Feds shut down Pirate radio station for third time

pirate_radioIn a case of Déjà Vu all over again, Industry Canada and the RCMP are reported to be trying to shut down a pirate radio station which has been operating in Ottawa since October.

The Ottawa Sun is reporting that just before noon today, federal officials were outside the Saade International Hotel where the station originates attempting to shut it down.

This is third time that Industry Canada has tried to shut down the station which is being run by fourteen year old Jayhaed Saade and his father Georges out of the fathers strip club/hotel. In the first two instances, the Saades shut down for a short period of time but then began broadcasting again.

The station, which bills itself as MIX FM, and operates from 91.7 FM has been operating non-stop since Christmas morning. When contacted by Digital Home last week about the illegal radio station, a clearly agitated Jayhaed would only say that he would continue to operate the station and complained about being hounded by “stupid Canadians”.

Jayhaed told Digital Home that he had spent $80,000 from an inheritance in order to purchase the equipment necessary to operate the station.

According to the Canadian Radiocommunication Act, the operator of an illegal radio station is liable to a fine of up to five thousand dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.

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4 Responses to “Feds shut down Pirate radio station for third time”
  1. harrie1 says:

    keep it up in the air
    pirates rule the radio waves

    here in the netherlands are 1000+ radio pirates
    we will never be stoped

    free radio is for all ! , and no goverment can stop it

  2. Sheldon says:

    Does anyone know if this kid goes to school? I just listened to a couple of his rants posted up on the Milkman Unlimited site. I do feel that this kid may possibly have some serious issues. If nothing else, I think he has some parent issues. Living over a third-rate hotel attached to a strip joint can help either. This is, after all, a minor and his father is the one who should be checked out, perhaps by child services, etc. right now it just bothers me that the media coverage on this for the last month or so has almost made this kid out to be some kind of hero of the small guy; sort of a David and Goliath story with a kid going up against the big bad Industry Canada and RCMP.

  3. Chris says:

    Who the hell does this punk think he is? Us “stupid Canadians”? Cause WE stupid canadian have something called the Rule of Law, which is entrenched in our social fabric. If this ‘stipid forgiener’ (I assume, since he not associating with Canadians) doesn’t like it, he can get the hell out.

    And no, I’m not a Conversative-facist-racist-whatever. But I believe in following the law, and if you dont LIKE the law, CHANGE the law…

    We live in democracy, not anarchy.

  4. Paul says:

    I went to the Milkman Unlimited website & listened to some of the “rants”, if you can called swearing for ten minutes a rant. In the end, I have to agree with Chris & Sheldon. This kid has problems… he should in school or at least in a treatment centre! The Children’s Aid Society should be called as well.

    Further, shut down the station, permanently! I agree we have rules & he needs to follow them. He strikes as the kind of kid who is going to be in trouble with the law for a long time.