Dread Broadcasting Corporation

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Dread Broadcasting Corporation
First air date1981
Last air date1984

Dread Broadcasting Corporation (DBC) was a west London pirate radio station established in 1981, founded by DJ Lepke.[1]

DBC has been credited as Britain's first black music radio station,[2][3] and eventually featured DJs like Neneh Cherry,[4] and Ranking Miss P.[1] Joe Strummer of The Clash even made a guest appearance on the station, playing reggae, soul and R&B.[5][6]

Following more than one arrest, DBC ceased broadcasting in 1984.


  • Striving To Be Free / It's A Sign 12" Single 1982
  • Dread Broadcasting Corporation 2xCD (Trojan Records)


  1. ^ a b Rouse, Rose (1985-04-25). "Guardian Women: Dread vox / Profile of Ranking Miss P, BBC Radio One's first reggae disc jockey". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Dennis, Tony (23 October 1981). "Black Pirates in the Grove". Time Out. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ BBC - 1Xtra - Black History Month - 1980
  4. ^ PFF 2005
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVMUdl9T2Zw Joe Strummer's Radio Clash, Part one
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYLNPkoBPNc Radio Clash, Part Two.

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