For Immediate Release                                                                                   
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI CONTINUES TO OFFER POLITICIANS A FREE FORUM TO SHARE THEIR POLITICAL POSITIONS
Candidate Free Airtime Begins October 19 on WXXI

(Rochester, New York) October 2, 2008 – WXXI’s Candidate Free Airtime, where political candidates have the unique opportunity to share with the greater Rochester community their political positions, kicks off Sunday, October 19 at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11). For the past ten years WXXI has offered politicians a free media outlet where they can be heard. Each candidate receives two minutes of unedited, one-on-one dialogue with voters. This year more than thirty New York State Senate and Assembly candidates, area Congressional candidates and candidates from a handful of open City and County races took advantage of Candidate Free Airtime.

The 30-minute television version of Candidate Free Airtime continues on Sunday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), while the 2-minute messages can be heard on AM 1370/HD91.5-2 and WRUR 88.5 between Monday, October 20 and Sunday, November 2 during Morning Edition (6 a.m. – 10 a.m.) and All Things Considered (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). All messages will also be posted on WXXI’s election page at WXXI.org/election beginning October 26.

Candidate Free Air Time is part of WXXI’s extensive election coverage, which includes national broadcasts of the Vice Presidential Debate (10/2 at 9 p.m.) and the Presidential Debates (10/7 at 9 p.m. and 10/15 at 9 p.m.). In addition, WXXI will host:

• A 26th Congressional District Debate, on 10/9 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 and WXXI-AM 1370/HD91.5-2, sponsored by the Voice of the Voter initiative. This live, 60-minute debate, simulcast on WXXI in Rochester and WNED in Buffalo brings citizens and journalist from both cities together to ask questions of Republican Chris Lee and Democrat Alice Kryzan. This debate will be held in Buffalo.

The Politics of Politics with Curt Smith and Karen DeWitt at WXXI’s Studios on 10/12 at 2 p.m. This lecture is part of WXXI’s Voices lecture series. Curt Smith of AM1370’s Perspectives and Karen DeWitt of the WXXI Albany News Bureau will be discussing the Politics of Politics. Tickets may be ordered at WXXI.org/voices or at (585) 258-0253.

A 55th NYS Senate District Debate
, on 10/17 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21, sponsored by the Voice of the Voter initiative. This pre-recorded debate gives citizens the opportunity to question candidates in the 55th State Senate District during a special edition of Need to Know. The program will repeat 10/18 at 6:30 p.m. on AM1370/HD91.5-2.

A 25th Congressional District Debate, on 10/22 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 and WXXI-AM 1370/HD91.5-2, sponsored by the Voice of the Voter initiative. This live, 60-minute debate, simulcast on WXXI in Rochester and WCNY in Syracuse, brings citizens and journalists from both cities to question Democrat Dan Maffei, Republican Dale Sweetland, and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. This debate will be held in Syracuse.

The GOP’s Last Stand: The Possible Power Shift in the NYS Senate, on 10/23 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21.
WXXI’s Julie Philipp reports on how economic and education issues might affect the balance of power in Albany. The program, produced by WXXI, WNET, WMHT, and WCNY examines a number of other election issues including property taxes and population shift.
 
A 56th NYS Senate District Debate on 10/24 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21, sponsored by the Voice of the Voter. This program presents pre-recorded citizen questions to candidates in the 56th State Senate District during a special edition of Need to Know. Repeats 10/25 at 6:30 p.m. on AM1370/HD91.5-2.

• Interviews with 29th Congressional District Candidates on 10/31 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21.  WXXI's Julie Philipp interviews Republican Randy Kuhl and Democrat Eric Massa during Need to Know.  Repeats 11/01 at 6:30 p.m. on AM1370/HD91/5-2.

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