Nearly 80 Radio and TV Partners Confirmed for Arizona COVID-19 Town Hall
Published on April 1, 2020
Nearly 80 radio and TV stations across Arizona have confirmed plans to broadcast a live townhall about Arizona’s COVID-19 impact.
The Arizona COVID-19 Town Hall will air commercial free on Thursday, April 2 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. MST. The broadcast will focus on cutting through the clutter, eliminating misinformation and answering questions submitted from people all around Arizona.
Joining the conversation will be Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona National Guard Major General Michael McGuire and State of Arizona Chief Operating Officer Daniel Ruiz.
Veteran Arizona PBS journalist Ted Simmons and Emmy Award winning journalist Carey Peña will host the one-hour town hall.
“We’re all looking for support to manage through this crisis, and thanks to this partnership, Thursday’s town hall will reach hundreds of thousands of Arizonans for a shared conversation,” said Chris Kline, President and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association.
There will be no live audience at the town hall due to social distancing requirements, however, it will air live across the entire state. Over the last few days, Arizona radio and TV stations have encouraged their audiences to submit questions for the town hall. More than 2,000 questions have already flooded in. While there won’t be time for every question, the moderators plan to address as many as possible during the live broadcast.
The event is airing with support from the Arizona Broadcasters Association, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Skyview Networks in Scottsdale and RIESTER ad agency in Phoenix.