Tampa, Florida -- Tampa police shut down a pirate "hip hop" radio station today with assistance from the Federal Communications Commission.
The unlicensed station was operating at 99.1 MHz from the Palm Avenue Baptist Tower Apartments at 215 E. Palm Avenue, with the signal originating from a house at the corner of Melton Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard, police said. About $20,000 in equipment was seized.
"Investigators listened to the unlicensed radio station almost daily since November 22 and at least two male subjects were heard making announcements including an advertisement for a local nightclub known as Club 112, located at 901 N. Franklin Street in the City of Tampa," said police spokesman Joe Durkin. "In addition, there was both profane and violent language utilized over the air."
"A telephone number given over the air of 813-359-3591 for call in requests," he said." On placing a controlled phone call a recording of a female voice was heard that said, "Thanks for calling the sound from the underground, the all new 99.1. Sorry we can't take your call. Please leave your request or shout out. At the tone, please record your message." Two male subjects stated that they would be transmitting live each evening from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM on a program called "Traffic Jams."
Police executed search warrants for both the Palm Avenue and Melton Avenue addresses Thursday afternoon. Two people were questioned and released, and a third was being interviewed today.
Tampa Bay's 10 News, Assignment Desk