Litchfield County blogger Terry Cowgill has an update on a long-running feud with Marshall Miles, the founder of a small NPR affiliate in Sharon who is running for a seat on a regional board of education:
One of our local radio stations, which brands itself as “the smallest NPR station in the nation,” has been slammed for poor ethics after its head decided to run for a regional school board seat that is often a subject of the station’s own news coverage.
Cowgill and other others filed a complaint with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting about Miles. The CPB’s ombudsman, Joel Kaplan, agreed and wrote recently that Miles’ dual role of running for public office and presiding over a public radio station was “a conflict of interest and it should stop.”
The New York Times has called WHDD “not a bad model for what truly public radio might be.”
Over the weekend, Miles — host of “the Breakfast Club” on WHDD — said they ombudsman’s report was “not worth the paper it is written on.” He also said that he’s already agreed to be careful with his on-air commentary during the campaign: