Marshall Miles, the self appointed President of WHDD Radio, the “smallest minded” NPR affiliate in the nation, has reached a new low.
Mr. Miles has been using WHDD radio as his own personal bully pulpit to bash the Region One School administrators. He records and broadcasts his personal opinion, advocates on political issues, and denies others access to the public facility which he exercises dictatorial control over. I am sure this is exactly what the FCC envisioned with non commercial educational station licenses, and would certainly think that the IRS intended that non profit 501c3 organizations should deny access to public broadcast facilities which were tax exempt and partially financed with public dollars.
NPR certainly approves of affiliates who coerce local school districts and denies those who disagree with the station management access to their publicly supported facilities.
Having grown tired of Mr. Miles airwave domination, I decided to engage WHDD radio on this issue.
On Mon, May 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM, Mike Flint – Straight Talk Program <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
To WHDD Radio:
I would like to request rebuttal time to the ‘personal’ editorial currently airing on your station. The editorial advocates the defeat of the Region One Budget.
May 30 5:30 AM (my note: this is the date on the email, I cannot explain it)
Rebuttal time has been offered to Phil Hart Region One chairperson, and to the ABC thru Phil Hart (we are NOT required by law to do so, but we have offered it to Phil Hart and the ABC). Please record your rebuttal and email it to us via You Send It or some other large file transfer program. However, due to your continual, published, negative, abusive running commentary against WHDD, Tri-State Public Communications, Marshall Miles and Jill and James Goodman you are Persona non grata (you are NOT welcome to record it here at our facility). Once you have recorded it, as long as it meets our audio, accuracy, and programming standards it will be be considered for air time.
Please have the recording in the form of an MP3 file with attached script for our review.
I am not welcome … this from Mr. Free Speech!
The response also rambled on about the Fairness Doctrine which is not germane to my request. It appears that Mr. Miles puts this into the email so that he may make it appear that I am uninformed, not to mention as a mechanism to validate his denial of facility access.
I made a further request:
On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM, Michael J Flint <email@example.com> wrote:
To WHDD Radio:
Thank you for your response.
You have referred to standards concerning audio, accuracy, and programming.
Would you please provide me a copy of these standards.
Four simple unwritten rules:
1) No personal attacks
2) Statements of fact not supposition
3) Disclaimers of the commentary being your personal opinion front and rear of audio
4) Clear, acceptable audio audio quality
It appears that Mr. Miles makes the rules as he goes along and calls all of the shots. While WHDD and Tri-State Public Communications may have two other directors (the Goodmans) they obviously have little if any input into the operations. Apparently they are only there for the money.
I must assume that he will be making all of the decisions on this issue and therefore anything I might submit will be rejected for some reason he will conjure up. If he were to play it you can rest assured it would be relegated to some far off time slot and never see near the amount of airplay his personal opinion gets.
I am also wondering if the same rules apply to my access at CATV 6 considering he is also the dictator at that facility.
Let this be a lesson … Don’t mess with the Great and Powerful Marshall Miles.
Here is a PDF of the email communications.