In a live broadcast expected to reach nearly 100,000 voters tonight, Oct. 14, in the 11th District, incumbent Congressman Heath Shuler and his Republican challenger Jeff Miller will appear together on WLOS in an informal “sit down” with news anchor Russ Bowen. The candidates will answer pre-selected questions from Facebook and the segments will air during the 5:00 news broadcast. It’s the first televised debate between congressional candidates in the 11th District in almost 20 years.
According to Bowen, neither camp insisted on any pre-conditions, no subject is off-limits and the candidates will not know what questions will be asked. While not a “debate” in the strictest sense, the conversation will allow the two candidates — who have been in a contentious battle for the seat — to answer questions and to respond to one another face-to-face for the very first time.
Xpress reporters Michael Muller and Jake Frankel visited the WLOS studios last night for a behind-the-scenes tour of the studio and to get a preview of the big event.
In this video, Muller joins Bowen behind the WLOS anchor desk to get the inside scoop on the forum and how it came about:
In this next video, Muller goes behind the scenes with Bowen and fellow anchor Darcel Grimes and talks to them about the candidate forum and what it’s like to work together at the station:
And in this segment, WLOS stage manager “Rooster” and Bowen give Muller a tour of the studio and explain some of the technical considerations of staging the event:
Videos by Jake Frankel.