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40 Watts from Nowhere: A Journey Into Pirate Radio

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ISBN13: 9780743229883
ISBN10: 0743229886
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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.

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"Carpenter has penned an endearing if flawed memoir about running a pirate radio station out of her Los Angeles apartment for three years...[H]er frank, often funny narrative is easily absorbed, and the story's a good one." Publishers Weekly

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"[A] credible mate to On the Road and the Fear and Loathing books in the ranks of insurgent outsiderdom." Booklist

Synopsis:

The remarkable story of a young woman's underdog adventure in the wild world of pirate radio — a perfectly timed antidote to the attacks on free speech now and an insight into the meltdown of the music industry.

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.

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sk8star46, January 10, 2007 (view all comments by sk8star46)
Great read....pirate radio is a dream of mine...maybe now I know how to...and not to...make it work
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743229883
Subtitle:
A Journey into Pirate Radio
Author:
Carpenter, Sue
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Radio
Subject:
Pirate radio broadcasting
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Series Volume:
P60-224
Publication Date:
20040203
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 11.824 oz

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Product details 240 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743229883 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Carpenter has penned an endearing if flawed memoir about running a pirate radio station out of her Los Angeles apartment for three years...[H]er frank, often funny narrative is easily absorbed, and the story's a good one."
"Review" by , "[A] credible mate to On the Road and the Fear and Loathing books in the ranks of insurgent outsiderdom."
"Synopsis" by , The remarkable story of a young woman's underdog adventure in the wild world of pirate radio — a perfectly timed antidote to the attacks on free speech now and an insight into the meltdown of the music industry.
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