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A Million Watts

Until a treaty with Mexico put a stop to the practice in the '80s, American companies wanting to defy reactionary broadcast legislation could install a radio station, legally, along the border in Mexico.
 
These stations, called "border blasters," faced no legal limit on their power. Some were so powerful that they could be heard as far away as the arctic circle:
 
"They were so powerful that folks who lived by the station didn't need to pay for electricity. There was so much energy that light bulbs would go on by themselves. Folks near the station could hear the stations being picked up on barb wire fences, bed springs and even on their dental work."
 
Other sources claim that these stations were so powerful that nearby birds were killed in mid-flight.
 
Source: AmericanRadioWorks.PublicRadio.org
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