Friday, October 29, 2010

Dan Fagan's Absence From KFQD In Anchorage Still May Be Temporary, Final Decision To Be Made On Monday November 1st; "Operation Alaska Chaos" Now A Factor

Update November 1st: Crisis over, Dan Fagan to be back on the air. Read his account on The Alaska Standard.

Update: Sarah Palin criticizes Lisa Murkowski plus much more reaction; updated post HERE.

For those who were unpleasantly surprised when they tuned in to KFQD 750AM in Anchorage at 2:00 P.M. on Friday October 29th, 2010 and did NOT hear Dan Fagan's voice, I have news: His absence may be temporary, and a final decision on his status will be made on Monday November 1st.

The brief announcement was given during the 3 P.M. break. No reason for his absence was given at the time. But it was initially a relief because I was concerned the station might purge him for political correctness after he spearheaded an over-the-air campaign on Thursday October 28th to induce local citizens to sign up en masse as write-in candidates for the purpose of undermining Lisa Murkowski's candidacy. The objective was to make it more difficult for Murkowski voters to find her name on the list of write-in candidates to be available at every polling station in Alaska on November 2nd. The entire list of candidates can be viewed HERE; among prominent names include former State Senator Jerry Ward, and former Anchorage school board candidates Bob Griffin and David Boyle. One source nicknamed the effort "Operation Alaska Chaos"

The effort was initially conceived as a way to protest an order by the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday October 27th allowing a list of write-in candidates to be shown to voters who ask for assistance. The court action is expected to aid Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in bid and amounts to electioneering by the state, according to supporters of Republican nominee Joe Miller.

MAJOR UPDATE: Since this post, Alaska Dispatch reports that Dan Fagan was supposedly "yanked" off the air because of the caper. Supposedly on Friday morning, Branch Haymans, an Anchorage financial adviser who's an unpaid Murkowski volunteer, called KFQD and spoke with Joe Campbell, KFQD's program director. Haymans allegedly said he told Campbell that he thought Fagan's on-air behavior bordered on election tampering, but didn't threaten legal action or ask for Fagan to be taken off the air. But Campbell did not return a message requesting a response to Alaska Dispatch. Alaska Dispatch also quotes Dan Fagan as saying, "Bottom line is that Lisa Murkowski is a very powerful person, and she has succeeded in taking me off the air the Friday before the election...It's impressive."

UPDATE #2: ADN Alaska Politics has now picked up the story, and identified another villain who's trying to grease the skids for Fagan's downfall. John Tracy, president of the Anchorage public relations and advertising company Bradley Reid, said he called Bookey upset about Fagan’s show at about 11:30 A.M. on Friday. Tracy said he first called someone at the Murkowski campaign – he wouldn’t say who – to tell them he was making the complaint. Tracy’s company produces television and radio commercials for the Murkowski campaign, and -- he assumes -- is an advertiser on Morris Communications stations. Tracy said he made the call as a former broadcaster – he was the longtime news director at KTUU Channel 2 – who thought Fagan “crossed a line from being inflammatory to doing something that actually tries to manipulate an election.”


  1. Wow ! Look at all of those comments, people must be in a tizzy over all of this.

    The broadcast spectrum is held in public trust for ALL citizens, not just the brownshirts such as yourself, Joke Miller and Mr. Fagan.

  2. ALL citizens includes Dan Fagan, too.