KSL's Wright May Run for Congress; Incumbent Wants Equal Time
October 5, 2005 at 7:10 AM (PT)
He hasn't made any announcements about running yet, but BONNEVILLE Talk KSL-A/SALT LAKE CITY host DOUG WRIGHT is reportedly talking with Republican leaders about a run for Congress, and his potential opponent wants the station to give him equal time.
The SALT LAKE TRIBUNE reports that incumbent Rep. JIM MATHESON (D-UT)'s attorney JOSH REID sent a letter to KSL asking "(w)ill KSL allow a talk show host who is also a candidate to render his opinions on the vital issues of the day, and if so, will it allow Congressman MATHESON (and all other candidates for that office) an equal opportunity to speak to that audience free of charge? I am sure that KSL Radio does not wish to subject itself to public scrutiny and criticism as being seen as partisan and as an advocate for the political advancement of one of its employees."
KSL PD RUSS HILL tells the TRIBUNE that "(a)s soon as Doug Wright decides he's going to run, he'll no longer be on KSL Radio hosting a talk show. Until he is a 'legally qualified candidate,' this just isn't an issue."