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District 24 Runoff Heats Up

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 11:25am

THE DISTRICT 24 RUNOFF IS COMING UP...AND A LOCAL RADIO STATION COULD BE FACING AN F-C-C VIOLATION.

F-N-L'S CATE SLATTERY HAS MORE ON THE ALLEGED FREE AIR SPOTS GIVEN TO ONE OF THE CANDIDATES.

FORMER K-V-O-L MORNING TALK SHOW HOST BRYAN CROUCH IS COMING FORWARD WITH CONTROVERSIAL EMAILS HE UNCOVERED AT THE STATION.

"In Louisiana if we are going to straighten up this state then we have to start by taking stuff like this out of the political realm " former KVOL morning Host Bryan Crouch said Monday.

THE EMAILS, GIVEN EXCLUSIVELY TO K-A-D-N, REVEAL A PITTMAN BROADCASTING EMPLOYEE OFFERING DISTRICT 24 CANDIDATE ELBERT GUILLORY'S CAMPAIGN 6 FREE AIR SPOTS ON KVOL.

" we can not have stations offering free advertising to one candidate and saying ya know keep it on the down low," Crouch said.

AN EMAIL FROM MARCH 16TH IS FROM AN UNNAMED EMPLOYEE THAT SAYS...

"I threw in 6 free spots for you on 1330 kvol as a coutesy to you. I may throw in a few on 105.9 during joyner and sweat but it must be kept on the downlow"

FCC REQUIRES ALL U-S RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS PROVIDE OPPOSING POLITICAL CANDIDATES EQUAL ON AIR OPPORTUNITIES.

SO IF PITTMAN OFFERED GUILLARYS CAMPAIGN SIX FREE SPOTS, THEY WOULD HAVE TO DO THE SAME FOR PATRICIA CRAVINS.

"For every spot that was run to my knowledge was paid for in full, " Patricia Cravins said.

THE GENERAL MANGER OF PITMANN BROADCASTING SAYS CRAVINS WAS NEVER OFFERED FREE SPOTS BECAUSE THEY BECAME AWARE OF THE EMAIL IN QUESTION.

"So whenever I immediately went into the system to make sure that there was no free spots given nothing had run up to that date, " Charles Sagona said.

SIGONA, THE EMAIL ACCOUNT IN QUESTION, DOES NOT REQUIRE A PASSWORD AND IS ACCESSIBLE TO ANYONE.

"I know who was at the production room at the time and just circumstantial evidence of who did it and I can tell you that the person who I think did it isn't with pittman broadcasting or kvol any longer," Sagona said.

TO ENSURE THE FREE SPOTS NEVER AIRED, WE REQUESTED THE STATIONS PUBLIC RECORDS.

WE GOT THESE INVOICES FOR KFXZ, NOT KVOL'S.

"There were free spots offered, did they run who knows I'm sure they did but even offering free spots should never be done and it should be brought to the publics attention ,"Crouch said.

CROUCH PLANS ON TURNING THE EMAILS OVER TO THE STATES ELECTION COMMISION AND THE F-C-C.