‘It’s a pity radio will never be the same – but its one of those things, cheerio!’ – Ringo Starr on Radio London (1967)

Here is an article dating back to August 15th 1967 about the first known pirate radio stations to face prosecution for broadcasting illegally. Titled ”Three pirate radio stations will walk the plank In Britain’, it┬áreads how some of some of London’s teenagers demonstrated against the move for Radio London (Big 111) to come off air or face prosecution and that this would be the start of the end for┬ápirate radio. Even Beatle, Ringo Starr called in during the final broadcast of Radio London, and said ‘It’s a pity radio will never be the same – but its one of those things, cheerio!’.

At London’s Liverpool Street Station, the teenagers demonstrated wearing black armbands and carrying banners proclaiming ‘Freedom went with Radio London!’ and stormed crush barriers to get to the train carrying the stations record spinners. With smashed windows, beads being snatched away from the neck of a disco jockey and disrupted train timetables; it doesn’t get more exciting than that! Little did they know, that this was only the beginning.

The article reads:

If you’re in Brighton tonight….

ZDOT – Gangster video and ‘A New Light’ album release

ZDOT, who features in Drowned City, has just released his new album ‘A New Light’ and video for ‘Gangster’ Feat. Scrufizzer, RIO, Warlock, Shifty, Revolver & Wariko. ZDOT is a Record Producer / Composer from West London and is regarded as one of the top producers in the UK.

‘A New Light’ features some of the elite of underground music and grime acts, including Wiley, Ghetts, Lauren Mason, Devlin, Shifty, Kano, Doller Da Dustman, Scrufizzer, Revolver, Warlock, R.I.O, Janiece Myers and Wariko.

You can purchase ‘A New Light’ on iTunes now: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/a-new-light/id433457699

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NY – “There were bursts of new energy from pirate radio stations”

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Taken from the mirror.co.uk By Gavin Martin

Rhythm ‘n’ grime princess Ny (aka Nyomi Gray) is already a star on the scene thanks to her two Split Ends mixtapes featuring stars such as Professor Green and Plan B. Home-educated by her single parent mother, Ny left aged 17 to live with former partner and grime godfather Wiley. Now she’s ready to enter the mainstream.

Her new single Be With You – featuring South London rapper Giggs – captures her fierce intelligence and emotional depth.

“Giggs is one of the few people I hadn’t worked with,” says Ny, 22, who hails from London’s Kentish Town. “I wanted to reverse the roles you usually hear of a guy with a girl on the side. So it’s female empowerment, where I’m the girl torn between two guys. Giggs is the bad boy and in the video we have Kirk from The Only Way Is Essex who’s the good boy. I wanted that contrast.”

Performing since she was 12, Ny experienced the grime scene in its birth throes.

“There were bursts of new energy from pirate radio stations,” she says. “I was always listening to what was going on and got involved as much as possible.”

She’s best pals with N-Dubz star Tulisa and recently supported them on the road.

“Every tour is different,” says Ny. “It’s an emotional rollercoaster but the boys are hilarious, you never know what will come out of their mouth next.

But Tulisa feels she’s got an ally now.”

Be With You is out on Monday.

Ny ft Giggs “Be With You” by STOKEDPR

Ofcom create a radio station to encourage listeners to report illegal pirate radio stations – 87.7 FM in East London

A post on the MHz NEWz “Pirate Radio News & Info” facebook page displays a broadcast announcement from Ofcom who have set up a radio station on 87.7 FM in East London. They are urging people to get in contact with them about any pirate radio activity in their area.