Fans Protest Maine Host's Muzzling
April 13, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
About 20 fans of MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING NETWORK "THE HUMBLE FARMER" host ROBERT SKOGLUND asked the public radio operator to lift restrictions on the host's on-air patter at the company's board meeting THURSDAY.
SKOGLUND, who has hosted the weekly show for 28 years, was placed under restrictions in NOVEMBER after starting to include political material in the jazz-and-talk show, reading a letter critical of a MARYLAND state spending restriction law just before MAINE voters were to decide on a similar ballot measure. The network had previously conflicted with SKOGLUND for a 2003 on-air comment likening President BUSH to ADOLF HITLER.
The MPBN board agreed to review the matter based on the fans' complaints; SKOGLUND has restricted himself to talking up records without his usual commentary since the NOVEMBER dust-up.