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WDFH'S 2004 Election Coverage

 

In keeping with the best spirit of community radio, WDFH jumped ahead of the mainstream media in the New York area and provided extensive coverage of the political activities in this election season.

Monday, November 1

  • Ossining Mayoral Candidate Debate, organized by the League of Women Voters 5:00-6:00PM

  • Free Speech Radio News (usual time) 6:00-6:30PM

  • Ossining Mayoral Candidate Debate, organized by the Interfaith Council for Action 6:30-8:00PM

Election Day, Tuesday, November 2

  • Expanded edition of Democracy Now! 7:00-9:00 AM, 12:00-1:00 PM

  • Pacifica's National Election Day Coverage 3:00-5:00 PM

  • Free Speech Radio News usual time (6:00-6:30PM)

  • Pacifica headline updates 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 PM

  • Free Speech Radio News Special Election Night Program 9:00-11:00 PM

  • Pacifica headline updates 11:00, 11:30PM, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30AM

Wednesday, November 3

  • Expanded edition of Democracy Now! 7:00-9:00 AM, 12:00-1:00 PM

  • Pacifica's Post-Election Coverage 3:00-5:00 PM

  • Free Speech Radio News usual time (6:00-6:30PM)

 

Earlier in this election season, WDFH provided coverage of the national conventions and debates.

The Conventions

We started with extensive coverage of both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.  WDFH's Josephine Arce and Marc Sophos traveled to Boston to report from the Democratic convention.  We spoke with elected officials, delegates, and others attending the convention as well as protesters in Boston Commons.  Among our better known interview guests were actor Richard Schiff, TV personality Jerry Springer, New York Congressman Eliot Engel, Senator Joseph Biden, and former California Governor Jerry Brown.

At the Republican convention, we spoke with former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds, Senator Chuck Hagel, and others.  In New York, of course, the protests played a much larger role than they did in Boston, so we expanded our coverage to include significant reporting from the streets of Manhattan.

Our coverage of the conventions also included astute observations from political commentators, including professors of history, government, and political science.  During the RNC we interviewed former White House spokesman Mike McCurry.  In addition to our extensive locally originated reporting and commentary, we broadcast coverage from the Pacifica Radio Network.  In lopsided contrast with the measly hour devoted by the commercial networks to convention coverage, WDFH's coverage ran for four to eight hours on each day.

  • Democratic National Convention (Boston)

photos from Boston 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

photos of in-studio staff and guest commentators 1 | 2 | 3

audio

  • Republican National Convention (New York)

photos   1 | 23 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

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The Debates

WDFH carried the all of the presidential and vice presidential debates live and in their entirety.