18h10 UTC; FRIDAY, 2 JANUARY 2015: With more mainline broadcasters stateside in our presumably "morally superior" United States starting to recognise that hatecasting is bad for business as much as listeners as advertisers, thanks in large measure to activist pressure of the "name-and-shame" model (e.g., the "Stop Rush" campaign targeting advertisers on Rush Limbaugh's nationally-syndicated prolefeed misadventures at as much national as local-affiliate levels), you have to wonder if many of these same hatecasters would probably have super-secretive designs on using what remains of shortwave radio (nowadays known as "worldband") as their "winning hearts and minds" tool.

Especially the sort as could originate from extraterritorial waters offshore, not unlike the European "pirate ship" radio broadcasters of the mid-1960's (notably off Great Britain and the Netherlands) as sought to bring greater listening variety than what was afforded on state-run public-service broadcasting monopolies where listeners had to pay a licence fee--especially so with regards to popdisk music with teen and young-adult appeal. And especially so at night, where, with the right weather, power and modulation levels, such hatecasts could reach a wider audience of so-called "REAL AmeriKKKans" at far lower cost than with online worldcasting on a subscription basis (what with Innerwebz access in some rural and small-town bastions of "REAL AmeriKKKanism" still limited to dial-in for the most part, inasmuch as telephone and cable-broadband companies still regard "REAL AmeriKKKa" as unprofitable territory for higher-speed Innerwebz).

Not to mention a substantial captive audience that advertisers of the most disreputable sort would love to tap into, even with their purchasing power being rather limited, to sell questionable "investment opportunities", precious metals, "survival food", "business opportunities" structured to deliberately benefit only the "entitled" at the higher levels of the pyramid, much the same lot as were advertising on Mexican-based "border blaster" stations in the day to their parents and grandparents.

And more than likely, the ships serving as their studio/transmitter facilities are more than likely to be the least seaworthy sort of vessels possible, replete with transmitters supposedly built from discontinued-model Heathkits and held together with proverbial duct tape and baling wire. Not to mention the employees aboard such "patriot" broadcast vessels being sworn to blind and unswerving doublethink, with "drastic consequences" for speaking out. Advertising sales more than likely handled out of some mail drop amongst the "music shows" of Branson, MO, which would also be expected to receive the gleeful-sounding "fan mail" as may or may not include QSL (reception) reports from "right-thinking" listeners coast to coast.

But it turns out, in the end, to be no better than farce: After some initial curiosity attracting the inevitable early reception reports, the response suddenly crashes to a point where the guillotine's drop is sensed nervously by all involved, evidenced by the likes of:
  • a sudden and serious drop in reception reports and fan mail (more than likely one and the same thing);
  • advertiser unease, especially considering where said fan mail is the station's preferred avenue for calculating signal reach and listener numbers;
  • groups like the Southern Poverty Law Centre's Hatewatch Project and People For the American Way calling out the tone and falderal of such stations and their delusional programming (with actual examples of content thus presented, especially so the anti-Semitic, the racist and the jingoistic);
  • complaints from local broadcasters in especially Central American and Caribbean countries (in particular Cuba) of "signal interference" aggravated by such radio ships unto the International Broadcasting Union;
  • the transmitter suddenly self-destructing in the middle of an especially vitriolic and jingoistic broadcast, with no explosion or fire otherwise discerned (and repairs unlikely to ensue after it emerges that the necessary parts are outdated or otherwise out of stock); and/or
  • activists (especially Anonymous) managing to jam the frequencies such are broadcasting on with an endless-loop medley of Hanna-Barbera show themes at their campiest (in particular the themes from The Banana Splits, Cattanooga Cats and Josie and the Pussycats, chosen for their sheer tackiness and their power as a most unlikely PsyOps weapon).
But still, though, it would be rather amusing to imagine some amateur shortwave broadcaster in the campiest of "shoobie trap" resorts using their shortwave facilities, clandestine though they be, as a promotional tool for their respective resort communities (howbeit without the official endorsement of local tourism-promotion agencies as nonetheless get a free referral plug on the QSL cards sent out)--complete with a breezy mix of music for the most part.

So till next time, folks: "73"

(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")

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