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Pirate radio stations hijacking the airwaves in Brooklyn

Brooklyn radio fans are fighting a pirate invasion — demanding a crackdown on illicit Caribbean, Hebrew and shock-jock stations hijacking the airwaves. Dozens of unlicensed shows operate in New York City on an average evening and the state is home to 25 percent of the nation’s pirate transmissions, according to the FCC. But many radio amateurs aren’t forced to walk the plank. Instead, they find new hideaways for their equipment as FCC budget cuts decrease enforcement. There were 46 FCC field actions in New York City in 2013, compared to just 20 through July 31 of this year, government data show. Ike, a Sunset Park resident, launched Brooklyn Pirate Watch, a Twitter feed — @BkPirateWatch — to track rogue radio transmissions. “I’m fascinated by the pirates,” he said. “Especially . . . their ability to get support from advertisers who . . . don’t care that they’re advertising on illegal stations.” via New York Post.

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