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October 8, 2012

WEKU planning special pre-debate program



WEKU-FM, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University, will bring some of the world’s leading journalists together for a special program related to the vice presidential debate in Danville on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The program will air from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 11, and again that evening from 8 to 9 p.m., just prior to the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Participants for the reporters’ roundtable will include Don Gonyea of National Public Radio, Simon Wilson of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and McClatchy Newspapers White House Correspondent Lesley Clark. They will be joined by political scientist Benjamin Knoll of Centre College and WEKU host John Hingsbergen.

The event can be heard on WEKU at 88.9 FM. Many other stations nationwide will pick up the broadcast, including outlets in Washington, D.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Kent, Ohio, serving the Cleveland market.

Listeners also are invited to interact via Twitter, using the hashtag #veepdebate.

“WEKU is grateful for the cooperation of Centre College and our colleagues at NPR, the BBC and McClatchy Newspapers for this project,” Hingsbergen said. “While the station has a 40-year-plus tradition of providing quality news and information programming to our listeners in the Commonwealth, this is an opportunity to extend the EKU mission of education and public service to a much wider community.

“It is a perfect example of what we can achieve in public broadcasting, thanks to the resources of our parent institution and the individuals and businesses that support WEKU.”

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