Making Waves: Pirate Radio

Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 5:00am

Event Info

Admission

$5; Free for teachers and students with ID

Venue

University of Chicago - Mandel Hall

1131 East 57th Street

Chicago, 

IL 

60637

Presenter

Chicago Humanities Festival
312-661-1028

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Pirate radio—illegal or unregulated radio transmission—holds a special place in broadcasting history. In its British heyday in the 1960s, entrepreneurs and music enthusiasts began broadcasting pop and rock music from offshore ships and unused sea forts. Stations proliferated, meeting the daily demand of 10 to 15 million British listeners and ultimately cracking the BBC’s virtual monopoly of radio. Adrian Johns, a historian at the University of Chicago, recounts this exciting period of action on the high seas, revealing how pirates changed not only British radio history but also all of broadcasting.