Dread Broadcasting Corporation: The Hacker Who Changed British Radio

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Dread Broadcasting Corporation: The Hacker Who Changed British Radio

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In 1981, Rita Marley’s brother, Leroy Anderson aka Lepke, started the Dread Broadcasting Corporation (DBC), Europe’s first station dedicated to black music.

Frustrated with the lack of airtime for reggae music in the UK, Lepke set up a mast in his garden and began broadcasting to a small area of ​​west London every Sunday afternoon. DBC quickly grew to cover all styles of black music and with its unmistakable logo of a terror with headphones and a spliff became a pioneer for the future of black British radio in the UK.

Carmella Jervier aka Sister C told Witness History how hearing black female DJs like Ranking Miss P on DBC inspired her to become a DJ.

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