Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, September 05, 2005

AM 1290's Apology -- Sign of the Future?

Scott Singleton's piece this morning about whether Dr. Laura pulled a publicity stunt several weeks ago around the $30,000 for harbor fees was surprising for several reasons. The timing of the donation was a bit suspect but more problematic was the way the Navy League handled it.

In the article, using words like "veracity", "therefrom", "defamatory" and "morally reprehensible" -- Dr. Laura threatened legal action towards News-Press Radio's Bob Egenolf for starting the rumor that the publicity stunt would help sales to her one-woman show. Clearly, she was allowed to prepare her statements for this article. Mr. Egeolf's apology and retraction was included in the article. Would this story have gotten so much space if Wendy McCaw didn't own the radio station in question?

The bigger picture issue is this: what relationship will 1290's News-Press Radio have with its' sister media outlet the News-Press? 1290 moved into new digs last week and is rebuilding their news/talk format. Their man at De la Guerra, Travis Armstrong, is a permanent guest on one of the shows....he can't actually be an announcer as he is editor of the newspaper side of the business.

How did this pass muster at the FCC? A seperate company owns the actual radio station and Ampersand Holdings (owns the News-Press) actually leases all of the air time on the station. Yes, KEYT owned it before -- but their primary business wasn't news and they did not have activist editorialistas like Travis FactsWrong.

It's certainly something worth watching. I actually wish them the best as local news radio is important. What I'd really like to see is a return of former radio host and Indie Reporter Jerry Cornfield...but that will not be...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, I don't know maybe Rob Egenolf was wrong and apologized. Seems pretty straightforward. As far as the licenses go, don't you think they might hired a lawyer before purchasing the radio station? File a complaint if you got one. Nice attempt at misdirection.

Lead Better

9/05/2005 10:11 PM  
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9/19/2005 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Travis Armstrong is the editorial page editor. He does not do news editing, as you claim. He has his own show on the station, just like many others do. Everything is appropriate and legal. What's the issue here?

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