WXKT Denies Equal-Time Request ... For Now
December 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM (PT)
COX MEDIA GROUP Talk WXKT/ATHENS, GA has turned down an equal-time request from Congressional candidate DOUG COLLINS even though one of his opponents for the 9th District seat in the House of Representatives,MARTHA ZOLLER, currently hosts a three-hour morning show on the station, THE GAINESVILLE TIMES reports.
Station management believes it is not required to offer COLLINS equal time on the radio because ZOLLER doesn't become a legally qualified candidate until the spring, when she plans to leave the show. "Rather than penalizing MS. ZOLLER for her interest in representing the people of our state, we are allowing her to continue her employment at the present time," GM SCOTT SMITH said. "We take our (FCC) responsibilities seriously and, of course, will comply with all FCC political candidate rules,"