The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

March 31, 2010

Controversial ‘campaign’ ads air on area stations

From staff, AP reports

news@joplinglobe.com

The owner of some Southwest Missouri radio stations believes he has no choice but to run controversial ads because the Aurora man who is paying for them has filed as a write-in candidate for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat now held by Christopher “Kit” Bond.

Frazier Glenn Miller, 69, is a former leader of a group called the White Patriot Party. His ads have been aired in Springfield, Kansas City and, beginning this week, on radio stations out of Monett.

Some of Miller’s ads have started running on radio stations KRMO and KSWM, AM stations that are part of Monett-based Eagle and Falcon Broadcasting. KSWM is a talk radio station, while KRMO is a country/agriculture station.

“It started yesterday,” said Dewayne Gandy, president of the Monett radio stations, in a Globe interview Wednesday. “I think there are a total of 18 (ads) over 90 days.”

While the ads focus on Jews, according to an Associated Press analysis, they also criticize immigrants and minorities. The ads also goad white voters to “unite” and “take our country back.”

“This is the second time we have had Mr. Miller on the station. He was here in 2006 also,” Gandy said, referring to Miller’s run for the 7th District U.S. House seat held by Rep. Roy Blunt.

Gandy said Wednesday that he consulted the Federal Communications Commission and thought that he had little choice but to run the ads. He declined to characterize the content of the ads.

The FCC requires broadcast stations to give qualified federal candidates access to airtime. Federal law also requires candidates to pay for the airtime and says the stations cannot censor or edit the ads.

Miller has registered as a write-in candidate with the Missouri secretary of state.

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