BUFFALO, N.Y. – In the race for Erie County Executive, Republican incumbent Chris Collins and the Democratic candidate Mark Poloncarz, current Erie County comptroller, will debate live from the WNED studios in downtown Buffalo. WNED, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara, presents “ELECTION 2011: The Erie County Executive Debate” on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. Other project partners are “The Buffalo News” and WGRZ-TV.
The hour-long debate will be simulcast live on WNED-TV and WNED-AM 970 radio. Questions will be posed by three panelists: Bob McCarthy, “Buffalo News” political reporter;Mark Leitner, WNED-AM 970 reporter/anchor; and Claudine Ewing, WGRZ-TV reporter. WNED-AM 970 News Director Jim Ranney will moderate.
The live event is open to an invitation-only studio audience. However, the public is encouraged to e-mail questions for the candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be selected prior to the broadcast.
Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5/WNED-FM and WNED-AM 970, member-supported WNED Buffalo/Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED can be found at wned.org.
A pool feed and press area will be set up to accommodate local media outlets. To obtain required press credentials, contact Megan Wagner at (716) 845-7155 or email@example.com.
“ELECTION 2011: The Erie County Executive Debate” will be streamed online at wned.org/am and buffalonews.com, and re-broadcast on WNED-AM 970’s “FORUM” program on Friday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.