Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Sacto: Pirate On The Airwaves?

An eclectic mix of music and no chatter of any kind including legal IDs -- that's what anyone in northern Sacramento county might have heard early Tuesday evening on FM 92.9...a station apparently operating without a license.

A sampling of music from the station, which is transmitting a stereo signal, included blues, rock and folk music. Also included was a tape of Paul Harvey's "Letter From God," first broadcast on ABC Radio in 1996 (The Informer heard this -- and it is an off-air recording of an eight-year younger Harvey). There was no DJ chatter on the quieter-than-average signal, which came in well in Rocklin, Citrus Heights, Carmichael and Orangevale areas.

A check of the FCC database shows no LPFM licenses on channel 225 (92.9). There are translators licensed in the area, however:

The FCC Field Office in San Francisco could not be reached late Tuesday.

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