Speaking of Unlicensed TV stations

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John Lentz

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Aug 25, 1996, 3:00:00 AM8/25/96
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I remember many years ago during a local (Milwaukee) news broadcast, they did a
report of a "Pirate" TV station broadcasting on Ch. 7 in the Buffalo, New York area and
used slogans of "Lucky 7". I recall them doing some footage of video of this station on
the news showing the "Lucky 7" roll out like a dice (course there is no 7 dots on a
dice). Also a video shot of the broadcaster himself on the air, only thou he was wearing
a gas mask to cover his identity.

Does anyone remember this innocent of someone broadcasting on a un-used ch. 7 in
Buffalo, NY?

Wowa!!!! Just looking at my TV Database book I find that they do have a licensed full
power ch. 7 ABC affiliate!!!!

I guess then I got the location wrong....can't be Buffalo then... This was like 10
to 15 years ago. Someone in upper state New York or surrounding states area had a
unlicensed station receivable for several miles on ch. 7.

Anyone have any info?

John L.

Steve Cohen

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Aug 31, 1996, 3:00:00 AM8/31/96
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In article <322110...@ods.ods.net>, jle...@ods.ods.net says...

Oh boy does that bring back memories!!! I think that was Syracuse NY
around 1976-1978, thats when I lived there, I vaguely remember a
scandal about that then. I think it was college students at S.U. that
started that. I could be wrong.
Funny someone should remember that, If it is the same incident I am
thinking about.

Steve


James F. Boehner, MD

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Aug 31, 1996, 3:00:00 AM8/31/96
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You got it! I was a student at Syracuse University when that station
went on the air! That REALLY brings back memories! It was touted as
the first pirate TV station on record, and it even made the NY times!!!

If memory serves me right, it was started by either the Newhouse
(communications school) or some EE students. They broadcast the second
part of "DEEP THROAT"!

It was shut down rapidly, but "lucky seven" has its place in history!

'73 JIM

Frank Decker

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Sep 1, 1996, 3:00:00 AM9/1/96
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I beleve you are right, and what happned was that some Syracuse University
students "borrowed" a modulator from the Newhouse School of Communications
that could put out low power on ch 7, which is still inactive in Syracuse.
My recolection is that they broadcast a tape of Deep Throat one evening.


Bill Shoemaker

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Sep 2, 1996, 3:00:00 AM9/2/96
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On 1 Sep 1996 15:45:52 GMT, "Frank Decker" <dec...@dreamscape.com>
wrote:

That seems a little more believable than what they told NPR, that they
built their transmitter for about $50.

They DID broadcast Deep Throat, though.

officialth...@gmail.com

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Apr 24, 2014, 5:26:14 PM4/24/14
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On Sunday, August 25, 1996 2:00:00 AM UTC-5, John Lentz wrote:
> I remember many years ago during a local (Milwaukee) news broadcast, they did a
> report of a "Pirate" TV station broadcasting on Ch. 7 in the Buffalo, New York area and
> used slogans of "Lucky 7". I recall them doing some footage of video of this station on
> the news showing the "Lucky 7" roll out like a dice (course there is no 7 dots on a
> dice). Also a video shot of the broadcaster himself on the air, only thou he was wearing
> a gas mask to cover his identity.
>
> Does anyone remember this innocent of someone broadcasting on a un-used ch. 7 in
> Buffalo, NY?
>
> Wowa!!!! Just looking at my TV Database book I find that they do have a licensed full
> power ch. 7 ABC affiliate!!!!
>
> I guess then I got the location wrong....can't be Buffalo then... This was like 10
> to 15 years ago. Someone in upper state New York or surrounding states area had a
> unlicensed station receivable for several miles on ch. 7.
>
> Anyone have any info?
>
> John L.

Does Anyone here know if there is any footage of this or any news story's that used footage of it that are available online?

sourcefra...@gmail.com

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Oct 21, 2016, 12:39:12 PM10/21/16
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The thought was the equipment came from Newhouse but all of the equipment was untouched. So the source of the equipment which was hard to come by at the time and who would have access to it was the unanswered question. But if a student worked part time st a local cable company they would have access to the equipment. Nobody bothered to look in that direction.
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