Welcome to 2010. Things look about the same from here. World events like the massive quake in Haiti demonstrate the urgent need for micro-power radio to pick up the slack when big-time radio stations are knocked off the air. Of course, our own government must take part of the blame for the chaos in Haiti, since the ouster of President Aristide was planned in Washington DC. If people can contribute to the recovery, probably the Red Cross would be the best charity to contact. Call them at 1-800-REDCROSS or www.redcross.org on the web. We see that small stations are still getting threatened with big fines for illegal broadcasting, while the so-called “Voice of America” is beaming into Zimbabwe with pirate stations. Check the following station alerts for more info. We salute Jayhaed Saade of MIX FM 91.9 for challenging the Canadian authorities and we wish him good luck in his struggles. As someone once said, “direct action gets the goods”. The best way to get an unfair law changed is for millions of people to challenge it repeatedly. Finally, on february 6th at 2:00 PM, there will be a screening of the film, “Pirate Radio” (formerly known as The Boat That Rocked). FCCFreeRadio.com and Indy Arts and Media will present a panel on LPFM radio (often called pirate radio). FCCFree Radio staff will share their stories and answer questions! Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco.
-Paul Griffin (for the AMPB)
Austin Pirate Fine Is Confirmed
Ten grand is the confirmed penalty for a pirate radio operation heard in Austin, Texas, in 2009. It’s a case in which the station operators argued that the FCC doesn’t have jurisdiction on broadcasts within one state. It’s also of note because it came and went relatively quickly, as FCC enforcements go — it’s been less than five months since the initial complaint — and also because the commission says the illegal broadcasts continued even after agents had notified the operators they were in violation and outlined possible penalties. The FCC this week upheld an earlier notice of apparent liability against Jerry and Deborah Stevens for operation on 90.1 MHz. The commission says the Houston office of the Enforcement Bureau in August used its direction-finding gear to source the signals at the Austin home in response to a complaint. It then issued a notice of unlicensed operation, which the Stevens acknowledged. They requested additional time to provide information in their reply. The commission granted 30 days to provide info but said its agents identified illegal broadcasts on two subsequent dates. The Stevens responded by admitting operating radio transmitting equipment, though only within the boundaries of Texas, and questioned the FCC’s jurisdiction over intrastate communications. In November the FCC issued its notice of apparent liability. Jerry and Deborah Stevens then contested it, citing a question of FCC jurisdiction. They also questioned whether the resident agent who signed the NAL had the authority to do so. The FCC has now reiterated in its ruling that the law “explicitly sets forth the commission’s jurisdiction over all radio transmissions, both interstate and intrastate.” It also explained that “resident agents at each installation are delegated authority by the commission to act upon applications, requests or other matters, which are not in hearing status.” And resident agents may indeed issue a written notice of apparent liability, it ruled. The fine was confirmed by the regional director of the South Central Region of the Enforcement Bureau.
Industry Canada criticized over handling of pirate station
By KENNETH JACKSON
Industry Canada is coming under fire for failing to punish an Ottawa pirate radio station that has returned to the air once again. Radio enthusiasts have been complaining to Industry Canada since the so-called MIX FM 91.9 returned sometime on Dec. 24. The station has been playing pop music around the clock. They've also been voicing their anger online. "The incompetence of Industry Canada is astonishing. I wonder at what point some bright light at IC will come up with the bright idea of actually confiscating the equipment?" wrote one visitor at digitalhome.ca. The technology website broke the story about the pirate station in early December. Since then, a forum thread dedicated to 91.9 has generated more than 850 posts from radio executives, amateurs and enthusiasts. Jayhaed Saade, a.k.a. DJ J, started the station out of his father's Saade International Inn. The 14-year-old told QMI Agency he bought the transmitter and put it up himself. He did so without his father's knowledge, he said. Industry Canada issued a first warning in early December. Saade went off the air for a day but then started back up. Shortly after midnight on Dec. 14, he went silent again. Days prior to this, Saade got his second cease-and-desist order from Industry Canada. He was told he faced daily fines and jail time if he continued. Saade apologized and said he'd apply for a licenceIndustry Canada admits the case with 91.9 isn't common and there is an active investigation. "This type of situation is rare. Industry Canada's approach to enforcement action in such cases begins with an attempt to sensitize and educate unauthorized station operators of unlawful activities under the Radio Communications Act," said spokesman Michel Cimpaye in an e-mail to QMI Agency.
Botswana dismisses pirate radio claims
The Botswana government has responded to reports that it is hosting pirate radio stations broadcasting hate speech against President Robert Mugabe. It referred to the reports as “baseless” and an attempt to divert attention away from the real political issues facing the country. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Phandu Skelemani, said the accusations that Botswana is using the American radio station, Voice of America, to spread hate propaganda against the Zimbabwean government is false because Botswana does not control the station’s editorial content. “The VOA station in Botswana is just a relay station, which has absolutely no control on editorial content. Everything is done in Washington,” said Skelemani in a report published in the Botswana media.Skelemani’s comments comes at the back of a series of scathing attacks in the state owned Herald newspaper in which the Zimbabwean government accused Botswana of hosting Studio 7, a specialist broadcasting station on Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean government also accused Madagascar of hosting Radio VOP which also broadcasts into Zimbabwe. It argued that these broadcasts are spreading hate speech and threatens the existence of a ten-month old coalition government. But VOA’s Director of Africa Broadcasting, Gwen Dillard, said the accusations were completely inaccurate. “The government needs to open its tight regulations for independent and free media. If the government liberalised the media space, there wouldn’t be any need for us,” said Dillard.
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A PUBLICATION BY THE ASSOCIATION OF MICRO-POWER BROADCASTERS
# TITLE - ARTIST - LABEL
1 BAIONARENA-MANU CHAO-NACIONAL
2 GLITTER AND DOOM LIVE-TOM WAITS-ANTI
3 BORDERS Y BAILES-LOS TEXMANIACS-SMITHSONIAN
4 PUTUMAYO PRESENTS ESPANA-VARIOUS ARTISTS-PUTUMAYO
5 ESTE MUNDO-RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES-CUMBANCHA
6 THE SECRET SONG-DJ SPOOKY-THIRSTY EAR
7 THE LIVE ANTHOLOGY-TOM PETTY-REPRISE
8 SOMEWHERE GONE-EXENE CERVENKA-BLOODSHOT
9 DANCE THE WORLD-VARIOUS ARTISTS-WORLD MUSIC NET
10 HANK WILLIAMS DIED...-JOE SWANK & THE ZEN PIRATES-(INDY)
11 FOR ROSA, MAEVE AND NOREEN-SAMUEL JAMES-NORTHERN BLUES
12 AT HOME WITH FRIENDS-JOSHUA BELL-SONY
13 COMMON PROSPERITY-PREZIDENT BROWN-TOMORROW'S CHILDREN
15 THE MAGIC COUPLE-AMADOU & MARIAM-UNIVERSAL
16 THERE IS NO ENEMY-BUILT TO SPILL-WARNER BROS.
17 ...AND THE HORSE...-SCOTLAND YARD GOSPEL CHOIR-BLOODSHOT
18 YA FOY!-SARAZINO-CUMBANCHA
19 THE MELODY OF RHHYTHM-BELA FLECK & FRIENDS-E1
20 IN A DIS YA TIME-THE ITALS-VP
21 DIVIDED BY NIGHT-THE CRYSTAL METHOD-TINY E RECORDS
22 DREAMIN' MAN LIVE-NEIL YOUNG-REPRISE
23 SURVIVAL SKILLS-KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT-DUCK DOWN
24 IN MONSTROUS ATTITUDE-DUFUS-ROIR
25 THE RESISTANCE-MUSE-WARNER BROS.
26 WORLD RISING-BEN DOWLING-VISION SOUND
27 PUTUMAYO PRESENTS JAZZ AROUND THE WORLD-PUTUMAYO
28 PULSE OF THE PEOPLE-DEAD PREZ-INVASION MUSIC
29 SOCA GOLD 2009-VARIOUS ARTISTS-VP
30 LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA IN DUBLIN-R.E.M.-WARNER
31 NEW WORLD FLAMENCO-TIERRA NEGRA-CGD MUSIC
32 IRISH CLASSICS-JOHN O'CONOR-PERFECT SOUND
33 BUSHROCK-10 FT. GANJA PLANT-ROIR
34 THE ROUGH GUIDE TO AFRICAN STREET PARTY-WORLD MUSIC NET
35 (SELF TITLED)-STREET SWEEPER SOCIAL CLUB-S.S.S.C.
36 RISE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS-SAMANTHA JAMES-OM
37 KARAM-KIMI DJABATE-CUMBANCHA
38 COMING BACK FOR YOU-PRESSURE-RYMSHOT
39 IGNORE THE IGNORANT-THE CRIBS-WARNER BROS.
40 WAKKA CHIKKA WAKKA CHIKKA-VARIOUS ARTISTS-(INDY)
CAPTAIN FRED’S WORLD CRUISE #94
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Huapango - Los Texmaniacs
Living Stone - Refugee All Stars
Cumbia Caimanera - El Combolinga
Ashshimtini - Sami Ali
Medley Of Reels - John O'Conor
The Monkey - Manu Chao
Goin' Out West - Tom Waits
Goldfinger - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
No Quarter Dub - DJ Spooky
Life Goes On - Dead Prez
Hear No Evil - KRS-One, Buckshot
Promenade - Street Sweeper Social Club
I See Rastafari - Pressure
El Camino Del Diablo - Rupa & The April Fishes
Alifata - Kimi Djabaté
Tomorrows Just A Train Wreck Away
- Joe Swank And The Zen Pirates
10ft Ganja Plant And Weed - 10 Ft. Ganja Plant
Fantasia De Fuego - Tierra Negra
One Love - Playing for Change
Ecos de Radio Iguana - Sarazino
Ici la Femme - The Lounge King
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