Grove Hall radio station plans rally at FCC offices

Supporters of TOUCH 106.1 FM, the low-powered radio outfit that is broadcasting from a Grove Hall studio in defiance of a federal order, will take their campaign to the Quincy offices of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) next week.

A 45-minute "peaceful rally" will be staged on Monday morning, according to MC Spice, the station's creative director and morning drive-time host. Spice called it a "move to call attention to the biased constriction of black news and black radio ownership by the FCC."

In May, the agency fined co-founder Charles Clemons $17,000 for broadcasting without a license. Clemons has argued that the station, which launched in 2006 after the demise of the black-formatted WILD, is the only radio station serving the black community in Boston. Supporters say that the FCC ruling is unfair because the agency will not issue licenses in urban areas to low-powered stations.