McClatchy Washington Bureau
Posted on Mon, Sep. 15, 2008
Radio host suspended for airing anti-Palin protesters' numbers
Julia O'Malley | Anchorage Daily News
last updated: September 15, 2008 08:13:55 PM
Anchorage AM radio host Eddie Burke has been suspended for a week for broadcasting the phone number of women involved in organizing a protest against Sarah Palin.
The women later received threatening phone calls.
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."