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In the 21st century, it might seem strange to imagine that so many people put so much effort into radio stations that broadcast for a few hours each week. Nowadays, pirate radio stations are generally perceived as being run as an ego trip for the operator, with precious few listeners. There are so many legitimate stations today, that there's little reason for non-anoraks to bother listening to pirates. This has not always been the case. In fact the radio listener today should thank the popularity of many waves of pirates from the 60s to the 80s for forcing the authorities to give in and licence more stations.

For those not familiar with how British radio got to where it is today, read on...

The Government takes control

The Continental Stations

The Pirates set sail

In Breach of the Law

Trees & Tower Blocks

Individual histories of many of the land based pirate stations can be found in the ARCHIVE section of this web-site.


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