Rhode Island Governor Bans State Employees From Appearing On Talk Radio
January 11, 2011 at 4:22 AM (PT)
New RHODE ISLAND Governor LINCOLN CHAFEE intends to issue a ban on state employees appearing on Talk radio, reports the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. CHAFEE spokesman MICHAEL TRAINOR told the JOURNAL that the directive comes from CHAFEE's opinion that Talk radio is "ratings-driven, for-profit programming" and that it is not "appropriate to use taxpayer resources" to support it. He said CHAFEE will talk to news reporters and to public radio.
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WHJJ-A/PROVIDENCE PD BILL GEORGE told the JOURNAL that he hopes to talk to the Governor to change his mind, saying, "We believe that Talk radio would be an ideal outlet for Governor CHAFEE because it’s a great way for him to speak directly to the people. It’s also one of the few places where he can have a back-and-forth with the state’s citizens.”
CHAFEE's predecessor DONALD L. CARCIERI was a frequent guest on Talk radio during his administration.