London Pirate Radio | Maunsell Sea Forts

Following my review of “Death of a Pirate”….


A pirate radio can be described as an illegal or unregulated radio transmission. In particular, UK pirate radio [unlicensed illegal broadcasting] was popular in the 1960s and experienced another surge of interest in the 1980s, as Carole Fleming and Pete Wilby say at their research for the book The radio handbook in 2002. Talking about London, we can say that pirate radio is everywhere. Today’s broadcasts are hidden in plain sight, transmitting from secret tower block studios via homemade rooftop antennas, and we were surprised to see that one of these pirate radios is currently transmiting* from the Maunsell Sea Fort, constructed in 1943 and located in the Thames Estuary area.

Using for the London Pirate Radio the same description used for the Berlin’s one:

“There are places you won’t find in a tourist’s guide. Underground bunkers and mysterious hilltop listening stations, built to intercept radio communications.”


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By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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