FCC Allows Pirate To Stay On The Air?

Roger Kirk rogerkirk@ttlc.net
Mon Feb 5 19:23:27 EST 2007

Does this portend the creation of a Pirate Radio Lobby?

Herewith a paraphrase of a short squib from All Access which was 
paraphrased from Nevada's esteemed Pahrump Valley Times:

The FCC, along with pressure from Senate Majority Leader HARRY REID, is 
allowing a pirate station in GOLDFIELD, NV to operate with Special 
Temporary Authority until it can apply for an LPFM license in the next 
filing window.

The station was raided and shut down on June 9th, 2006 - on January 29th 
was granted an STA allowing it to move from 100.3 to 106.3 FM at 100 watts.

In the letter, the Commission cites Sec. 309(f) of the Communications 
Act of 1934 to allow STAs in "extraordinary circumstances requiring 
temporary authorizations in the public interest."

The Commission's actions were prompted by Sen. REID, who wrote in 
support of the station's programming.

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