In the Thai language, the phoneme “HED” can mean “เห็ด mushroom“, but in the northeastern Isan dialect it can also mean “เฮ็ด do“.
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อันที่จริงแล้ว โลกเราเคยมีสิ่งที่เรียกว่า “คลื่นโจรสลัด” (pirate radio) อย่างเช่น คลื่นวิทยุชื่อดังของอังกฤษ Radio Caroline คลื่นผิดกฎหมายในช่วงยุค 60s ซึ่งริเริ่มโดย โรแนน โอ’ราฮิลลี่ (Ronan O’ Rahilly) ผู้เบื่อเต็มทนกับการฟั
ถ้าเปรียบคลื่นวิทยุหลักๆ เป็นใครสักคน คลื่นเหล่านี้ก็คงจะเป็นดั่ง “บอส” ที่สั่งการลงมาจากเบื้องบน ในขณะที่ คลื่นโจรสลัดคือสื่อแห่งการต่
Radio is a medium that seems to have been forgotten. Besides listening to dubbed football games, tuning in to Ajarn Veera (a popular radio programme in Bangkok), or listening to The Shock (a radio programme about ghost stories) at night, we can barely imagine what else to listen to on the radio. Even worse, these programmes are often only heard because we happen to be in a taxi.
You might be someone who hasn’t turned on the radio for a long time. If there is nothing interesting playing, why would you listen anyway? All you hear are mainstream songs from big music companies, jammed between many long ads so that you are actually listening to these more than the actual music itself. Plus, the hourly news is running repeatedly. DJs invite you to play games so that they can reward you with products from their sponsors. So now it’s obvious why you have chosen to listen to music from other platforms — the ones that are newer, more free, where you can “choose” for yourself which songs to listen to.
In fact, there is something called pirate radio. One was Radio Caroline, a well-known illegal radio station from the UK, active since the 60s. It was initiated by Ronan O’Rahilly, who at the time had become completely bored by listening to mainstream music, the same thing that is happening in our country right now. From his father’s boat, O’ Rahilly broadcasted the radio from international waters, and it is unbelievably still broadcasting to this day (legally only since the 90s).
If we compared mainstream radio stations to people, these radio stations would be like bosses who order the masses from top-down, while pirate radio stations would be those who resist, born from the ground up. Pirate radio is by and for ordinary people, born out of the need to finally choose for oneself. Who do you think your radio station would be if you could host a radio programme?
Our first experiment with pirate radio is now happening, as a part of the exhibition To Whom It May Concern, and it is open to anyone who wants to send a message through the radio signal of #RADIOHED 108FM. So let’s “HED” together! Your message can be anything you imagine. Simply sign up to join the workshop on how to use our radio broadcast space this Wednesday, 9 August. You are free to choose an on-air time (whether 5 minutes or 2 hours is up to you). #RADIOHED will be on-air from Bangkok CityCity starting Wednesday, August 9, in collaboration with Radio Kosaten from Tokyo and Window Radio Ching from the South China Sea. Check the latest schedule of programming here.
— Kamolaka Jittaruttha (กมลกา จิตตรุทธะ)