The program director of KMBZ radio in Kansas City says the station has no choice but to air commercials with racially biased and anti-Semitic claims from a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate from Missouri.
The ads — which began on the station last week — are from Glenn Miller, a Springfield man who once ran the White Patriot Party. He's been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., as a white supremacist and former paramilitary organizer.
One of Miller's ads, aired during the Darla Jaye talk show program in the evening, urges whites to "take their country back" and disparages Jews and nonwhites.
The Missouri secretary of state's office said Miller has filed required papers to qualify as a write-in candidate in the 2010 Senate race.
Under Federal Communications Commission rules and federal law, a "legally qualified candidate" must be given reasonable, uncensored access to broadcast airtime if he or she can pay the cost.
"The company is required by federal law to run these spots and to do so without any edits," said KMBZ program director Neil Larrimore. "Our hands are tied."
Larrimore said Miller has purchased airtime on at least one other local station.
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