Free Radio San Diego (96.9
FM) is an unlicensed radio
station located in San Diego, California.
The founders claim that its creation was a
reaction to Federal
restrictions on new radio licenses.
They have provided a commercial-free unlicensed broadcast since
with occasional interruptions due to FCC raids and technical
issues. The open-format music selection is chosen by DJ
preference but is weighted towards punk rock
. Also featured are syndicated news
programs such as Democracy
and Free Speech
FRSD, by virtue of its location in the eighth largest
U.S. city, is arguably the most widely heard pirate radio station
in the country.
FCC enforcement actions
On July 21
and the Federal Communications
carried out a raid against Free Radio San Diego,
effectively seizing all of their broadcast equipment. The station
resumed broadcasting three months later from a new location.
The station did not broadcast over-the-air from January to October
2007, as a result of a $10,000 Notice Of Apparent Liability (NAL)
For Forfeiture, which was later reduced to $750. However, it
continued to broadcast online, via Internet.
As of October 20, 2007, the station was again broadcasting on 96.9
December 2007, Christian radio
station KRTM, based in
California, is using the 96.9 frequency for K245AI, a licensed
broadcast translator of their
- Pirate969.org: November 2005 Broadcast
- FCC NAL 200732940002 12/28/2006
- FCC NAL 200732940002 6/13/2007
- FRSD Is Back On The Air