WQXR is the go-to station for the classical music fans of New York City. Recently, though, listeners in the southern part of Brooklyn had their programming rudely interrupted.
Listeners reported a weird crackling which morphed into a male voice “yelling and lecturing about the Torah” in both English and Hebrew most days between 6pm and 8am. WTF?
The problem is an illegal (i.e. unlicensed) low-power FM transmitter broadcasting at 105.7, just a two-tenths of a megahertz away from WQXR’s frequency of 105.9. And because the transmitter is either drifting or not tuned properly, there’s interference from 104.3 to 106.7, a swath that affects a couple of New York’s top ten stations.
The FCC confirms that there’s no licensed broadcaster on 105.7 and that they have no idea who’s behind the transmissions.