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WSIU To Feature Governor's State of the State Address, Gubernatorial Debates

Thursday, January 6, 2010

Contacts:  Jak Tichenor, WSIU-TV, (618) 453-6187, jak.tichenor@wsiu.org

Carbondale, Illinois - WSIU Television, a public broadcasting arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), will present Governor Pat Quinn's State-of-the-State Address live on Wednesday, January 13 at noon. The speech will be rebroadcast at 10:30pm. WSIU Radio also will carry the broadcasts live on FM 91.9, 90.3, and 88.9 and online at wsiu.org via streaming.  A podcast of the speech also will be available on WSIU's website.

WSIU-TV and WSIU Radio also plan to carry Governor Quinn's Budget Address live on February 17 at noon.

The WSIU Stations are also teaming up with Illinois Public Media/WILL-TV, to present coverage of Republican and Democratic debates for candidates in the February 2 Illinois gubernatorial primary.

Republican candidates will meet in the WILL-TV studio in Champaign-Urbana at 8pm on Thursday, January 14, while Democrats face off at WSIU-TV in Carbondale on Thursday, January 21, also at 8pm. The debates will be distributed to public television and public radio stations statewide by the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council.

WSIU-TV and WILL-TV will carry both debates live, as will WSIU Radio and WILL-AM. WSIU Radio and WILL-AM also will stream the debates live at wsiu.org and will.illinois.edu, respectively. WSIU-TV will feature repeat broadcasts of the debates, with the Republican gubernatorial debate airing a second time on Sunday, January 17 at 6pm and the Democratic debate repeating on Sunday, January 24, also at 6pm.

All the candidates have agreed or tentatively agreed to participate. Republican candidates are Adam Andrzejewski, State Senator Bill Brady, State Senator Kirk Dillard, Dan Proft, Jim Ryan, and Bob Schillerstrom. Candidate Andy McKenna was invited, but declined to appear due to a scheduling conflict. WILL-TV's John Paul will moderate the Republican debate.

The Democratic candidates are Governor Pat Quinn and  Comptroller Dan Hynes. WSIU's Jak Tichenor will moderate the Carbondale debate. David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and Jennifer Fuller of WSIU Public Radio will question the candidates.

WSIU and WILL are producing the debates in collaboration with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIUC and the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

About WSIU
WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. It operates eight digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a website, local TV and FM production units, and an education and community outreach department - reaching over one million households. WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Visit wsiu.org for more information.

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