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Barron says no to Cary J. Hahn emceeing Memorial Day service

For several years, former KGAN-TV “Iowa Traveler” Cary J. Hahn has emceed the Cedar Rapids Metro Area Veterans Council Memorial Day service, scheduled this year for Monday at All Veterans Memorial Park.

But this year, Hahn is running for a seat on the Linn County Board of Supervisors, and he won’t be allowed to emcee the event.

AM radio station KMRY 1450 is broadcasting the event, as it has for a few years. Because of equal time rules governing radio broadcasts, they had to check with Hahn’s primary opponent, Supervisor Lu Barron, to see if it was OK for them to allow Hahn to speak at the service.

“She told us she would have difficulty with that,” said Kevin Alexander, KMRY’s station manager.

So Hahn will not be emceeing the event. Instead it will be Veterans Memorial Commission member Peter Welch.

Hahn has already taken a leave of absence from FM station KCCK 88.3, where he hosts a show called Big Band Memories.

“I just said, ‘Why don’t you just do what KCCK did?'” Barron said.

Equal time rules require that radio and TV stations that broadcast non-news events featuring political figures offer equal time to the candidates’ opponents.

“It gets really into a pickle during election time,” Alexander said. “We don’t make the rules, we just have to live by them.”

Barron and Hahn are squaring off in the June 3 Democratic primary for District 1, the only Linn County supervisor district confined entirely to Cedar Rapids.

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5 Responses

  1. SJ says:

    I think Ms Barron has just insulted every Veteran in the area.Mr Hahn served with the Navy in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Viet Nam War . Ms Barron has used extremely poor judgement in protesting this issue. I think it’s time the voters elect a new Supervisor:, I hear Cary Hahn is running. Now there’s a real American!

  2. SaidMom says:

    I can’t believe that Lu Barron is that fearful of Hahn’s extra attention in the public eye. Hahn is not campaigning — he is emceeing a program that he has done for years — way before he even thought about running for supervisor.

    Me thinks I will have to say NO to Barron. Lu, you have made a bad choice here. Actions speak louder than words. You could have been the bigger person in this matter; but you decided to stick behind some stupid political rule. If 15 mins emeceeing a program changes that many voters against you, your campaign is in real trouble.

  3. Cindy Rittmer says:

    Although Ms. Barron is within her rights, what a crock. Mr. Hahn has been emceeing this event for years. Just more bad press for her. She continues to make bad decisions. I sure wish I were voting in this race.

  4. HJ Becil says:

    The Fairness Doctrine was created to assure that those with access to the media are not given an unfair advantage in elections.
    KMRY recognized that having Cary Hahn act as the Emcee for the Memorial Day event would violate the Fairness Doctrine.

    According to the Gazette article Barron said that she would have no problem with Hahn acting as an Emcee if she could have equal time on some other date.
    KMRY refused Barron’s proposal. Someone contacted the Gazette.

    Why would you hold it against any candidate who did not agree to make a radio station’s life easier?

  5. gs says:

    I agree with the thoughts of HJ Becil.

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