FCC Lets Pirate Stay On Air
February 5, 2007 at 5:47 AM (PT)
The PAHRUMP VALLEY TIMES reports that the FCC, with pressure from Senate Majority Leader HARRY REID (D-NV), is allowing a pirate station in GOLDFIELD, NV to operate with Special Temporary Authority until it can apply for an LPFM license in the next filing window.
A JANUARY 29 letter from the Commission to RADIO GOLDFIELD BROADCAST INC. owner ROD MOSES allows MOSES' pirate station to operate, moving from 100.3 to 106.3 FM, at 100 watts. His operation had been raided and shut down by the FCC on JUNE 9, 2006.
In the letter, the Commission cites Sec. 309(f) of the Communications Act of 1934 to allow STAs in "extraordinary circumstances requiring temporary authorizations in the public interest." The Commission's actions followed lobbying by Sen. REID, who wrote the FCC in support of the station's programming.