FCC Shuts Down Pirate Radio Station Recognized For Airing Alex Jones
Written by Disruptive Host on March 23, 2019
A pirate radio station which aired Alex Jones’ show has been shut down by the Federal Communications Commission.
Liberty Radio was broadcasting on 90.1 FM without federal consent, according to The Austin American-Statesman reported that with the FCC accusing the station had done so since 2013.
On August 15, the FCC shut down one of those stations—Texas Liberty Radio. This incarnation of Texas Liberty Radio has operated since at least 2013, running off radio equipment stored in a utility room in a crumbling apartment complex on the east side of Austin, Texas.
Following a complaint about a hijacked broadcast going out over 90.1 on the FM frequency, FCC investigators came to Austin and tracked the signal down to the an apartment complex owned by M. Rae Nalder-Olenick and Walter Olenick. The FCC has ended the broadcast and is suing the Olenicks for $15,000 in unpaid fines, which the couple have refused to pay. It’s not their first run-in with the law. In 2017, Austin paid $150,000 to evacuate and relocate the apartment complex’s tenants after the Olenicks had let the complex fall into dangerous disrepair.
Texas Liberty Radio did not exclusively broadcast Alex Jones. The radio station also ran its own programming, including a show about cryptocurrency, an anti-vaccination program, and music. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the current location site of the tower is no longer available as of December 7, 2017,” Texas Liberty Radio’s website said. The events of December 7 are unclear. “If you are a property owner and would be interested in providing a new home for TXLR, please email us.”
FCC shuts down Alex Jones’ pirate flagship radio station – AP News