by Katheleen Conti
May 15, 2014
A government-enforced shutdown of three unlicensed community radio stations last month providing programming to ethnically diverse neighborhoods underscored the prevalence of so-called “pirate radio” not just in Boston, but also in the suburbs.
Of the three stations raided by federal agents, one transmitted out of Everett, Brockton, and Boston, while another was solely Brockton-based, according to the US attorney’s Boston office, which initiated the cases.
Since 2003, the Federal Communications Commission has taken enforcement action 37 times against illegal radio stations operating in communities north, south, and west of Boston. The bulk of those actions have come against low-frequency radio stations in Brockton broadcasting to the city’s vast Cape Verdean and Haitian populations.