Pirate Cat Radio Ordered Off The Air & Fined $10,000 By The FCC

Pirate Cat Radio

After 13 years of near continuous broadcasting, San Francisco micro radio station Pirate Cat Radio (87.9 FM), operating out of Pirate Cat Café, has been ordered off the air and fined $10,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In a notice dated August 31, 2009 the FCC asserted that Monkey, the founder of Pirate Cat Radio, “willfully and repeatedly violated Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934” and proposed to fine him $10,000 for the infraction.

By bringing to bear the full weight of the Federal government against continued broadcast operations, the FCC’s order effectively ends Pirate Cat Radio’s thirteen-year run as one of the Bay Area’s most consistent voices of protest against corporate-run media monopolies and monocultural programming.

SF Gate’s “Off The Record” and SFAppeal have more on the story.

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