The Crystal Ship or 'TCS' is a former North American shortwave pirate radio station, founded in 1982, reactivated in 2004, betrayed and busted in 2011. Now known as the TCS Shortwave Relay Network, with shows broadcast by other pirate radio operators. 'The Poet' and 'The Radical' program left-leaning political opinion, and specialize in music from the '60s, '70s and '80s.
The North American pirate radio war of 2011, was largely caused by the extensive use of sock-puppets by 'Commander Bunny', of WBNY (aka 'Pat Murphy', formerly the official board admin), to control and dominate the Free Radio Network, a long-standing forum devoted to shortwave pirate radio listening. The most active sock-puppets were exposed by John Poet of The Crystal Ship pirate radio station, as well as by Guise Faux of the satirical Radio Paranoia blog. Poet and TCS were subsequently caught by the FCC. Poet and many pirate DXers believe the FCC may have been given helpful information, and that at least one complaint was filed by, FCC snitches 'Commander Bunny' and/or 'Kracker'.