The FCC issued no less than six notices involving individuals operating overpowered broadcast stations in the FM band without a license. Five were working in the notorious buccaneer state of Florida, but it was a pirate in San Jose CA that was hit the hardest – for declining an FCC request to inspect his station.
Here are the list of the pirates and along with their theaters of operation and the frequency upon which they plied their illegal trade:
* Fort Myers FL: Patrick Michael Ford, also known as Disc Jockey “Joker” is hit with a notice of apparent liability for the standard $10K for operating on 95.7 MHz.
* Fort Myers FL: Alex Alcime, also known as Disc Jockey “Short Dawg” is hit with a notice of apparent liability for the standard $10K, also for operating on 95.7 MHz.
* Lauderdale Lakes FL: Mikhail Rhodd, also known as “Blakk Babi” for operating on 89.5 MHz, hit with standard $10K NAL. The station was calling itself “Stuntastic Radio.”
* Miami FL: Antonio Robinson hit with $10K NAL for operating a station calling itself Hittbreaker Radio. It was operating on 105.5 MHz.
* St. Petersburg FL: Thomas L. Morey, broadcasting as Thomas on 88.3 MHz, hit with standard $10K NAL.
*San Jose CA: Gabriel A. Garcia: Hit for operating on numerous frequencies, from numerous San Jose locations, calling the station KNRG. When FCC agents traced a signal on 93.7 MHz to its genesis, a request to inspect the station was denied. On another inspection attempt, according to the FCC, “Garcia refused and stated to the agents, ‘Do you want to get shot?’” For all of these reasons the FCC found his violation to be egregious and jacked the fine up to $25K.