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Authorities shut down two pirate radio stations in New York

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If you're trying to find either 104.7 FM or 91.7 FM on your radio dial you're wasting your time. They are off the air.

Mike Vecchione with the Rackets Division of the Kings County D.A.'s office said that back in April they got a tip that led to the arrest of Solomon Malka, 51, for operating 104.7 illegally.

Investigators set up a sting operation that brought them to a 50-story building on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan. Detectives found illegal radio transmitters on top of the building and Malka inside it.

"He claimed that he was the one who put the antenna up or helped put it up and put the transmitting equipment up and also admitted at that point that he knew they were not licensed," Vecchione said.

The D.A.'s office gave Fox 5 pictures of the equipment that was seized. The station's format was Caribbean-style music. Malka is accused of using laptops to play the music.

Then two weeks ago, authorities came to a building on East 76th Street in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn where they found evidence of a second radio station that was also operating illegally. At that point authorities took 91.7 FM off the air, too.

The full investigation eventually included the arrest of a second suspect, Seon Bruce, 40, whom prosecutors say sometimes uses the name DJ Fresh Kid.

The 2009 Universal Pictures movie "Pirate Radio" is about a radio station operating illegally until the British government steps in and shuts it down.

Vecchione acknowledged that scores of such stations are likely operating in the United States. But his message to anyone thinking of setting up shop in New York: "Shut down. That's the message."

Both defendants are charged with unauthorized radio transmission. They face up to a year in jail if convicted.

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