KTAR-F/Phoenix Banned On ASU Campus Buses
April 14, 2008 at 4:02 AM (PT)
BONNEVILLE Talk KTAR-F/PHOENIX has found itself banned from being played on buses on the ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY campus after a student complained about "offensive material" on the station. The bus company, COACH AMERICA, has temporarily banned the station pending an investigation by the school.
"There are students at ASU that find the views of some of their professors offensive," responded KTAR Director of News, Talk, and Sports RUSS HILL. "Universities normally pride themselves on exposing students to different perspectives and ideas. In this case, students at ARIZONA's largest university are now being subjected to a selective ban on certain viewpoints. This is a violation of free speech on the ASU campus."
In a letter to the bus company's Director of Operations FRED SIEBEL, HILL added, "With a campus that bears the name of WALTER CRONKITE on one of its superior academic institutions, it is ironic to learn the free speech rights he and so many journalists have fought for appear to now be limited. We also find it ironic that KTAR, the radio station that has broadcast ASU football and basketball games for decades, is now banned from campus."