Feds shut down Pirate radio station operated by 13 year old
Industry Canada this week shut down a pirate radio station that had been operating in Ottawa for most of October and November.
The station, which operated on the FM dial at the 91.9 frequency, was operated by a thirteen year old teenager whose father was once a mayoral candidate in Ottawa.
Listeners in Ottawa tell Digital Home the radio station was broadcasting primarily on weekends on a number of frequencies including 91.9, 92.7, 99.9 and 106.5 FM. Programming consisted primarily of contemporary hit radio songs along with teenage banter.
In addition to broadcasting illegally, the young teen also set up a website where users could request songs and a twitter account where he would notify users which frequency he would be broadcasting on.
The teen told Digital Home yesterday that his transmitter was shut down Monday after he was visited by three members of Industry Canada.
It’s unclear at this time whether the teen acted alone; however, unconfirmed reports suggest the transmitter was atop a local business.
Calls to Industry Canada by Digital Home for additional information have not been returned.
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