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Candidate out of work over equal airtime

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 03 2014 07:11:55 AM MDT

A long-time radio meteorologist running for the state Legislature is out of work after his opponent demanded free, equal airtime.
Democratic House District 43 candidate John Pulasky tells The Billings Gazette he was taken off the air before the June primary election. Real estate agent and Republican Clayton Fiscus had demanded equal airtime from Pulasky's employer, Northern Broadcasting.
Federal Communications Commission law says that U.S. radio and television stations must offer equal time to opposing candidates who request it.
During the 2013 Legislature, Fiscus represented part of Billings. The two men are now vying for the seat in a newly-drawn district.
Pulasky is making his weather report available to interested stations outside the legislative district.