Last week, I wrote about a radio program suspended from airing on a Sanford community college radio station because of state Rep. Mike Stone’s complaints.
Stone, a Sanford Republicans serving his second term, had his office contact the president of Central Carolina Community College a few hours after a radio host for “The Rant,” penned a column on April 3 critical of Stone for introducing legislation that would make local elections partisan.
The email from Stone’s legislative assistant to the community college president had a link to the blog post and questioned what the school’s affiliation was with the weekly program on the community college’s FM radio station WDCC.
A follow-up email from Stone’s office asked for more detailed information about the radio station’s budget, programming and funding.
The show, which had begun airing when its three hosts worked for the local newspaper, was suspended from broadcast on April 5, two days after Stone’s office complained.
(Click here to read my story and see the email’s from Stone’s office.)
Since our report went out on Friday, the Rant, which makes pop culture as much a topic as local politics, has attracted a fair amount of statewide and national attention.
There was a mention Sunday in a column by the News & Observer’s Rob Christensen and a story up today on the website for the Poynter Institute, a national group focused on the craft of journalism. Several other political websites, from the national Think Progress blog on the left to the conservative, N.C.-based Daily Haymaker, also weighed in on the controversy.
Since Friday, I also heard back from Julian Philpott, the chair of the community college’s board of trustees who spoke directly with Stone about the matter when the lawmaker called him, twice.