Radio Pirates Get Screen Time

‘The Boat That Rocked’ is a ‘fictionalized’ look at an illegal 1960s radio station in the North Sea
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Those raffish, sexy radio pirates!

“The Boat That Rocked” is a release from Universal Pictures with a serious film pedigree (it stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others). Watch the trailer via YouTube. The movie hasn’t opened in the U.S. yet (coming in August, apparently) but is being seen in the U.K.

Based on the trailer, the radio pirates are the outlandish, whacky, sexy good guys, while the stuffy law-enforcing bureaucrats are ... well ... stuffy and law-enforcing. The rather lengthy trailer seems to pretty much tell the tale.

Meanwhile if you’re interested in a flavor of the real thing, check out photos on this site of Radio Caroline. As one colleague puts it, “I’m really impressed by the nearly 300 foot antenna on the boat and also the seagoing installation of the 50 kW RCA Ampliphase transmitter.”


The Value of Radio Screens

RDS RadioText has been used for a decade or more now to display "now playing" information on the receiver screen. Most implementations of digital radio expand and build on such uses for metadata, however, and many stations are still trying to figure out how best to use the screen that comes with many DAB receivers.