Post resigns radio spot, for now
Politics The House District 25 candidate steps down from radio show after station called out for not providing equal candidate air time
Bill Post, candidate for House District 25, announced March 10 that he would temporarily resign from his position with 1430 KYKN, after fellow candidate hopeful Barbara Jensen brought attention to FCC rules and election laws.
This is an expected development and a sacrifice I planned for and am willing to make for the opportunity to represent the people of House District 25, Post said in a press release. I love talking on the radio and will miss it greatly. I will remain program director and operations manager at 1430 KYKN
On March 10, Jensens lawyer Thomas Rask sent a letter to station manager Mike Frith stating that Post either needed to resign from his talk show or each candidate should have equal time which he estimated at 15 hours a week available to them to be in compliance with federal law.
The law in this area is clear and well-settled, Rask wrote. It is clear that this rule applies when a current on-air personality, such as Mr. Post, becomes a candidate for public office.
The law states that any licensed broadcast station that provides a candidate for public office use of the station, needs to provide equal time for all candidates for that position.
Post filed as a candidate for state Rep. Kim Thatchers position in December.
Since that time, KYKN has allowed Mr. Post to continue to host his radio show for three hours a day, five days per week, the letter continues. Mr. Post has made little effort to distinguish between his radio show and his campaign, often using the radio shows Facebook page to explicitly promote his campaign and direct visitors to his campaign website.
This included sharing Posts campaign Facebook posts on the radios Facebook page as recently as March 10.
Rask wrote that in addition to the request, he and his client Jensen would report the stations actions to the Secretary of States office and (are) considering what further actions we may take.
Jensen also mentioned possible campaign finance law violations.
The lines between The Bill Post Radio Show and Bill Posts candidacy for public office are blurred beyond comprehension. It is our hope the Secretary of State will resolve the possible campaign violations weve identified, said Jesse Alexander, Jensens campaign manager. We have campaign finance laws for a reason, and voters deserve transparency during the election process.
Rask identified the potential finance violations as possible consideration of Posts air time as a campaign contribution.
Post and Jensen are the only Republican candidates vying for the position; Newberg City Councilor Ryan Howard is the sole Democrat. The primary election is scheduled for May 20.Add a comment