WBEZ Chicago to Host Exclusive Monthly Segment: Ask the Governer

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WBEZ Chicago to Host Exclusive Monthly Segment: Ask the Governor

Governor Rauner to Answer Listener Questions Live on The Morning Shift

CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2017) WBEZ Chicago’s new monthly segment, Ask the Governor, will give listeners a rare opportunity to have their questions answered directly by Gov. Bruce Rauner, who will be live in WBEZ’s studio. WBEZ 91.5 FM is the only media outlet in Illinois with access to the governor in this capacity. The first segment airs tomorrow, Feb. 10 at 9:00 a.m. on WBEZ’s live weekday talk show, The Morning Shift. If you miss the live broadcast, it will be available for streaming on-demand at wbez.org or on the WBEZ app.

Hosted by The Morning Shift’s Tony Sarabia, Ask the Governor aims to promote government transparency by providing constituents with real-time insights on the Illinois political landscape.

Listeners will be able to submit their questions by calling the studio line at (312) 923-9239 and by posting to WBEZ’s Facebook page.

“We need to work together to move our state forward, which is why I’m thrilled about this open dialogue with Illinois residents,” said Gov. Rauner. “I’m looking forward to a spirited, and productive, discussion that results in a spectrum of ideas about how we get our state back on track.”

 “As always, we’re big proponents of transparency, accountability and productive, open-minded public conversation—values that are especially important right now,” said Vice President of Content and Programming Ben Calhoun. “We’re pleased to have the governor at WBEZ to connect him with the public for what we imagine will be very substantive, meaningful conversations.”

This new segment is an ideal fit for The Morning Shift as it will rely heavily on authentic engagement with listeners on-air and via social media to stimulate conversations with a local and regional impact.

The Ask the Governor segment is just another example of the unique, thought provoking programming that WBEZ Chicago is committed to producing for its listeners. This further aligns with the station’s mission to keep listeners engaged and informed through the production of high quality journalism.

Further scheduling for Ask the Governor will be announced at the end of February.

For video from the live broadcast, please contact the Illinois Office of Communications and Information at 217-782-2801 or contact Eleni Demertzi at eleni.demertzis@illinois.gov or 312-339-0955. Video will also be available for download at the Illinois Department of Central Management Services' website.



About WBEZ Chicago

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