Monday, January 5, 2009

VPR at the Statehouse This Week

John Van Hoesen, VPR's vice president for news, shared these thoughts about the new legislative session, which begins this week:

This is a big week at the Statehouse with the arrival of the new legislature and the governor's inaugural address. Our legislative coverage got underway today during Vermont Edition, when
Jane Lindholm talked with GOP Senate leader Bill Doyle, the longest-serving senator, and one of the newest members of the House of Representatives, Kesha Ram, who's 22. Tomorrow, Jane will host a discussion about citizen participation in the legislature.

On Wednesday, you can see and hear VPR's news team in action at the Statehouse as the session gets underway. Vermont Edition will broadcast live from the lobby area just outside the House gallery. Jane will speak with Bob Kinzel, and she'll parse out the top issues for this session with former House Speaker Michael Obuchowski and new Republican leader Patti Komline. 

A live broadcast is always an exciting event - a lot of preparation occurs in advance to make sure the microphones, broadcast lines, and computers are all in order and that the guests are in place at just the right time. And when we all hear the words "First the news..." at noon, the energy level is high as the live broadcast is just minutes away.

On Thursday, Bob hosts Governor Douglas' inaugural address live,  shortly after 2 p.m. We're thrilled to be able to provide this important public service. Also, if you've never heard VPR's legislative streams, this is a great time to check it out - you can listen in on the proceedings whenever the House or Senate is in session.

If you're in Montpelier, say hello to John Dillon who will also be at the Statehouse. Veteran reporter Ross Sneyd is VPR's news editor, and he'll be looking for best way to provide in-depth coverage of the important issues throughout the year. Let him know if you have news or a
good story idea.

Of course, VPR will also keep you up to date throughout the session with our regular newscasts, which air at 6:06, 6:34, 7:04, 7:34, and 8:04 in the morning, at 12:04 p.m., and during All Things
at 5:49 p.m., with occasional special coverage at 5:30 p.m.

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