Archive | September, 2004

Feds Raid Knoxville Community Radio

From a KFAR press release:


Wednesday, September 15, 4:00 pm

Knoxville First Amendment Radio (KFAR 90.9 FM) Station Raided by the FCC

At roughly 10:00 am this morning, three federal agents rom the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Atlanta offices, accompanied by three US Marshalls, broke into the KFAR radio station in South Knoxville and confiscated all of its equipment, knocking noxville’s community voice off the air.

KFAR has been broadcasting alternative news, music and commentary for the past three years, and while the station has still not been granted an official license, it has exceeded all FCC regulations and does not interfere with the signal of any other radio station.

KFAR is the only community-run station in Knoxville, and already its members and supporters are mobilizing to pressure the FCC and get the station back on the air.

“The real criminals are the FCC officials who have given the public airwaves away to huge media conglomerates like Clearchannel,” said KFAR supporter Abigail Singer. “The airwaves belong to the people, and the public has a first amendment right to broadcast on public airwaves.”

Updates and broadcast at

For more information, see or contact Chris Irwin at (865) 633-8483 (home), (224) 558-9208 (cell), or email

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Friday’s Radioshow Now On-Line: Press Conference in Support of Champaign Man Charged with Eavesdropping Police

Yesterday’s radioshow is now on-line for listening and downloading. It features audio from the press conference along with an interview with Nicole Lamers, a volunteer with VEYA, the organization sponsoring the Citizen Watch initiative documenting Champaign police conduct.

We also preview Monday’s meeting of the Urbana Public TV commission where they will be discussing community efforts to air the news program Democracy Now, and possibly also discussing VEYA’s Citizen Watch documentary, which was confiscated from UPTV by Urbana Police, and then turned over to Champaign Police.

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