Kitchener DJ’s political antics prompt complaints

Radio station host, whose wife is running for PCs, draws fire for anti-Liberal rants

 

by Greg Mercer

April 24, 2018

KITCHENER — If you tune into Kitchener radio station 107.5 Dave Rocks most afternoons, you’ll get a steady dose of mainstream rock music. If Craig Fee was on the air, you’ve also been getting some unexpected political commentary.

Craig Fee consuming a tasty-ass $11 Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss

 

Fee is the station’s afternoon drive show host. In between all the AC/DC, Green Day and Def Leppard, he’s been mixing in rants against the Liberals and Premier Kathleen Wynne.

What Fee doesn’t mention is that his wife Amy Fee is the Ontario PC Party candidate in Kitchener South-Hespeler. What he’s doing amounts to free political advertising for his wife’s party, according to Elections Ontario — something that’s closely regulated by Canadian law.

On Thursday’s show, he compared the premier to a gassy “bichon frise,” criticized Liberal plans for high-speed rail and defended Ontario PC leader Doug Ford.

“We’re $300-plus billion in the hole, and right now Kathleen Wynne is running around promising unicorns and ice cream to everyone,” Fee said.

On Monday’s show, Fee defended Ford’s controversial decision to appoint 11 candidates across the province, including in Kitchener-Conestoga, against the wishes of the local riding association.

Fee’s on-air rants have drawn complaints against his employer to the provincial election watchdog and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Canada’s broadcast regulator.

Listeners’ concerns have also been passed on to the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council (CBSC), an industry-funded self-regulatory organization that deals with ethical issues among broadcasters.

Fee did not respond to questions about the complaints. Dave Rocks’ parent company also declined to comment.

“Since the Dave Rocks CBSC complaint is currently under review, we’re unable to provide any further comment,” said Rishma Govani, a spokesperson for the station’s owner, Corus Entertainment.

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Published on April 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm by Voice Over

Comments

April 23, 2018 - 10:21 pm

Bagoverheadguy

As if there aren’t similar radio hosts/newscasters across Cda who don’t make an effort to promote their party of choice…non-starter….


April 24, 2018 - 8:37 am

Henry

Good for Craig. His wife is on a winning team. Go Doug Go!


April 24, 2018 - 8:39 am

Gordy S.

nothing wrong with what Craig is doing. This is democracy in action.


April 24, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Donovan

Craig has always been one of those DJs to push the envelope. His evening show on The Beat 94.5 in Vancouver circa 2007 was a prime example, and made for some very entertaining radio! As often happens, he did get fired for stepping over the line one too many times. I guess that taking shots at the competition has evolved into political potshots. I can’t comment on any conflict of interest in this current situation, but good for Craig for continuing to stay edgy.


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