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40 Watts from Nowhere: A Journey Into Pirate Radio

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When law office receptionist Sue Carpenter first asked how she might start her own radio station, everyone laughed. Getting on the air (legitimately) in San Francisco was a multimillion-dollar ambition. But in 1995, with the help of a few subversive techies and pirate-radio gurus, Sue built her first transmitter in her hilltop San Francisco apartment and launched KPBJ, enlisting friends as DJs. A few months later, Sue landed a magazine job in Los Angeles, took her transmitter with her, and established KBLT.

From these humble beginnings KBLT emerged as one of L.A.'s best-loved radio stations, staffed with more than a hundred DJs and supported by major music labels eager to reach a different kind of audience. The station expanded its playlist from indie rock to an eclectic mix of jazz, hip-hop, electronica, and countless other styles. In the three and a half years before the FCC finally caught up with Sue, KBLT went from interviewing unknowns to hosting live performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers — without ever leaving Sue's apartment.

40 Watts from Nowhere is Sue's frank and hilarious account of her bizarre double life during the height of California's pirate-radio boom: journalist by day, counterculture icon by night. It's an amazing true story, one that will instantly appeal to music fans — and free spirits — everywhere.

About the Author

Sue Carpenter is currently a feature writer for the Los Angeles Times and a senior contributor to Jane magazine. Her writing has also appeared in such publications as George, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416569602
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General Biography
Author:
Carpenter, Sue
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Radio
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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