FCC Shutdowns of Ohio Microbroadcasters

Associated Press Report
August 26, 1998

    Federal regulators have shut down four unlicensed radio stations in
Cleveland in the government's latest enforcement effort against pirate radio
   The Federal Communications Commission working with the U.S. Marshal's
Service seized radio equipment from the stations, which were operating at
power levels ranging from more than 1,000 to 7,000 times the legal limit.
   Penalties for operating unlicensed stations include fines. But the FCC
did not say wednesday whether it would seek such a sanction against the four
   Last week, the government shut down 15 unlicensed radio stations in the
Miami area, one of its largest enforcement actions against pirate stations
to date.
   About 260 pirate radio stations have been shut down in the last year,
most of those stations closed voluntarily after being contacted by
regulators, said FCC spokesman David Fiske.
   Radio operators shut down in Cleveland were identified as: WSLR, 93.7 FM;
WSPL, 90.7 FM; WMRC ''Radio Ebenezer,'' 88.1 FM; and WPRC, 91.9 FM. The
equipment was seized on Tuesday.