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2nd Feb '17 5:48:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* The MyChemicalRomance concept album ''Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys'' features a DJ called Doctor Death Defying (played by [[MindlessSelfIndulgence MSI]] guitarist Steve, Righ?) who transmits pirated radio broadcasts about the Killjoy's deeds.

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* The MyChemicalRomance Music/MyChemicalRomance concept album ''Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys'' features a DJ called Doctor Death Defying (played by [[MindlessSelfIndulgence [[Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence MSI]] guitarist Steve, Righ?) who transmits pirated radio broadcasts about the Killjoy's deeds.
22nd Jan '17 4:36:54 PM MCanter89
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* [[http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/ Radio Caroline]], described in the opening section, originally broadcast from 1964-8, but made less-publicized comebacks from 1972-80 and 1983-90. 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 licence.
** Also ''many'' others from the 1950s to the 1980s, notably Radio Mercur (broadcasting to Denmark and part of Sweden), Radio Nord (broadcasting to Stockholm area in Sweden, Turku area in Finland and Åland archipelago), Radio Veronica (Netherlands), Radio London (Britain), Radio North Sea International (Netherlands and Britain) and Laser 558 (Britain and Northern Europe). And let's not forget Radio Hauraki (New Zealand), which was actually granted a licence by the New Zealand Government after three and a half years as a pirate (from a ''wooden'' ship, no less), during which time it ran aground twice and tragically lost a DJ overboard.
*** North Sea International had one of the more colourful histories. In its early days it was jammed by a British Government that was paranoid about possible interference in an upcoming election. They also ended up nearly being the ''victims'' of piracy on one occasion when a nightclub owner who had some business dealings with the owners turned up with a boatload of heavies claiming that he'd bought the ship. The crew prepared to repel boarders with {{MolotovCocktail}}s while presenter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spangles_Muldoon "Spangles Muldoon"]] (you could get away with a name like that in TheSixties) kept up an acerbic running commentary until the Dutch Navy sent a frigate to intercede. Finally, a boat-owner working for a rival radio station ''set fire to the ship'', causing the late-night DJ to put out a frantic distress call over the main antenna. (The plan had been to simply cut the ship's anchor chain so it would drift inshore and be impounded for illegal broadcasting, but the boatman came up with a "better" idea.)
*** In the 60s some stations also took over old UsefulNotes/WorldWarII anti-aircraft forts off the British coast, a couple of which were big enough to support large antennas.

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* [[http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/ Radio Caroline]], described in the opening section, originally broadcast from 1964-8, 1964–8, but made less-publicized comebacks from 1972-80 1972–80 and 1983-90. 1983–90. In the 90s '90s, it began broadcasting legally from a land-based studio via satellite and later the internet. As of 2016 2016, it's hoping to get a DAB digital radio licence.
** Also ''many'' others from the 1950s to the 1980s, notably Radio Mercur (broadcasting to Denmark and part of Sweden), Radio Nord (broadcasting to Stockholm area in Sweden, Turku area in Finland and Åland archipelago), Radio Veronica (Netherlands), Radio London (Britain), Radio North Sea International (Netherlands and Britain) Britain), and Laser 558 (Britain and Northern Europe). And let's not forget Radio Hauraki (New Zealand), which was actually granted a licence by the New Zealand Government after three and a half years as a pirate (from a ''wooden'' ship, no less), during which time it ran aground twice and tragically lost a DJ overboard.
*** North Sea International had one of the more colourful histories. In its early days it was jammed by a British Government that was paranoid about possible interference in an upcoming election. They also ended up nearly being the ''victims'' of piracy on one occasion when a nightclub owner who had some business dealings with the owners turned up with a boatload of heavies claiming that he'd bought the ship. The crew prepared to repel boarders with {{MolotovCocktail}}s {{Molotov Cocktail}}s while presenter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spangles_Muldoon "Spangles Muldoon"]] (you could get away with a name like that in TheSixties) kept up an acerbic running commentary until the Dutch Navy sent a frigate to intercede. Finally, a boat-owner working for a rival radio station ''set fire to the ship'', causing the late-night DJ to put out a frantic distress call over the main antenna. (The plan had been to simply cut the ship's anchor chain so it would drift inshore and be impounded for illegal broadcasting, but the boatman came up with a "better" idea.)
*** In the 60s '60s, some stations also took over old UsefulNotes/WorldWarII anti-aircraft forts off the British coast, a couple of which were big enough to support large antennas.



* 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 {{GameShow}}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 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Luxembourg was just one of many European cross-border commercial stations. During the war war, some of them, including Luxembourg, were taken over and used to broadcast Nazi propaganda; after the war war, Luxembourg was the only one that resumed commercial operations. In TheFifties TheFifties, Luxembourg broadcast lots of {{GameShow}}s, {{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 Luxembourg--clearly, contracts were more lenient in those days. In 1989 1989, a partnership between Luxembourg and RTE resulted in Atlantic 252, which broadcast to the British Isles from Ireland until 2002.



*** In fact in the '60s Armstrong's show was broadcast daily by almost ''all'' of the ship-based pirates off Britain as well.
** Luxy also cheerfully advertised businesses banned from advertising in Britain, or in extreme cases banned altogether, such as get-rich-quick-through-beating-the-bookies scams based in Keynsham. It still advertised cigarettes long after all radio and TV advertising for fags and cigars had been banned in Britain.

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*** In fact fact, in the '60s '60s, Armstrong's show was broadcast daily by almost ''all'' of the ship-based pirates off Britain as well.
** Luxy also cheerfully advertised businesses banned from advertising in Britain, or in extreme cases banned altogether, such as get-rich-quick-through-beating-the-bookies scams based in Keynsham. It still advertised cigarettes long after all radio and TV advertising for fags cigarettes and cigars had been banned in Britain.



* Mexican "border blasters" (or "X stations", after the fact that the call letters of Mexican stations all start with X) are another [[IncrediblyLamePun borderline]] example. They're radio stations along the US-Mexico border that take advantage of looser broadcasting restrictions and lower costs in Mexico to broadcast over very large swaths of the southwestern US. This is often to the great irritation of American stations, whose signals frequently get overwhelmed. FM border blasters were banned by mutual consent in 1972 (Mexican stations must broadcast at the same wattage as American stations), although AM blasters are still around.

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* Mexican "border blasters" (or "X stations", after the fact that the call letters of Mexican stations all start with X) are another [[IncrediblyLamePun borderline]] example. They're radio stations along the US-Mexico US–Mexico border that take advantage of looser broadcasting restrictions and lower costs in Mexico to broadcast over very large swaths of the southwestern US. This is often to the great irritation of American stations, whose signals frequently get overwhelmed. FM border blasters were banned by mutual consent in 1972 (Mexican stations must broadcast at the same wattage as American stations), although AM blasters are still around.



** In Seton Hall's case, of course, it's also a non-sexual DoubleEntendre -- the Pirates are the school's mascot.

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** In Seton Hall's case, of course, it's also a non-sexual DoubleEntendre -- the DoubleEntendre--the Pirates are the school's mascot.



* In the Midwest during the late '70s and early '80s, it was Bruce Quinn's ''Jolly Roger Radio''. They played the pirate trope to the hilt. Avast, matey, here be some Pentangle and Steeleye Span fer ye! They also had a number of promos joking about how they knew they were going to get busted. They did. Quinn later [[http://www.worldofradio.com/dxld4026.txt owned WKLU Indianapolis]] and sold it for something like six million dollars. With his wife Mitzi he now owns and operates [[http://www.whum.org/page2/ WHUM]], a noncommercial freeform station in Columbus, Indiana.
* Since the late 1970s there's been a vast underground movement of unlicensed broadcasting on shortwave radio frequencies in the US and Canada. Programming tends to be heavy on classic rock songs and homemade comedy skits (with lots of [[ToiletHumor toilet]] and drug humor), but there have been a wide array of stations over the decades. Because shortwave listening isn't very widespread, the audience is limited to radio hobbyists and other pirate operators, resulting in a huge chunk of inside jokes, particularly about certain people in the community. FCC enforcement has waxed and waned over the years, especially after their threats of heavy fines and jail time ran into legal roadblocks.

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* In the Midwest during the late '70s and early '80s, it was Bruce Quinn's ''Jolly Roger Radio''. They played the pirate trope to the hilt. Avast, matey, here be some Pentangle and Steeleye Span fer ye! They also had a number of promos joking about how they knew they were going to get busted. They did. Quinn later [[http://www.worldofradio.com/dxld4026.txt owned WKLU Indianapolis]] and sold it for something like six million dollars. With his wife Mitzi Mitzi, he now owns and operates [[http://www.whum.org/page2/ WHUM]], a noncommercial freeform station in Columbus, Indiana.
* Since the late 1970s 1970s, there's been a vast underground movement of unlicensed broadcasting on shortwave radio frequencies in the US and Canada. Programming tends to be heavy on classic rock songs and homemade comedy skits (with lots of [[ToiletHumor toilet]] {{toilet|Humor}} and drug humor), but there have been a wide array of stations over the decades. Because shortwave listening isn't very widespread, the audience is limited to radio hobbyists and other pirate operators, resulting in a huge chunk of inside jokes, particularly about certain people in the community. FCC enforcement has waxed and waned over the years, especially after their threats of heavy fines and jail time ran into legal roadblocks.



** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it broadcast anti-Nazi propaganda, even giving to the world advanced warning of the Nazi rounding up Poles and Jews and forcing them into ghettos.

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** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it broadcast anti-Nazi propaganda, even giving to the world advanced warning of the Nazi Nazis rounding up Poles and Jews and forcing them into ghettos.
1st Jan '17 3:54:23 PM faunas
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** Luxembourg wasn't fussy who or what it broadcast as long as they paid up. Prior to the pop shows starting in the early evenings, 208 was the home of a particularly repugnant American televangelist (British broadcasting law refused any sort of airtime for these people in Britain. Despite their hatred of pop and rock music as being a tainted and ungodly thing of Satan, Garner Ted Armstrong and his church had no choice but to rent airspace from the Satan-worshippers in Luxembourg to get their message into Britain.

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** Luxembourg wasn't fussy who or what it broadcast as long as they paid up. Prior to the pop shows starting in the early evenings, 208 was the home of a particularly repugnant American televangelist (British broadcasting law refused any sort of airtime for these people in Britain.Britain). Despite their hatred of pop and rock music as being a tainted and ungodly thing of Satan, Garner Ted Armstrong and his church had no choice but to rent airspace from the Satan-worshippers in Luxembourg to get their message into Britain.
23rd Nov '16 6:23:31 AM tropower
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-->The Double-T in the Morning show is brought to you by "Vicky Stinks"! Remember, Vicky stinks!
21st Oct '16 9:25:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" has Bart, Lisa and Milhouse setting up a pirate radio station, using it to spread gossip about Springfield's adults while speaking in [[BritishAccents the Queen's English]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" has Bart, Lisa and Milhouse setting up a pirate radio station, using it to spread gossip about Springfield's adults while speaking in [[BritishAccents [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents the Queen's English]].
4th Oct '16 11:52:14 AM henke37
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[[caption-width-right:350:"''[[TalkLikeAPirate Arrrrgh!!!]]'' You're listening to Blackbeard in the Morrrrning, mateys!"]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"''[[TalkLikeAPirate Arrrrgh!!!]]'' You're listening to Blackbeard [[CaptainColorbeard Blackbeard]] in the Morrrrning, mateys!"]]
16th Sep '16 9:17:55 AM StFan
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* Q-USA is a pirate video example, from ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg''.

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* Q-USA is a pirate video example, from ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg''.

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* In [[TheSpaceGypsyAdventures The Space Gypsy Adventures]], Rekki G's father is said to have once been a DJ at one of these, broadcasting from a ship orbiting the planet Zenophon.

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* In the ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' games, the player [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection receives instructions]] from a pirate radio station.
** [[TitleDrop Guess what it's named.]]
* [[GTARadio Wildstyle]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' purports to be a pirate radio station.

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* In [[TheSpaceGypsyAdventures The Space Gypsy Adventures]], ''Radio/TheSpaceGypsyAdventures'', Rekki G's father is said to have once been a DJ at one of these, broadcasting from a ship orbiting the planet Zenophon.

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* In the ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' games, the player [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection receives instructions]] from a pirate radio station.
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station. [[TitleDrop Guess what it's named.]]
* [[GTARadio [[Radio/GTARadio Wildstyle]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' purports to be a pirate radio station.




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* An entire episode of ''Sealab2021'' was centered entirely on Captain Murphy's efforts to launch a pirate radio station out of Sealab, leading to the FCC eventually destroying Sealab.

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* An entire episode of ''Sealab2021'' ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' was centered entirely on Captain Murphy's efforts to launch a pirate radio station out of Sealab, leading to the FCC eventually destroying Sealab.




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* In the Midwest during the late 70s and early 80s, it was Bruce Quinn's ''Jolly Roger Radio''. They played the pirate trope to the hilt. Avast, matey, here be some Pentangle and Steeleye Span fer ye! They also had a number of promos joking about how they knew they were going to get busted. They did. Quinn later [[http://www.worldofradio.com/dxld4026.txt owned WKLU Indianapolis]] and sold it for something like six million dollars. With his wife Mitzi he now owns and operates [[http://www.whum.org/page2/ WHUM]], a noncommercial freeform station in Columbus, Indiana.

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* In the Midwest during the late 70s '70s and early 80s, '80s, it was Bruce Quinn's ''Jolly Roger Radio''. They played the pirate trope to the hilt. Avast, matey, here be some Pentangle and Steeleye Span fer ye! They also had a number of promos joking about how they knew they were going to get busted. They did. Quinn later [[http://www.worldofradio.com/dxld4026.txt owned WKLU Indianapolis]] and sold it for something like six million dollars. With his wife Mitzi he now owns and operates [[http://www.whum.org/page2/ WHUM]], a noncommercial freeform station in Columbus, Indiana.




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4th Jul '16 5:59:00 PM Someoneman
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* ''VideoGame/RadioHammer'' is about a pirate radio station whose [=DJs=] go around [[DroptheHammer knocking troublemakers away with giant hammers]].
27th Jun '16 12:38:55 AM euan112358
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* ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': A bit of a LateArrivalSpoiler; with his Transponder Snail Soundbite on hand, the SelfInsert Jeremiah Cross gets his hands on a device that allows him to call every other Transponder Snail on the planet at once, which he uses to create a radio show called the Strawhat Broadcast Station ([[MythologyGag SBS]]).
6th Jun '16 4:02:58 AM Doug86
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* The ''Series/DangerMan'' episode "Radio Jolly Roger" featured a pirate radio station that was secretly sending messages to the DirtyCommunists from its base on an abandoned WorldWarII anti-aircraft fort in the Thames Estuary. This strange-looking structure was quite genuine, and was in fact being used by a station called Radio 390, which gets a mention in the credits. Some exterior scenes were filmed on and around the real fort, including a shot of Patrick [=McGoohan=] being winched up into the fort. Other "exterior" scenes were shot in the studio using photographic backdrops and convincing replicas of sections of the fort.

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* The ''Series/DangerMan'' episode "Radio Jolly Roger" featured a pirate radio station that was secretly sending messages to the DirtyCommunists from its base on an abandoned WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII anti-aircraft fort in the Thames Estuary. This strange-looking structure was quite genuine, and was in fact being used by a station called Radio 390, which gets a mention in the credits. Some exterior scenes were filmed on and around the real fort, including a shot of Patrick [=McGoohan=] being winched up into the fort. Other "exterior" scenes were shot in the studio using photographic backdrops and convincing replicas of sections of the fort.



** During WorldWarII, it broadcast anti-Nazi propaganda, even giving to the world advanced warning of the Nazi rounding up Poles and Jews and forcing them into ghettos.

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** During WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it broadcast anti-Nazi propaganda, even giving to the world advanced warning of the Nazi rounding up Poles and Jews and forcing them into ghettos.
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