TOUCH FM owner Charles Clemons at a mayoral race event in 2013.
TOUCH FM owner Charles Clemons at a mayoral race event in 2013.
The Boston Globe

Boston radio station “TOUCH FM” (106.1 FM) is off the air, and it appears the federal government has shut down the unlicensed station.

Station founder Charles Clemons, who ran for Boston mayor last year, told the Boston Globe that U.S. Marshals shut the station down this morning.

Marshals could be seen this afternoon, removing items from the station, TOUCH 106.1 FM, including an antenna, a black box, and a ladder.

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The station’s Twitter account has a posting from just after noon today that alerted the TOUCH FM audience to the raid:

The station is controversial because it is a so-called “pirate radio” station, meaning it is unlicensed by the FCC. It refers to itself as “the fabric of the Black community” in Boston.