Published: Jan 09, 2012 11:37 PM EST
Updated: Jan 10, 2012 12:29 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Ousted Dunbar radio founder Al "Big Al" Knighten has taken his fight to Washington.

He missed his arraignment in federal court on felony charges of unauthorized transmission Monday. His reason, to share his story at a forum for community radio.

"It was instrumental in getting people motivated and instrumental in focusing on the need for community radio," Knighten said on the phone Monday.

It's been exactly one month since the Feds busted into his Fort Myers home and shut the pirate station down. Dunbar Community Radio focused on issues in the crime-ridden and poverty-stricken community.

"It keeps us up to date on what's going on in the community and what needs to go on in the community," said Dunbar resident Pat January.

Knighten will not face any legal implications for missing his arraignment in Lee County court. Former host for the station, Ron Jenkins, supports his friend's trip to the capital and hopes it starts a trend in similar communities nationwide.     

"We're hoping that this will be a rallying call for all the community around the country that need a community radio station," Jenkins said.

No word on when he will return to court.