The FCC is getting tough on pirate radio

Mar 19, 2016 10:20 pm
This month's tough approach to pirate radio at the Federal Communications Commission is a sharply worded letter. The letter, co-signed by all five Commissioners, was sent to organizations such as the National Association of Residential Property Managers, the National Association of Realtors, the National Property Management Association, and the Rental Property Owners Association. Basically, it told them that potential tenants who run pirate radio stations are bad people, and should not be tolerated. It was also sent to some advertising groups, in hopes of cutting into pirate radio revenues from ad sales. The letter says, “Pirate radio operators seek support from landlords or advertisers, including nightclubs, concert promoters, and local merchants. Providing support for such illegal activity could not only damage the reputation of such businesses, but could expose them to FCC enforcement or other legal actions. FCC rules require licensed broadcast stations to identify themselves each hour using their FCC-assigned call signs, as close to the hour as possible. If the station does not identify with a call sign, it may be a pirate operation. If it does identify with a call sign, you can look up the station using the call sign on the FCC’s Consolidated Database System.”
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