Talk:Pirate radio in North America

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This is the expansion page from the main topic called Pirate Radio. It was created due to space limitations on the original page. MPLX/MH 21:48, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)

why is the movie pump up the volume listed as a reference? Zmbe 07:01, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

No idea. I moved it to the 'see also' section. It could get removed altogether, I guess. Matt Deres 03:56, 26 March 2006 (UTC)


The page says that pirate radio tends to be centered around urban areas such as... Toronto, yet there's no mention of pirate radio in Canada. Does anyone have any info? Matt Deres 03:56, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

--Channel One Radio, Bakersfield CA--

  • Channel 1 FM 91 of Bakersfield, California ran 24/7/365 in the early 1970s. Powerful 24/7 volunteer on-air staff, engineered by well-known "legal" local DJs on other AM (KERN-AM 1410, KAFY-AM 550 and KUZZ-AM 970) stations, played total crazed-out rock'n'roll. DJs included Head, Suite Irene, the Emperor of Wyoming, the Moonshadow, Hot Rod and many others. Collapsed due to exhaustion, little money, restlessness and sex triangles in late 1976 after a try at cable-only and as a school.

This portion is written by Suite Irene, an on air personality at the time. Channel One was the first Progressive Rock station in the San Joaquin Valley. Steve Ling was the founder and most of our broadcasting days were at his home... With the exception of "Goldies Top Of The Strip" on Hwy 99. There, we were given a glass room in a central part of the building. We were fortunate to have equipment that broadcast a clear strong signal. We used to shut down when the FCC came to Bakersfield, but we showed up in the ratings, so the FCC knew we were there. Bakersfield teens only had Top 40 AM stations until Channel One, so the station was quite the hit. Steve Ling approached a local cable company with those ratings in hand and they approved our application. Consequently, we were legal because we were a private Subscription and therefore not governed by the FCC. It was at that point we became salesmen and copy writers in addition to our on sir shifts. There were more people that volunteered their time, everyone was very devoted to their shifts. Head (Jim Simmons). Suite Irene (Kelly Anne Tearney), Moonshadow (Eddy Tudor), Captain Casserole (Steve Ling, Owner), Kathleen (who did an oldies show, Steve Lings wife), Doctor TX (??), The Beaver (Pam Braderick), The Emperor of Wyoming (a show with Doug Roehr and Jeff Paragini), and Hot Rod (Rod Bell). Honorable Mention to Steve Ling's German Sheppard, Oblio. He only entered the control room when "Whole Lotta Love" played, so that he could howl along to the song. (As far as Chanel One's collapse, I wasn't there, but it sounds like I missed an interesting time. I left Channel One in 1977 to go to work for KUZZ Radio, followed by several years at 99 KXFM, Santa Maria. Eventually I returned to Bakersfield for about a years with KQXR Q94).

Partial list of pirate radio stations in the United States[edit]

Can someone please clean-up or remove this section as per WikiGuidelines? --Crash Underride 16:53, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Voice of the Sea Cucumber?[edit]

I find this station rather interesting. However, when I tried a google search on this station, I got no results for it other than this wikipedia page. Is there any proof that such a station existed?--Namesrich1990 (talk) 14:51, 27 November 2010 (UTC)


If this article is supposed to be about North America, why is there no mention at all of Canada? Certainly pirate radio exists (there was some kid south of Ottawa on 91.9 a few years back), quite apart from the whole TV question (Star Ray TV, for instance). 2001:5C0:1000:A:0:0:0:783 (talk) 04:12, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Pirate radio in North America/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

The article is a fair attempt to report the current events that have resulted in the proliferation of pirate radio stations in North America. I feel it needs more work though, to reflect the political goals of the movement. TwoKnives 10:21, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Last edited at 10:21, 18 February 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 03:04, 30 April 2016 (UTC)