Station's Equipment Held Hostage
August 5, 2009 at 4:57 AM (PT)
WXXY BROADCASTING, INC. has filed for Special Temporary Authority to operate noncommercial Gospel WEHA (formerly WGXM and WXXY)/PORT REPUBLIC-ATLANTIC CITY, NJ without an EAS encoder and public file because a former programmer at the station allegedly took the equipment hostage.
The station told the FCC in a filing that on JULY 1st, Minister AL THOMAS took the operating logs, public file, and EAS equipment and told the station that he would not return the equipment unless his demands were met. The filing included a police report and request to operate without the files and EAS until they can be replaced, and says it has ordered new EAS equipment in case the original is not recovered.