A Rocky End For An Appalachia Infringer

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In May 2017, the Assistant Chief of a volunteer fire department in a tiny West Virginia town stepped away from his role after nearly 5 1/2 years. He had a radio broadcasting background of sorts, as the operator of online radio operation Real Radio Daytona.

At the same time, this individual was the owner and morning host of an online radio station in Lexington, Ky., mimicking the branding of a licensed facility in Huntington, W. Va.

It seems being an online-only operator wasn’t enough for Tim Granger and his wife Pam Lee. In Williamson, W. Va., their “Rock 104.1” went on the air two months ago. It’s now silent. What happened? Someone called the FCC on their unlicensed radio operation.

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