Pirate Radio Kit!


Internet Radio on your Pirate Radio:


I have followed the steps in the link above. I have added the internet radio links using the link: http://www.suppertime.co.uk/blogmywiki/2015/04/updated-list-of-bbc-network-radio-urls/

However, the station (BBC RADIO 2) plays alright. Then all of the sudden it will stop playing for no reason. The raspberry pi is connected with the wifi…

Then I have to reboot it again and then it works and after few minutes it stops again. It is very frustrating.

Can anyone help please!

Pirate Radio VLCd stop after 1-2 min

How long, approximately, does it play for? There seem to be a few people on the forums reporting similar things at the moment.

If you run: lsb_release -sc in a terminal on your Pi, what does it say?

Possibly related:


Edit. I think it’s another case of:



I occasionally have stations just stop. No sound and VU meter freezes. If I press the play pause button they usually start again. If it happens again with that channel I just switch channels. Doesn’t happen all the time for me, seems random. Mine aren’t BBC Radio though, classic rock stations.

EDIT: forgot to mention, I’m still on Jessie.


I’d dare say the easiest short-term solution is to switch back to Jessie Lite until we can figure out what’s going awry in Stretch. You can get the image here:




It runs approx 2 minutes.

I run lsb_release -sc -
It says - stretch



Thanks a lot… I will let you know how I get on with Jessie Lite.


It works beautifully now. No complains!! After downloading the image from - https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspbian_lite/images/raspbian_lite-2017-07-05/2017-07-05-raspbian-jessie-lite.zip

I think the problem lies with ‘stretch’

Thanks very much

I am enjoying my music now…



I’ve posted an update with a config that works for me on Jessie. Nothing has changed in Pi VU Meter, but the troublesome dmix plugin has been dropped. See: