Teen's pirate radio silenced ... again

A worker disables a transmission tower that was used by a 14-year-old to operate a pirate radio...

A worker disables a transmission tower that was used by a 14-year-old to operate a pirate radio station. (Kenneth Jackson/QMI Agency)

KENNETH JACKSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

An Ottawa teen’s pirate MIX FM 91.9 radio station went off the air — again — Friday after police and government officials raided his father’s hotel.

RCMP and Industry Canada officials arrived at the Saade International Hotel on Bank St. in Gloucester to shut it down at 9 a.m. Jayhaed Saade, 14, had been on the local airwaves off and on for the past couple months.

The unlicensed station kept spinning songs while police searched the hotel for Saade’s transmitter.

Saade had hidden some of the equipment and wouldn't tell police — or his father Georges Saade — where it was located.

Police eventually cut power to the hotel at 11:52 a.m. and 91.9 went silent. At 12:07 p.m., it turned to static.

Georges Saade said the RCMP called pretending to rent a room because the hotel door was locked when they arrived. He said the Mounties had to call in a locksmith to gain access.

Georges said his son was mad and yelled at the police and was crying at one point.

Georges said he was told no charges would be laid but the RCMP and Industry Canada had a judge’s order to seize all the radio equipment. A technician also scaled a transmission tower outside the hotel and dismantled equipment.

Jayhaed has received two orders from Industry Canada to turn the station off. The first time, Dec. 3, he shut down the broadcasts for a day.

He went off the air again Dec. 14, but was back on the air Dec. 24. The station had been broadcasting ever since.

kenneth.jackson@sunmedia.ca


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