I’ve toyed with the idea of pirate radio in the past, but haven’t gotten around to doing it. As a radio professional, I’m supposed to hate radio pirates. I don’t. I’m actually a big supporter of pirate radio. So long as it doesn’t hijack any signal already in use.
Some radio professionals look down upon podcasters and pirates because they aren’t ‘real’ radio professionals, and they aren’t. So what? I always found it curious that they’d be so threatened by these rank amateurs (many of whom are very talented). Truth is, if they aren’t infringing upon your license or signal, they aren’t a threat. Let them enjoy this little thing we call freedom, and stop being so butt-hurt about a little competition.