Monday, September 15, 2008

Radio host Burke suspended for a week

Radio host Burke suspended for a week
By JULIA O'MALLEY | Anchorage Daily News
September 15th, 2008

Anchorage AM radio host Eddie Burke was been suspended after broadcasting the phone numbers of women involved in organizing a protest rally against Sarah Palin over the weekend, his station manager said today.

In a statement, KBYR-AM 700 station manager Justin McDonald said broadcasting the numbers last week was "breaking station policy." Burke will be suspended for one week without pay, he said.

"Though I do not agree with some of the comments he made, as a licensee, we attempt to respect everyone's First Amendment rights, including Eddie Burke's, our listeners' and our nonlisteners'," McDonald's statement said. "That does not mean I condone inciting violence or harm in any way to people wanting to voice their opinions with peaceful protest."

Last week Burke, host of a conservative daily talk show, called rally organizers Charla Sterne and Ilona Bessenyey "socialist, baby-killing maggots," read their phone numbers on the air and encouraged listeners to call them. The women said their voice-mail quickly filled with angry, profane messages, some of them threatening.

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Radio host Burke suspended for a week

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A week for calling them "baby killing maggots"?!! Outrageous. I suggest forwarding/posting this where interested parties can call to express their disgust with the offense AND the penalty. Someone like this has no business on the air...anywhere! Even if it is FoxRadio!

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