Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Crispy Critter with the complete pirate radio setup
A BW150 transmitter. An IO2 USB mixer. A Dell desktop with 15" monitor. An SM57 Shure mic with stand and cable.
That's it. Of course, there's a cable and an antenna (Comet).
Total cost: $3700 with $3000 of that being the BW150 transmitter. That's a pro top of the line pirate TX. You can do it for far less.
Get your asses out there and set up a station. It's not hard and it's not THAT expensive.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
It doesn't get much better than this. This is why I started a pirate station in the first place. I WANTED to create an LPFM station. I got the paperwork, ordered the equipment and bam.. the NAB and NPR (yea.. NPR) closed it down with a few selectively bought off senators.
Now, it's happening. Low Power FM (LPFM) is going to be sprouting up all over the country. Thousands of stations with actual local content, interesting music and local management that give a shit about the community they're in.
It'll actually be worth buying a radio now (I don't know anyone under 30 who even owns one outside of the one they get by buying a car).
This is totally kick ass.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bill to expand community radio nationwide – the Local Community Radio Act – passed the U.S. Senate, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ). This follows Friday afternoon’s passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). The bill now awaits the President's signature.
These Congressional champions for community radio joined with the thousands of grassroots advocates and dozens of public interest groups who have fought for ten years to secure this victory for local media. In response to overwhelming grassroots pressure, Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a mandate to license thousands, of new community stations nationwide. This bill marks the first major legislative success for the growing movement for a more democratic media system in the U.S.