Big Fine Set For Queens Pirate Pest


By Adam R Jacobson

elmhurst-row-housesA three-year cat-and-mouse game with a renegade radio broadcaster illegally operating in the nation’s No. 1 market may soon be coming to an end.

The FCC on Friday fined José Luis Gerez for repeatedly ignoring its requests to shut down an unlicensed FM at 95.1 MHz by moving the antenna around the same neighborhood nearly a half-dozen times.

RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION (full text below, for subscribers): Hooray for the FCC’s continued efforts to crack down on pirates in locales such as New York and Miami, where it has field offices. But, what’s going to happen if pirate broadcasters begin to flourish in the 11 cities where field offices will soon be closing?

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.
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