Southeast Public Radio to Air McCaskill/Holden Debates

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 16, 2004 — Missouri Governor Bob Holden and challenger, Claire McCaskill will square off in two debates to be broadcast on KRCU-FM 90.9 on Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 20 at 7 p.m.  McCaskill, who is the current Missouri State Auditor, is challenging incumbent Bob Holden for the Democratic nomination for Missouri State Governor.  These two debates will take place two weeks before the democratic primary election on Aug. 3.

The first debate will take place at Union Station in Kansas City and is being distributed by Kansas City public radio station KCUR-FM.  The second debate will take place at the studios of public television station KETC-TV in St. Louis.  St. Louis public radio station KWMU-FM is distributing the audio from that debate.  Southeast Public Radio General Manager Danny Woods thought that it was a great opportunity to inform the residents of Southeast Missouri.  “It’s important for citizens to be informed and making these debates available is a great way for those in Southeast Missouri to hear first-hand where each candidate stands on the issues.” 

The Kansas City debate consortium invited more than a dozen community groups to submit questions in advance. Most will be picked by the moderator, veteran KMBC-TV reporter Michael Mahoney. The candidates will also choose from the pre-submitted questions to ask of one another.

Also included in the format are three, one-minute vignettes featuring “average” voters posing a question to the candidates about education, health care and one other topic to be determined.

KRCU-FM 90.9 is Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois’ Public Radio International affiliate and a National Public Radio member station, providing national and local programs that are both informative and entertaining. For more information go to www.krcu.org