Nearly all of the people who worked or worked for BBC Radio 1, including Pete Tong, Danny Rampling, Gils Peterson and John Peel began as employees of pirated broadcasts. Since the 60s of the last century, pirate radio has become home to the underground music itself. By rough estimates, 200 pirate stations are successfully operating in England, of which more than 80 are in London alone.
Pirate radio got its name from the illegal stations of the 60s, which were broadcast from ships in the North Sea and the English Channel. The most famous were Radio Carolina and Radio London (from which Radio 1 lured almost all the disc jockeys in 1967 to its founding), as well as Radio Luxembourg, based on land. Continue reading