Radio Free Brattleboro, taken off the air by the FCC on June 24, will resume broadcasting this Friday, August 21. RFB has collected 2,000 signatures from the community in support of its authority to broadcast.
Members of Radio Free Brattleboro said the more than 2,000 signatures collected from area residents justifies the stationís return to the public airwaves on Friday, although the FCC still considers the station to be operating illegally.
When the station was shut down on June 24, co-founder Larry Bloch said the FCC agents asked him to produce either the stationís license or its authority to broadcast. The signatures from area residents supporting the stationís return to the airwaves constitute that authority, Bloch said. The station will resume broadcasting on Friday, August 20 at 5 p.m., at its new frequency of 107.9 FM, Bloch said, and will feature a number of the stationís announcers passing the microphone around until 8 p.m. A spokesman for the FCC in Washington declined to comment on the move.
Founded five years ago, Radio Free Brattleboro has broadcast at less than 10 watts from an apartment building in downtown Brattleboro and could only be heard within the town limits. Between 60 and 70 announcers are part of the station and pay dues to keep it running.