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November 13, 2005|By SUN RESEARCHER SHELIA JACKSON

1932: ILLEGAL BROADCAST

An unlicensed radio station was shut down in Westminster by the Federal Radio Commission, the Evening Sun reported Nov. 18, 1932. The station broadcast music on Sunday afternoons. The signal was picked up in Pennsylvania, where residents complained that the music was interrupting the reception of other programs. Investigators traced the signal to a farmhouse in Westminster. Homemade equipment was found at the home. Investigators made no arrest but reminded the unidentified youthful equipment owner that unlicensed broadcasts carried a penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

[The Evening Sun, Nov. 18, 1932. Compiled by Sun researcher Shelia Jackson.]

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