Two weeks ago, the Missouri Broadcasters Association penned a letter to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, asking him to rule on whether or not write-in U.S. Senate candidate Glenn Miller is truly a "bonafide" candidate. A number of affiliate radio stations are discomfited at being required to run his campaign ads, so they decided to play the "bonafide candidate" card in a transparent attempt to weasel their way out of their obligations.
On April 15th, 2010, the Attorney General's office finally responded, and their response was to buck the decision up to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This is actually understandable, since the regulations involved were written by the Federal government. So for the time being, radio stations must accept Glenn Miller's campaign ads as written if they want to be able to accept other candidates' campaign ads. Miller explains the Attorney General's response in this VNN Forum thread, in the following post:
MO Attorney General Surrenders - My Campaign Radio Ads Will Continue
The MO Assistant Attorney General, Joe Danderdand, phoned me today at 2:45 PM and gave me the AG's decision. Mind you, the AG has been pondering his decision for almost 2 freakin weeks. Sittin on it. Stalling.
The MO Board of Broadcasters asked him, in writing, 2 weeks ago to decide whether or not I'm a "bonafide, legally qualified" candidate for the US Senate, therefore entitled to force commercial radio stations to broadcast my campaign ads.
Well guess what the AG's long awaited courageous decision is: (drum rolls)
He's writing a letter TODAY to the Federal Communications Commission in Le Cesspool Grande, asking THEM to decide. Period. That's it.
MEANWHILE and fearing federal lawsuits, 8 radio stations have accepted my money and will begin broadcasting my campaign ads on Monday, and the ads will run every day all week long. Two other stations will decide tomorrow, and 2 other stations are avoiding my phone calls like the plague, obviously preferring instead, to meet me, in person, in court. I'm also negotiating with yet 3 more stations - all big stations in St Louis.
In another post, Glenn Miller reveals where and when the next batch of campaign ads will air:
46 "spots" or broadcasts on 8 separate Missouri radio stations, will run daily, beginning on Monday, 19 April (The Great One's Birthday), and will run all week long.
JOPLIN - KIXQ and KZRG (KIXQ broadcasts from 100,000 watts, reaching 80 miles in all directions
SPRINGFIELD - KSWF and KGMY
POPLAR BLUFF - KKLR and KWOC (KKLR broadcasts from 100,000 watts, reaching 80 miles in all directions)
AURORA - KRMO and KSWM (Both stations reach inside 4 states - MO, ARK, KS, and OK)
Two Kansas City stations will decide tomorrow. Three St Louis stations have tentatively agreed, and will let me know tomorrow.
Glenn Miller has created five new campaign radio spots. While the MP3's are not yet available, you can review the text HERE. Those who are interested in supporting Glenn Miller's campaign can send check, cash, or money order to:
Glenn Miller for US Senate
PO Box 3861
Springfield, MO 65808
Campaign website: http://www.whty.org