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Free Radio San Diego has been raided, confiscated and shut down by the FCC. Despite recent threats and pressure on the unlicensed broadcaster, the station had continued its 24-hour music and information programming up until today.

I received a call about the raid this morning and was asked to go to the studio and witness what was occurring. After being given directions (I’d never seen the station’s location) I skateboarded down to the site. When I got there at about 11:35 a.m. the FCC was already gone. A few hair-dyed sweaty goth kids were hanging around the sidewalk while a news cameraman interviewed a young woman. I didn’t hear all of what she said but did hear “corporate? and “nazi?, so you’ll probably see her quoted on tonight’s news. I think she was interviewed by KUSI, and shortly after that a 10 News reporter pulled up and began asking inane questions. The actual news event was over. A couple of people presumably from the collective managed to get back into the studio and appeared to be trying to salvage some equipment, but I didn’t see them carrying anything away. I considered hanging around to be interviewed but I didn’t much look the part in my shorts, t-shirt and backwards ballcap. Also, although I’ve been on the air of FRSD a number of times, my application to be a DJ on the station was voted down, and if they saw me interviewed on TV I'm sure some of them would’ve thought I was an asshole. So I split. Before leaving I talked with two DJs from RadioActive who had come down, and they were leaving to get on their station and talk about what had happened to FRSD. They seemed genuinely angry about the raid.

The Federal Communications Commission does have the jurisdiction to shut down unlicensed broadcasts. The FCC does not, however, have the moral right or legal justification to make it financially impossible for independent community radio stations to get a license. They continue to defend the monopoly of the public airwaves by wealthy corporations. It is this crime against the public interest that the station refused to accept.

San Diego lost its most important independent media voice today. We now return you to your regular Soft Cock programming. Mahalo.

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Update: the station's webstream is down (obviously) but the website and message board are still operational. On 96.9 FM, the static-y broadcast of 101.5 KGB is currently heard. Led Zeppelin never sounded so shitty.

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F the FCC

I used to listen to the radio
And I don’t guess they’re listenin’ to me no more
They talk too much but that’s okay
I don’t understand a single word they say
Piss and moan about the immigrants
But don’t say nothin’ about the president
A democracy don’t work that way
I can say anything I wanna say

So fuck the FCC
Fuck the FBI
Fuck the CIA
Livin’ in the motherfuckin’ USA

People tell me that I’m paranoid
And I admit I’m gettin’ pretty nervous, boy
It just gets tougher everyday
To sit around and watch it while it slips away
Been called a traitor and a patriot
Call me anything you want to but
Just don’t forget your history
Dirty Lenny died so we could all be free

So fuck the FCC

Fuck the FBI
Fuck the CIA
Livin' in the motherfuckin' USA

- Steve Earle, F the CC
 


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