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September 15, 2004

Knoxville's First Amendment Radio (KFAR) was just shut down by the FCC, and has had all their equipment confiscated. Details here (get a login at BugMeNot.com).

[update]

More news here, slideshow of photos here. The FCC took $4000 in equipment. The Feds's goal was just to shut the station down, so no one was arrested or fined.

South Knox Bubba, from whom I first heard about the story, posts this [unverified] report from the pseudonymous "ghost":

the bastards came, got a locksmith to let them in (i think???), and even though the warrant said nothing about "Apartment C", they went into the studio room and took EVERYTHING.

both rotation players, the mixing board, all three cd players, the turntable, the tape player, the computer & monitor, the Slink-E device, cables, the transmitter, the microphone, headphones, etc.

look for kfar to start transmitting on the web asap, and my money is that they go back live on air this weekend - with the crappiest backup equipment imaginable.

hell hath no fury like a pirate scorned.

kfar needs your support. go to http://www.kfar.org and sign up for the action alert to stay informed.

Somewhat related, I beleive that KFAR is planning to join my station, Kill Radio in the next Critical Mass Radio Network broadcast.

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[update2]

I'm listening to KFAR online right now (you can too). I'm guessing that its a non-standard broadcast (since they got shut down by the government and all), but honestly, the show I'm listening to--"Is This Thing On?"-- sounds a lot like my own show (playlist so far: Public Enemy, Interpol, Run DMC, some real old country song, Black Rebel Motorcycle... okay, and now Skee-lo, which I'd never play), except that instead of improvised political rants, they seem to favor pre-written political skits. Give it a listen, see what you think.

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yep, i posted that report on SKB, and i'm the news programmer and webmaster for KFAR.

and yes, we do want to join the Critical Mass Radio Network.

and they did NOT get the Slink-E, but they did take everything in the control room. damn, that was a nice transmitter.

i doubt KFAR will stay down for long.

Posted by: ghost at September 17, 2004 01:28 PM

look here:

http://com4.runboard.com/bknoxvillefirstamendmentradio.fmainchat.t84

it's kind of funny how the people who complained and the people who accompanied the FCC were all current or former FBI agents, including the Special Agent in charge of the Knoxville office!

Posted by: ghost at September 17, 2004 02:09 PM

The Knox News article says they were shut down because they didn't have a license or "any official management."

Just out of curiosity, why didn't they get a license?

Posted by: Len at September 18, 2004 04:47 PM

I'd think because they dont feel the government should regulate the media or buisness. The station was a coaltiion of people on a wide range of the political spectrum (not only raidcals but I aint compalining if it was) that agreed the govt shouldnt have inmfluence over this stuff for censroship pruposes.

The govt sets up basic premsies and thats it. The forfathers set up "to proetct liberty, promote the common defense, general welfare" etc but never defined it.

Posted by: Brian/Buddy at September 18, 2004 10:43 PM
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