Sunday, November 14, 2010
Radio in Mexico but only on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday
Having been in broadcasting in one form or another, since high school, as I drive I will occasionally spin the dial to listen to radio stations. I am interested in the variety of programming, if they are automated or not, and the signal quality etc.
The other day I found something that was interesting, at least in Michoacan. If you listen you may find the same in some of the other states in Mexico.
I call it on and off radio..... Or hear today, but not tomorrow.....
The other day while in Morelia, I was elated at finding a nice FM radio station that was playing classical music.... just what I needed while trying to drive around the traffic congested areas. I had to pick up my wife, then we decided to have lunch and upon returning to the car, my classical radio station had disappeared.
Gone...vanished... Why? Was it because someone was at home during lunch? A few days later when back in Morelia I returned to that frequency.....silence.....
While driving around Patzcuaro, I am lucky to pick up one or two of the FM stations that emanate from Moreila. But today, I noticed that the last position on the dial that I had set, was now playing Chopin's passage of Static.
So I decided to push the scan button.
Low and behold a plethora of Ranchera music along with voices hawking dedications to each and every colonia known to man....
Spinning the dial around I found no less that 4 very powerful stations. These were all local, by local all within 5 to 10 miles, or very unlikely broadcasting with so much power that they sounded local.
When you tune the radio to the next adjacent channel you will get bleed-over from the strength of the signal..... they were all very strong or very close.
How can that be?
I don't hear them during the week.
Weekend radio? Maybe.
Listening to one, I heard that after every song, the announcer, who was trying to sound like Don Francisco, was dedicating each and every song. To each and every colonia around Patzcuaro.
Local FM Radio....Weekend Radio..... better know as PIRATE Radio.
Another dead giveaway was the quality of the broadcast. Some where overmodulating, another station had a 60 cycle ground loop hum, another one was way undermodulating. All signs of non professional broadcasting.... Home Broadcasting at it's finest.
So I would have to guess that Pirate radio has come to Mexico. I am sure that it's been here for awhile, so Sunday broadcasters will probably enjoy themselves while having some sips and eats until the sun goes down and it's time to watch the next sports game on TV.
El Radio Pirata is pretty easy nowadays. It use to cost at least 10 to 20 thousand dollars to get sufficient equipment for a marginal FM transmitter and antenna.
It all can be gotten for less that a thousand bucks nowadays.....plug in your Ipod into the computer, add a microphone and you too can be
Radio Maximo......voz de pueblo ......