O’Rielly: Pirates ‘Spreading Like Poison Ivy’
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly is crediting the commission with expending more effort on busting radio pirate radio operators and says his office has a plan to do that nationwide.
While New York, New Jersey, Miami and Boston are targets now, pirate operators “are spreading like poison ivy in the garden of the radio spectrum,” he told attendees of the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
“Pirate radio represents an attack on the integrity of our airwaves — an attack that must be confronted and defeated.”
The GOP commissioner says his office has been working on an outreach plan to educated building owners, advertisers, political campaigns, concert promoters and venue operators “they may be unwittingly enabling pirate operators. The vast majority of legitimate companies and associations want absolutely n0thing to do with facilitating illegal activities,” he said.
O’Rielly, who shared that he’s a country radio fan and listens to WMZQ(FM), Washington, DC, said he hopes to have more news about the effort soon.
RBR+TVBR observation: This seems practical. I’m glad he’s off an earlier idea from last year when he suggested broadcasters be given permission to go after pirates themselves. No operator I spoke to was enthused about that, citing safety concerns.