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Debates abate

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 11, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Concerned that incumbents weren't showing up, Kentucky Educational Television is scrapping its longstanding debates with candidates in prominent Kentucky races. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Meanwhile, WFPL public radio in Louisville plans to broadcast an existing mayoral debate sponsored by the Louisville Downtown Management District.


89.3 WFPL

89.3 WFPL to Broadcast Mayoral Debate as Part of “The Next Louisville”
(Louisville, KY—2/10/10) 89.3 WFPL will broadcast a live debate of the Louisville mayoral candidates on Tuesday, February 16th from the Conference Theatre of the Kentucky International Convention Center.  The debate will run from noon until 1:30pm and will focus on issues related to downtown Louisville.  Mark Hebert form the University of Louisville will moderate.  At least nine of the eleven candidates have signed on to participate.


WFPL’s State of Affairs® will offer some post-debate analysis from 1:30 to 2:00pm.


The debate is sponsored by the Louisville Downtown Management District.  Reservations and information at 583-1671 or www.ldmd.org


Coverage of the debate is part of "The Next Louisville," WFPL's exploration of the impact of the mayoral election on the future of the city. "The Next Louisville" will include special reports, live event coverage, talk shows and community forums.


Beginning in April, KET continues its longstanding tradition of providing viewers statewide with the opportunity to hear directly from candidates in the congressional races for both the primary and general elections. Candidates in the primary congressional races have been invited to appear on Kentucky Tonight, with host Bill Goodman, in the weeks leading up to Primary Election Day.
The Kentucky Tonight candidate discussions air Mondays, April 5-12 and April 26-May 10, at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET.

All candidates on the ballot are invited to attend. The schedule of programs is:
 -5th Congressional District Democrats, April 5
 -3rd Congressional District Republicans, April 12
 -6th Congressional District Republicans, April 26
 -Democrats for U.S. Senate, May 3
 -Republicans for U.S. Senate, May 10

An integral part of the Kentucky Tonight series, viewer participation is welcomed and encouraged. Viewers with questions for the candidates may send e-mail, including name and town or county, to kytonight@ket.org or use the online message form at www.ket.org/kytonight. The phone number for viewer calls during the program is 1-800-494-7605.

On the May 17 edition of the program, also airing at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET, Goodman and guests will provide a preview of the primary elections.

Kentucky Tonight is a KET production, produced by Deidre Clark. Goodman is host and managing editor. More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at www.ket.org.