World: Of Skulls & Crossbones

A daring Dane beat Denmark's state radio monopoly with Europe's first illegal maritime transmitter way back in 1958. He was copied by a handful of Swedes, Norwegians and Dutchmen, but it was left to the bold and buccaneering nation that fathered Sir Francis Drake and Captain Kidd to make pirate radios into big business and a national British pastime to boot. From creaky ferries, minesweepers, freighters and abandoned World War II antiaircraft towers just outside the three-mile limit, impudent stations such as Radio Caroline and Radio London blast out the siren songs of the Beatles, the Stones, Ella, Frankie, Dylan, Gardol...

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