RELEASE! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
RAID SHUTS DOWN RADIO FREE CASCADIA 98.5FM
WHEN: AM MARCH
15 TH, 2001
Early in the morning of Thursday, March 15th, the Federal Communications Commision (FCC), along with 8 U.S. Marshalls, 3 local cops, and other agents arrived with a search warrant, battering ram, and drawn guns to search and seize the long running micro-power station, Radio Free Cascadia (RFC) 98.5 FM. People living at the Whiteaker neighborhood residence were awoken and questioned individually as to the operations of the station and people involved. All broadcasting equipment was taken into custody. Radio Free Cascadia has been providing an alternative to corporate radio for over three years to the Eugene community. This was an obvious attack on free speech and autonomy. RFC claims "We will be back on the air!" Stay tuned for more information. RG STORY BELOW
|March 16, 2001
Radio station shut down
By GREG BOLT
seized broadcast equipment early Thursday and shut down an unlicensed
low-power radio station operating out of a home in Eugene's Whiteaker
No arrests were
made in the 7:30 a.m. search at 77 N. Polk St., but the case remains under
investigation by the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Attorney's
Office. Agents from the FCC and U.S. Marshals Service took part in the
search with help from Eugene police.
The object of the
search was a radio operation doing business as Radio Free Cascadia and
broadcasting at 98.5 on the FM band. The station bills itself as an
alternative source of community news and political and social
issued by Radio Free Cascadia said the station has been operating for more
than three years and called the action "an obvious attack on free
speech and autonomy." The statement said agents arrived with a search
warrant, battering ram and drawn guns and questioned residents of the house
about the radio operation.
Brian Leavitt, a
spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Eugene, said the search followed
an investigation of an unlicensed radio station. Several pieces of broadcast
equipment were seized and will be held until disposal by court order, he
The Radio Free
Cascadia statement pledged to resume broadcasts but did not say when.
U.S. Attorney Jim
Sutherland was unavailable for comment late Thursday afternoon.