Ana Isabel Reis, Fábio Ribeiro & Pedro Portela (Eds.)
2014 | Braga: CECS
They were called pirate radios because, like pirates, they crossed radio waves marginally. They were born of a combination of factors related to movements for freedom of expression, the progressive emancipation of small cities, the simplicity and technical generosity of the radio system and the enthusiasm of a generation that wanted to experiment and sought the joy of being heard. Between 1977 and the end of 1988, clandestine broadcasting in Portugal gave the country some of the most risky and emotional experiences of proximity communication.
In 1989, with the regulation of the sector, 314 frequencies were attributed that continued to make news of what the national average would consider trivial and secondary. The history of local broadcasting has been written from separate memories and in the near silence of communication studies. This book celebrates 25 years of local radios in Portugal, reflecting on its origins in clandestinity and its eventual resuscitation on the Internet.