Glacier City Radio
KEUL 88.9 FM
The only legal Pirate Radio
We may be legal, but we're still pirates at heart. This is a story of easy radio, fast waves and loose laws, or so we thought. Thrill to the innerworkings of the FCC and become enlightened. Glacier City Radio, "an experimental project of the Girdwood Community Club," began operation February 26, 1997 on 88.5 FM. We broadcast as "pirates" without a license 24/7. We grew rapidly and by December 20th, 1997 over seventy people had operated as DJs. Our small community of 1500 was stoked. We were all caught up in the grand high wave. Then came the shark attack--the FCC did a drive-by and said "cease and desist."
Our Humble Beginning
We rallied the community. We searched for and built a network of engineers and techies. We applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). We moved a building onto a loaned site in the heart of town and hooked up the utilities. Within 4 months, we had our permit from the FCC. Ten months after the demise of our piracy, we were back on the air legally.
Two computers ran our own wireless intranet. Using the Real Audio digitization developed for the World Wide Web, our intranet carried audio and video two ways between our studio at sea-level and the transmitter at the upper tram terminal at elevation 2300 feet!