$newsid = ''; ?> Has anybody else noticed the odd radio station at the evocative frequency of 91.1 FM? I discovered it via a small sign nailed to a telephone pole on North Lamar but I've picked it up in South Austin as well. I assume that it's a pirate micro station, since its station ID uses a rant against media monopolies and the FCC instead of call letters. Its self-description speaks of an "emergency broadcast" by "concerned patriots" "restoring the constitutional republic", "may God heal our country." Much of the content is different from what I would have expected from an Austin pirate station. None of it seems to be local, most of it coming from obscure "networks". So far I've heard a discussion of how to convert your IRA into rare coins and precious metals, biblical prophecy-thumping, and lots of ads for things like water filters, miracle dietary supplements and books on conspiracy theories. There was also a peculiar show ragging on Dubya which seemed thoroughly right-wing in its style and its focus on economic doom and gloom, while making points from the left about US foreign policy. And I haven't heard any music programming at all.
So is this the same band of lefty/liberal pirate broadcasters that the FCC shut down a couple of years ago? A libertarian/right pirate station? Or the elusive beast everyone's been talking about, a leftist answer to Rush packed in a familiar AM talk radio-style format? And what's with the constant ads?
Update, summer 2006: Nowadays I pick this station up in central Austin at 100.1 FM. A friend told me she heard a completely different pirate station one night playing F-word-laced hiphop at 91.1 FM but I haven't been able to verify that. There's a Radio Free Austin website at radiofreeaustin.org which curiously enough lists the schedule but no frequencies, one would assume for purposes of deniability.