Andy Yoder (prolific author, founder of Pirate Pages, promoter of Pirate Radio)
The first thing you think of when you hear the name "Andy Yoder" is: Prolific! The guy has written a lot of books, flyers and information about Pirate Radio. He truly is one of the giants of the hobby. The second thing you think of is: '"Nice guy"! Andy is one of the nicest and most personable people you will run into around the Pirate Radio ranks. He always has a smile and is willing to share a story about something he truly loves. Pirate Radio! Andrew Yoder has been tuning the shortwave bands for interesting radio finds since he first heard WRAM in June of 1983. In the past few decades, he has logged hundreds of different pirates on Shortwave and Medium Wave from North America and more than 50 from Europe. Yoder published the Pirate Pages newsletter from 1989 to 1997. Pirates Pages was usually one, sometimes two, pages of 8 1/2X11 paper with tons of pirate loggings, people sent in to Andy or Andy heard himself. He also produced Hobby Broadcasting magazine from 1998 to 2000. Andy was on the Art Bell Coast to Coast program, talking about Pirate Radio (199?) with the master of the over-night talk shows.
He published Hobby Broadcasting, which was a very professional magazine, that featured articles by both Yoder and other Pirate luminaries about how to broadcast from your home.
Andy has published a few books on the topic, including Pirate Radio Stations (McGraw-Hill 1990 and 2003), Pirate Radio Operations (with Earl T. Gray) (Loompanics 1997), Pirate Radio Directory (with George Zeller) (Tiare 1990s), and (more recently) the Pirate Radio Annual. The new Pirate Radio Annual 2010 even had a CD of pirates Andy had heard over the air on his radio. Andy said that even though he’s heard thousands of hours of pirate radio, he still gets a kick out of the whole thing. Andy Yoder truly deserves to be honored in the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame for his hard work and what he's done to promote Pirate Radio.