WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators have shut down an unlicensed radio
station in Memphis in the government's latest enforcement effort against
pirate radio operators.
The Federal Communications Commission, working with the U.S. Marshal's
Service, seized radio equipment from the station, which was operating at
power levels ranging from 90 to 6,400 times the legal limit.
The seizure took place on Sept. 23, but the commission didn't announce
action until Tuesday.
Penalties for operating unlicensed stations include fines and a
term of up to one year. But the FCC did not say whether it would seek such
any sanction against the FM station, which was operating on 94.7 MHz. The
station called itself "Free Radio Memphis."
In August, the government shut down 15 unlicensed radio stations in
Miami area, one of its largest enforcement actions against pirate stations
to date. After that, the government shut down four pirate stations in
About 260 pirate radio stations have been shut down in the last year.
of those stations closed voluntarily after being contacted by regulators.