Radio Free Allston busted

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 11:58:14 -0500
From: (stephen provizer)


Yes, we were busted on Tuesday at 5:15 PM by the FCC. Here's the story:

I was running the board for the 5:00 show when two agents walked in and
their ID's proved they were from the FCC.

They asked me if I had a license to operate a station and the usual aggressive(albeit controlled) exchanges ensued. They told me that I was in non-compliance, etc. and had to close the station down or face fines, jail and so on. They took photos of the equipment and readings from the transmitter. Nothing was taken.

I asked if there had been complaints against us and they said there had been-by other stations; that we had caused co-channel interference. Is that true? I don't know.

They had no papers with them, but since jurisdiction and legal processes in this area are so grey, I decided to close for the short term. After we get legal advice-and I'm counting on the ACLU to step in that this point-we will know whether we can begin broadcasting again while the legal process commences.

In the meantime, it's obvious that our campaign-petitions, the Big Event, letters to legislators-has to be accelerated. I expect that we will get a lot of press out of this and we need to move fast to take advantage of it.

The steering committee is going to meet tonight or tomorrow night and we'll set a time and place to hold a full-station meeting very soon-probably this weekend.

We're doing good things and being treated like criminals. Somethings got to change.

Steve Provizer
20 Reedsdale St.
Allston, MA 02134