History Main / BuccaneerBroadcaster

27th Mar '18 6:43:55 AM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/InTheYear2050AmericasReligiousCivilWar'' gives us EIBLAZE, a pirate radio/TV station set up by Creator/RushLimbaugh, Sean Hannity and Creator/GlennBeck to resist censorship by the evil Liberal government. After all existing networks are folded into Al-Jazeera (it's that kind of book) EIBLAZE moves to Israel and runs an internet show.
25th Mar '18 7:22:11 AM ecojosh1
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', a villain tries to ruin a college station's special event by overpowering their signal. To avoid the FCC, he broadcasts out of a cargo plane.
31st Jan '18 1:35:11 PM Xlsfd
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* The German movie "Piratensender Power Play" (Pirate Radio Power Play) follows a BuccaneerBroadcaster duo as they outwit their "official" competition at every turn. [[spoiler: At the movie's end, the two protagonists are hired as official anchors - which was partly TruthInTelevision.]]
29th Jan '18 12:30:33 PM WillKeaton
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* [[http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/ Radio Caroline]], described in the opening section, originally broadcast from 19648, but made less-publicized comebacks from 197280 and 198390. In the '90s, it began broadcasting legally from a land-based studio via satellite and later the internet. As of 2016, it's hoping to get a DAB digital radio license.

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* [[http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/ Radio Caroline]], Caroline,]] described in the opening section, originally broadcast from 19648, but made less-publicized comebacks from 197280 and 198390. In the '90s, it began broadcasting legally from a land-based studio via satellite and later the internet. As of 2016, it's hoping to get a DAB digital radio license.
29th Jan '18 12:30:10 PM WillKeaton
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Pirate radio often captures people's imaginations because it symbolizes resistance to the powers that control popular music or access to information. To use the Radio Caroline example again, it shot to popularity in the swinging '60s (as did Radio Luxembourg) because British listeners were fed up with the BBC's control of what music was played on the radio[[note]]If the lyrics contained a trademarked word, it was automatically rejected[[/note]], leading to the establishment of commercial radio in TheSeventies. Pirate radio is often portrayed as the VoiceOfTheResistance, if not against the government, then against the conformity of mainstream popular culture.

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Pirate radio often captures people's imaginations because it symbolizes resistance to the powers that control popular music or access to information. To use the Radio Caroline example again, it shot to popularity in the swinging '60s (as did Radio Luxembourg) because British listeners were fed up with the BBC's control of what music was played on the radio[[note]]If radio,[[note]]If the lyrics contained a trademarked word, it was automatically rejected[[/note]], rejected[[/note]] leading to the establishment of commercial radio in TheSeventies. Pirate radio is often portrayed as the VoiceOfTheResistance, if not against the government, then against the conformity of mainstream popular culture.
28th Jan '18 10:11:32 PM Eddy1215
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}'', after his favorite station is yanked, the titular friend decides to start a pirate radio show with his friends. Unfortunately, it's not long before the [=FED=]s are on their tails.
6th Jan '18 8:19:43 PM nombretomado
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* The English-language Radio Luxembourg is a borderline case. While it was most definitely licensed to its country of origin (it was ''run by that country's government''), its transmissions were also of dubious legality in Britain (the country its transmitters were pointed towards), where UsefulNotes/TheBBC enjoyed a near-monopoly on radio and listening to unauthorised radio broadcasts was illegal. Before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Luxembourg was just one of many European cross-border commercial stations. During the war, some of them, including Luxembourg, were taken over and used to broadcast Nazi propaganda; after the war, Luxembourg was the only one that resumed commercial operations. In TheFifties, Luxembourg broadcast lots of {{Game Show}}s, most of which defected to television as soon as {{ITV}} went on the air, leaving Luxembourg as solely a music station. UsefulNotes/TheBBC developed a rivalry with Radio Luxembourg for much of TheFifties and TheSixties, especially in the arena of pop music. In fact, many BBC [=DJs=] also broadcast on Luxembourg--clearly, contracts were more lenient in those days. In 1989, a partnership between Luxembourg and RTE resulted in Atlantic 252, which broadcast to the British Isles from Ireland until 2002.

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* The English-language Radio Luxembourg is a borderline case. While it was most definitely licensed to its country of origin (it was ''run by that country's government''), its transmissions were also of dubious legality in Britain (the country its transmitters were pointed towards), where UsefulNotes/TheBBC enjoyed a near-monopoly on radio and listening to unauthorised radio broadcasts was illegal. Before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Luxembourg was just one of many European cross-border commercial stations. During the war, some of them, including Luxembourg, were taken over and used to broadcast Nazi propaganda; after the war, Luxembourg was the only one that resumed commercial operations. In TheFifties, Luxembourg broadcast lots of {{Game Show}}s, most of which defected to television as soon as {{ITV}} Creator/{{ITV}} went on the air, leaving Luxembourg as solely a music station. UsefulNotes/TheBBC developed a rivalry with Radio Luxembourg for much of TheFifties and TheSixties, especially in the arena of pop music. In fact, many BBC [=DJs=] also broadcast on Luxembourg--clearly, contracts were more lenient in those days. In 1989, a partnership between Luxembourg and RTE resulted in Atlantic 252, which broadcast to the British Isles from Ireland until 2002.
12th Oct '17 9:02:11 AM Malady
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* ''Film/TheBoatThatRocked'' ([[MarketBasedTitle known as]] ''PirateRadio'' in the US[[note]]which is the reason why this trope is called BuccaneerBroadcaster instead of that[[/note]]) is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory extremely loosely based]] on the experience of Radio Caroline (some studio props used in the movie were actually loaned from Caroline's last ship ''Ross Revenge'').

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* ''Film/TheBoatThatRocked'' ([[MarketBasedTitle known as]] ''PirateRadio'' ''Film/PirateRadio'' in the US[[note]]which is the reason why this trope is called BuccaneerBroadcaster instead of that[[/note]]) is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory extremely loosely based]] on the experience of Radio Caroline (some studio props used in the movie were actually loaned from Caroline's last ship ''Ross Revenge'').
22nd Sep '17 7:05:01 PM RaygunJustice
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* "Mexican Radio" by Music/WallofVoodoo is a tribute to the powerful AM radio stations located near the U.S.-Mexico border known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_blaster "border blasters."]]
7th Sep '17 4:00:46 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* In an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', it is learned that Hal used to run a pirate radio station when he was in college. He finds his old radio equipment and decides to restart his station.

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* In an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', it is learned that Hal used to run a pirate radio station when he was in college. He finds his old radio equipment and decides to restart his station. [[spoiler: [[RealityEnsues He ends up getting shut down by the FCC]].]]
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