July 5, 2013 AT 1:04 pm

NYC had a pirate Caribbean radio station for 10 years (shut down this weekend) #K104.7

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Station Had Listeners, Just Not a License – NYTimes.com.

The Caribbean music that bleeds into the Top 40 sounds came from the Bronx and Brooklyn version of 104.7, the FM frequency on which a pirate radio station, 104.7 the Fire Station, has squatted for at least the past decade. It has colorful DJs, live special guests, commercials and devoted listeners. What it does not have is a Federal Communications Commission license for its frequency.

… dislodging pirate radio operators from the airwaves may be no more useful an exercise than playing Whac-A-Mole: dozens, if not hundreds, of underground radio operators crowd the FM dial in New York, mainly in neighborhoods like Flatbush, Brooklyn, where immigrant communities clamor to hear dance hall and soca Caribbean music and news from home.

Some flicker on and off, beholden to no set schedule and no one frequency; others are more established operations, with Web sites, revenue from commercials and fan bases. The Fire Station had regular shows and ran around the clock on weekends, playing in the afternoons and evenings during weekdays.


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  1. OMG that brings back memories.
    Well the satute of limitations is up on this one so ….

    Years ago, a friend of mine and I sorta helped a bunch of HS kids (when we were in HS) put WCPR aka WFAT on the air in Brooklyn. They were the most infamous of Pirate radio stations on the air in the 70′s.

    We gave them an old Collins ‘ham’ transmitter made in the late 40′s or early 50′s. It had 807′s in the final and 4 6L6′s in the modulator. Put out about 100 watts on the upper end of the AM BC band (using the 160 meter plug in coils). That rig was one that our radio club failed to sell at the ‘Hall of Science’ radio club flea market.

    The two enterprising kids strung up a long wire antenna between two 22 story apartment buildings and hooked the transmitter up to their stereo. The rest is history.

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