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Pioneering Springfield, IL Microbroadcaster Mbanna Kantako Shut Down by Feds

On Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:15pm, pioneering Micropower Broadcaster Mbanna Kantako and his Springfield, IL, unlicensed micropower radio station, Human Rights Radio, were shut down by Federal Marshals and the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC charges that Kantako's station, operating at less than 100 watts of power, threatened the radio communications for the Air Rendezvous Air Show planned for Springfield this weekend.
On Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:15pm, pioneering Micropower Broadcaster Mbanna Kantako and his Springfield, IL, unlicensed micropower radio station, Human Rights Radio, were shut down by Federal Marshals and the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC charges that Kantako's station, operating at less than 100 watts of power, threatened the radio communications for the Air Rendezvous Air Show planned for Springfield this weekend.

The raid, conducted by Federal Marshals, lasted from 5:15 PM to 6:00 PM CDT, during which Kantako's transmitting and computer equipment. Luckily, his recordings library, containing valuable archive recordings of Human Rights radio broadcasts, were left untouched.

Mbanna Kantako, widely recognized as the founding father of the micropower radio movement, first went on the air with Black Liberation Radio in November 1987, broadcasting to the residents of the John Hay Housing Projects in Springfield, the capital city of Illinois. Since that time Kantako has broadened his message from one of black liberation to one looking to help empower and liberate all oppressed peoples. Noted micropower radio activists like Stephen Dunifer of Free Radio Berkeley cite Kantako as the inspiration for the nationwide micropower radio movement that has grown so strong that the FCC was moved into recreating a licensed low-power radio service this past January.

Kantako's court date is set for Wednesday, October 4 at 10:00 AM in the Federal Court, Federal Building in downtown Springfield, IL on Monroe Street (between 6th and 7th Streets). Supporters of Kantako, Human Rights Radio, and right to use the airwaves are strongly encouraged to attend this date and show your support in the courtroom.

For more information, contact Ron Sakolsky & Sheila Nopper at 217-498-8497 or
Michael Townsend at 217-483-6100
 
 

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