January 30, 2008, Amherst, Massachusetts – 88.5 FM WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England, is pleased to announce that it will be carrying exciting new, live, interactive coverage for Super Tuesday, February 5th, 2008. WFCR's coverage begins in New York, one of the Super Tuesday states, with WNYC host Brian Lehrer. He will be joined by a well-known national public radio voice, John Hockenberry, who is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist. Hockenberry will co-host the interactive portions of the program called “America’s Exit Poll” with Adaora Uodoji, who has been recognized for her reporting on ABC News and CNN.
As poll results come in over the course of the evening, the program will reach out across all twenty-two Super Tuesday states to interact with voters via phone, e-mail, Web and cell phone text messages. Every listener's contribution will become part of the coverage in real time, altering the direction of the conversation, introducing new issues and provoking more participation. The coverage will also include the insight of station-based reporters all over the country. States voting on Super Tuesday include Massachusetts, California, Connecticut and New York.
WFCR's Tina Antolini will be in WFCR’s Amherst studios to update listeners on local results from the Massachusetts primary.
The nationally broadcast program draws on the combined resources of well established, highly respected broadcast news organizations: The BBC, New York Times Radio, WNYC and WGBH Radio. WFCR’s live coverage will begin at 7 PM on February 5th.
WFCR Program Director Helen Barrington says she is excited to be offering Western New England an opportunity to hear this innovative program on Super Tuesday. “I think the interactive approach is just what the public is looking for. And I’m delighted our coverage will incorporate the public, experienced journalists and great news organizations supporting their efforts.”
In addition, 640 AM WNNZ will also carry special programming. On Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd and February 3rd at 8 AM each morning, WNNZ will broadcast 2-hour debates with the candidates (in place of “Weekend Edition,” which can be still be heard from 8-10 AM on 88.5 WFCR). Saturday from 8-10 AM WNNZ we will air the Republican candidates’ debate; Sunday’s broadcast from 8-10 AM will be with the Democratic candidates. On Super Tuesday, 640 AM will air special election coverage from the BBC, beginning at 8 PM. Programs on both stations are distributed by Public Radio International.