William March, (@WMarchTBO)
TAMPA — The Tampa Tribune, WEDU-TV and Genesis Communications along with community partners will host a debate in the strategically critical Interstate 4 corridor for general election candidates in the 2014 Florida governor’s race.
“We know the Tampa Bay region will be pivotal in deciding who Florida’s next governor will be,’’ said Tribune Managing Editor Ken Koehn. “That’s why there is no better place to debate the issues than right here in the heart of Tampa.’’
The media coalition along with the Tampa Tiger Bay Club and Rotary Club of Tampa will host the debate this fall in WEDU’s Tampa studios.
The debate will be available to PBS and NPR stations to air statewide, and it will be simulcast on radio stations and websites operated by Genesis Communications.
Local Genesis stations include AM 820 News, Sports Talk AM 1040 The Team, and CNN Español AM 1470.
That means the debate will be accessible to 99 percent of Florida’s citizens, said WEDU president and CEO Susan Howarth.
The Tribune’s website, TBO.com, will also produce an interactive component for the debate audience.
Howarth said Florida’s public broadcasting stations “have a long history of producing debates featuring candidates for statewide office, and WEDU PBS is proud to continue that tradition as lead producing station for the other PBS and NPR stations.”