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Zoom Black Magic Liberation Radio
Produced by: Gary Covino
Mbanna Kantako's pirate radio station, broadcast from a corner of his living room, is heard in a two mile radius of the John Hay Homes housing project in Springfield, Illinois. 'Zoom Black Magic Radio' has attracted a relatively large audience with its mix of rap and reggae music, listener call-ins and political commentary. It has also attracted the attention of the FCC, the local legal system and the Springfield Police, all of whom have attempted to shut the station down.

Program Credits

Zoom Black Magic Liberation Radio is a SOUNDPRINT Classic, originally produced by Gary Covino for National Public Radio. The engineer was Flawn Williams. Since this program first aired, Mbanna Kantako has twice been raided by the FCC, and on each occasion his equipment was confiscated. He never stayed off the air long, and is now broadcasting 24/7 in Springfield, Illinois, in defiance of a legal "ceace and desist" order. His radio station's name is now "Human Rights Radio", part of a loosely organized "Human Rights Network". Kantako also has a cable access TV show called Restoring African People with Raw African Power, or RAP with RAP, which plays in Berkeley, CA as well as Springfield. He runs a summer school for kids from his home called the Marcus Garvey School for Human Rights.


Human Rights Radio
The official website for Mbanna Kantanko's Human Rights Radio.

Free Radio Berkeley
The definitive resource for people interested in free radio.

Mbanna Kantako: Human Rights Radio Warrior
An article in the St. Louis Confluence about Mbanna Kantanko.

Low Power FM Broadcast Radio Stations
This page contains information about the Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service, which was created by the Federal Communications Commission in January 2000.

Pirate Radio Stations: Tuning in to Underground Broadcasts in the Air and Online
by: Andrew Yoder 2001
Not interested in opening your own illegal micro-watt station but intrigued? Support it by listening!

40 Watts from Nowhere: A Journey into Pirate Radio
by: Sue Carpenter 2004
The tale of a young woman who ran an illegal micro-watt radio station in California.

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