[JPL] WBGO atttacked by pirates
michelle_mobley at sbcglobal.net
Sun Dec 23 21:13:36 EST 2007
THE SQUEAKY JAZZ FAN GETS THE MANTECA
Want to be a royal pain-in-the-neck of the FCC?
David Fiske david.fiske at fcc.gov
Maureen Peratino (Fiskes lacky) maureen.peratino at fcc.gov 202-418-0506
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Let's give then something to come back to after the holidaze...a boatload of
faxes would be fun.
-Michelle from Peeedro
Nick Francis - KPLU Music Director wrote:
Pirate radio alive and well in Brooklyn. And the FCC does nothing. (From the
Nick Francis - KPLU Music Director
> December 23, 2007
> Brooklyn Up Close
> With Airwaves Under Assault, Radio Stations Raise the Alarm
> By ALEX MINDLIN
> ON Monday night at 10:27, listeners to the Newark-based jazz station WBGO
> could hear the legendary Red Norvo plunking away at the final bars of âHave
> You Met Miss Jones?â The stationâs signal, at 88.3 FM, blankets the city
> from Tottenville at the southern tip of Staten Island to Riverdale in the
> north Bronx.
> But WBGO fans in the heavily Haitian neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn,
> could not hear Norvoâs glistening arpeggios. At that moment on that
> frequency, the Flatbush listeners instead heard an echoing voice pitching a
> wonder pill in Creole. âHaitians!â the man cried over a raucous
> background of horns and drums. âThis medicine cures all maladies!
> Constipation, depression, high cholesterol, even AIDS!â
> The intruding signal came from a low-power pirate broadcaster, one of many in
> Flatbush and nearby neighborhoods that bedevil the major stations by blocking
> their signals.
> âTheyâre killing us,â said Cephas Bowles, the general manager of WBGO.
> âThey donât respect the F.C.C., and they donât respect the stations
> that have legally been licensed to operate.â According to Mr. Bowles,
> listeners have been calling in daily with complaints.
> Brooklyn, over the years, has been home to dozens of pirate broadcasters,
> chattering in every language from Spanish to Yiddish. The Haitian-American
> community, with its traditional fondness for radio, is an especially
> receptive audience. But representatives of licensed stations say that for
> reasons they cannot pinpoint, the number and persistence of the pirates
> squatting on their frequencies has been increasing.
> George Evans, the head engineer at WFUV, the
> Fordham University radio station, said that a rising resentment about Spanish
> and Creole pirates had prompted him to solicit listener complaints on the
> stationâs Internet home page. The station has received 294 complaints since
> the notice went up in August, Mr. Evans said, most of them from listeners in
> Brooklyn and Paterson, N.J.
> Both Mr. Evans and Mr. Bowles said that they had complained to the
> Federal Communications Commission, but that the agency was slow to act
> against pirates. Since 2005, the commission has fined only one pirate
> broadcaster in Brooklyn, a man named Elroy Simpson of Prospect-Lefferts
> Gardens, who in January was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
> In response to questions, David Fiske, an F.C.C. spokesman, would say only,
> âWe donât comment on our investigative processes.â
> But Mr. Evans of WFUV had some advice for legislators. âFlorida has a very
> strict law where the police will come to your house, seize your equipment and
> throw you in jail,â he said. âThatâs what they need for New York.â
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