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Governor Patrick criticizes radio station shutdown (feds raid pirate station since '07)
Boston Globe ^ | 4/18/14 | Michael Levenson

Posted on 04/18/2014 9:36:32 AM PDT by raccoonradio

Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) today sharply criticized federal agents for shutting down an unlicensed radio station in Grove Hall and said he tried to dissuade them from raiding the station that bills itself as the fabric of the black community.

Patrick, the state’s first African-American governor, said he had received advanced warning from the US attorney’s office that TOUCH 106.1 FM was going to be raided and urged the office not to proceed.

But federal agents disregarded him. They swept into the station Thursday and seized transmission equipment in what they called a strike against illegally operating radio stations.

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KEYWORDS: devalpatrick; massachusetts; minime; pirateradio; touchfm
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Clearly the FCC and Fed. marshalls acted stupidly. This station has been on since '07 or so and was issued a $17k fine and a cease and desist order by the FCC in '08. Since then they have remained on air, perhaps protected by the likes of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Owner Charles Clemons ran for mayor last year and used the station to promote his campaign. Now apparently there were complaints either about that, or interferece with Greater Media's WROR FM 105.7 (oddly, GM also owns "Hot 96.9", a hip hop station that probably lost listeners to the illegal Touch 106.1...go figure.)
1 posted on 04/18/2014 9:36:32 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

Howie Carr list ping


2 posted on 04/18/2014 9:37:46 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

More JBT tactics on the people.

You know, if we don’t hang together, we will all hang separately.

I don’t care if the radio station was broadcasting “Kill the White People.” It’s their Constituitional right to do so, just as it’s our Constitutiona right to defend ourselves.

Away with Fedzilla!


3 posted on 04/18/2014 9:42:05 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: raccoonradio

Does the station own any cows?


4 posted on 04/18/2014 9:42:32 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Westbrook

All white people have to abide by FCC laws, this has gone on for 7 years and the station was used for political reasons on top of it. It should have been shutdown in 2007.


5 posted on 04/18/2014 9:43:47 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Westbrook

so broadcasting ‘ Kill White people’ from an illegally operating station is a constitutional right?


6 posted on 04/18/2014 9:47:57 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Race card ping!
Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) [the state’s first African-American governor] today sharply criticized federal agents for shutting down an unlicensed radio station in Grove Hall and said he tried to dissuade them from raiding the station that bills itself as the fabric of the black community.

7 posted on 04/18/2014 9:48:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: raccoonradio
Pirate photo: pirate piratevixen.jpg Aaaarrrggghhh
8 posted on 04/18/2014 9:48:25 AM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: George from New England; RWGinger

Well said.


9 posted on 04/18/2014 9:48:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Westbrook
It’s their Constituitional right to do so...

No, it isn't. They are in violation of the Communications Act of 1934, and it's been tested in the courts many times. There are no exceptions for "urban" radio stations.

10 posted on 04/18/2014 9:50:51 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: tumblindice

“Well, shiver my timber...”


11 posted on 04/18/2014 9:51:42 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Indeed. And as some have pointed out what if this were a white-oriented station from the Charlestown section of the city? Would he be this up in arms if they had been raided?


12 posted on 04/18/2014 9:52:07 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: George from New England

You are correct. I do find it surprising it’s operated so long, tells me there is some favoritism going on at the FCC dating back to the Bush years. I wonder why it has been tolerated?


13 posted on 04/18/2014 9:52:40 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: raccoonradio
issued a $17k fine and a cease and desist order

Only one thing to do here; hire cowboys to round them up and shoot them up!

Pay only $977,000. Such a deal!

14 posted on 04/18/2014 9:53:31 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: raccoonradio

While it may, too, have survived as long as this pirate station has, there would certainly not be the “outrage” we see with the closing of it now. This is Patrick’s Massachusetts, and Obastard’s feral government.


15 posted on 04/18/2014 9:54:55 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
Yes; Barack's mini-me
"Together We Can"
"Yes We Can"

16 posted on 04/18/2014 9:57:30 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

One person in Mass. ignores regulations issued by a federal agency and the governor criticizes the feds for enforcement actions.

Another person ignores regulations issued by a different federal agency in Nevada, feds send in armed troops to enforce their mandates, and the governor says what?


17 posted on 04/18/2014 10:00:47 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: George from New England
It should have been shutdown in 2007.

Exactly.

18 posted on 04/18/2014 10:03:11 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: RWGinger

> so broadcasting ‘ Kill White people’ from an illegally
> operating station is a constitutional right?

I don’t care what they broadcast as long as I remain free to defend myself.

As for “illegally operating station”, I’ve got a new perspective on this considering Cliven Bundy’s “illegally operating” cattle ranch.

I’m just sick of Fedzilla. I want them to shrink by a factor of 10 or more.


19 posted on 04/18/2014 10:09:19 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: bigbob
Another person ignores regulations issued by a different federal agency in Nevada, feds send in armed troops to enforce their mandates, and the governor says what?

He sent a sternly-worded letter.

20 posted on 04/18/2014 10:10:39 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Westbrook

If this station had been operating since before 1934, I might say you have a case.


21 posted on 04/18/2014 10:12:21 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty; xzins
No, it isn't. They are in violation of the Communications Act of 1934, and it's been tested in the courts many times. There are no exceptions for "urban" radio stations.

This is why we need to question everything the Feds do. Under what constitutional authority does the federal government have to shut this station down if:

1. The radio signals never cross a state line and

2. The signal is not interfering with licensed stations that have signals which cross state lines and

3) the station is not operating for the purpose of making money or otherwise engaging in interstate commerce?

Just because something has been upheld by the courts doesn't make it constitutional. The courts have become an arm of the oligarchy and the tools of creeping totalitarianism.

22 posted on 04/18/2014 10:21:01 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’ll betcha you’ll find the electric company has been giving them a pass for years too.


23 posted on 04/18/2014 10:25:23 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: raccoonradio

Did the raid require the use of armored vehicles, military grade weapons, armed helicoptors and drones?


24 posted on 04/18/2014 10:37:16 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Fresh Wind

“It should have been shutdown in 2007.

Exactly. “

It shouldn’t have been shut down at all unless they were infringing on some commercial broadcaster’s right to bandwith. The government doesn’t own the airwaves, it regulates them to so that they can be used productively without everyone stepping on everyone else’s toes. There were no rules at all concerning lower power stations until they were promulgated by the FCC under their regulatory authority. There’s no need for them to start shutting down stations and confiscating equipment unless the operators were interfering with some other station’s signal.


25 posted on 04/18/2014 10:39:13 AM PDT by Blackyce (French President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.")
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To: P-Marlowe; Cyber Liberty

Many, many moons ago when Xzins was a young buck, some from the high school discovered that their dad’s ham radio could hit one end or other of our radio frequencies.

So, they became a rock and roll pirate station. They actually played very good music, were awful DJs, and should have been loved by the Burger Brewing Company, because Burger got non-stop advertising whenever they were on air.

The radio station eventually was closed down by the authorities.

And, no connection whatsoever, but the Burger Brewing company disappeared a decade or so later. I’m sure they needed the free advertising even then.


26 posted on 04/18/2014 10:43:38 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Westbrook
> so broadcasting ‘ Kill White people’ from an illegally "> operating station is a constitutional right? I don’t care what they broadcast as long as I remain free to defend myself. As for “illegally operating station”, I’ve got a new perspective on this considering Cliven Bundy’s “illegally operating” cattle ranch. I’m just sick of Fedzilla. I want them to shrink by a factor of 10 or more."

gotta agree with you on this. We need to keep our eye on the ball. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

I don't give a crap what the feds say this station was violating. I don't care what fines Bundy didn't pay. The Federal government is out of control.

We need to cut the Government by 80% at the minimum. Outside of the military and a limited FBI the federal government must be disarmed. No federal worker unless they are with the FBI should be authorized to carry weapons of any kind. Enough of the raids and intimidation. Outside of the FBI no person that works for the Government should even have the title of "agent". They are federal workers and that's it.

It time to return to the limited government of our founding.

27 posted on 04/18/2014 10:47:40 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: raccoonradio

Check their website. Looks like heavily influence from the old Nation of Islam on their programming.


28 posted on 04/18/2014 10:56:02 AM PDT by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: xzins

87.7 is a favorite of Pirate Radio enthusiasts because it is on the FM frequency dial, but is not licensed to anyone. It was only used for VHF channel 6, so if there was no channel 6 nearby, it was a wide open frequency. Unfortunately the Feds are aware and they monitor it for signals.

If you are going to do Pirate Radio it is best to bury it between station frequencies that play a similar genre. That way a weak signal is not detected as a pirate station as easily. If you are playing heavy metal between two classical music stations you are more likely to be “targeted”.

It took the Feds about 8 years to discover the Christian Pirate radio station that was broadcasting in our “neighborhood” ;-)


29 posted on 04/18/2014 11:04:00 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: precisionshootist

I feel the same way about those pesky laws insisting we drive in the right lanes of the freeways with a speed limit. I should be able to drive where I want at 120 MPH. /s

(If you can’t see why FCC licensing is a legitimate function of government, I don’t think you can be helped.)


30 posted on 04/18/2014 11:11:49 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: RWGinger

There’s nothing in the First Amendment that denies it.


31 posted on 04/18/2014 11:15:05 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: precisionshootist

“No federal worker unless they are with the FBI should be authorized to carry weapons of any kind. “

Would make our Boarder Patrol a total joke.


32 posted on 04/18/2014 11:16:18 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: precisionshootist

“Public servant” is good with me.


33 posted on 04/18/2014 11:18:19 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: Cyber Liberty; P-Marlowe
(If you can’t see why FCC licensing is a legitimate function of government, I don’t think you can be helped.)

Why national and not state?

34 posted on 04/18/2014 11:31:22 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Take Boston as an example. TV and radio stations there broadcast over almost all of New England. It’s interstate commerce, the real kind, not the contrived kind.


35 posted on 04/18/2014 11:36:50 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty; P-Marlowe

There is nothing preventing the power of their broadcast being trimmed back to fit their state of origin OR there is nothing preventing their having to apply to multiple states to have their broadcast in each state.

Regulating interstate commerce doesn’t mean owning it...no more with the radio waves than with the highways.


36 posted on 04/18/2014 11:41:35 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: raccoonradio

It’s almost impossible to find radio stations anymore that aren’t controlled by major media corporations. I’m all for pirate radio, unless it can be established that it’s being used to promote criminal activity. The issue is federal and corporate control of almost every aspect of our lives.


37 posted on 04/18/2014 11:42:08 AM PDT by grania
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To: xzins; Cyber Liberty
Isn't it amazing how many Freepers with conservative sounding handles have this knee jerk reaction that everything that can be regulated needs to be regulated by the federal government. The Feds can't do much of anything efficiently or competently. IMO if a signal is non commercial and is not intended to cross state lines and does not interfere with a licensed radio station's intended frequency range, then the Feds have no jurisdiction to shut it down.

The only regulatory authorization for this shutdown was the commerce clause. Liberals have used that clause to justify all manner of federal tyranny and unless we draw a line in the sand somewhere (like Bunkerville Nevada) they are going to continue to strangle our liberty at every turn.

38 posted on 04/18/2014 11:43:32 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Westbrook
The people own the spectrum and it is up to the GOVERNMENT to decide who gets to use it.

Keep it up, citizen, the GOVERNMENT may have a cot waiting for you in a remote location where you can get your mind right.

39 posted on 04/18/2014 11:47:38 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: xzins

I don’t know. There was a time when large areas of the country had radio coverage from a few, out of state stations. If you lived in IA, for example, WLS in Chicago was pretty much the only show in town. Getting radio station signal patterns to match state borders can be pretty tricky as a technical matter. Plus, atmospheric conditions can skew the signals. Heavy sunspot activity, for example, can have a major impact on distance in the AM band. When the sun goes down, the distances increase dramatically, which is why most AM stations reduce power about 5X at night. I wish Common Tater was still with us, he was an expert on the industry. I was just an engineer.

It seems to me if ever there was a good purpose to have a federal agency to set the ground rules for an activity, broadcasting is it.


40 posted on 04/18/2014 11:48:39 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

Then you had “The X” which broadcast out of Mexico, outside of the jurisdiction of the FCC.


41 posted on 04/18/2014 11:50:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: raccoonradio

Deval wouldn’t be very upset if the station was run by white people or conservatives.


42 posted on 04/18/2014 11:51:05 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: P-Marlowe
IMO if a signal is non commercial and is not intended to cross state lines and does not interfere with a licensed radio station's intended frequency range, then the Feds have no jurisdiction to shut it down.

If you are arguing the Feds should have no authority here, then you just shot yourself down because this was a commercial radio station. Furthermore, if a station were to be "non commercial" (whatever that means), their signal could intrude on a commercial station's coverage area if not regulated.

If you are suggesting this makes me "non-conservative," then FU if you think you are the arbiter of what's conservative.

43 posted on 04/18/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: dfwgator

The entire continental US would be like that if the FCC haters had their way.


44 posted on 04/18/2014 11:56:03 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty; xzins
If you are suggesting this makes me "non-conservative," then FU if you think you are the arbiter of what's conservative.

I think you are a foul mouthed knee jerk statist. Must every signal in the FM frequency higher than 100 milliwatts be subject to federal regulation?

Most Pirate Radio stations are 1 to 5 watt stations that interfere with nobody and are intended to serve small neighborhoods and are run by budding teenage transmitter engineers on cheap and often with home made transmitters. They find unused frequencies and bother nobody. But if some bureaucrat 2000 miles away gets a call from someone at some giant corporation that owns 50% of the licenses for broadcasting in the US, the Feds will spend thousands of dollars tracking that 2 watt signal down to shut them down and threaten the kid with a prison term and a $10,000 fine.

If that is the America you want to live in, then you are not a Constitutional Conservative.

45 posted on 04/18/2014 12:09:33 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe

Oh, I’m a statist now? Yup. FU fits you perfectly.

Let me know how your 120 MPH run down the left side of the freeway works out for you. Those statist sonsabitches have no right to tell you how to drive. Try not to hit any innocent people.


46 posted on 04/18/2014 12:12:34 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: grania
I’m all for pirate radio, unless it can be established that it’s being used to promote criminal activity.

What about political activity? It was heavily involved in the mayor's race.

BTW -black politicians, once elected, see absolutely nothing wrong with showing favoritism toward one group over another. The media go along with it.

47 posted on 04/18/2014 12:18:12 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: raccoonradio

Please no pictures. Spare us the great nausea.


48 posted on 04/18/2014 12:19:08 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: ladyjane
Political activity is fine, as long as it's not restricted to specific groups that have such stations on the air.

What I'd like are some pirate stations that play real oldies Rock 'n Roll. <^..^>

49 posted on 04/18/2014 12:21:25 PM PDT by grania
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To: wastedyears

But there is something about FCC regs and that being an illegally operating station
PLUS calling for someone to be killed is hate speech.

can you imagine if that had been a white radio station calling for blacks to be killed?

BTW the first amendment while generous does not and never has allowed completely unfettered speech


50 posted on 04/18/2014 12:23:30 PM PDT by RWGinger
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