What is Berkeley Liberation Radio?
Berkeley Liberation Radio works to facilitate ordinary non-commercial community access to the airwaves for the purpose of political discourse as well as cultural enhancement. In other words, Pirate Radio!
How do I listen to the BLR stream?
How do I listen to archived shows?
There are two ways you can find archived shows that DJs have opted to share on the website. Click on "Audio" to the right and all shows available will be listed newest to oldest. If you are looking to find a particular DJ's show, click on "DJ Profiles" to the right, and select the DJ whose audio you wish to hear. There will be a link in their profile to just their shows.
How do I get my band played on the radio?
If you would like to hear your music on the radio, send it to us! If you put Attn: to some particular dj, we'll be better able to get to the right show. Our mailing address is on the sidebar on the rights side of this page.
I'm interested in becoming a BLR DJ - what do I have to do?
Step 1: Select a time slot you wish to fill from looking at the openings in the most current schedule.
Step 2:The station is entirely collectively organized by our all volunteer DJs. Go to a Thursday night meeting on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays are 7pm at the Long Haul (3124 Shattuck, Berkeley).
At the meeting pitch your show, meet some of the other djs, read and approve the Berkeley Liberation Radio mission. If the collective approves of your show pitch and you agree to the terms, you will be granted an available slot of your choosing. More information on being a DJ is available at the meeting.
Get the mandatory training from our veteran broadcaster. Someone will tell you how to meet up with him if you ask!
Note: DJs who participate in some way beyond just doing a show are key to keeping the whole project fresh and relevant. Since we are a collective, you have to come to meetings to discuss getting a time slot. There is no way to put dibs on on a slot through email.
What internet browser should I be using?
The best option is Firefox v. 2.5 or greater. If you are bent on using Internet Exploder version 6 and up work, but really version 7 and up are the way to go. Hasn't been tested in safari yet. This site is using dynamic html coding, therefore older browser versions do not support some of the features and may make things look a bit wonky.
I'm not getting very good reception, is there anything I can do?
Some stations are really just intended for the local community and are not supposed to reach ten miles. With the proper equipment and techniques listeners can get a solid signal from many low power FM stations far beyond the limited area that was originally intended.
A key issue is how high is your antenna. It is difficult to get a station located ten miles away from the first floor, but most radios may bring it in on the second floor. If reception suddenly gets worse, you may want to investigate the source of the interference. Keep a log of time and date log in the case of intermittent interference. Once you get some data, you can start eliminating possible causes.
High pressure weather systems which cause drastic increases in temperature and dry air may cause sizzling noises in the background. Most reception problems on FM are caused by weak signal or interference. Install a rooftop antenna on your building. Use fully shielded RG-56 coaxial cable to attach the antenna to the fm input ports on your receiver. If your receiver uses the 88-108 ohm ribbon type cable, use only the appropriate matching transformer to mate with coaxial. Indoors, you can still go get a dipole antenna, a simple flexible T shape which you connect to the FM inputs on your receiver. You can use an amplified antenna bought from an electronics store. FM is the same frequency range as VHF, so TV antennas work great for FM. You can use old rabbit ears. Place as high as possible, making sure the antenna doesn’t brush against the ceiling. The suggested length for antenna is 32 inches.
Personal radios use the headphone cord as an antenna, to maximize effect, stretch cord out straight. Some radios use the power cord as antenna, to maximize effect, stretch cord out straight. In your car, the antenna may be incorporated into the heating element in the rear. An external antenna is better. Telescopic antennas must be cleaned to remove dirt or corrosion on the joints. Use light oil on an absorbent cloth. At frequencies between 88 and 108, radio waves travel in a straight beam, like a flashlight. If there is a hill or building in the way, at least part of the signal will be blocked. Distortion of the s & y sounds into a shhhhh sound is called sibilance. It’s caused by objects partially reflecting part of the signal. Since the reflected waves take longer to arrive at the receiver than the direct waves, the direct and reflected signals interfere with each other, causing distortion. Receivers need a stronger signal to decode the stereo component of a signal than just for mono.
I have a question, who can I contact?
You can email the webmaster, Paisley Cuttlefish, via email@example.com.