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WSIU-TV to Host Live Gubernatorial Debate

Media Advisory
For Thursday, October 14

Contact: Jak Tichenor, WSIU-TV, (618) 453-6187,

Carbondale, Ill. -- Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover a live gubernatorial debate between Democratic incumbent Governor Patrick Quinn of Chicago, Republican State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington, and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney of Carbondale on Thursday, October 14 at 8pm in WSIU-TV's Studio A, located in Room 1065 of the Communications Building, 1100 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale.

The one-hour debate will air live on WSIU-TV and WSIU Radio, and will be available for viewing online at after the broadcast.

WSIU-TV's Jak Tichenor will moderate the debate, with questioning from Robert Rich, Director of the Institute of Government  and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, Rob Crow of the Southern Illinoisan newspaper, and Jennifer Fuller of WSIU Public Radio.

WSIU will offer the debate to PBS and NPR stations state-wide on a live basis; stations may time-shift up to 48-hours after the initial live debate. Commercial TV and radio stations will be allowed to time-shift the debates under the same conditions, but will not be permitted to air the debates live.

Credentialed members of the news media will be allowed in the studio before the debate for set-up shots, group shots, etc., but must leave the studio ten minutes prior to the debate start time. News media will be provided with working space in WSIU-TV's Studio B, which is adjacent to Studio A. WSIU will provide a mult. box with video and audio feeds for broadcast reporters in Studio B, along with tables and chairs. Reporters can return to Studio A after the debate to talk to the candidates.

Internet access:  A wifi hotspot will be active in Studio B during the evening of the broadcast. WSIU's Information Technology staff will provide the appropriate access information upon your arrival.

Please contact Jak Tichenor at (618) 453-6187 or if you are planning to be at the debate.

Directions:  Come to the west door of the Communications Building (Daily Egyptian entrance) and follow the signs to the studios. A check-in table will be set up in the hallway outside the studios so that you may receive the necessary credentials to enter the studio facilities.

Satellite information: For commercial stations who may want to take the feed to excerpt the debate for news coverage:

AMC-3 at 87 W
Xponder K24-C 9 MHz
U/L 14493.500 MHz Horizontal
D/L 12193.500 MHz Vertical
Sym. Rate: 6.250
FEC: 3/4
The SD MPEG2 flag is 16:9.
No AFD will be sent.
Test begins at 20:30 ET (19:30 Local and Central)
Live Debate at 21:00 ET (20:00 Local and Central)
Trouble: (618) 525-0787

Note: The SD MPEG2 16:9 flag means that the receiving decoder must be set to 16:9 output if 16:9 is desired. The Bitlink or Sencore IRD will facilitate receiving the SD 16:9 and upconverting to HD. If the decoder is set to 4:3 output, the receiving decoder (Bitlink, Sencore, etc.) will either letterbox or center cut as per setting. Some decoders default setting is fixed center cut only.

Audio is Musicam encoded.

Closed Captioning is DVB.

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