Behind the scenes: 23rd district congressional debate

Local News

With about 24 hours before the 23rd district congressional debate, 18 News was on the scene, Monday, at the gymnasium of Corning Community College for last minute preparations. 

Seating will be first come, first serve with about 400 chairs organized across the gymnasium. Hundreds of extra seating will also be available on the bleachers surrounding the venue. 

Parking will be available in the lots north and south of the building with the entrance sitting at the lower level. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the even will begin at 7 p.m. for people to listen in on a debate of some of the most pressing issues in the area. 

“We’ve been planning this debate for about three or four months and it takes a lot of man power to get this thing put together, but we got all of our gear and now we got some help from our sister station in Scranton to bring a satellite truck so that we can get the issues to the people of the Twin Tiers,” Joshua Kramer, the director of creative services and programming at 18 News, said. 

Kramer said multiple meetings were held to plan on air talent, candidates and the satellite truck from our sister station, WBRE. 

The truck will sit behind the building with a wire running into the gymnasium to allow the debate to broadcast live.

Kramer also said the event will consist of critical issues debated between powerful people, and the goal is to not only give the crowd a good show, but also to the viewers at home.

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