The Mission's 13-year-old community radio station, Pirate Cat Radio, claims it has been issued a "proposed" $10,000 fine by the FCC. The station responded by issuing a press release on Halloween alerting fans to the possible FCC action, and has gone silent at its terrestrial home of 87.9 FM. DJs are still broadcasting the station's eclectic mix of music, news, and community bulletins from its 21st St. headquarters onto the Internet, keeping its Web presence active.
DJs spent Monday giving listeners repeated calls to action, making pleas for financial support. A station intern named Heidi asked fans to come to the cafe and grab a "maple bacon latte," to purchase Pirate Cat T-shirts and compilation CDs, and to stay tuned for upcoming benefit shows to help raise funds for the DIY station.
Pirate Cat founder Monkey issued a statement Saturday listing the reasons he feels his station is vital to San Francisco, including the fact that its been recognized by the Board of Supervisors, and that it regularly broadcasts news bulletins from Al Jazeera and BBC. Monkey added that his DJs "take an active approach to involving the community, by bringing local unsung heroes and talents into the studio."
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