Hacked Radio Station Airs Profanity-Laced Anti-Trump Song
Crescent Hill Radio WCHQ 100.9 FM, a popular, non-profit radio station in Louisville, Kentucky took to its Facebook page on Friday afternoon to report that their FM signal was hijacked by an outside entity that broadcasted an anti-Trump song for almost 15 minutes before it could be taken off air. The station filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Gary Sampson, Program Director for 100.9 FM, WCHQ said:
“Today, shortly after 2:00 pm, Crescent Hill Radio’s FM feed was hacked by an outside entity. As soon as we became aware of the illegal transmission, we shut down our FM broadcast. Our internet streaming broadcast at crescenthillradio.com has not been affected and continues to operate normally. We will not resume operations of our FM feed until we can verify that it is secure. We will be making a full and complete report to the Federal Communications Commission of this incident.
“We apologize to anyone who was offended by the unauthorized broadcast. As a public radio station, our only desire is to serve our local community. As always, we thank you for your past and continued support.
“OK, not funny, someone has hacked into out transmitter tower, and the FM was playing an mp3 clip repeatedly of %$^# Donald Trump. Whatever your opinion, this really sucks for us. Now we have to contact the FCC and explain. We at WCHQ do not deserve to be compromised like this.
“We may need to do a security sweep to determine what our vulnerabilities are. I personally feel this is serious and threatened our ability to continue to operate in the way we intended.”
Later, Sampson said that the song broadcast to insult U.S. President Donald Trump on the day of his inaugural speech was sung by rap artists YG & Nipsey Hussle titled “FDT (F**k Donald Trump).” The song interrupted WCHQ’s FM feed and was being played on a loop for 15 minutes until station manager managed to shut down the feed.
The hacker gained access to the airwaves via software the station uses for its FM broadcast, which allows emergency broadcasts including government alerts. The software was capable of interrupting the live transmission signal of the station at the transmitter tower, a system Sampson said hackers likely used to override the on-air program. However, the hack did not affect the station’s internet broadcast.
Sampson said the political nature of the song goes against WCHQ’s mission as a community radio station whose main aim is to highlight and promote local artists from Southern Indiana and Kentucky.
“We specifically avoid people coming on to talk about politics and religion,” he said. “It’s a matter of providing a community outlet for musicians and artists. It’s very disheartening that someone would take the opportunity to make a political statement.”