FCC: Pirate Radio Station Operator Must Pay $10K

Posted 1 year ago

By Fred Gough

MANHATTAN (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $10,000 fine for a man accused of operating a pirate radio station in Manhattan.

Glen Rubash has 30 days to appeal Wednesday’s action from the agency’s enforcement bureau. The 59-year-old Junction City man didn’t immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The station was operating under the 88.3 frequency on the FM dial. The station was rebroadcasting from the Republic Broadcasting Network.

The FCC wrote that the 88.3 signal was traced in September to an FM transmitting antenna mounted on a pole next to a Manhattan home. The FCC wrote that agents determined that the signal was strong enough that a license was required. But no license had been granted.


  • Too Much Government

    Why do we need government agents to investigate something like this? That ranks up there with the mattress tag police. I want to know who the “victims” of this crime were if we are spending federal resources on this. I’d have to know a lot more about this before believing this was absolutely necessary. We have illegal aliens all over the place that are in violation of the law too – why does this merit action when their presence does not?