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Prolific Boston Pirate Raided

Touch 106.1 Boston Black FCC Raid Shut Down Mayor Charles ClemonsBoston area pirate “Touch 106.1” was shut down today following a raid by US marshals.

The Boston Globe reports that agents arrived at the station this morning to search the place and remove anything that allowed transmission of programs over the airwaves. The station has been operated by ‘Brother’ Charles Clemons since 2006.

Clemons, a former Boston police officer, put the station into the public limelight last year when he ran for mayor of Boston. Claiming to run operate with 100 watts, Touch was considered to be the only broadcast voice for the black community following the demise of similar programming on 1090 WILD. Universal Hub states that raid took place over the air right around 11am.

Clemons was issued a $17,000 fine by the FCC for operating the station in 2008.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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