During the much-anticipated Centre College gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m., audiences will be able to view a real-time blogging event hosted by Centre faculty experts and students. The blogging team, made up of Politics majors Dexter Horne ’16, Kelli South ’16 and Zach Throne ’16, will provide analysis and commentary from their station in the media room, alongside members of the press. Audiences can view the conversation via a “Chatroll” function on Centre’s website, which anyone on the internet can follow as Attorney General Jack Conway and Mr. Matt Bevin debate live on the Newlin Hall stage. Viewing of the live-blogging stream will be limited to the first 1,000 users.
Sponsored by AARP, the hour-long event will be broadcast live across the Commonwealth on both television and radio stations by media partner WAVE3 News. Scott Reynolds, news anchor for WAVE3, will act as moderator.
To date, more than 250 Centre students have submitted ticket requests as part of a lottery to watch the debate live and all have been accommodated. Special Assistant to the President and Chief Planning Officer Patrick Noltemeyer is pleased with what he said is a “terrific” amount of interest, combined with the nearly 125 tickets provided to faculty and staff. In all, the majority of the 1,000 debate tickets will be committed to the students and Centre community, while the remaining tickets will accommodate 225 members of the public, in addition to reserved seating for the campaigns, media and co-host AARP.
Students who are unable to watch the debate from Newlin Hall can watch a live stream of the debate on the College’s website as well as a large viewing screen in Cowan at the Campus Center, and Knoll urges students, both inside and outside the debate hall, to participate.
“More than anything, political debates are profoundly educational experiences that help inform the public about competing perspectives on the proper role of government in our society,” he explained. “It’s only fitting that these educational experiences take place at Centre, whose mission is to prepare students for lives of learning, leadership and service.”
In addition to the live blog on Centre’s website, viewers will be able to watch the debate on the following broadcast stations carrying the debate live:
• WAVE3 News (Louisville)
• WLEX-TV (Lexington)
• WXIX-TV (Cincinnati/Northern Ky.)
• WSAZ-TV (Ashland/Huntington, W. Va.)
• WFIE-TV (Owensboro/Henderson)
• WQWQ-TV (Paducah/Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
iHeartRadio will also broadcast the debate live on 84WHAS (Louisville) and 630WLAP (Lexington), and will also make the debate available to 85 Kentucky News Network affiliates across the Commonwealth, as well as other stations.
Centre President John A. Roush has led the charge to bring the debate to the College’s campus.
“Centre College is widely known as ‘a place where important conversations occur,'” Roush said. “So it is altogether appropriate that these two leading candidates will be at the College to debate and share their views with the citizens of Kentucky.”
Centre is well-known for hosting debates, and some might consider the stage of Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts to be hallowed political ground.
In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan engaged in a lively conversation on the Newlin Hall stage. Vice presidential candidates Joseph Lieberman and Dick Cheney met on this stage in 2000. It was also the setting for a 2007 gubernatorial debate between then-Governor Gov. Ernie Fletcher and then-candidate and current governor Steve Beshear.
Richard Trollinger, vice president for College Relations at Centre, co-chaired both vice presidential debate efforts and emphasizes that the gubernatorial debate partners are invaluable.
“AARP is a trusted partner with an extensive reach across the Commonwealth to some half million Kentuckians,” Trollinger said. “They sponsored our Debate Festival in 2012, and we know their commitment to civic engagement and dedication to informing the electorate.
“We have every confidence in this new venture with them,” he continued.
Trollinger is equally impressed with WAVE3 News.
“They are an award-winning news organization that has been able to put together an impressive network of television and radio stations across the Commonwealth for the debate,” he said. “This will assure that Kentuckians from Paducah to Ashland, Owensboro to Murray, Louisville to Lexington, and all spots in between will have the opportunity to learn more from, and about, our gubernatorial candidates.”
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by Centre College News
October 5, 2015