Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map

A project by David Goren.

The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map (BPRSM) traces the lingering connections between unlicensed radio broadcasting and Brooklyn's local neighborhood culture in the digital age. This ongoing archival audio project explores the conditions that allow stations to operate illegally, yet relatively openly; how they serve the needs of their audiences and their effect on licensed stations. Audio samples are drawn from recordings made from 2014 to the present.

All information presented on the BPRSM site is drawn only from public sources, intensive radio listening, and on the record interviews. The active pirate zones on the map show only the neighborhoods that the station serves, based on information given in the station's programming. Transmitter locations are not known or implied.

David Goren is an award-winning radio producer and audio archivist based in Brooklyn whose work blurs the line between audio documentary and sound art. Grounded in intensive monitoring of international broadcast culture, he examines radio’s ability to create and support community over both short and long distances. In 2003, he founded the Shortwave Shindig, a multi-hour live mix incorporating spoken word, musical performance, radio tuning, and archival sound. He is also one half of the shortwave radio jam band, The Propagations, with Ned Sublette. As a field recordist, audio editor and sound designer, he has created programming for the BBC World Service, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Studio 360, The Wall Street Journal magazine, NPR’s Lost and Found Sound series, On the Media, Afropop Worldwide and many others as well as audio-based installations for Proteus Gowanus gallery, the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective, and CONA gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2016, he was an artist-in-residence at Wave Farm, a center for the Transmission Arts. David released The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map in July 2018 which was featured in The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town." He produced the Greyhound Diaries documentary for the BBC World Service released in November 2018 and selected as a BBC Radio Four “Pick of the Week.’ In April 2018 David released “Outlaws of the Airwaves, The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBAD" for the Lost Notes podcast and in 2019 “NYC's Pirates of the Air" for the BBC World Service. He presented "Tracing Neighborhoods in the Sky" about pirate radio in New York City as part of the Fall 2019 Franke Lectures at Yale University.

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Wave Farm / WGXC Acra Contact Info
Mailing: PO Box 13 Acra, NY 12405
Main Office / Acra Studio
(518) 622-2598
WGXC Office
(518) 697-7400
WGXC Hudson Studio
(518) 828-0290
WGXC Feedback
(518) 212-7509
Wave Farm / WGXC Acra Studio: 5662 Route 23 Acra, NY 12405
WGXC Hudson Studio: 369 Warren St. Hudson, NY 12534