Radio pirate ordered to pay fine


Field agents of the FCC found an unlicensed FM station operating from the home of Dexter Blake in Mt. Vernon, NY in August 2008 and he was later issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) for $10,000. Blake has neither paid up nor responded to the NAL, so the FCC is now demanding that he pay the fine.

Using direction-finding equipment, field agents located the unlicensed station operating on 101.5 MHz on August 13 and 14, 2008. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, Northeast Region, based in NYC, sent Blake a notice that he had to cease operation and gave him 10 days to reply with any evidence that his station did not violate FCC rules.

He did not reply to that notice, nor to the NAL issued in March 2009. G. Michael Moffitt, Regional director, Northeast Region, Enforcement Bureau, has now affirmed the $10,000 fine and issued a Forfeiture Order for Blake to cough up $10,000 to the US Treasury via the FCC’s bank lockbox. By the way, the order also gives Blake information on how to pay by credit card, if he prefers. He’ll be receiving the order by certified mail.