Pompano Beach Pirate Radio Station Raided, Shut Down by Feds
The Haitian pirate-radio station that broadcast on 92.7 FM is no more, thanks to the Broward Sheriff's Office and the Federal Communications Commission, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
That led to the arrest of 31-year-old Mercius Dorvilus, a North Lauderdale resident who the cops say was running the station out of a room he rented in the 2100 block of NE First Avenue in Pompano Beach.
After raiding the spot on Friday, the FCC managed to make off with a transmitter, mixer, laptop, and portable air conditioner from Dorvilus' room.
The station, which simply called itself "92.7 FM Radio," played Haitian music as well as some reggae and underground rap.
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The cops told the Sentinel the station may have been discovered due to reported interference with a licensed radio station on the same frequency -- although the closest FCC-licensed station on 92.7 is WAVW, which broadcasts from Stuart.
Dorvilus is charged with unauthorized transmission and/or interference with a public radio station -- a third-degree felony.
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