Congressional Letter Urges Crackdown On New York Area Pirate Radio Stations
June 10, 2015 at 3:49 AM (PT)
Thirty-three members of CONGRESS have asked FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER to crack down on pirate radio stations in the NEW YORK area.
In a letter sent TUESDAY (6/9) to WHEELER, the legislators complained of 34 pirates "operating on rooftops in BROOKLYN and THE BRONX alone" and 15 in NEWARK, and noted that "The number of pirate FM radio stations throughout NEW YORK CITY could well outnumber the number of licensed operations."
In one case, the letter asserts, a licensed station asked to change its EAS relay station, NEW YORK PUBLIC RADIO News-Talk WNYC-F/NEW YORK, due to interference. The legislators also voiced concern that the pirates target "some of the most vulnerable populations in NEW YORK" without being subject to consumer protection laws and FCC regulation.
The letter asks the Commission to step up enforcement of the rules against pirates, including fines and seizures of equipment, and asks for WHEELER to provide a specific course of action.