FCC Shuts Down Alex Jones' Pirate Radio Station

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Alex Jones photographed at Quicken Loans Arena on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland.

A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges Liberty Radio operated on a channel without a license since at least 2013.

The Federal Communications Commission has shut down a pirate radio station that served as the flagship outlet for conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The Austin American-Statesman on Wednesday reported the FCC also has fined the station's operators $15,000 — a fine the commission says in a lawsuit the operators are refusing to pay.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin, Texas, alleges Liberty Radio operated on a channel without a license since at least 2013. The lawsuit names as defendants Walter Olenick and M. Rae Nadler-Olenick.

Court documents show the FCC had tracked the transmissions to a 50-foot tower at an Austin apartment complex owned by an entity linked to the Olenicks.


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