The crackdown on pirate radio stations continues. FCC agents, in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Marshals Service, seized radio equipment from Rumba FM, operating illegally at 95.3 in Manhattan.
The station was broadcasting from a high-rise apartment building in the city. The joint press release says the operator ignored several warnings. Authorities seized equipment operated by the illegal station at that station’s antenna location on St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan.
“Pirate radio stations are illegal, as they operate without an FCC license, and cause real harm. These stations can cause interference to legitimate, licensed broadcasters and can prevent those broadcasters from delivering critical public-safety information to listeners,” said Rosemary Harold, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. “We are pursuing multiple legal routes to stop pirate broadcasters and this seizure action in Manhattan is one of them. We thank our partners in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Marshals Service, and we’re particularly thankful for the great work of FCC field agents in combating this problem.”