Pirate Radio

Pirate radio stations are illegal, pretty much unregulated and often short-lived. But Pirate Cat Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area was on the air for 14 years, until last summer when the FCC caught up with its founder.

This aired on The California Report magazine on September 10. There’s a slideshow on their website.

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Molly Samuel

Molly joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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