The FCC last week warned the owners of eight properties - including a church on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester - that they have two weeks to shut down the unlicensed radio stations emanating from their buildings or face fines of more than $2.3 million per station.
It's the latest in a series of FCC actions over the past decade to try to squelch radio stations - many serving the local Haitian community - which the FCC says not only don't have licenses but which can interfere with stations that do.
Among those warned in letters sent Friday: New Fellowship Baptist Church of Dorchester, which was actually cited for allowing two unlicensed stations to use antennas on the roof of its building, a former theater at 616 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester. That potentially could leave it open to fines totaling $4.6 million.
One of the frequencies the commission cited was 88.5 MHz, still broadcasting this afternoon as Big City FM.
This is not the first time the FCC has gone after both the church building and Big City.
In 2018, FCC inspectors and US marshals seized equipment at the church building it said was being used by unlicensed stations as well as equipment used by Big City.
FCC records show that inspectors have been attempting to shut illegal emissions from the church building since at least 2008, before the church bought the property.
According to the FCC, Boston-area inspectors responded to a complaint by using direction-finding radio equipment tuned to 88.5 MHz that led them to the church location on both June 5 and July 13. They made similar trips for 87.7 MHZ to the same location.
The commission gave the church two weeks to prove it's kicked the stations off its property.
Similar notices went out to the owners of 92 Hazleton St. in Mattapan for an unlicensed station at 107.5 MHZ, 56 Deering Rd. in Mattapan for at station at 100.1 MHZ, and the owners of properties in Randolph, Brockton and Holyoke.
H/t Kent Borg.