The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map

Fundraising campaign by David Goren
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The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map (BPRSM) documents a homegrown cultural phenomenon at once aesthetically vibrant, technologically tumultuous, and undeniably illegal. Every night, over 25 stations take to the air transmitting a wide array of programming to the West Indian Community. For the past six years, I’ve been recording the local pirate radio activity from my home in Flatbush Brooklyn while seeking out station owners and listeners on both sides of the legal divide to dig into the history and understand the context in which these stations thrive.

This high level of radio activity goes back at least to the early 90’s when unlicensed radio stations, popularly called pirates, began popping up on the local FM broadcast band. Originating from secret studios scattered around Brooklyn, they transmit adjacent to and often right on top of legal stations. This creates a certain amount of risk for the pirate operators, but the combination of cheap FM transmitters, and the sheer number of stations have offered a sort of protection from an understaffed FCC enforcement division.These stations face additional challenges and risks as the FCC implements a crackdown, along with new federal legislation The PIRATE Act. (Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement)

The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map is the first phase of a multimedia documentary project which launched in 2017 with the help of funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). An interactive online sound map containing archival recordings of the pirate stations is paired with a four part historical essay tracing the development of Brooklyn pirate radio through interviews, and sound recordings. In addition, I have produced two documentaries about pirate radio in Brooklyn and New York City: Outlaws of the Airwaves: The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBAD and New York City's Pirates of the Air.

The map was initially funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council. I am seeking additional funding to continue my research, continue to add new features to the map, and expand the map to the other pirate radio neighborhoods of Queens, the Bronx and the working class suburbs of New Jersey.

Rewards

Heartfelt thanks (!) and acknowledgement on website.

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5 limited edition postcards featuring BPRSM original artwork by Jeff Murray

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A specially curated 60 minute CD or Sound File of Brooklyn Pirate Radio recordings.

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Live Zoom radio listening session and chat about Brooklyn Pirate Radio

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Socially Distanced Two Hour Walking and Listening Tour Through Flatbush

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  • David Goren
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Donors

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  • Mike Rohde
  • Donated on Jan 04, 2020
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  • Anonymous
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  • A great project documenting the voice of the people!

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58 donors
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  • Mike Rohde
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jan 02, 2019
  • A great project documenting the voice of the people!

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US$1,046.00
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58 Donors

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