FCC Shuts Wyoming Pirate
May 1, 2009 at 5:14 AM (PT)
The FCC has shut down another pirate FM, this one in CHEYENNE, WY, where fast-food worker MICHAEL STUGELMAYER's operation at 95.5 FM was ordered off the air on TUESDAY (4/28). STUGELMAYER told the CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE that agents from the FCC's DENVER bureau ordered him to shut off his signal after operating the station since 2003.
Neighboring shop owners told the paper they were "shocked" by the FCC agents' aggressive demeanor, with art gallery owner MIKE BARRETT saying that the agents "really thought they had a terrorist or something, the way they were charging around." STUGELMAYER, for his part, said he did not fault the agents, adding "They're cops, and cops can't be nice all the time."
STUGELMAYER, who said that he started the station after becoming tired of commercial radio, told the paper, "I don't think I want a career in radio anymore. I don't like the politics."