MontanaPBS, Montana Public Radio Plan Election-Season Broadcasts

September 25, 2014

MISSOULA – Through personal profiles, debates and political analysis, MontanaPBS and Montana Public Radio (MTPR) will help Montanans get to know their United States Congress candidates beyond the advertising and sound bites.

 Two documentaries profiling the U.S. House and U.S. Senate candidates will broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, on MontanaPBS. “Lone Representative: Zinke or Lewis” will profile House candidates John Lewis and Ryan Zinke.

Producer Anna Rau said neither candidate has much political experience. “This race is very much about personality and the candidates’ beliefs, since there is very little political record to dig through,” she said. “So the show focuses on their ethics, their upbringing and their political philosophies to inform voters.”

At 7:30 p.m. the U.S. Senate candidate profile“From Both Sides: Curtis vs. Daines”will introduce Amanda Curtis and Steven Daines as individuals, said producer Katie Gilbertson.

“But the candidates also talk about issues they believe Montanans want them to focus on in D.C., and they answer to past votes they’ve taken,” Gilbertson said.

In addition to these two programs, MontanaPBS and MTPR will partner with Montana Television Network stations to broadcast debates between Lewis and Zinke on Saturday, Oct. 4, and Curtis and Daines on Monday, Oct. 20. Both programs will begin at 6 p.m.

The debates will be followed by political analysis. Students and faculty from the UM School of Journalism will provide fact-checking analysis after the Senate debate. The debates also will broadcast on Yellowstone Public Radio.

MontanaPBS and MTPR will broadcast live election coverage on Tuesday, Nov. 4. On Nov. 5, MontanaPBS will review the election with a half-hour special that analyzes the results – from Montana’s Congressional delegation to the State House.

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Contact: Aaron Pruitt, MontanaPBS director of content, 406-994-5021, aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org; Anna Rau, producer, 406-243-4250, anna.rau@umontana.edu; Katie Gilbertson, producer, 406-624-9888, greenkatieg@gmail.com.