New Hampshire Pirate FM Operating Openly
July 30, 2012 at 5:15 AM (PT)
The FCC may be trying to track down pirate FMs, but in NASHUA, NH, one pirate is operating openly and with little apparent fear of shutdown, reports the NASHUA TELEGRAPH. MEDIA57, headed by ANTOINE ANTHEM, operates "87.9 THEBEAT," an Urban station without an FCC license.
“No, we don’t have one,” ANTHEM told the paper. “If a commercial station wants to complain and push us away, they can ... It hasn’t been a problem because we’re not interfering with any other broadcasting station.” The station operates a website and has sponsored a local talent contest but crosstown ABSOLUTE BROADCASTING's JERRY DIGREZIO points out to the TELEGRAPH that "we're playing by the rules and someone else isn’t," and that THEBEAT does not pay music licensing fees, which ANTHEM says is because his station doesn't play contemporary hits in "heavy rotation."
The latest FCC notices of unlicensed operation have gone out to RODNEY J. THARP and SUSAN MCRAE in OLYMPIA, WA, ROBERT WOLSH in CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, and DESERT CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS in LANCASTER, CA.