With 90 days of operation behind us the viral experiment called The Southside Pirate is already a success! The Fort Worth based 100% local music stream has been well received by the public with over 50 cds submitted by local musicians, an article in the Star Telegram, nearly 500 Facebook fans and is exposed to thousands of listeners each week. Local music now plays 24/7 on The Southside Pirate website with the help of the local music community and Pirate outreach activities producing local programming
To continue in the mission of a formal application with the FCC for a legal LPFM station, principals of The Pirate have formed a non-profit entity: The Southside Media Collective with a mission to explore access to new media possibilities including LPFM and LPTV radio and television broadcasting services and broadband opportunities in South Fort Worth while serving the local community interests.
The Southside Media Collective is excited to announce the donation of a home for The Southside Pirate radio station's future broadcasting operations in the Historic Southside of Fort Worth. The studio and transmitter facility will be part of the renovation of the historic Supreme Golf Warehouse building built in 1909 and scheduled to be recognized in the National Registry of Historic Places upon completion. In addition to residential spaces, the renovation will include a beer garden and tavern called “Shipping and Receiving” featuring The Southside Pirate 'fishbowl' broadcasting studio. From this publicly accessible studio facility, live and recorded programming will be produced much like the days of Nashville's WSM and The Grand Old Opry, where local musicians gather, play and are on the air. And now online worldwide too.
The Southside Media Collective is now embarking on engineering surveys and fund-raising in preparation for formal filing with the FCC for call sign and frequency assignment, The Southside Pirate will continue its 24 stream of local programming at www.southsidepirate.com.