The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau continues to crack down on illegal pirate radio stations in New York. Under the PIRATE Act, the FCC is required to conduct an annual spectrum sweep of the top 5 markets with the most illegal radio stations. Unfortunately, New York still ranks among the cities with the most illegal pirate stations. In addition, the FCC can now issue fines against property owners who allow illegal pirate stations to operate on their property. In its most recent actions, the FCC issued a Notice of Illegal Operation against two property owners in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn 99.3 FM
On May 2, 2023, agents from the New York Office confirmed by direction-finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 99.3 MHz were emanating from the property at 70 Rockaway Parkway #39, Brooklyn, New York 11212 (Property). Publicly available records identify 70 Rockaway Parkway as the owner of the Property.
Brooklyn 90.5 FM
On November 22, 2022, agents from the Columbia Office confirmed by direction-finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 90.5 MHz were emanating from the property at 2617 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11226 (Property). Publicly available records identify RAAV 2617 LLC. as the owner of the Property. The FCC’s records show no license issued for the operation of a radio broadcast station on 90.5 MHz at this location.
You can see the Notice involving 99.3 FM here.
You can see the Notice involving 90.5 FM here.