Radio groups participate in print issue campaign


NewspaperFamily Research Council took to the pages of USA Today to state its position on recent controversy pertaining to the Boy Scouts of America, and among a coalition of partner organizations that signed on to the campaign were two religious radio operators.

The BSA has been reconsidering its policy of banning gays from joining the organization. FRC’s coalition believes this would be a grave mistake.

Among the 41 organizations supporting FRC are the American Family Association, which owns a large collection on noncommercial radio stations, and Bott Radio Network, which operates on both sides of the commercial/noncommercial divide.

The coalition believes that allowing gays would compromise the BSA’s requirement that its members must be “morally straight.”

The ad states, “To compromise moral principles under political and financial pressure would teach the boys cowardice, not courage.”

RBR-TVBR observation: If these two groups used their own stations to convey this message they would likely be engaging in the clichéd practice of preaching to the choir in the case of many of their core listeners. Nonetheless, we hope they will convey the power of radio to the members of their like-minded organizations the next time they have a message to disseminate.