2 Arrested After Pirate Radio Station Shut Down
Two people were arrested after a police discovered a pirate radio station being run out of a Lauderdale Lakes home, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said that listeners at two stations — 89.3 FM, a Christian station, and 89.7, which plays classical music — called the stations recently to complain that their signals were being interrupted by profane hip-hop music.
The stations called the Federal Communications Commission to report the interruptions.BSO investigated and discovered that a pirate radio station called Trap Radio was being run from the garage of a home at 3911 NW 34th Way, according to investigators. According to police, the gang unit was involved in the search of the house because someone who lives there has known gang affiliations.
Moschella said the people running the pirate station had a “relatively small” setup, using a laptop, two microphones and a mixer attached to a computer, with a cable running out a window and to a large antenna.”Every so often over the years, we do see pirate radio stations and we try to put them out of business,” Moschella said.
The pirate radio station would broadcast on weeknights and on weekends, Moschella said.Mikhail Rhodd, 22, whom police described as an aspiring rapper who is on probation, faces charges of unauthorized transmissions to or interference with a public or commercial radio station licensed by the FCC, a third-degree felony, and probation violation. Maurice Roland, also 22, was arrested on a battery warrant from Miami-Dade County, police said.