Governor Deval Patrick and several other politicians of color reacted swiftly Friday to the closing of Touch 106.1 FM, a popular unlicensed radio station that bills itself as the fabric of the black community.
Patrick said he had received advance warning from the US attorney’s office about the federal raid on the station and had urged the office not to proceed. But US marshals and agents from the Federal Communications Commission went to the Grove Hall station Thursday and shut it down.
“I’m incredibly disappointed,” Patrick said, responding to reporters’ questions. “I understand what the legal basis is, but you’d like to think of their bringing more of a problem-solving approach. Touch is a pretty important voice in the community. I’ve been on it many times and have tremendous respect for the team over there.”
City councilors and state representatives vowed Friday to exhaust every option to get the station up and running, saying it is a community institution, information resource, and vehicle for civic engagement and social change.
“At this point, we are gathering information and working collaboratively as . . . elected officials to get Touch 106.1 licensed and back on the airwaves,’’ City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley said.
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