September 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm #21433
From Radio Ink:
Massive Fine For Florida Pirate
On Tuesday The FCC proposed the maximum fine allowable by statute—$144,344—against a pirate radio station in North Miami, Florida. The action marks the first time the Commission has proposed finding the property owners where the transmission equipment was located apparently liable for the operation of the station.
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene KranzSeptember 26, 2017 at 9:10 pm #21440
I was about to cry foul on holding the property owners liable…until reading that they were aware of the station, provided land for the transmitter facility, and hooked it up to their own electricity. That’s just moronic. Did they think no one would notice? Worse yet, all parties involved had been raided and had property seized before this incident.
Someone with a substantial amount of land, especially if it isn’t where their day-to-day residence is, might not know if someone’s set up a transmitter on their property, but that is clearly not the case here. These guys weren’t even trying to hide it. Not clever.December 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #22023
From Ars Technica:
FCC tries to make Miami pirate radio station walk the plank
$144,000 fine for ignoring all requests to stop.
“Pirate radio” in 2017 takes many forms, but here’s one: a north Miami couple hosting a transmitter in their backyard shed while a DJ’s signal is piped in over the Internet and promoted on Facebook—even after multiple warnings from the government and a gear seizure by the US Marshals. Oh—did I mention the $144,344 fine? Not that anyone’s likely to pay it.
Welcome to 90.1 MHz, “Radio Touche Douce,” a Haitian music station appearing to be so obviously illegal that it even has the ability to unite the current fractious set of FCC commissioners. It’s not even a secret; as the Miami Herald notes, the station is “the pulse of the Haitian music industry in Miami, organizing some of the most popular big-ticket parties while promoting bands and guiding konpa music fans to the next hit.” But that doesn’t mean it has been easy to shut down.
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene Kranz
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