Report No. CI 98-8 COMPLIANCE AND INFORMATION ACTION May 5, 1998
FCC CLOSES DOWN UNLICENSED DETROIT RADIO STATION
The station's illegal broadcasts were interfering with the operations of licensed station WCHB-FM, on 105.9 FM, in Detroit, Michigan. Investigations by FCC agents led to the location of the transmitter and identity of the station's owners. FCC officials spoke to Mr. Edwin Raices, who admitted owning and operating the station without a license. FCC agents also warned Mr. Raices at that time that continued unlicensed broadcasting could subject the equipment to seizure under federal law. The station was subsequently moved to another location which was also discovered through investigations conducted by the FCC's Detroit Office.
Under federal law, radio stations may operate only upon the issuance of an FCC license covering such equipment. Section 510 of the Communications Act authorizes the federal government to seize radio equipment used in transmissions by unlicensed stations. Unlicensed radio transmissions, in general, can create a danger of interference to important radio communications services. Such illegal transmissions, using equipment of unknown technical integrity, also raise concerns because they frequently operate on channels directly adjacent to those used for sensitive aviation communications and air navigation signals, thereby increasing the potential for harmful interference to these authorized radio operations.
News Media Contact: David Fiske (202) 418-0500 Compliance and Information Bureau Contact: Pamera Hairston (202) 418-1160