If you are anywhere within earshot of radio Tuesday between 7:30 and 10 a.m., go out of your way to spend some time at 1010 on the AM dial to hear the WOLB mayoral forum hosted by Larry Young.
Young's show plays an important part in the civic life of this area and his community of listeners strikes me as one of the most politically savvy I have encountered in the several big cities where I have worked. I can't wait to see and hear what the former state senator does with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her challengers Tuesday over the station's airwaves.
The challengers include: Catherine E. Pugh, Frank M. Conaway, Wilton Wilson, Otis Rolley and Joseph T. Landers. This is their shot to take on Rawlings-Blake in front of one of the largest potential audiences between now and election day.
This is a troubled time for this city, just as it is for the country, and in such times, votes become all the more important. That means media have more responsibilty than ever to try and bring citizens as much information as they can about the people who ask for our votes.
I am working on a piece for the Sunday Sun about the media's role in this crucial race.
Kudos to Young and WOLB for bringing Rawlings-Blake and her challengers to the Baltimore radio audience. Now it is up to us to make sure we listen to what they have to say as we judge their worthiness - or unworthiness - to serve in city hall.
The Baltimore Sun and radio station WYPR-FM will bring Rawlings-Blake and the others to a radio audience on Aug. 30.
Keiana Page, spokeswoman for the campiagn of Rawlings-Blake, said in an email Monday that the mayor "will participate in a debate hosted by Maryland Public Television on Monday, August 29th" as well.
But MPT has not confirmed that such a debate will take place.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. A lot can happen in two weeks in an election, so let's just seize the moment Tuesday and tune into WOLB to hear what the mayor and challengers have to tell us about how they think they can help lead this city to better days.
If you are within reach of a computer, you can click here to hear the debate as well.
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