Free Radio Olympia is an unlicensed, direct action micropower radio station broadcasting at 100 watts on TBA FM in Olympia, Washington, Cascadia. We have been on (and off) the air since March 2001. FRO is committed to providing a service to the community by creating access to the airwaves and bringing unregulated, uncensored media to our listeners in the spirit of free speech and freedom of the press.
FRO Status Update
FRO is reviving from its coma; reconstituting like a T-1000, except friendlier and better looking. No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. We really are getting ready to begin broadcasting and streaming again.
But we need your help. Most urgently, we need your rooftop or garage and your discretion. If that sounds like something you are willing and able to offer, please contact us at fro at riseup dot net, or talk to your favorite FRO DJ.
If that doesn’t sound like your cup of grog, don’t despair! Do you have skills you want to share? We will need all the help we can get. Soon we will need friends and listeners, too! Even the laziest pirates can help out by tuning in when the time comes. Keep an eye out for event flyers, scan the airwaves, and check back here for future communiques.
– DJ Brewhaha
Sorry that we haven’t updated this site in a while. We are in the midst of a large dilemma that we are doing our best to work out. As for right now, we will be down for hopefully only a short period of time. Thanks to everyone who came to our re-launch party as well as everyone who continues to support us. Keep checking back for updates as we will do a better job of keeping everyone informed. We are looking to get back up soon!
4/1/2013 Dj Tanner
Off Air Starting Saturday 7/28/2012
We will be off the air for a little while starting Saturday due to technical difficulties for an unknown amount of time. We will still be streaming online during this time and we will hopefully be back up soon!
7/25/2012 Dj Tanner
This is a one-time-only LIVE RADIO event!TheBhive is a weekly hip-hop program where each week Double B interviews a different member of the local hip-hop community. The show broadcast Tuesday’s 7-9pm on 98.5fm Free Radio Olympia. This week we’re taking our show to the stage!
With Special appearances by
-DJ Luvva J
-Awall aka 2 Piece
-Wings and Wounds (Sarx & Graves)
-Heddie Leone (of Free Whiskey & Night Fox)
With DJ Andrew James on the 1’s and 2’s
We have a limited capacity so be sure to show up early. We go live on the air at 7 sharp!
Welcome to FRO’s new website!
We are back up and ready for action again! Thanks for being patient while we moved our website and continue to check in for updates and news about your favorite pirate radio station.
Long Live FRO!
DJ Tanner 6/12/2012
Interview with Contra Info about the Anarchist Struggle in Greece.
Tue, 07/12/2011 – 12:47pm — djquestionmark
dj questionmark talks with people from the anarchist language translating collective Contra Info. This was a collaborative effort between DJs at pirate radio stations Athens Free Radio 98fm and Free Radio Olympia 98.5fm.
The discussion covers many topics of interest to anarchists and others in the social struggle. Such as, building and maintaining revolutionary infrastructure, opposing neo-nazis and nationalism, immigrant solidarity, political and social prisoner solidarity, the uprising in 2008, general strikes, general assemblies and neighborhood meetings, and much more. We also talk about the anarchist movement and prison struggles in the US. Most importantly you get to hear voices from the uncompromising and unflinching spirit of anarchism in Greece.
Interview with Michael Novick on Anti-Racism and Decolonizing
Sun, 06/26/2011 – 11:53am — djquestionmark
Recorded at Free Radio Olympia by dj questionmark June 20, 2011
Download at: http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2011/06/25/michael_novick_062011.mp3 (7.9 mb 34 minutes)
Michael Novick of Anti-Racist Action LA and People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) talks about anti-racist work and dismantling colonialism. Novick connects different social justice issues and explains how everyone has a stake in the struggle for human liberation. He also lays out the historical progression of settler colonialism in the western United States and how important it is today for people to be self-critical of an internal colonization that misleads people into identifying with their own oppressor. Novick’s approach to community organizing recognizes a common humanity that includes building alliances, self-determination and developing a “total politics” that include all oppressed people and groups.
Visit http://www.antiracist.org for more info about Anti-Racist Action
Interview with Paul Wright of Prison Legal News
Tue, 05/31/2011 – 3:43pm — djquestionmark
Audio from the 2011 Tacoma Leonard Peltier Clemency Rally
Thu, 05/26/2011 – 10:02pm — djquestionmark
http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2011/05/26/peltier_march_2011.mp3 (1 hour and 3 minutes long, 46.8 mb mp3)
Listen to Native elders talk about the struggle to free Leonard Peltier. Chauncey Peltier, Leonard’s son, speaks about his dad. More speeches by Leonard’s supporters were recorded at the rally held in front of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tacoma.
Recorded by dj questionmark May 21, 2011 in Tacoma WA
Southern Skies on FRO
Thu, 05/26/2011 – 2:10am — djquestionmark
Joe and Kendl play a few songs on the radio
http://firstname.lastname@example.org/794-1-southernskies052311ed.mp3 (22 minutes, 22 mb)
Olympia Peace Activist talks about Challenging Abusive Conditions in the Olympia City Jail
Tue, 05/03/2011 – 3:43pm — djquestionmark
Download at: http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2011/05/03/patty050211.mp3 (27.8 mb mp3 30 minutes and 56 seconds)
Interview recorded at Free Radio Olympia by dj Questionmark on May 2, 2011
Radio Interview with Sac Prisoner Support about Eric McDavid
Tue, 04/26/2011 – 3:27am — djquestionmark
http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2011/04/26/ericmcdavid042511.mp3 (24 mb) 27 minutes
Radio Interview with Tre Arrow
Tue, 04/26/2011 – 3:23am — djquestionmark
http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2011/04/26/trearrow042511.mp3 (50 mb) 56 minutes
Interview with Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective
Tue, 04/19/2011 – 12:34am — djquestionmark
Interview recorded at Free Radio Olympia by DJ Questionmark on April 18, 2011 21 mins 20 seconds MP3 (18.5 mb) Download at: http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2011/04/19/chalephillprisonbooks041811.mp3 Interview with Monica of the Chapel Hill, NC Prison Books Collective. Monica talks about prison abolition and transtorative justice as an alternative to the prison system. She describes the collective’s effort to send books and zines to prisoners in the Southeast US, political prisoner writing nights and maintaining a zine catalog of radical literature. The group publishes monthly political prisoner birthday posters for over a year that are free on the internet to download. The posters encourage people to write to political prisoners on their birthday.
Interview with Denver Anarchist Black Cross
Tue, 04/19/2011 – 12:32am — djquestionmark
This interview was recorded at Free Radio Olympia by DJ Questionmark on April 18, 2011
12 mins 45 Seconds MP3 audio
Interview with Whitney from Denver Anarchist Black Cross about the group, movement defense and the many mutual aid programs they have started. Whitney talks about the updated political prisoner database, the war chest program that raises funds for political prisoner’s basic needs, the mutual aid fund where local people get emergency loans for basic needs, the Nurturing Liberation program that provides free childcare, political prisoner writing nights and more.
Radio Interview on the North West Detention Center
Tue, 04/19/2011 – 12:29am — djquestionmark
Interview with Francine and Clere about the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma WA. They talk about the private immigration center as a source of revenue for the city and profits for private investors. They also talk about how current immigration policy detains people not convicted of a crime. Resisting the detention center, they explain, is part of a greater struggle to abolish national boundaries and prisons.
A conference called “No Border! No Nation! Stop Deportation!” happens Saturday April 23 in Tacoma.
Visit https://unmasknwdc.wordpress.com for more info.
This interview was recorded at Free Radio Olympia by dj questionmark on April 18, 2011
Radio Interview With Susan Morales on the Struggle to Free Leonard Peltier
Wed, 04/13/2011 – 12:09am — djquestionmark
Interview with long time indigenous activist Susan Morales on the struggle to free Leonard Peltier.
A NW regional march and rally for Leonard Peltier will take place May 21, 2011 in Tacoma WA.
This interview was recorded at Free Radio Olympia on April 11, 2011 by dj Questionmark
Susan talks about the days of the Seattle AIM House and what Leonard was like before he was a political prisoner.
The audio is rough in the first 4 minutes.
Liberation Radio Report March 28
Tue, 03/29/2011 – 1:21am — djquestionmark
Broadcast Schedule Updated – Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sun, 03/27/2011 – 11:33am — fro
Saturday 6-8pm K is for Koolaid World Music Extravaganza
Broadcast Schedule Updated!!! March 6
Sun, 03/06/2011 – 9:23pm — fro
Broadcast Schedule Updated Sunday Night, March 6, 2011
NEW SHOWS!!!! check it:
Monday 4pm-6pm – Country Wisdom with DJ Sister Spinster
Saturday 8pm-10pm Satan Stole My Airwaves with Your Imaginary Friend
Sunday 9pm-11pm The Molecular Helpline:Increasing Entropy with DJ Isotope
Monday 9am – Noon (Your Imagionary Friend fill in show)