Radio Show: Dread Broadcasting Corp.

September 17, 2009

DBC Tape

Dred Lepke was the man behind the Dread Broadcasting Corporation, the first black music pirate station in the UK. He began broadcasting from a shed in his Neasden back garden in in October 1980 with an aerial that sent his reggae and community vibes out as far as the end of the street. Soon it became a cultural phenomenon, the literal grandaddy of today’s vibrant pirate radio scene. I interviewed Lepke in 2002 for a Mixmag feature on the history of pirate radio and he kindly sent me this cassette tape, with a handwritten cover, of recordings from the station – something he later turned into the brilliant Trojan compilation ‘Dread Broadcasting Corporation: Rebel Radio’. It’s still got pride of place in my front room. As Lepke said: ‘tune in if yu rankin’.

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[Emma Warren]

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One Response to “Radio Show: Dread Broadcasting Corp.”


  1. […] Lepke: Dread Broadcasting Corporation 1997 By francesesco Avevo questo nastro di mio fratello in una pigna di cassette dimenticata. Salta fuori con due ricerche che il selecta non è Louie Lepki, che nel 1987 era stato assassinato, ma che invece è il Lepke fondatore della prima radio pirata di black music a Londra, nel 1981 (qui una sua intervista e qui un altro suo mix). […]


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