Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Radio Valencia, S.F.'s Newest Pirate Station, Begins Broadcasting This Week

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Chez Poulet, home of Radio Valencia, at 3359 Cesar Chavez St. - FLICKR/ LAUGHING SQUID
  • Flickr/ Laughing Squid
  • Chez Poulet, home of Radio Valencia, at 3359 Cesar Chavez St.
Radio Valencia, San Francisco's newest pirate radio station, hit the Internet at 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon with its first live webcast -- concert photographer, show promoter and man-about-town Crispin Mccabe's show, Dirty Needles.

The station is currently only available online, but station organizer John Hell (not his real name) says he's heard "rumors" (wink wink) that Radio Valencia will soon be heard over the airwaves at FM 87.9, mostly in the Mission and SOMA neighborhoods.

Radio Valencia operates out of a studio in Chez Poulet, former mayoral candidate Chicken John's

warehouse and gallery, near Mission and Caesar Chavez. So far, Hell says, the

station has 25 two-hour shows lined up covering a broad variety of

musical styles and other topics.

Mccabe's Dirty Needles show airs from 4

to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and will play music from local and touring

bands, broadcast live shows from the warehouse, and hold interviews.

Hell's show is called A Season in Hell and will air a variety of music

and interviews Monday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Evolution Control Committee will broadcast its mischievous mash-ups at the same slot on Tuesday nights. The Ask Dr. Hal show will air from 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays.


a co-founder Radio Free Burning Man and, says the goal of Radio Valencia is "to be a

voice in the community."
"I hope when people think of Radio Valencia they'll think of home," Hell explains in an e-mail. "They'll

think of a trusted source for alternative expressions of music and opinion,

as well as a place where they'll be welcomed to come share their opinions,

their culture, their food, their ideas, their love for all things community."

Hell says the station won't shy away from discussing politics, but he

said the goal will be to express a range of views rather than take a

strong stand on particular issues.

Radio Valencia currently only broadcasts online, but Hell says he's, um, heard that

some people might try setting up a transmitter to broadcast its signal

over the air. Hell isn't worried that the station could be shut down by

the FCC if a transmitter goes live.

"It's inevitable," Hell says. "It's going to happen. You just can't worry about it."

Mccabe wants to have touring bands appear on his show before they play

shows in S.F. He says he can offer the bands something a lot of crash pads

can't: the free washer and dryer at Chet Poulet.

"They can do their laundry and then guest DJ with me," McCabe says.

Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown and @iPORT

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , ,

About The Author

Ian S. Port


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"