New York Senators Urge FCC To Fight Pirate Radio Broadcasters
July 6, 2015 at 4:00 AM (PT)
Senators CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY) and KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND (D-NY) have sent their own letter to FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER expressing their concern that the proposed reduction in FCC field offices will impair enforcement of the laws against pirate radio stations.
The letter complains that pirates in NEW YORK and NEW JERSEY are interfering with broadcast signals, which "prevents listeners ... from getting news, information and entertainment from their favorite radio station" and might block EAS alerts. The Senators urge WHEELER "to continue to use all possible enforcement tools to address this issue, and to devote what resources you can to help prevent these types of disruptions in NEW YORK. While we understand the FCC's resource challenges, we strongly believe preventing interference on radio frequencies is part of your central mission."
The letter comes as yet another pirate, this one in CINCINNATI, is drawing listener complaints, with the unlicensed operation playing THE GETO BOYS on a loop, most recently last TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY on 87.9 FM. CBS affiliate WKRC-TV (LOCAL 12) reports that the music has been intermittently airing for the last few months on CINCINNATI's west side and is uncensored; residents have complained to the FCC.