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FCC Visits Free Radio Santa Cruz

At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, agents from the Federal Communications Commision attempted to gain entry into the studio of Free Radio Santa Cruz. Skidmark Bob approached the pair to ask if they had received complaints of interference. Both agents said the only problem was the station isn't licensed. As they left, Agent Hartshorn threatened to return with a warrant if FRSC did not shut down.

The all volunteer, collectively-run, community based radio station began broadcasting in the spring of 1995, providing Santa Cruz radio listeners with a diverse array of music, talk, and experimental programming unparalleled by anything on the local dial.

The FCC visit comes just five days after the 35 watt station relocated to a new home and new spot on the dial. After nine years of broadcasting at 96.3 FM, a previously unused frequency, FRSC operators moved to 101.1 FM. The switch comes as a good faith effort to avoid interference with Air 1. Last summer, the Christian rock station was granted a license for a ten watt repeater on 96.3 FM in Salinas, CA.

Thursday's visit to Free Radio Santa Cruz is yet another attempt at silencing the tiny station, despite strong community support. On September 3, 2003, the Santa Cruz City Council voted 7-0 in support of an emergency resolution calling on the FCC to leave the station alone.

[ Audio: FCC Visit at the New Location I FRSC vs FCC Skidmix I Coverage from DiyMedia.net ]
Santa Cruz, CA-
At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2004, agents from the Federal Communications Commision attempted to gain entry into the studio of Free Radio Santa Cruz. The all volunteer, collectively-run, community based radio station began broadcasting in the spring of 1995, providing Santa Cruz radio listeners with a diverse array of music, talk, and experimental programming unparalleled by anything on the local dial.

The FCC visit comes just five days after the 35 watt station relocated to a new home and new spot on the dial. After nine years of broadcasting at 96.3 FM, a previously unused frequency, FRSC operators moved to 101.1 FM. The switch comes as a good faith effort to avoid interference with Air 1. Last summer, the Christian rock station was granted a license for a ten watt repeater on 96.3 FM in Salinas, CA.

As FRSC volunteers were trying to complete construction of the new studio, Thursday, a voice asking, "Hello?" was heard from afar. FRSC programmer V-Man went to investigate and was confronted by David Doon & David Hartshorn, who identified themselves as agents from the FCC's Pleasanton field office. Agent Doon demanded to know where the radio station was located & also claimed unlicensed operators face a $10,000 fine for each day on the air. When V-Man asked to see a seizure order, Agent Doon admitted they did not have a warrant, but asserted he would soon. The agents were immediately ordered off the property, at which point they made their way to the sidewalk.

While Agent Doon took a few photos of the house, FRSC volunteer, Skidmark Bob approached the pair to ask if they had received complaints of interference. Both agents said the only problem was the station isn't licensed. As they left, Agent Hartshorn threatened to return with a warrant if FRSC did not shut down.

The field agents left a notice of unlicensed radio operation stapled to a nearby fence. According to the form, the FCC did not detect any interference coming from the broadcast on 101.1 FM.

Thursday's visit to FRSC is yet another attempt at silencing the tiny station, despite strong community support. On September 3, 2003, the Santa Cruz City Council voted 7-0 in support of an emergency resolution calling on the FCC to leave the station alone.

At this point, FRSC operators plan to continue broadcasting despite the FCC visit. To support the station financially, send checks to "FRSC" PO Box 7507 Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or visit www.freakradio.org
 
 


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Re: FCC Visits Free Radio Santa Cruz

Anyone who, out of fear, submits to the IRS and pays taxes is guilty of helping to fund the FCC's censorious evil.

That's how it works.

We are all partly to blame.
 

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