FCC SEIZES EQUIPMENT AT WEST SIDE STATION

The Plain Dealer
Cleveland, OH
Mar 28, 1998

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Authors: MARK ROLLENHAGEN PLAIN DEALER REPORTER
Pagination: 1B

Abstract:

Federal marshals yesterday seized the equipment of a small radio station on the near West Side that authorities say was operating without a license and interfering with broadcasts from Kent State University radio station WKSU-FM.

The unlicensed station, broadcasting at 89.9 FM, was operated by Angel R. Dones, who also publishes a twice-monthly Hispanic newspaper, Nuevos Horizontes (New Horizons).

Richard Herman, a lawyer for Dones, said the marshals' seizure of the equipment came as a surprise because he had just settled a civil lawsuit Kent State had brought against Dones in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

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Federal marshals yesterday seized the equipment of a small radio station on the near West Side that authorities say was operating without a license and interfering with broadcasts from Kent State University radio station WKSU-FM.

The unlicensed station, broadcasting at 89.9 FM, was operated by Angel R. Dones, who also publishes a twice-monthly Hispanic newspaper, Nuevos Horizontes (New Horizons).

Richard Herman, a lawyer for Dones, said the marshals' seizure of the equipment came as a surprise because he had just settled a civil lawsuit Kent State had brought against Dones in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Herman said Dones agreed to move the station to a higher frequency where it would not have interfered with other stations.

"We were glad to comply with moving and accommodating Kent State's concerns," Herman said.

WKSU broadcasts on 89.7 FM and recently had moved its tower from Kent to Copley Township to improve its signal in the Cleveland area.

The unlicensed station, based in an office building at 2012 W. 25th St., was a 24-hour, nonprofit Christian station that several ministers have operated for the last few months, Herman said. The station called itself "Radio Maranatha" and WRCV-FM.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the U.S. attorney's office yesterday said Dones was warned by the Federal Communications Commission in January that the unlicensed broadcasts violated federal law and that the equipment could be seized.

Herman said the station would ask a federal judge to give the equipment back. He said the station was never formally ordered to stop broadcasting.

WKSU complained to the FCC about the interference in January. It filed the lawsuit against Dones recently because the broadcasts continued and the interference was getting worse, said WKSU spokesman Bob Burford.

"We were just looking for some relief from this interference problem," Burford said.

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