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I just wanted to mention, so as to recommend, a really good movie that I saw over the weekend. I finally got a chance to see Pirate Radio (2009). It’s a movie chronicling one of the popular pirate radio stations that illegally broadcasted to the U.K. in the 1960s. More inside.

Unbelievably, the BBC used to broadcast only 30 minutes of pop music per day. This was happening, as the film points out, during the Golden Age for British rock (during the rise of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who). So ships used to anchor offshore and illegally transmit the music, that the BBC wouldn’t, to the mainland. It’s no surprise that more than half of the British population was listening to pirate radio at that time.

I highly recommend this movie if you haven’t seen it. I’m not just saying that because I am a radio DJ. It was so well done. In honor of the movie I’m gonna say I quite fancied it, it was lovely and brilliant. By the way, I wasn’t a DJ illegally broadcasting from a ship in the 1960s (that is so rock n’ roll!). These guys were treated like rock stars themselves. I can’t relate to that but I can relate to their passion for music. These DJs were willing to live on a ship, detached from civilization, in order to share the music they loved with their countrymen. The rock star worship thing probably helped too (that was a pretty good deal every other Saturday- watch the film). It was so inspiring I threw an old British rock record on afterwards (The Faces on vinyl). I felt like my living room was an old portal radio studio.

Needless to say, I am very inspired for work today. Radio Rock lives on (in my head at least for today Bozeman, hope you like the classics!)

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