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Roanoke Stations May Have Too Much of Good Thing

Cheap airtime and undecided voters are making Roanoke, VA the belle of the ball for political campaigns looking to get their messages out to local viewers, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The AP report contrasts the size of the market with the appetite for airtime, noting the Virginia city may be market 68,

But the Roanoke market has consistently been number one in the country for the number of political ads aired. This is good news for top-rated station WDBJ-TV, a CBS affiliate. Its ad haul could top $5 million. Around the country, local stations could rake in more than $3 billion from political advertising.

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Stations to Run Graphic Anti-Abortion Campaign Ad

A political ad some are calling offensive for its graphic visual images is putting local stations in Kentucky and Indiana in a delicate position.

Andrew Beacham, who is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat against incumbent Republican Brett Guthrie, paid the stations to air a spot showing pictures of an aborted fetus while asking viewers, “Will we knuckle under?  Violate our consciences and become accomplices to Obama’s immorality?”  You can watch the ad after the break, but we warn you its graphic.

Because of a Federal Communications Commission rule that stations give reasonable access to candidates who want to air political ads, Beacham’s spot will air 22 times between Wednesday and Friday.  CBS News reports one station manager intends to warn viewers of what they may see,

Rick McCue, general manager of WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, described the ad as offensive and said his station may run a disclaimer along with it.

As a legal matter, McCue said, “we have no right to censor the ad, and we can’t refuse it either. ”

“We can at least give people a heads up, and we intend to do that,” he added. “How we’re going to word it, I don’t know yet.”

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