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    Allan Murray
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    I was browsing youtube on video’s DJ related when i came across a few video’s on people who set up their own pirate radio stations on the FM band using low powered FM radio transmitters that broadcast on rough 10 watts.

    A large number of these stations are broadcast from towers blocks here in the Uk and are very popular within towns and cites.

    OFCOM the UK’s broadcasting regulator say these stations interfear with commerical radio, emergency services and air traffic control which in some cases they do, but normally they don’t.

    From what I’ve read the radio spectrum on FM in cites like London can be fairly crammed.

    But I am of the belief that these stations should be made legal as long as they aren’t causing any interfearence, and are not broadcasting on frequences that commerical radio station’s use.

    They are a good way in my opinion for DJ’s who DJ in there bedrooms to help get there name out there, build up a following which will help them land gigs or residencies at local bars or clubs.

    With the authorities raiding such stations and taking them off the air, I am of the belief that they are potentially damaging up and coming DJ’s chances, or only chances of success.

    As the saying goes, there’s only so much you can do with facebook, soundcloud and the likes, same applies for internet radio which isn’t as easy to listen to or locate when compared to FM radio which people have in there cars, houses, at work or on their phones.

    As illegal as it is, I believe it’s one of the best plaforms outhere for getting you’re name out there.

    Back in the 1960’s when pirate stations broadcast from ships, some of the presenters went on to broadcast on national radio.

    Instead of these people ending up with a criminal record for doing something they love, I belief the authorites need to take a hard long look in the mirror and stop damaging what could be one’s only chance of making it as a DJ or broadcaster.

    Most of these people do it for the music, not for fame or to become rich.

    Fair enough there is a few who made a lot of money from it.

    But the majority of them are only looking to serve their community and doing it for fun.

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    Alex Moschopoulos
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    I could understand the push for pirate radio in the old days…but with the internet now you can have an unlimited amount of “radio stations” and never interfere with anything.

    So my curiosity…why still push for FM transmission?

    Now I don’t know how airwaves are regulated in the UK, but in the US supposedly they are “publicly owned”. One idea would be to take the low band and designate it for amateur radio.

    One other factor though is on copyrighted material. So you’re playing music, and then when you sell ads of any sort you need to pay the appropriate channels the royalties for using the music to make money.

    #2375521

    Todd Oddity
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    Hold on. What is this FM radio thing you speak of? 😉

    But seriously, I think you may have had an argument 30 years ago, but not now. Personally, I don’t have a radio in my home anymore, so the only place I could listen would be in my car, which I don’t as I have a subscription to Sirius BMP, or I just plug in my phone and listen to music off that. I might flip over to a traffic report on the news station if I happen to be driving at rush hour, and really, that’s it for radio. More people are moving in my direction away from radio, not towards it. Why put up with advertising and cheesy morning show jocks if you don’t have to?

    I can however play an internet station on my laptop, on my television, on my tablet, on my phone (which I can connect to my car)… You get the idea. And all of these things can be anywhere I am. With high-cap data plans and public wifi spots everywhere, I see no reason to think that internet radio is not the direction things are going and that FM is rapidly dying. Plus from a broadcaster perspective, the startup costs are way lower, and it can even be done in a completely legal way so no risk of getting shut down.

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