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Democrat Files Complaint Against Radio Host

Published On: May 16 2014 11:36:39 PM AKDT
Dan Sullivan for Senate
ANCHORAGE -

A retired teacher and registered Democrat has filed a complaint against an Anchorage radio host with the Federal Communications Commission.

Rod McCoy alleges KFQD talk show host Dave Stieren improperly provided favorable coverage to Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan after being paid by the campaign for "media training" and coaching.

The complaint says Sullivan appeared on Stieren's show at least six times in eight months. Among Sullivan's major GOP rivals, Mead Treadwell hasn't been on the show since the campaign began, while the station says Joe Miller has been scheduled or called in a few times.

KFQD program director Joe Campbell told the Anchorage Daily News Stieren let the station know about the media work. He said Stieren's promotion of Sullivan doesn't violate broadcast rules or station policy.