WBOH - The Tobacco Pirate

From the Mort Haverford collection
There's nothing unusual about the FCC closing down a pirate radio station. But WBOH is the only pirate radio station to be closed down by the National Insitute of Health.

WBOH first appeared on the air in late 1977. Their programming focused on why smoking was good for children. The local North Carolina office of the FCC showed no interest in hunting down the station. There was a lot of sympathy for it from North Carolina politicians connected to the tobacco industry. So in June, 1968 the National Institute of Health hired several radio amateurs to help them track the station down ... which to no one's surprise was actually located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.