WGBH News and Media Relations


March 11, 2013

TAXES. TRANSIT. DEVELOPMENT. WGBH Radio’s Boston Public Radio to Host Monthly ‘Ask the Governor’ Segment

Governor Patrick to spend an hour with Braude and Eagan in studio,
answer constituent calls
BPR to hold regular ‘Ask The…’ features with local newsmakers
BOSTON, Mass. (March 7, 2013) –Earlier this year, Governor Deval Patrick proposed an aggressive revenue increase and transportation improvement plan that has dominated the local headlines for weeks. Earlier this week, Speaker Robert DeLeo proposed his own, scaled down plan. What do Massachusetts residents want? What does Governor Patrick think of Speaker DeLeo’s proposal? Starting next Thursday, WGBH’s Boston Public Radio will give Massachusetts residents the opportunity to talk directly with Governor Patrick about these important topics and others that will shape the Bay State in the weeks, months and years ahead.
On Thursday, March 14 at noon, Boston Public Radio will begin a regular, hour-long monthly ‘Ask the Governor’ segment. Hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan will share the studio with Governor Patrick and open the phone lines to the people of Massachusetts to facilitate a direct conversation with the Commonwealth’s chief executive.
“Boston Public Radio is the go-to place for people who care about the issues shaping our region. We are excited that Governor Patrick will join that conversation and talk directly with the people who put him in office,” said Phil Redo, Managing Director, 89.7 WGBH. “The WGBH news team provides the most comprehensive, timely local news and commentary on Boston radio. The new ‘Ask the…’ segments will build on an already strong foundation of local-first coverage and listener participation.”
In an effort to bring listeners and constituents closer to the conversation, WGBH will stream live video of Governor Patrick’s appearances. Listeners can also submit questions to Boston Public Radio on Facebook (LINK) and on Twitter, using #AskGovMA.
The ‘Ask the Governor’ segment is the flagship feature of a new editorial commitment from Boston Public Radio to bring local officials and political leaders into the studio to talk directly with listeners. The ‘Ask the…’ segments will air every week on weeks when Governor Patrick is not scheduled to be in studio. Braude, Eagan and WGBH listeners will spend half an hour with city councilors, State legislators, county sheriffs and some of the lesser-known names that lead vital local agencies. Listeners will be invited to call in and ask questions. Questions will also be accepted on Twitter, using #AskWGBH.
The Boston Public Radio program draws significantly on the expertise of WGBH’s news staff across radio, television and the Web. Boston Public Radio airs every weekday on 89.7 WGBH from noon-2pm.
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