McCain Local Radiogate '08
February 27, 2008 03:55 PM
Just how many people did the McCain campaign manage to offend when they were in town? Here we have the producer of 55KRC's morning radio show, chiming in about the treatment he received from the McCain camp. Take it away, Joe Strecker:
As you know, it's Ohio's turn to be in the spotlight, for the last 2 weeks, I have been pitched and pitched AND PITCHED every person under the sun to stump for Sen. McCain. As agreed to by his PR, if I put guests on to stump for Sen. McCain, he would be made available to 55KRC when he came to town (2/26)...
Well here is the email reply I received from the McCain camp
"I don't think for tomorrow, things are pretty set by now. " Rebecca - McCain 2008
As you can tell by my response, I was a little upset.
"I am getting a little frustrated. 55KRC is / has a very Conservative base...Much more than a lot of people think. These are the voters Sen. McCain needs to win over. Since the election started, most of our callers initially were Thompson fans, then when he dropped out, Paul and Romney fans. If there are any listeners/voters to win over, it would be 55KRC's. I hope you reconsider. We could do just 5 minutes on his drive up from downtown to West Chester?"
Here was my reply.
"I'm sorry but the decision is not mine. I recomended you to the higher ups for the exact reason you mentioned. I will try to ask again when I can but right now I am stuck." - Rebecca McCain 2008
I find out at 10:30 yesterday that McCain was on with Mike McConnell, who McCain called "Bob". I called Rebecca, and when she said on the phone he wasn't available, I told her he is on right now with WLW. >>>Silence<<< then she told me "Can't you just use their audio??" You have to be kidding me..I let her know that we will let our listener's know what happened.
Now, I do understand this is a business and we constantly try to scoop the other guys, but for McCain's people to actually go back on their promise and to act the way they acted and treated the station with the listener's he needs to convince, is just reprehensible. This proves to me what kind of person he is. Why? You surround yourself with like minded people. If his 'people' don't care about you '55KRC listener' vicariously he doesn't care about you '55KRC' listener....
What's even funnier is that last night at 9PM, I received a pitch for another guest to stump for McCain. I don't think I'm going to book them..
I honestly don't know why he'd even consider it. And it's more than a little concerning that they're willling to put a candidate's supporters on the radio in exchange for the big "get"--i.e. an interview with the candidate himself. I suppose that's the way the media game is played, but it doesn't speak well of its participants. When you whore yourself out, Joe, don't be surpised when you get stabbed by jack the ripper.
And again, how stupid is the McCain camp for missing the interview? Joe is totally right that the Morning Show's audience is exactly the people McCain needs to be reaching out to. But there's just little or no effort.
It's almost a parody of a well-run campaign. "Can't you just use their audio?" Um no. Have they ever worked with the news media before?