MRR Radio #1884

  • Date: November 12, 2023
  • DJ(s): Hilmar
Ruth Schwartz, Jeff Bale, and Tim Yohannan — the MRR Radio crew at KPFA in Berkeley, CA in 1982 (photo by Jeanne Hansen)

On this week’s MRR Radio, guest DJ Hilmar spins from the history of punk pirate radio.

This time again from Leipzig located in the former German Democratic Republic. Punk songs were being played on the radio since 1976 perhaps. Only it was mostly radio DJs belonging to another generation who would play them. John Peel, for example, in London. Radio wasn’t so easily accessible to punks, there were pirate radio stations in Europe in the late ’70s and community radio or college radio in the US, but it wasn’t as easy as gluing together a fanzine or putting together a compilation tape. There was a stronger pirate radio movement in countries like Italy or the Netherlands… but of course I start with MRR in itself. As we know, it all started as a radio show in April 1977. Write to me if you know more about those dark ages before the internet.

Signals from above & MRR Radio
HÜSKER DÜ – Signals from Above
MIDDLE CLASS – Out of Vogue
DEAD KENNEDYS – A Child and His Lawn Mower
Italy:  Contra la pace contra la guerra – Radio Alice etc
RAF PUNK –  Contra la pace contra la guerra
PEGGIO PUNX – Solitudine
I REFUSE IT  – Frecce Avvelenate Sul Comitato Disastri
Netherlands & Belgium: Radio Vrije Keyser & Radio Dood, Radio Alternative
THE EX – Six of One and Half a Dozen of the Other
RONDOS – Countdown and Twist
BTD – Redding
CHAINSAW – Z’heroes Guts
England: John Peel and pirate radio
CRASS – Shaved Women
GDR + Berlin: Radio Utopia, Dt64 & Parocktikum
L’ATTENTAT – Demonstration
0815 – Siloleben
SCHLEIM-KEIM – Schwarzrotgold
Yugoslavia: Radio Študent in Ljubljana
TOŽIBABE – Ko Boš Prišel
Switzerland: Radio LoRa & Speed Air Play + Japan
THE COMES – Factory
SPERMA – Radio
France: Lyon, Heimat-Los, Radio Canut
Western Germany: Der Ball ist rund & Radio Hafenstrasse
HACKE-PETERS – Alles zu seiner Zeit
SLIME – Linke Spiesser
RAZZIA – Kaiserwetter
Norway: Blitz, RadiOrakel & Barrikaderock
STENGTE DORER – Hver Dag er en perfekt dag
DØDSDØMT- Det med plast på
Sweden: Ny Våg & Missbrukarna
MISSBRUKARNA – Jag skiter v​ä​l i dig
ANTI CIMEX – Anti Cimex

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CJSF, 90.1FM in Burnaby, BC, Canada
Fridays at 5:00 am and Wednesday nights (Thursday morning) at 1:00 am

CKDU, 88.1 FM in Halifax, NS, Canada
Sundays at 3:00 am

Free Radio Santa Cruz, 101.3 FM in Santa Cruz, CA
Mondays at 1:30 pm and Fridays 10:00 am – noon

Freies Sender Kombinat (FSK), 93.0 FM / 101.4 Cable in Hamburg, Germany and streamed online
Monday nights (Tuesday morning) at 12:00 am

KBGA-FM 89.9 FM in Missoula, MT
Fridays at 11:00 pm

KCSB-FM, 91.9 FM in Santa Barbara, CA
Fridays at 5:00 am

KZUM-FM, 89.3 FM in Lincoln, NE
Sunday nights (Monday morning) at 1:00 am
Airing MRR Radio in Lincoln since 1983! Cheers to Rich D.

KBOG, 97.9 FM in Bandon, OR
Saturday nights (Sunday morning) at 1:00 am

KFCF, 88.1 FM from Merced to Delano
Monday at 1:00 am and streamed online

KRAK-FM, 91.3 in Kansas City
Thursday at 10:00 pm and streamed online

PolÁ­tica y Rockanroll Radio, 106.7 FM in Sonora, Mexico
Wednesday at 11:00pm (Pacific and Mountain Time)

Radio Almaina, 107.1 FM in Granada, Spain
Mondays at 11:00 pm and Thursdays at 3:00 am

Radio Blau, 99.2 FM in Leipzig, Germany and streamed online
Friday at 11:00 pm (CET)

Radio Mutation
Garage Punk Pirate Radio Podcast Network

Radio Valencia
Sunday nights (Monday morning) at 2:00 am

Resonance Extra via DAB+ in the UK to Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, London and Norwich, and worldwide online
Wednesdays at 1:00 am BST/GMT

Space FM, 101.1 in Seattle, WA
Friday nights at 10.00pm

UMFM (CJUM), 101.5 FM in Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Fridays at 6:30 am (Good morning, Winnipeg!)