History Main / BuccaneerBroadcaster

23rd Mar '16 2:22:30 PM DaibhidC
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* The Runrug song "Hearthammer", about growing up in TheSixties, refers to "Lying under the covers, radio on/Settle down with Caroline as she sailed all summer long".
20th Mar '16 10:35:54 PM LeeM
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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.



* [[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.

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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.
2nd Dec '15 8:05:03 AM DaibhidC
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* In the "Muppet TV" segments of ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', the Muppets' broadcasts were sometimes disrupted by Gorilla Television (a play on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerrilla_television guerrilla television]]) who hated commercial media such as the Muppets.
8th Nov '15 6:29:08 AM EDP
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* Unbelievably enough, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Radio Radio Vaticana]] (Vatican City official radio station) does it:
** 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.
** More recently, Radio Vaticana's non-Italian language broadcasts, transmitted from incredibly powerful repeaters, overwrote normal broadcasts on Italian radios on the same frequency and even invaded ''door phones'' too close to the repeaters, leading to multiple lawsuits and Anonymous shutting down their website.
3rd Jun '15 6:47:58 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''JetSetRadio'' games, the player [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection receives instructions]] from a pirate radio station.

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* In the ''JetSetRadio'' ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' games, the player [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection receives instructions]] from a pirate radio station.
28th May '15 6:54:50 PM RAraya
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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 record companies' control of what music was played on the radio. 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 record companies' BBC's control of what music was played on the radio.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.
23rd Nov '14 5:17:28 AM Patachou
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* ''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'').
* In ''BornInFlames'', two different [[StrawFeminist radical feminist]] groups voice their concerns to the public with pirate radio stations. One group, led by an outspoken white lesbian, operates "Radio Ragazza". The other group, led by a soft-spoken African-American, operates "Phoenix Radio".

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* ''TheBoatThatRocked'' ''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'').
* In ''BornInFlames'', ''Film/BornInFlames'', two different [[StrawFeminist radical feminist]] groups voice their concerns to the public with pirate radio stations. One group, led by an outspoken white lesbian, operates "Radio Ragazza". The other group, led by a soft-spoken African-American, operates "Phoenix Radio".



* In an episode of ''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.
* ''RadioFreeRoscoe'', about four teenagers who set up a pirate station in order to provide an alternative to their high school's radio station.
* ''OnTheRocks'' was an obscure British kids' show from the 70s about a pirate TV station operating from a remote lighthouse.

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* In an episode of ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', ''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.
* ''RadioFreeRoscoe'', ''Series/RadioFreeRoscoe'', about four teenagers who set up a pirate station in order to provide an alternative to their high school's radio station.
* ''OnTheRocks'' ''Series/OnTheRocks'' was an obscure British kids' show from the 70s about a pirate TV station operating from a remote lighthouse.



* ''RockNAmerica'' was an 80s MusicVideo show starring Rick Ducommun as a TV pirate.

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* ''RockNAmerica'' ''Series/RockNAmerica'' was an 80s MusicVideo show starring Rick Ducommun as a TV pirate.
22nd Nov '14 10:59:18 PM bluesno1fann
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* The Who's album ''The Who Sell Out'' is intended to be a pirate radio broadcast, complete with fake commercials.

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* The Who's Music/TheWho's album ''The Who Sell Out'' ''Music/TheWhoSellOut'' is intended to be a pirate radio broadcast, complete with fake commercials.


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10th Nov '14 8:55:17 PM LeeM
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** Also ''many'' others from the 1950s to the 1980s, notably Radio Merkur (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. Nearly all of them had the boat sink at one point (they usually had NoBudget and the boats tended to be [[TheAllegedCar a bit careworn at best]]) but North Sea are the only ones to ever have employees of a rival radio station ''set fire to it'', causing the late-night DJ to put out a frantic distress call over the main antenna. 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.
*** In the 60s some stations also took over old UsefulNotes/WorldWarII anti-aircraft forts off the British coast, some of which were big enough to support large antennas.

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** Also ''many'' others from the 1950s to the 1980s, notably Radio Merkur 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. Nearly all of them had the boat sink at one point (they usually had NoBudget and the boats tended to be [[TheAllegedCar In its early days it was jammed by a bit careworn at best]]) but North Sea are the only ones to ever have employees of a rival radio station ''set fire to it'', causing the late-night DJ to put out a frantic distress call over the main antenna.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.
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, some a couple of which were big enough to support large antennas.
24th Jul '14 1:00:08 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* A small-scale, single-program operation in the original anime of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' happens to be another front for the Dark Kingdom's energy theft schemes.
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