Two Brooklyn men were arrested Tuesday after detectives discovered they were running a pirate radio station from a rooftop in Manhattan.
Seon Bruce, 40, and Solomon Malka, 51, were arrested for acting as deejays on 104.7 FM and charged with unauthorized radio transmission. If convicted, each face up to a year in jail.
“Legitimate radio station owners and managers started complaining earlier this year, and that’s when we knew we needed to investigate,” the District Attorney’s office said.
In April, detectives bought air time from Bruce to run a commercial and, with the help of the FCC, tracked the signal to an antenna atop 30 Broad St., a 50-story building in Manhattan, officials said. That evening, detectives executed a search warrant and seized transmitting equipment for 104.7.
Malka told detectives he installed the equipment for 104.7 and was aware that he did not have a license to operate that station, according to the DA's office. Detectives also found transmitting equipment for another radio station, 91.7 FM. Although Malka said he had an FCC license for the channel, detectives found that he did not.
In June, police issued a search warrant and seized transmitting equipment for 91.7 on the rooftop of 611-615 East 76 St. in Brooklyn. The case is currently being prosecuted.