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FCC Sends Pirate Radio Notices to Property Owners

Agents traced signals in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Oregon

The Federal Communications Commission has sent notices to several property owners of alleged pirate radio activities on their properties.

The letters from the Enforcement Bureau are headlined “Notice of Illegal Pirate Radio Broadcasting.” They remind the owners that federal law now provides for fines of up to $2 million “if we determine that you have continued to permit any individual or entity to engage in pirate radio broadcasting from the property that you own or manage.”

The bureau said its agents used direction finding techniques to source these FM signals. It mailed letters to Richard Manson for broadcasts on 103.5 MHz in Philadelphia in January; to Maria V. Hernandez of Kissimmee, Fla., for signals on 87.9 MHz in Hazleton, Pa., in January; to Edwin and Joyce Pitt of Baltimore, Md., for signals on 91.3 in February; and to Kent and Deanna Coppinger for signals on 100.5 MHz in La Grande, Ore., in March.

The letters provide recipients 10 business days to show that they are “no longer permitting pirate radio broadcasting to occur at the property.” The commission also asked that the owners identify the individual(s) engaged in pirate radio broadcasting on the property.

[Related: “FCC Starts Crackdown on Pirate Landlords,” Dec. 2020]

[Related: “Lack of Funding Hampers Pirate Enforcement,” Jan. 2021]