WBUR to Serve as Exclusive Radio Outlet for Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debates
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(Boston) – WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station and the Hub’s most listened-to station, will serve as the exclusive radio outlet for three Massachusetts gubernatorial debates leading-up to the November 7 general election, announced John Davidow, WBUR news director and managing editor.
WBUR, one of six Boston broadcast and print media organizations that formed a consortium to sponsor the debates, will be represented on-air by Assistant News Director and “Morning Edition” anchor Bob Oakes. He and two television reporters, along with moderator Jeanne Shaheen, will fire questions at Democratic candidates Christopher Gabrieli, Deval L. Patrick and Thomas F. Reilly in the opening, one-hour debate at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 7 at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The primary election occurs on September 19.
The second debate, slated for October 19 at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, will feature the respective Democratic and Republican gubernatorial finalists, followed by the closing session between the opponents on November 1 at Jordan Hall. WBUR will broadcast all three debates live.
“Determining who will lead the commonwealth is a crucial decision, particularly given the critical political and social juncture we face,” said Paul La Camera, general manager of the WBUR Group. “We were motivated to join the consortium for the first time this election year to provide the best possible radio voice to this important initiative. This distinguished group of media outlets will provide the opportunity for voters both to examine the candidates and to better learn and understand their respective positions on the issues.”
Other members of the sponsoring consortium are the Boston Globe, New England Cable News (NECN), WCVB-TV, WGBH-TV and WHDH-TV.
WBUR, one of the country’s most prominent public radio stations, was recently named the Associated Press Station of the Year for the third consecutive year. WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts the BBC World Service and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “On Point,” “Only a Game,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, and the 2006 Edward R. Murrow “Overall Excellence” award from the New England Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA).