Hannemann Final Radio Show Prompts Opponent To Seek Equal Time
Mufi Hannemann stopped spinning songs by Frankie Avalon, the Platters, Neil Diamond and countless other artists on his "oldies" radio program Saturday.
That's because, as Civil Beat reported, the Federal Communications Commission requires candidates to give up the airtime once they are officially certified, or else their opponents qualify for equal time.
Problem is, Hannemann, the former Honolulu mayor running as a Democrat for the Hawaii Second Congressional District seat, filed June 4 but still did a last program Saturday, June 9.
Hannemann, who called it "a special aloha show as I hit the campaign trail," made clear it was his last installment of "Mufi's JukeBox Jamboree" and shortened the program from two hours to one.
But Hannemann's primary opponents have the right to ask for equal airtime.
And that's just what Bob Marx is doing.
Candidates have seven calendar days in which to request the time from the radio station, a spokesman for the FCC told Civil Beat. In this case, that's KKOL "Kool Gold" 107.9 FM.
Monday was a holiday, and it was difficult to reach folks. Messages were left with the campaigns of Tulsi Gabbard and Esther Kiaaina, and with KKOL's local sales manager. They did not return calls or emails.
But Jose Casey, campaign manager for Marx, another Democrat in the CD2 primary, said his campaign will be requesting equal airtime.