave frequency, 6240 to reach more listeners, and this ran 25 watts from a modified Heathkit transmitter. There was a pretty heavy broadcast schedule of several nights a week, and agents from the FCC lucked out and busted the station when they were in town, early 1990.

    Check out the WKND Page!



  • Spotlight No. 5

    Hall of Fame Spotlight No. 5- Radio free Speech

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    This week we have another great example of North American Free Radio. Broadcasting out of the Rocky Mountain State of Montana, Bill O Rights began airing Radio Free Speech in 1993
    The Inaugural broadcast of Radio Free Speech was in 1993 on 6240khz, and the voice of Radio Free Speech was Bill O. Rights, an extremely pro sounding announcer with what Author, Andy Yoder called, “The perfect voice”.  The format of Radio Free Speech revolved entirely around the subject of Free Speech.  The focus of the programming was on editorials and mailbag programs with Bill. Bill O. Rights would take on an almost professorial role, and lecture on the meaning of the 1st Amendment and why it was so important.  But he didn’t just limit his focus on “free speech”, he’d lecture on all the Amendments in the Bill of Rights and why they were still important to people today. Often he would encourage listeners with “calls to action” to let elected officials know how unhappy they were with the job they were doing.   During his “Mailbag” segments, Rights would read letters from listeners and give prizes and special QSLs’ for the best letters.

    The signal from Radio Free Speech was peculiar.  The stations transmitter had a beautiful AM audio, but it was usually only 10-watts. Bill used one of the original “Grenade” transmitters, made by Radio Animal, and counted Radio Animal as a trusted friend.   Rights said he had a dipole, cut to frequency and was using Belden 9913 coax, also cut to frequency.  Bill seldom used his linear, a Heathkit SB-221, but when he did, he covered the globe, but only did this on very rare occasions.

    Bill documented QSL’ing DX’ers in England, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Canada, South America and the United States.

    Bill was a prolific producer of shows, and did over 40 different programs of Radio Free Speech, many of which were relayed by other Pirate Operators for years after Bill hung up his microphone.  Bill is still around, and can be found to post on the FRN-Vines, even did a new show in 2009, but for the most part is behind the scenes and is rumored to be helping Commander Bunny with the WBNY station and the Commander Bunny for President Campaign, where he is a trusted adviser.



  • PiratesWeek 04/04/10

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    Doing It Old School!
    I’m away this week so I am sharing a studio copy of the interview Bill O Rights did on WHYP with James Brownyard. I’ve edited it down for time, but Bill and James discuss winterfest, pirate radio, and the people that are involved in our hobby.
    Be back next week.

    ‭RD
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  • PirateasWeek 3/28/10

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    The revolution will be televised.
    Pirates in the news this week include Radio Survivor mentions that community radio enthusiasts have been waiting for action on the Senate version of the Local Community Radio ActLondon Pirate Radio is a great documentary, it’s an exploration into the history and current state of the London Pirate radio scene.
    ‭Select postings from the Free Radio Network, HF Underground and note stations logged per the Free Radio Weekly
    Off Air Recordings include the stations of: WHYP, Voice of the Robots and XXP.
    ‭Background music from the Podsafe Music Network by the artists; B-Sea SurfersAlex Cebe, and Smoke Ring Days.
    Thanks for listening

    ‭RD
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  • Pie Rat Weak

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    This is not an “official” piratesweek podcast, just something to tide you over until next week. Every bit of it was taken from past shows over the years. I’m not putting it on the feed, just for you shlobs who visit the website.

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  • PiratesWeek 01/20/08

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    ‭Damn its cold!
    One of the men behind an infamous Birmingham pirate radio station Hot 92 has been fined.
    FCC Fines HobbyTron For Illegal TX from IRR.
    ‭Select postings from the Free Radio Network and note stations logged per the Free Radio Weekly.
    ‭Off Air recordings this week include ‬Voice of William Shatner, KPRX, Ann Hoffer Live and WBNY.
    Propagation forecast ftom TWIAR.
    ‭A mention of the SWL fest and from TWIAR some dipole antenna tips concerning end insulators.
    ‭MLK day is Monday.
    ‭Music from the Podsafe Music Network from the artist MAG Project.
    ‭Thanks for listening
    ‭RD



  • PiratesWeek 01/13/08

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    Check out the Shortwave Audio podcast they have WBNY for its podcast #25. Corq’s HFUnderground search engine for firefox. Matt Mason the author of The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Reinvented Capitalism discusses the book in a post on torrent freak.
    Pirate Radio Station Shut Down in Florida.
    Select postings from the Free Radio Network and note stations logged this last week
    Off Air Recordings‭ this week include WBNY and a UNID.
    Propagation forecast from TWIAR
    Filipino Monkey from IRR
    A cool website for you medium wave DXers.
    The new 2008 SLW Winterfest registration form is now posted.
    ‭Music from the Podsafe Music Network artists Joe Mieczkowski, Matt Stevens, and Life Has Teeth
    Thanks for listening
    ‭RD



  • PiratesWeek 01/06/08

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    ‭Sunday Afternoon Hangover
    ‭A few words about Area 51. Check out the schedule. ‬CKUT IRR did an interview with Timtron that was originally recorded last summer.
    ‭Select postings from the Free Radio Network and note stations logged per the Free Radio Weekly.
    ‭Lots of pirate activity, check out the image of 01/01/08 when 5 pirates were on at once, ‬1/1/08 20:20 utc 6220 (Mystery), 6900 (WHYP), 6925 (WMPR), 6950 (Grasscutter) and a UNID mystery on 6985.
    Off air recordings this week of Grasscutter & Sunshine, MAC, WBNY and Undercover Radio.
    Propagation forecast from TWIAR.
    ‭From the San Francisco Bay Guardian is the headline More media consolidation. ‬
    Thanks for listening

    ‭Music from the Podsafe Music Network including the songs Cold Cloth and an Ice Pack , No Sleep Funk, Meltdown Man