Lying Media Bastards

June 13, 2005

Don’t Kill Your Television

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Some years back there was a pirate radio station in Los Angeles called Pirate Cat Radio, run by a single guy who called himself Monkey Man. It was mostly music. One of the unique things about Pirate Cat Radio was that Monkey believed that due to some loophole in FCC regulations, that his broadcast was actually legal. I think he argued that as long as you had submitted an application for an FCC license that you were able to broadcast legally until that license was approved or denied, at which point you could just file another application. Nice argument, but I’m pretty sure he was kidding himself. Still, woo-hoo for non-corporate radio.

At some point, Monkey moved to San Francisco and took Pirate Cat with him, and seems to have blossomed into a multi-DJ station with some amount of political content.

But I was very surprised to hear that Monkey has also expanded out into the near-barren field of pirate television, with Pirate Cat TV. Apparently it’s a shoestring operation, with a library of video files on a computer that simply plays them and sends them out over the airwaves. Monkey seems to think that this pirate broadcast is legal as well.

I haven’t listened to it, but you can hear an interview with Monkey about PCTV on Free Radio Santa Cruz by clicking here.

Posted by Jake on June 13, 2005 8:46 am

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