A trio of Florida radio stations have announced they will each be broadcasting two minute snippets of Trump speeches every hour of every day until the end of the 2020 presidential race, with the first broadcasts to begin Friday.
Gulf Coast Media Inc., which owns 105.1, WASJ, HANK FM, 103.5 WKNK and Classic Rock 95.9 WRBA in Bay County Florida, announced the news in a press release Friday morning.
“Gulf Coast Media, Inc. senior management acknowledged that broadcasting the President’s speeches may not be consistent with conventional commercial FM radio, but we have taken this approach to show the community’s sincere appreciation for President Donald Trump’s work in Panama City and Bay County,” the station said.
On Wednesday, President Trump spoke in Panama City Beach, Florida, and announced that he would dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars in additional relief funds to assist residents still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The Category 5 storm slammed into the Panhandle in October 2018, wreaking significant damage.
“I pledged to you unwavering support and the support of our nation until you have fully recovered and rebuilt, and we will never, ever leave your side,” Trump told rally attendees. “We’ve already given you billions of dollars, and there’s a lot more coming as you do it.”
Samuel Rogatinsky, a spokesman for Gulf Coast Media, said so far the reaction from listeners has been positive.
“The community really embraces Donald Trump and we are giving them what they want,” he told TheWrap, adding that residents were grateful for the promises of increased assistance. “The hurricane was a real disaster and many people have not recovered.”
To avoid running afoul of Federal Communications Commission equal time guidelines, Gulf Coast Media will be required to offer similar airtime to other presidential candidates if they request it — something Rogatinsky said the company would be happy to do.
“If anybody requests it, it won’t be an issue,” he said. “If Bernie Sanders wants equal time then we’re going to comply with the law.”