Free Radio San Diego
|Broadcast area||San Diego, California|
|Branding||Free Radio San Diego|
|First air date||October 13, 2002|
|Website||www.pirate969.org (dead link)|
Free Radio San Diego (96.9 FM) was an unlicensed radio station located in San Diego, California. The founders claim that its creation was a reaction to Federal Communications Commission restrictions on new radio licenses. They provided a commercial-free unlicensed broadcast beginning on October 13, 2002 — with occasional interruptions due to FCC raids and technical issues. The open-format music selection was chosen by DJ preference but was weighted towards punk rock. Also featured were syndicated news programs such as Democracy Now! and Free Speech Radio News.
FCC enforcement actions
On July 21, 2005, U.S. Marshals and the Federal Communications Commission carried out a raid against Free Radio San Diego, effectively seizing all of their broadcast equipment. The station resumed broadcasting three months later from a new location.
The station did not broadcast over-the-air from January to October 2007, as a result of a $10,000 Notice Of Apparent Liability (NAL) For Forfeiture, which was later reduced to $750. However, it continued to broadcast online, via Internet.
As of October 20, 2007, the station was again broadcasting on 96.9 MHz.
- "Raided by the FCC". Pirate969.org.[dated info]
- Joe Hughes and Frank Green (2005-07-22). "Agents raid, shut down unlicensed Free Radio". San Diego Union Tribune (Union-Tribune Publishing Co.). Retrieved 2008-09-07.[dead link]
- Philipp, Sven (2005-07-22). "FCC Shuts Down 'Notorious' San Diego Pirate". Radio Monitor. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
- Pirate969.org: November 2005 Broadcast Resumed[dated info]
- FCC NAL 200732940002 12/28/2006
- FCC NAL 200732940002 6/13/2007
- FRSD Is Back On The Air[dated info]