I've been thinking: why do we do Pirate Radio?

What's the motivation? Why do we keep bringing it up after the FCC visits and closes us down? Part of it comes from knowing that they don't really have alot of power to stop us. But we also know they'll never stop. It is, after all, the government. They never get tired, and they never forget.

But if we stay swift and unkown, there's no reason we can't outlast them and grow Pirate Radio to the point where it's so big, it has to be made legal, and something the government no longer is able to shut down. Eventually, they'll have to find a way to make it legal and 'legit'. But only if we stay true to our belief that it's important and has to continue on.

Monk started out as a guy with a transmitter in his basement, but that guys long gone. What he is now is group of people, with on of that group becoming leader and taking on the personality of Monk for a period of time, running the station, helping to grow it, and then passing on the name and the dream to the next group that comes in to continue with the cause.

That's how to make Boulder Free Radio (or any free radio station), in a way, immortal. The "Monk" of the moment is who the the person who has responsibility (and technically, ownership) of the equipment. Each Monk passes it all on to the next Monk, and the station continues on.

This structure gives the group cohesion and continuity. It's something you might want to try if you want to create a community station that lasts beyond the presonality of a few of the original founders.


"Monk is a ghost and in many ways, many people"


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