WRVO to Host Syracuse Mayoral Debate

October 21, 2009 by

SYRACUSE -- The WRVO Stations have announced plans today to host a debate among the three primary candidates running for Syracuse Mayor this fall. The debate will air next Friday and Saturday, but you can attend the "live-to-tape" event next Thursday at the Everson Museum in Syracuse.

In alphabetical order by last name, candidates Otis Jennings (C), Steve Kimatian (R) and Stephanie Miner (D) have all committed to the debate. WRVO Morning Edition host Jason Smith will moderate the event. Media panelists will include WRVO's Ryan Morden and Post-Standard columnist Sean Kirst.

The debate will be held in the Everson Museum's Hosmer Auditorium (Google Map) next Thursday, October 29. The debate will begin promptly at 7pm. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come/first-served basis.

While planners expect the debate to last about 90 minutes, it will run 2 hours long when it airs on WRVO on Friday, October 30 at noon, and again on Saturday, October 31 at 3pm.

Much attention has been paid to the race, as the election will result in a new mayor, regardless of the winner. Current Mayor Matt Driscoll cannot run for re-election, in accordance with the City's term limit law.


Clear Channel's Newsradio 570 WSYR has also been giving the candidates exposure over the last couple of weeks, but separately, rather than together in a debate format. This morning, Joe Galuski staged a brief "morning meeting" with Miner. Kimatian appeared on the show previously, and Jennings will get his chance next week. The candidates have also been fielding questions from listeners during the afternoon drive Jim Reith Show.

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