The station was originally picked because of its signal strength and its willingness to run emergency weather announcements in their entirety — with no preemptions.
But Commissioner Stacy Ritter tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that WIOD is out of step with area politics — because it airs Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity — and FOX News Radio.
The station says its talk show lineup has no bearing on its news coverage. Programming director Ken Charles says: "It's a shame that people would let politics get in the way of saving lives in a hurricane."
UPDATE: (Rush Limbaugh.com) - Broward County commissioners have backed down in their effort to ban emergency hurricane information on EIB Miami affiliate WIOD because the station carries Rush. The all-Democrat commission was deluged with complaints for politicizing a non-partisan issue.
UPDATE #2: (Fox News) - The Broward County commissioners in Florida have decided not to cancel their contract with the radio station that serves as the county's official hurricane information outlet — and also carries Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and FOX News Radio.
We told you yesterday that Commissioner Stacy Ritter said Tuesday she no longer wanted to support a station that carries programming she called out of step politically with area residents.
But when word got out, commissioners were deluged with complaints. Then some commissioners who were not present at Tuesday's meeting indicated they would not go along with the move to dump the station.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports by late Wednesday the commissioners had voted to renew the contract.