Radio Survivor: Exploring and Preserving the Brooklyn Pirate Radio Scene

Check out this brilliant episode of the Radio Survivor podcast which features our Shortwaveologist friend, David Goren along with John Anderson of Brooklyn College:

(Source: Radio Survivor)

There are more unlicensed pirate radio stations in New York City than licensed stations. The borough of Brooklyn is a particular hotspot. Producer and journalist David Goren has been researching and recording these stations so that their ephemeral nature isn’t lost to history. To help preserve this legacy and make it accessible to a wider audience he’s constructing an interactive map of Brooklyn pirates, due to be released later this year.

David joins us on this episode along with Prof. John Anderson of Brooklyn College, who has been tracking and researching unlicensed radio for two decades. We discuss the unique qualities of Brooklyn pirates, and how they fulfill the needs of communities that are underserved by other media, why it’s important to preserve their legacies, and why the expansion of low-power FM failed to provide sufficient opportunities in cities like New York.

Click here to listen on SoundCloud.

Also, check out the Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map funding page!

7 thoughts on “Radio Survivor: Exploring and Preserving the Brooklyn Pirate Radio Scene

  1. Mike Hansgen

    This presentation is among the most interesting explorations of radio communications I have heard in some time. Thanks to Radio Survivor, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Goren for an hour of well – informed discussion on this topic.

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    1. david goren

      Not at the moment…for years there was Radio Moschiach from the Lubavitcher Hasidic community in Crown Heights…variously on 1620, 1640 1700 and 1710 khz. There is a Guyanese part 15 station on 1620 which can be heard for a few miles.

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  2. david goren

    Not at the moment…for years there was Radio Moschiach from the Lubavitcher Hasidic community in Crown Heights…variously on 1620, 1640 1700 and 1710 khz. There is a Guyanese part 15 station on 1620 which can be heard for a few miles.

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