Manhattan Pirate FM Station Raided, Equipment Seized

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Raid!


Most of the pirate FM action in the NEW YORK area has been in other boroughs and NEW JERSEY, but the FCC’s latest raid of an unlicensed radio station was in MANHATTAN on APRIL 10th, the Commission has announced.  Agents from the FCC, working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of NEW YORK and the U.S. Marshals Service, seized radio transmission equipment from a pirate known as “RUMBA FM,” operating from a high-rise on St, Nicholas Avenue on 95.3 FM.  The operators, the Commission said, had received numerous warnings.

“Pirate radio stations are illegal, as they operate without an FCC license, and cause real harm.  These stations can cause interference to legitimate, licensed broadcasters and can prevent those broadcasters from delivering critical public-safety information to listeners,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief ROSEMARY HAROLD.  “We are pursuing multiple legal routes to stop pirate broadcasters and this seizure action in MANHATTAN is one of them.  We thank our partners in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of NEW YORK and the U.S. Marshals Service, and we’re particularly thankful for the great work of FCC field agents in combatting this problem.”


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