Pirate Radio in History

Historical Events

  • 1953-07-26 Cuban pirate radio station's 1st transmission at Santiago de Cuba

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1958-08-18 Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1964-03-27 1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England)
  • 1964-03-28 1st pirate radio station near England (Radio Caroline)

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1965-12-26 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1966-04-04 Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • 1966-05-14 1st reported monitoring of pirate radio station WBBH (NJ)
  • 1966-11-25 Pirate Radio Station 390 (Radio Invicta) closes down (reopen 12/31)
  • 1966-12-29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Mass)
  • 1966-12-31 Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting
  • 1967-02-08 Pirate Radio UKGM (England) closes down
  • 1967-02-12 Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting
  • 1967-03-16 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) ship breaks down
  • 1967-07-23 Pirate Radio Swinging Scotland closes down for financial reasons
  • 1967-07-28 Pirate Radio Station 390 (Radio Invicta) (England) closes down
  • 1967-08-04 British pirate radio station Radio 355 resigns air
  • 1967-08-05 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down
  • 1967-08-14 British pirate radio station Radio 270 broadcast from an offshore lugger, is forced to close down
  • 1967-08-15 UK's Marine Offences Bill making pirate radio stations a crime goes into effect, pirate station Radio 355 closes down
  • 1967-12-24 Pirate Radio Pegasus starts broadcasting off New Zealand
  • 1968-02-28 Pirate Radio Hauraki, off NZ, returns to the air
  • 1968-03-01 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • 1968-03-31 Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins transmitting
  • 1968-05-03 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
  • 1968-05-19 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard
  • 1968-08-15 Pirate Radio Free London begins transmitting
  • 1968-09-01 Pirate Radio Marina (Netherlands) begins transmitting
  • 1968-12-01 Pirate Radio Modern (259) (England) begins transmitting
  • 1969-01-10 Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
  • 1969-03-01 Pirate Radio 259 begins operation off the French coast
  • 1969-05-01 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting
  • 1969-06-21 1st reported hearing of pirate radio WGHP (With God's Help Peace)
  • 1973-09-19 Pirate Radio Free America (off Cape May NJ) forms
  • 1974-08-31 Pirate Radio Veronica moves into Scheveningen harbor
  • 1974-09-01 Dutch law against pirate radio goes into effect
  • 1975-12-14 WCPR (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1976-02-07 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • 1977-12-31 WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1979-04-19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)
  • 1980-03-20 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks
  • 1980-09-27 WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM
  • 1983-02-26 Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • 1986-06-22 Pirate Radio Euro Weekend (Holland) begins transmitting
  • 1987-07-23 RNI (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1989-07-06 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WHOT in Brooklyn
  • 1989-11-06 US marshals & FCC sieze pirate radio station WJPL in Brooklyn
  • 1990-09-16 Pirate Radio NY International begins transmissions on WWCR