DJ Geeneus was 16 when he broadcast his first pirate radio show from a tower block in Tower Hamlets, east London.
With decks and mixer balancing precariously on top of a homemade transmitter jammed between the sink and the cooker of his friend's 18th floor flat, Geeneus leant out of the window, pointed his aerial towards Hackney – and turned the music up loud.
Sixteen years, countless rooftop broadcasts and dozens of brushes with the law later, Rinse FM, often called the most influential pirate station on air and credited with bringing artists such as Dizzee Rascal and grime star Wiley to the public consciousness, is finally going legit, to the slightly bemused delight of its 32-year-old founder. "Getting the licence gave me the strangest feelings. Nothing don't faze me ... but that did," he said.
(via The Guardian)
Full story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/oct/10/rinse-fm-ofcom-licence