WLOU 1350 AM http://wfpl.org en Shanklin Launches Radio Show Amid Series of Scandals http://wfpl.org/post/shanklin-launches-radio-show-amid-series-scandals <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, is launching a radio show amid growing scandals over city spending in her office.</p><p>The embattled city lawmaker has faced mounting criticism for her actions, including <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/05/11/shanklin-suspends-fugitive-grandson-from-legislative-aide-job/">hiring her felon grandson as her legislative aide</a> at a $34,000 annual salary. Shanklin was also questioned about lobbying for a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jobs-program-gives-shanklin-more-ethics-troubles-questions">jobs program for ex-convicts that served no former inmates</a> but that she and family members participated in.</p><p>Earlier this week, it was reported that <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/city-grants-paid-shanklins-relatives">$3,000 in taxpayer money has gone to her relatives</a> through funding of a neighborhood association in checks that she personally signed since 2005.</p><p>Now Shanklin is teaming up with gospel station WLOU 1350 AM to create &quot;Speakerphone,&quot; a weekly radio broadcast that will debut this Saturday at Noon.</p><p>Democratic Caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt says Shanklin wants to discuss issues affecting teenagers and young adults in her district, and won&rsquo;t address those controversies on her show.</p><p>&quot;Speakerphone is primarily for young people to talk about what&rsquo;s on their mind. I don&rsquo;t see it as being an opportunity for the councilwoman to speak on any particular thing she&rsquo;s being involved with over the last couple of weeks,&quot; he says.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:29:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 787 at http://wfpl.org Shanklin Launches Radio Show Amid Series of Scandals