Tampa radio station WMNF-FM offers free 90-second statement to any political candidate via voice mail
It may be one of the simplest ways to give free airtime to qualified political candidates.
Tampa community radio station WMNF-FM (88.5) is offering any qualified local candidate 90 seconds of airtime to address its listeners. But they may have to call the station and leave voice mail message to earn it.
Candidates qualified for the Nov. 2 ballot can call the voice mail line for the station's news director, Rob Lorei, and leave a 90 second message. Longer messages will be edited down (tech savvy candidates can also email a message to rob@WMNF.org), and the deadline for submissions is 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Those messages will be played Wednesday and Thursday at 1:05 p.m., with candidates broadcast on a first come, first served basis. For a station fighting to make its news and public affairs programming stand out amid increased competition from WUSF-FM (89.7), it's an appropriately low-key way to give a range of candidates their own voice.
Check out WMNF's release below:
Candidates who are on the upcoming ballot on November 2nd may begin calling in 90 second campaign messages to the WMNF News Director’s line at 813 238 8001 x115. They can also e-mail an MP3 file to email@example.com. Messages that last longer than 90 seconds will be edited by the radio station to fit the 90 second window. The contents are up to the candidate. We want them to adhere to FCC guidelines on obscenity and refrain from personal attacks. The message may include (but is not limited to) the name of the candidate, geographic location of the district, the position and district number for which they are running, the campaign web site and the reasons why they deserve to be elected.
WMNF 88.5FM covers six counties in West Central Florida including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, Manatee, and Polk. Candidates for local and statewide races are welcome to submit messages. The messages must be recorded by the candidates themselves, we will not accept substitutes, actors or campaign commercials.
This invitation is open to all candidates who have qualified to be on the November 2nd ballot regardless of party affiliation.
All candidate’s messages must be submitted by 10AM on October 27th, 2010. The messages will be played back on October 27th and 28th at 1:05PM ET. Candidates will be granted this free air time on a first come, first serve basis.