Like the high school student in the film "Pump Up The Volume" Scott Gallagher started an underground radio station when he was 14, nearly a decade ago.
And, echoing the film's plot, his station grew in popularity over the years and he pumped up its power from two to 80 watts.But federal officials have pulled the plug on Gallagher, just as they did to the movie's protaganist.
"I didn't set out to do this to harm anybody or make any money," Gallagher said. "Whenever I went on the air, it was always fun. The more the kids enjoyed it, I enjoyed it."
Vincent Kajunski, chief engineer for the Federal Communications Commission, said the station was shut down after someone heard the broadcast and called the FCC to ask if it was licensed. Gallagher was fined $750.
"Allowing it to continue would encourage the proliferation of unlicensed FM stations," Kajunski told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy.
Gallagher hooked up a transmitter in his bedroom in 1982 and started broadcasting a signal that could barely be picked up beyond his block.
As he increased the station's power Gallagher gained a loyal audience in the suburbs south of Boston.
About a dozen friends, in their teens and early 20s, ran the station in their spare time, playing rock 'n' roll from evening until early morning six or seven nights a week.
Several days after the shutdown, listeners were still calling to ask for their favorite songs and others to offer their condolences.
"I don't think they should have been shut down," said 14-year-old Raymond Kyle, a student at South Middle School in Braintree. "The shows were funny."
"They always played stuff you asked for," said Linette Dermady, 19, who had programmed the request line onto a memory button on her telephone.
Scott Lovett, 22, who ran the station with Gallagher, said most listeners were 12 to 22 years old, although some were as young as 9 and one 51-year-old man called often to request songs by Led Zeppelin.
Gallagher said he knew the station might be shut down when he first started, but as the years passed the broadcasts became less of a secret.
If he tries to broadcast again, Gallagher could face penalties up to $10,000 and a year in prison, FCC officials said.
"What would be so ridiculous about allowing us to go on?" he said. "What would be so bad about it? We've been on so long."