Public Station's School Board Election Endorsements Draw Complaint To FCC
January 13, 2012 at 3:50 AM (PT)
TRI-STATE PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS noncommercial WHDD (ROBIN HOOD RADIO)/SHARON, CT is being accused of endorsing candidates for local elections by a local school board official.
The WATERBURY REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN reports that Region 1 assistant superintendent DIANE GONCALVES is alleging in a complaint filed with the FCC on NOVEMBER 8th that the station's President MARSHALL MILES made specific endorsements of certain candidates for local office on the air and "targeted only that area that he has been perpetuating a personal agenda against. He, in my opinion, has not only violated FCC rules and regulations but has used his position to unfairly and unethically sway an election."
Local political blog CTDEVILSADVOCATE.COM notes that GONCALVES and MILES "have a longstanding feud dating back to a few years ago" and that MILES has been criticizing GONCALVES "almost from the outset of her tenure at Region 1." MILES issued the endorsements for three candidates in Region 1, MARILYN YERKS in SHARON, STEVEN ALLYN in NORTH CAANAN and SCOOTER TEDDDER in SALISBURY.