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Mutiny Radio

Mutiny Radio is an internet radio based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the station has an eclectic music and talk format, reporting on local events and live performances.

Mutiny Radio
City San Francisco, California
Broadcast area San Francisco Bay Area
First air date 1 June 2011
Format Eclectic

Following an ownership dispute[1] of the station's predecessor, in which DJs questioned the leadership and finances of the station,[2] the previous station's live stream and podcast archives were taken offline by the station's founder, and the staff decided to reform as a collective with more oversight and accountability.[3]

According to a March 2011 statement by the collective members, "Our efforts from the beginning have been to extract ourselves from the ownership situation and focus on our core mission: making quality radio and building a supportive community. That is what we are focusing on now." They stated their plan is to work "more democratically."[1]

This reformation initially consisted of putting podcasts up on the website Ustream to maintain radio operations and keep the community intact.[3] DJs continued to work from the former cafe.[2]

The full relaunch was ready by the end of May, with Programming Director Aaron Lazenby stating that they were "tired of living in the wake of that drama" and adding that "we’re ready to be something else." There was a closing ceremony on May 31, 2011, hosted by DJ Nylon.[4]

On June 1, 2011, the station was relaunched as Mutiny Radio, a name chosen to reflect "the right balance of where we’ve come from and where we’re going," according to Lazenby, which "showed the scars" of the past, but also expressed their new future.[4] According to the website, the Mutiny Radio live stream "features the same eclectic mix of live music, interviews, DJ performances, news, and comedy the members of the collective have been producing for the past 6 years."[5] The site's 'About Us' page boasts broadcasts of live musical performances, poetry, comedy, theater and interviews with "artists, activists and thinkers that live, work or come through the Bay Area and deserve to be heard."

Unlike its predecessor’s illegal broadcast, Mutiny Radio is an online-only, nonprofit radio station. In 2012, the station successfully raised over $5,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to be used for rent and other expenses to keep the station sustainable.[6] This was later featured as one of Radio Survivor's "Five Kickstarter radio projects that worked"[7]

Over 40 DJs produce and run their own shows, which includes a show produced by the nearby Boys & Girls Club. Programming includes[8] the Balkan Vulcan Show, Late Night Eargasm, Cannabis Cuts, Under the Golden Gate, the Jive Hive with HoneyComb Brown, Monday Morning Blah Blah Blahs and Sloppy Seconds with Howard Stone and Pop Psychology Radio with Dave Tibbs, as well as open-mic shows like the Komedy Klubhouse with Pam Benjamin, and the Common Thread Collective with Diamond Dave Whitaker.[9] Merry Toppins and Vaperonica Dee's weekly podcast Cannabis Cuts won "Best Smoke on the Air" from San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay 2012.[10]

Guests have ranged from musicians such as George Clinton, Jane Wiedlin of the Go Go's, Toots and the Maytals, Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators and punk rocker Meri St. Mary.[11] to a variety of local bands.

Past events have included coverage of Occupy Wall Street West protests,[12] live screenings of the 2012 Presidential Debates in affinity with Occupy the Debates,[13] participation in the Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival,[14] and an annual Block Party in cooperation with the Box Factory and other local businesses.[15] Monthly broadcast events are coordinated with local bar Asiento and Oakland Art Murmur. Mutiny Radio also took part in San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's honoring of the 50th anniversary of Tony Bennett’s recording “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” with other stations across the city.[16]

Mutiny radio aggregates reports on progressive, alternative, independent news through their site.[17] Their in-station gallery in the Mission District has featured artists such as Carina Lomeli, Daniel Higgs, Lin-Lang and animator Ed Bell.

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  1. ^ a b Waits, Jennifer (March 3, 2011). "Questions Raised at Pirate Cat Radio and KPDO after Leader Leaves the Country". Radio Survivor. Radio Survivor. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Eskenazi, Joe (23 Feb 2011). "Pirate Cat Radio Walks the Plank". SF Weekly. San Francisco Weekly. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Smith, Heather (February 20, 2011). "Founder Says Pirate Cat Radio is ‘Closed for Now’". Mission Local. Mission Local. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Waits, Jennifer (May 31, 2011). "Goodbye Pirate Cat Radio, Hello ? Tune in Tomorrow…". Radio Survivor. Radio Survivor. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Waits, Jennifer (1 June 2011). "Pirate Cat Radio Relaunches Today as Mutiny Radio". Radio Survivor. Radio Survivor. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Hernandez, Rigoberto (13 March 2012). "Former Pirate Radio Station Goes Legit". Mission Local. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Vien, Eddy (5 April 2012). "Five Kickstarter Radio Projects That Worked". Radio Survivor. Radio Survivor. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mutiny Radio Schedule". Mutiny Radio. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Witherell, Amanda (July 17, 2007). "Best of the Bay 2007:Local Hero". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SMOKE ON THE AIR". San Francisco Bay Guardian. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "George Clinton Visits Mutiny Radio". Mutiny Radio. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Affinity Organizations". Occupy Wall St. West. 20 Jan 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Flowers, Margaret (2012-09-27). "Mutiny Radio to cover the debates". Occupy The Debates. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Scenes from the Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival". The Bay Bridged. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Bohan, Bernadette (15 July 2012). "The Box Factory presents the Florida Street Block Party!". Bernadette Rocks. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Waits, Jennifer (14 Feb 2012). "SF Mayor Asks Radio Stations to Play "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" at Noon Today". Radio Survivor. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Mutiny News". Mutiny Radio. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 

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