Broadcasters' Public Service
Licensed to Serve – July 2012
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NAB's Licensed to Serve newsletter provides a sample of noteworthy stories that illustrate the many public service activities broadcasters organize on any given day across the country. From arranging record-breaking toy and food drives to providing free air time for political campaign coverage, broadcasters' continual commitment to their communities is showcased in Licensed to Serve.

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Special Edition: Political Coverage
Raycom Hosts Mayoral Debate for Honolulu Hopefuls
Raycom Media's KHNL-TV and KGMB-TV Honolulu recently televised a mayoral debate. Candidates debated a variety of issues, including funding for a railway and other transit projects, homelessness, urban development, sewer systems and landfills. Current mayor Peter Carlisle also fielded questions and comments related to his job performance over the past term.
Massachusetts' U.S. Senate Candidates Schedule Debates
CBS Television's WBZ-TV Boston will host a debate between U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren this September. The candidates have also agreed to a televised debate hosted by a consortium of media outlets. CBS Radio's WBZ-AM and Greater Media's WTKK-FM are working with the candidates to schedule radio debates. "It is of paramount importance that the people of Massachusetts be able to hear from both candidates for U.S. Senate," said Warren's campaign manager.
KOAT-TV Hosts Democratic Congressional Debate
Hearst's KOAT-TV Albuquerque hosted a debate between the three Democratic candidates running in the primary for New Mexico's first Congressional District seat. The candidates included Marty Chavez, Eric Griego and Michelle Lujan Grisham. The debate was co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Journal.
U.S. House Candidates Debate on Eve of Arkansas Runoff
NexStar Broadcasting Group's KARK-TV Little Rock hosted a debate before a runoff election between Q. Byrum Hurst and Gene Jeffress. The runoff determined the Democratic nominee for southern Arkansas' fourth Congressional District. Hurst and Jeffress both promised to focus on job creation and to protect Social Security during the half-hour debate.
Connecticut Broadcasters Association to Host Fall Debate
The Connecticut Broadcasters Association recently created a committee to plan and host a debate in October at its fall convention between candidates for U.S. Senate.
WRCB-TV Hosts Debate
Sarkes Tarzian-owned WRCB-TV Chatanooga co-sponsored a debate with the Chattanooga Times Free Press on May 21 for the candidates running for Tennessee's third Congressional District seat. The debate, which was held on the campus of The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, featured the GOP incumbent, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and two of his three challengers, Weston Wamp and Ron Bhalla. The event was streamed live on both the station's website and the newspaper's website. WRCB will co-sponsor a future debate featuring the Democratic candidates.
WMTW-TV Hosts Senatorial Debate for Snowe's Former Seat
Hearst Television's WMTW-TV Portland-Auburn, Maine held two live debates for the candidates running for Olympia Snowe's former U.S. Senate seat. On May 30 all four Democratic candidates participated in a live one-hour debate in WMTW-TV's studio. On June 6, WMTW-TV hosted six Republican candidates at the studio for a live hour-long debate. In both debates, questions for the candidates came from the station's editorial board, viewers and social networking platforms. Both debates were unsponsored and commercial-free. WMTW-TV also has created a webpage on the station's website that features candidate profiles.

Gannett's Maine Stations Host 4 Debates in One Week
Gannett Broadcasting’s WCSH-TV Portland and WLBZ-TV Bangor, Maine have sponsored and aired several political forums during the primary election season, as part of the Voice of the Voter series. WCSH-TV Portland held a 30-minute debate for Republican candidates running in Maine’s First District on May 29 and a similar 30-minute debate for Republican candidates running for Maine’s Second District seat on May 30, which WLBZ-TV also ran. The following week, both WCSH-TV and WLBZ-TV broadcast a 60-minute senatorial debate for six Republican candidates including Rick Bennett, Scott D’Amboise, Debra Plowman, Bruce Poliquin, William Schneider and Charlie Summers, on June 4. The Gannett stations held an hour-long debate for the Democratic candidates on June 6 featuring Cynthia Dill, Matthew Dunlap, Jon Hinck and Benjamin Pollard.
Broun and Simpson Participate in Athens, Georgia Debate
Cox Media Group's WGAU-AM Athens, Ga. hosted a debate between U.S. Representative Paul Broun and challenger Stephen Simpson on July 2. It follows a July 1 debate on Gannett Broadcasting's WMAZ-TV Macon. WGAU-AM News Director Tim Bryant served as moderator and encouraged listeners to call with questions. Debate topics included health care law, immigration and the local economy. Both candidates are running as Republicans in Georgia's 10th Congressional District.
Belo's Dallas Stations Cover Texas Senate Race
Belo Broadcasting's Texas television stations, WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, KVUE-TV Austin, KHOU-TV Houston and KENS-TV San Antonio, produced and aired the Texas Senatorial debate, featuring candidates Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst, Craig James and Tom Leppert. WFAA-TV's John McCaa served as the moderator for a panel of journalists who questioned the candidates. The debate was streamed live on station websites and the Dallas Morning News' website. Belo offered all Texas TV stations the Spanish language broadcast and allowed Texas radio stations to air the event.

TAB, Univision and Others Host Dewhurst and Cruz Debate
The Texas Association of Broadcasters, in partnership with Univision, North Texas Public Broadcasting's KERA-TV, KERA-FM Dallas and other partners, hosted a debate between Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and challenger Ted Cruz in preparation for a senate runoff election on July 31. The first debate aired live on Univision, the KERA stations, as well as London Broadcasting Company's KCEN-TV's multicast channel, Me TV, on June 22.

Myrtle Beach Stations Air a Week of Live Debates
Media General's WBTW-TV Myrtle Beach produced and aired a one-hour debate on June 4 for the Republican candidates vying for South Carolina's 7th Congressional District seat. The debate aired live from the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. On June 7, WBTW-TV ran a second hour-long debate for the Democratic challengers. All five Democratic candidates participated in the debate that was broadcast live from the Coastal Carolina University's Wheelwright auditorium from 7 to 8 p.m. Both debates were moderated by WBTW-TV's anchor Bob Juback and were streamed live on This October, WBTW-TV will air a third debate with the nominees from both parties.

Barrington Broadcasting-owned WPDE-TV Myrtle Beach broadcast two primetime debates the week of June 4 for candidates in South Carolina's 7th Congressional District. All four Democratic candidates participated in a live debate June 5, while the 10 Republican candidates debated live Thursday, June 7. Both debates were streamed online. In addition to debates, every candidate that is running for an elected position in WPDE-TV's DMA has been a guest on its Sunday morning show, "Carolina This Week," where they had 15 minutes to discuss their platform.

Hatch and Liljenquist Debate on KSL Radio in Salt Lake
U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch participated in an hour-long debate with his Republican opponent, Dan Liljenquist, on Bonneville's KSL-AM/FM Salt Lake City on June 15. The debate was moderated by KSL-AM/FM host Doug Wright. The candidates were running for Utah's Republican senatorial nomination, which was won by Hatch. He will face Democrat Scott Howell in the November general election.
Missouri Station Hosts GOP Senate Debate
Eagle Communications' KSJQ-FM and KFEQ-AM St. Joseph, Missouri partnered with the St. Joseph Metro Chamber of Commerce's Government Relations Committee to host a primary senatorial debate featuring the Republican candidates Todd Akin, Sarah Steelman and John Brunner on May 7. KFEQ-AM's host Barry Birr moderated the event, which was broadcast live on KFEQ-AM from the Holiday Inn Conference Center.

NBC News, Telemundo Partner on Election Coverage
NBC News will partner with Telemundo to cover the presidential election. "Decision 2012" will include joint monthly polls, coverage of the campaigns and conventions and events focused on the role of the Hispanic vote, estimated at 22 million eligible voters. The partnership provides Telemundo access to NBC News' political content and gives NBC News the benefit of Telemundo's expertise in the Hispanic community. "This parnership will allow Telemundo and NBC News to offer news in both languages, reaffirming our deep commitment to inform and empower our community," said Emilio Romano, president of Telemundo Media. NBC News Senior Vice President Alexandra Wallace will oversee the effort.

Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hosts Recall Debate
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association hosted a special gubernatorial recall debate between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on May 25. The hour-long debate was held in Wisconsin Public Television's studios in Milwaukee and televised across the state. Several local television news anchors questioned the candidates along with the debate moderator, John Laabs, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation's president. WISN-TV hosted a second debate on May 31 moderated by the station's anchor, Mike Gousha.

Tim Kaine Will Participate in Eight Broadcast Debates
Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine announced he will particpate in eight broadcast debates preceding the general election for U.S. Senate. The debates will air on TV and radio stations across Virginia and will be held in geographically diverse regions. Kaine said he wants to work with Republican candidate George Allen so voters can hear from both sides. "George Allen looks forward to engaging in vigorous debates with Tim Kaine on their very different visions for America's future," Allen spokeswoman Katie Wright said. The debates will be sponsored by a variety of organizations including, Radio One, Allbritton's WJLA-TV, NBC Television's WRC-TV, Raycom Media's WWBT-TV, Commonwealth Broadcasting's WCVE-TV, Media General's WSLS-TV and Belo Corporation's WVEC-TV.