October 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm #2249
Re: “comparative and qualitative language,”
On a non-commercial radio station, the following would be forbidden in an underwriting announcement:
“This program is sponsored by One Hand Insurance. We offer the most competitive rates.” (comparative)
“This program is sponsored by One Hand Insurance. We offer the most comprehensive coverage.” (comparative)
“This program is sponsored by One Hand Insurance. Turn to One Hand to protect what’s important.” (call to action)
The announcement, “This program is sponsored by One Hand Insurance, the hand you can rely on if disaster strikes,” is somewhat of a gray area, and the management of many non-commercial stations likely would not allow its use on the air.October 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm #2250
Poor, poor pirates! Pay The Fine!!October 23, 2012 at 6:42 am #2251
From All Access:
LARHARPOL LLC has requested a Silent STA for KBDF/DIAMOND LAKE, OR.in response to a Notice of Unlicensed Radio Operation from the Commission.October 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm #2252
Although I am not against the pirates for the most part, the legal strategies that they employ are amusing, to say the least. I am trying to bring myself to accept the idea that somebody (Thomas Costa) would rent a room to anonymous people for the purposes of using said room to house a radio transmitter. This is almost as outlandish as people who challenge court documents on the grounds that the name of the defendant appears in all capital letters (the defense is something along the lines of, “I write my name John Smith, not JOHN SMITH, so the person you are looking for is not me”).October 24, 2012 at 1:21 am #2253
Oh, this response will sooth the FCCOctober 24, 2012 at 1:37 am #2254
What station was at Mt. Nebo in Roseburg? (This is the location referenced in the letter that boisebill linked.)October 24, 2012 at 1:51 am #2255
Wonder if the highest “weather goat” was packing a pirate transmitter. 🙂October 24, 2012 at 2:16 am #2256
Oh, this response will soothe
Hmm, it’s addressed to Binh, so if it were me writing that letter, I’d actually have written it a little bit more strongly (you know, along the lines of “Dear Binh, you pig-headed, money-grubbing blacklist-writing bag of gas:” kind of stuff. That’s wording it politely, by the way.) But that’s just me.
Well, my Dad didn’t like him much, either……October 24, 2012 at 2:49 am #2257
I’ve dealt with Binh for nearly 20 years and have found him pretty easy to deal with. As an owner/operator he has helped me solve interference issues with other stations, he’s been patient and understanding in dealing with possible violations on our part and he has been pretty thorough in his inspections. He has learned alot over the years and I enjoy talking with him or having him “drop in.”October 24, 2012 at 3:11 am #2258
Well said, Radiodjm… Binh is a decent person.October 24, 2012 at 4:22 am #2259
…..Huh? Looks like the Binh I knew must be a different guy than the one you guys know (Dad said the guy he worked with got out of the concrete industry about 7-8 years ago for a job with the F¢¢.) If that’s the case, then I stand corrected and I apologise.
Apparently there must be two people working for them with the name “Binh Nguyen” (it happens; we had both an accountant and a salesman at FooCorp named “Grant Daniels” and most times they’d work the same shift. Talk about confusing!)October 27, 2012 at 5:21 am #2260
Iowa Pirate Station Will Cost Thomas Costa $10,000. Roaming around Iowa City last month with a direction-finding device led the FCC to the home of Thomas Costa where there was an FM antenna mounted on the chimney. The signal was loud and clear on 87.9. The Kansas City FCC Enforcement Bureau’s agents stopped by on September 18 to find the station still operating. Costa told agents he rents a locked basement room to some unnamed individuals who own the automated equipment providing audio to a non-certified FM transmitter and he did install the transmitter for them. He says he doesn’t have the names of those asking him to do this because they want to have protection from the Commission and that those individuals told him he should expect the FCC to show up some day and order him to shut down the station. The Kansas City agents didn’t buy Costa’s story and neither did the FCC in determining a fine of $10,000 for operating an unlicensed station. “We find it implausible that Mr. Costa (or anyone for that matter) would install radio equipment, rent space, allow for unlawful operations in the rented space, and incur potential financial and other liability on behalf of complete strangers.” Costa has 30 days to pay or file a statement requesting cancellation or reduction of the fine.October 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm #2261
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Hopefully those “87.9 The Beat” folks in NH take notice.
And it’s interesting that this thread contains exactly the kind of content that’s best left unsaid. Enough on that topic.November 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm #2262November 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm #2263
What is that? Link doesn’t work.
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