New York Radio Broadcasters Applaud New Law Making Unlicensed AM/FM Radio Operation Illegal

Aug 04, 2011, 12:40 ET from New York State Broadcasters Association

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation making the operation of an AM or FM radio station without a license illegal in the state of New York. Violations will be treated as a "Class A" misdemeanor.  The new law gives local law enforcement an important tool to protect consumers and stem the tide of illegal radio operation in New York.

David Donovan, president of the New York State Broadcasters Association, applauded the governor's signing:

"New York's licensed radio stations serve their local communities by providing life-saving information during emergencies, daily news and entertainment. Unfortunately, many consumers cannot receive emergency information or enjoy their favorite radio station because of technical interference from illegal operators. Unlicensed operators simply ignore consumer protection laws and the public interest responsibilities that guide every licensed radio station throughout the Empire State.

On behalf of all New York radio listeners, we want to thank the Governor Cuomo as well as the legislation's co-sponsors Senator Stephen Saland and Assemblyman George Latimer for their tireless efforts in moving this legislation forward. We look forward to working with local law enforcement authorities throughout the state and the Federal Communications Commission to implement this important legislation."

For further information, contact David L. Donovan at (518) 456-8888, or

Founded in 1955, the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) represents the interests of more than 1000 television and radio stations in the NYS Senate and Assembly, the US Congress, and various other legislative bodies. NYSBA also offers a variety of services to help the broadcasters of New York State better serve their communities. For more information, call (518) 456-8888.

SOURCE New York State Broadcasters Association