Brooklyn D.A.'s Office Raids Alleged Pirate FM Operation
July 3, 2013 at 4:26 AM (PT)
BROOKLYN's District Attorney's office has raided a pirate radio station and arrested two men for misdemeanor Unauthorized Radio Transmission.
KINGS COUNTY D.A. CHARLES J. HYNES announced TUESDAY (7/2) that SEON BRUCE and SOLOMON MALKA were arrested on JUNE 27th for airing their stations on 104.7 FM and 91.7 FM, caught after undercover detectives bought time for a commercial on the station; the 104.7 signal was tracked by an FCC engineer to an antenna in lower MANHATTAN, and 91.7 FM's transmitter was seized at a site in BROOKLYN.
Meanwhile, CBS affiliate KTVN (TV)/RENO reports that RENO broadcasters are complaining that a pirate station has popped up at a church in that city. The pastor at the church told KTVN that her church is allowed to run a low-power station, has a license, and is operating legally, but the NEVADA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION's ADRIENNE ABBOT said, "It's just not right that other stations have jumped through the hoops of getting licensed and paid their fees and are registered and this station at 100.5 FM has just put up an antennae, calling itself a low-powered station and is broadcasting at a power that is encroaching on other stations' bandwidth."