Showing posts from May, 2009

A rare DOUBLE Pirate bust in Boulder, CO

I heard from my friends in Colorado that the two (yes, two.. apparently there have been two Pirate Radio stations operating in Boulder the last several months) that the FCC shut them both down.

First: Impressive for a town the size of Boulder to actually HAVE two stations.

Second: I think that's a first (2 pirate stations busted in one night in one town). I could be wrong, but I suspect it's a first.

When I hear more I'll post it here.

How to create your own pirate radio station: The short form.

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The Future of Radio?

Great post from Jerry Del Colliano's Inside Music Media blog. I think he's got a very interesting take on the future of radio.

The blog is here.

Full text of the post below:
In the past, radio was the best and only way to get "immediate" or at least timely information about world news. There was no CNN. No email to communicate with loved ones. Radio was a lifeline.

Today, radio is defined by ...

Scaled down workforces.

"Local" programming from out of town -- out of state and across the nation.

"Local" news from regional newsrooms to save money.

"Local" decisions made by corporate officers somewhere else.

No Internet strategy.

No mobile content plan.

No fun. No focus. No future.

That's radio today as consolidators are changing the face of broadcasting to suit their needs -- shrink the business so they can remain in business.

But it is my view that what is expedient for consolidato…

FCC is insisting it can search your house WITHOUT A WARRENT

From Wired Magazines 'Threat Level" column:

Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online
FCC’s Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts

* By Ryan Singel Email Author
* May 21, 2009 |

You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it.

That’s the upshot of the rules the agency has followed for years to monitor licensed television and radio stations, and to crack down on pirate radio broadcasters. And the commission maintains the same policy applies to any licensed or unlicensed radio-frequency device.

“Anything using RF energy — we have the right to inspect it to make sure it is not causing interference,” says FCC spokesman David Fiske. That includes devices like Wi-Fi routers that use unlicensed spectrum, Fiske says.

The FCC claims it derives its warrantless search power…