Two men have appeared in court after a pirate radio station was run from their two Huddersfield homes.
The illegal station, named Phatt FM, was broadcast for a month using properties including an Almondbury flat.
One of the caught men Philip Hnatkiwskyj – known as DJ Niceness – has been a disc jockey for 25 years and previously worked for hospital radio in the town.
The men’s prosecutions, brought by Ofcom, were so unusual that magistrates had no guidelines to consult when sentencing them.
Hnatkiwskyj, 39, admitted charges of participating in an unauthorised broadcast and managing that station.
Dewhirst, 55, pleaded guilty to one allegation of possessing wireless telegraphy apparatus without a licence.
Simon Gwynne, prosecuting on behalf of communications industries regulator, said the pirate station came to the attention of investigators in March.
The station, broadcast on a frequency of 100 MW, was traced to a block of flats in Eastlands, Almondbury, the home of Dewhirst.
Mr Gwynne said: “On March 8 Ofcom investigators traced the source of the unauthorised broadcasts made by the station.
“A search warrant was executed and found at the premises was the main transmitter for the station which was disguised as a computer.
“There was another transmitter found there, together with other broadcasting equipment.”
Magistrates heard that Dewhist was at home at the time and allowed his phone to be examined by investigators.
They retrieved the details of Hnatkiwskyj, stored under the name DJ Niceness, and his Rawthorpe home was also searched.
Mr Gwynne said: “Various items of broadcasting equipment were again seized and Mr Hnatkiwskyj said he was expecting the officers to come.
“The majority of equipment had already gone although he admitted running Phatt FM and said he was responsible for installing the equipment at the Eastlands home.
“He confirmed that the radio station had been run from his home.
“That was linked to the home of Mr Dewhirst and from Mr Dewhirst’s home it was then broadcast.”
Mr Gwynne said that the station was not paying the usual fee for local radio stations of £2,000 for a 28-day licence.
Hnatkiwskyj said he operated the station on weekends and paid Dewhirst £10 per week to cover the cost of electricity.
Mike Sisson-Pell, for father-of-two Hnatkiwskyj, said that he’d been interested in music for most of his life and simply wanted to share that passion with others.
He said: “He worked at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary doing hospital radio and dealt with broadcasting online.
“He’s been doing that for 25 years and hasn’t been broadcasting unlawfully until this occasion.
“The frequency was picked with care to ensure it would not interfere with other radio stations or users.
“One of the problems for people who want to share their music is that if you want to apply for a licence it is incredibly expensive.
“This was not a money making operation, this was done for his own pleasure and the pleasure of others.”
Zahid Majeed, for Dewhirst, said that his client only allowed the equipment to be installed in his home and was not involved in the broadcasting.
He added: “Given his maturity and life experience he should have known better.”
Magistrates gave both a conditional discharge for 12 months.
Hnatkiwskyj was told to pay £520 towards prosecution costs while Dewhirst must pay £260.
All of the seized equipment will be kept by Ofcom.