Press Contact: Teri L. Sullivan
January 13, 2014
For Immediate Release
WKNO Offers Statewide Coverage of the
108th Tennessee General Assembly Sessions
WKNO, along with Tennessee’s other five public television stations, will present annual coverage of the Tennessee General Assembly broadcasting the opening week of the 108th Tennessee General Assembly January 14 through 17. Sessions, which begin on Tuesday, January 14, will broadcast over the air on WKNO2 on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Digital Channel 910 Monday through Thursday throughout the legislative session.
The coverage, which is in partnership with the Tennessee General Assembly, offers citizens a chance to witness their elected representatives in action. In addition to floor sessions, selected committee meetings, where many of the big issues confronting the legislature are debated, will also air. Each week’s broadcast schedule will be set by the Tennessee Senate and House on Thursday of the previous week. Viewers can track updates to the schedule by logging on to WKNO.org.
This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee General Assembly and with additional support from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, AT&T, and by the following members of the Tennessee Credit Union League: Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union, Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Bowater Employees Credit Union, Dupont Community Credit Union, First South Financial Credit Union, Kimberly Clark Credit Union, Leaders Credit Union, Memphis City Employees Credit Union, ORNL Federal Credit Union, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, UT Federal Credit Union, and US Community Credit Union.
“Since becoming lieutenant governor, I have made it my priority to keep our Tennessee state government as open, accessible and transparent as possible. Every legislative session and committee meeting is now streamed live on the internet and archived,” said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. “Through partnership with public television, we have expanded our mission to the airwaves. Citizens now have access to everyday business of the legislature in the comfort of their own homes. The level of access Tennessee taxpayers now have to their government is truly unprecedented. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
“The work of public television stations across this great state to bring our legislative proceedings into the living rooms of Tennesseans from Memphis to Mountain City is to be commended,” said Speaker Beth Harwell. “We appreciate their broadcast of state government, and their commitment to ensure the process is more transparent and more accessible to the public. Efforts such as this are the very foundation of principles on which this country was founded.”
“We are proud to have established this partnership with our state government,” said Michael LaBonia, WKNO President & CEO. “Having an informed citizenry is an important part of our democratic process, and WKNO is proud to be a part of informing the public.”
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 57 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: WKNO.org
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