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About Pirate Television
TV challenges the Media Blockade, bringing you independent voices,
and programming unavailable on the Corporate Sponsor-Ship. The show features talks, interviews
and documentaries. The series, originally called “Crack the
CIA” focused on exposing the secret foreign policy of the United States and the phony drug war but as the subject
the program expanded it was decided to drop the “Crack the
CIA” moniker in 1999 and
just call the show “Pirate Television”.
The Pirate Television Production Company was started in 1997 and
produces an award winning weekly 58 minute cable television series that is broadcast nationally on Free Speech TV every weekday at 8pm PST.
The show is also simulcast on public access TV channel 77 in Seattle and runs on other community access stations
throughout the US. The 58 min programs are stored on Archive.org
for download in various formats for broadcasters. Hint: to find
lots more go to the search box and type in PirateTVSeattle. Many
older shows that were once accessable on this server as wmv files will
come up. If you click on a thumbnail on this site and get the
dreaded "file not found", you can always copy the title and search for
it on Archive. Now days the shows are stored on YouTube. Many times the YouTube shows [linked on this site] will be longer versions.
Pirate TV has also been collaborating for over 20 years to provide content for
outstanding Alternative Radio series that runs on NPR and community radio stations throughout the US and Canada. Pirate TV is carried on KODX Seattle 96.9 FM and KBFG 107.3 FM Seattle as well as other FM stations.
Pirate Television is produced by me, Ed Mays as a form of
political / media activism. I got involved in public access
television back in
the early 90s as a program originator for the Alternative Information
project which produced the first nationally syndicated public access
program-"Alternative Views". This program won many awards over its
run and eventually aired in several countries.
I was an original member of the Seattle
Independent Media Coalition (SIMC) which eventually morphed into the
first ever Independent Media Center created to give independent
(non-corporate) media coverage of the 1999 Seattle WTO rebellion.
I'm proud to say that it was me and
my friends from SIMC who dreamed up and with help
activists who streamed in from all over the country, built the IMC
in Seattle which spawned a world wide movement.
IMCs were a thing for a while until the whole internet became an IMC.
continues to produce outstanding programming creating a much needed
antidote to the corporate filter by featuring progressive authors,
figures, activists, scientists, musicians, and other intriguing
as documentaries rarely seen on TV.
Pirate TV is free to community access
stations and other broadcasters. If you are interested in showing
in your area, please contact me directly via the contact page.
Producer, Pirate Television