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Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Discussion pertaining to Detroit, Ann Arbor, Port Huron, and SW Ontario
RadioKev
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Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by RadioKev » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:52 pm

Detroit had a few on the west side of Detroit at 96.7 ID as WIBK that played Top 40 and 106.3 that was Latino Top 40 and 94.3 in Warren that was Hard Rock and another in Harper Woods that was known as Oldies 108 (107.9) that was 60’s and 70’s



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by deadend » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:54 pm

I find this topic very interesting. I hope a lot of people chime in. When was the last time there was a pirate station in the area? There was one in Toledo about a year or so ago that was talked about on this board.



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by Mega Hertz » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:16 pm

I'm hard pressed to remember any of pirate stations but I'm interested in hearing more about them.


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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by Radiobingoking » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:12 am

Back in the late 60's or early 70's I have vague recollections of a pirate station on the AM dial near 1460. The best known one was Radio New York International at 1610 AM. I heard that station many times in Michigan.


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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by RadioKev » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:59 am

More recently I have heard of one on am1710 possibly from the New York area ,but now with all the FM translators DXIng pirates is impossible on FM .



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by bjmcdevitt » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:22 pm

There was a pirate in the late 90s in Howell with the call sign WFLR. They operated for almost 2 years before WHMI then owner Greg Jablonski ratted them out to the FCC. From what I can recall, Jablonski actually heard the broadcast when visiting a downtown store. They were pretty brazen and even had bumper stickers printed up.


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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by RadioKev » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:04 am

I do recall that station when I worked in Farmington Hills as a driver for Westside Reprographics I did a lot of deliveries in that area I did hear them a lot.



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by Steve79 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:18 am

I remember many pirate stations in the mid to late 90's
90.3 Detroit - Radio Santidad - Religious Hispanic
92.7 Detroit - La poderosa - Regional Mexican
92.7 Unknown - "U-Rock" - Rock
94.3 Detroit - Radio Emmanuel - Religious Hispanic
95.9 Detroit - La Maquina Musical - Regional Mexican - was shut down and there was an article about it in the FreePress
97.5 Detroit - Mexican/Religious
107.9 Detroit - La Gigante Caribe - Tropical

These were all on the air about the same time 1998-ish



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by ftballfan » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:41 pm

Grand Rapids had some. The biggest signal had to be the Spanish Religious station on 104.9 that was on for a few years. Wonder if it's somehow related to one of two Spanish Religious LPFMs that have come on in the last couple of years



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by deadend » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:35 pm

[quote=Steve79 post_id=550537 time=1541693918 user_id=65]
I remember many pirate stations in the mid to late 90's
90.3 Detroit - Radio Santidad - Religious Hispanic
92.7 Detroit - La poderosa - Regional Mexican
92.7 Unknown - "U-Rock" - Rock
94.3 Detroit - Radio Emmanuel - Religious Hispanic
95.9 Detroit - La Maquina Musical - Regional Mexican - was shut down and there was an article about it in the FreePress
97.5 Detroit - Mexican/Religious
107.9 Detroit - La Gigante Caribe - Tropical

These were all on the air about the same time 1998-ish
[/quote]

Where all these religious/Mexican pirate stations the same guy/people just jumping from frequency to frequency perhaps?



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by Mickey Lolich » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:20 pm

Let's hear it for RadioKev! I don't know where you came from, Kev, but you are starting some great topics.


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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by RadioKev » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:50 pm

Believe it or not I do recall another pirate at 87.9 that was Down River Detroit still in the City limits around Zug Island that was Contemporary Christian and that was around 2007 just before I retired.



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by RadioKev » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:51 pm

By the way thanks Mickey for the compliment.



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by kc8yqq » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:34 am

There was a 97.7 in Adrian that got out well. Here is one link I found about it (there are more to be found): http://www.cnn.com/US/9612/16/rebel.preacher/index.html



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Re: Pirate Radio in the 90’s

Post by RadioKev » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:39 pm

Great article Thanks for the read.



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