Re: President Obama at UW Madison

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Posted by John on September 29, 2010 at 10:51:56:

In Reply to: President Obama at UW Madison posted by VB on September 29, 2010 at 07:07:16:

WISC, especially TVW (channel 3.2). They had wall-to-wall coverage on TVW, carried the speeches live, and had anchors downtown at the Overture Center talking to political experts and folks like the college republicans. Excellent coverage. My only frustration is that TVW would randomly drop back to normal programming at the top of the hour for 2-3 minutes before rejoining their live coverage -- after telling folks to tune to TVW for continuing coverage, or just randomly in the middle of coverage. That happened right in the middle of Feingold's speech, which was a little frustrating.

Radio coverage of the event sucked. Maybe it got better once the rally started, but by that time I was home and had given up on the radio coverage and just watched it on TV.

WIBA-AM was focused on traffic reports (which were good to have) and giving the college republicans a forum. Not surprising given the conservative bent of the station and their PM drive time host, but maybe they should drop the "News" from "NewsTalk" and just call it what it is: talk.

Yes, it was a political rally, but it's a rare and newsworthy event when the president visits town, even if you do not agree with his polcies/politics.

I did check out WHA-AM (970) and WTDY. WHA-AM was all callers and mostly useless. WTDY seemed to at least attempt some coverage, but they have surprisingly long commercial breaks for a station no one listens to.

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