The strict definition of a pirate radio
station is a station that operates from sovereign territory without a broadcasting license, or just beyond the territorial waters
of a sovereign nation
from on board a ship or other marine structure with the intention of broadcasting to that nation without obtaining a broadcasting license from that nation (such as Radio Caroline
before its present incarnation).
Pirate radio by Cuban exiles
Unlike the sanctioned and fully licensed transmissions by the United States government, a number of groups in exile, mainly based in Florida
, have attempted various offshore radio broadcasts to Cuba, from time to time. These stations are mainly short lived and sporadic in transmission times, but because their broadcasts are not licensed by any nation, their signals are considered to be from pirate radio stations
and the USA has taken various physical and legal steps to close them down at different times.
Pirate radio in Mexico
The most recent example of a true pirate radio station in Mexico is La Tremenda 106.5
in Nuevo Laredo
. It broadcast international contemporary music and news in Spanish and English. It used the fictitious U.S. callsign "KLPR" on its logo. The station began operations in May 2006, was shutdown in June 2008 by the federal police
in a "violent" take over. It was suspected that the signal was also used for transmitting messages of members of organized crime. The station is back... Read More