Federal agents last week raided an unlicensed radio station broadcasting from a Roslindale Square office building.
Although Bel Top Boston, which bills itself as the "top Haitian news station in Boston" was off the air this afternoon, past history suggests owner David Cange will try to return to the air at 88.5 MHz. In 2010, he ignored a warning from the FCC to stop broadcasting from the same building, 4258 Washington St., which is better known for the Vouros Greek bakery and the El Chavo Mexican supplies store.
In a statement, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said:
It is a potential hazard to public safety for pirate radio stations to broadcast illegally and interfere with critical radio communications. The U.S. Attorney's Office will work in conjunction with the FCC to identify and seize equipment from these pirate broadcasters.
The statement says the feds acted on a complaint from a licensed station. The statement does not specify which one, but WRRS in Middleboro began broadcasting on 88.5 last summer. That might explain why the FCC and the US Attorney's office haven't taken similar action against better known pirate stations in Boston, including one founded by two men running for mayor this year.
The feds add they moved to seize equipment only after Cange apparently ignored a couple of warnings earlier in the year.