Pirates Hijack Radio Station, Replace Programming with Torah Preaching

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.

More here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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