More Messages: A Pirate Takes Another Gamble

A December 2002 Message column entitled "Piracy, Hip-Hop Style" told the tale of Bass Ghost, a Denver emcee whose crew briefly took over a small slice of Denver's airwaves with Skyjack Radio, a pirate radio station that blasted unexpurgated rap to the masses. The folks at the Federal Communications Commission soon squelched the program, but not Bass Ghost's desire to share profanity-packed music with the masses.

Now, in an e-mail, Bass Ghost reveals that he's sending out illicit signals again -- but this time, he's in a locale known for letting the rules slide. "I'm out here in Las Vegas," he writes. "I've got Skyjack Radio going out here now. I've been doin' it for four weeks now. No problems. I'm right off the Vegas strip, broadcasting after 10 p.m. every night. They love it."

In the meantime, memories of Skyjack's brief Denver run can be sampled on Birth 2 Da Airwaves, a compilation available at The radio revolution may not have been televised, but a piece of it was preserved on plastic. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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