Radio

Famous Pirate Media Hijacking Incidents

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In 1972, video collective Videofreex launched the first pirate TV station with the help of a transmitter given to them by activist Abbie Hoffman. Throughout the late ‘70s, the underground group “attempted to harness the democratic power of portable video.” BAMcinemaFest is honoring their fascinating chapter in media history today, which includes a Q&A with members of the collective. There’s a long and weird history of artists and citizens hijacking television and radio broadcasts, which we touch upon, below.
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Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” Rollout Is Even More Badass Than You Think

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There’s a moment towards the end of Rihanna’s game-changing performance of “Bitch Better Have My Money” at last night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards where Bad Girl Ri Ri struts towards the end of the stage, past the shrieking fans set in place for the show’s broadcast. Exuding wealth in a campy yet powerful way via kelly green fur and pleather, Rihanna reaches the end of the platform, where the stage meets banquet tables. She grins. The camera pans out. Nick Jonas applauds.
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“Do It Now”: Ira Glass’ Comforting, Terrifying Advice for Journalists

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Earlier this year, the radio classic This American Life moved away from its longtime distributor, Public Radio International (PRI), to an independent model. Ira Glass, the show’s host and producer, has been doing more rounds in the press of late, discussing where the show is after 17 years, and where he is at this point as a journalist. The takeaway from the New York Times profile earlier this month was that Glass is, literally, dancing as fast as he can, working as both professional talking head (the bulk of his income comes from speaking appearances) and as the soul of a really good radio show when he’s not harboring dreams of Broadway. Whew!
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