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Doc-In-Progress Charts The Story Of South African Anti-Apartheid Pirate Radio Station Capital 604

Doc-In-Progress Charts The Story Of South African Anti-Apartheid Pirate Radio Station Capital 604

Not only do our contributors just write articles for us, but
some of them also make films as well; and the latest case in point is contributor
Michael Jones, who has written for us before in the past.

Jones is also a veteran cameraman and filmmakers with
his own production company QStorm Media Group, based in New Jersey, and
he is currently hard at work on a new documentary
project he’s making about the South African pirate radio station, Capital

Back during the apartheid era, in South Africa, the country’s
government banned television, and censored music and news broadcasts in an
effort to control the media. On top of that, it also did not allow the creation
of private radio stations and only permitted its state-owned stations to

However, in 1979, thanks to a loophole in the Homeland system, people
began to take advantage to help defeat brutal apartheid policy. In the government’s attempt to segregate its
society, it actually created autonomous, yet resource-less Homeland areas, which
were, in effect, individual countries separate from South Africa.

As a result, a team of progressive broadcasters got together and
erected a radio transmitter, powerful enough to broadcast into South Africa, through an AM channel.

The transmitter powered a new station called Capital Radio
604, and it has been credited for changing South African radio forever.  The station’s personnel was multiracial, with blacks
and whites working together, which was then literally unheard of and banned by
the government. But with the freedom that they had, they played music that had
been censored by the South African
government, and their news broadcasts presented the real story of what was
actually going in South Africa.

Not surprisingly, the government tried, on many occasions, to
sabotage Capital Radio 604 by knocking them off the air, usually right before a
controversial news broadcast was to occur. But the station kept broadcasting despite all attempts.

Now Jones, along with his partner Craig Johnston, are hard at work on their documentary about Capital 604, which, according to Jones has “the potential to
shed light on a band of unsung heroes who aided in the dismantling of one of
the most brutal regimes of the 20th century. We believe the material we possess
has the makings of a compelling story and we believe it’s a story that should
be told.”

Below is an extended trailer for the documentary.

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