DETROIT — WADL-TV (Channel 38) live airing of the city of Detroit mayoral debate is now open to the general public and labor unions. Originally being a media exclusive event, WADL changed the debate to be open to the public after numerous phone calls were made demanding access.
“After talking to many Detroit residents and also members of unions such as AFSCME, DPOA, and others, I decided it was the right thing to do to make available up to 300 seats in the audience for the mayoral debate on a first come, first serve basis.” said Kevin Adell, WADL CEO and owner.
The debate is set to take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and will air live on WADL-TV from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. However, according to Adell, the debate will continue to air past 9:30 p.m. if necessary. In addition to the public being invited, the debate will be moderated by co-sponsor, WWJ Newsradio 950 anchorman, Tom Jordan.
The panel of questioners will be comprised of Nolan Finley of The Detroit News, Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, and Debbie Dingell, president of D2 Strategies. For those who are unable to gain entry into the debate, WADL-TV will be setting up large video screens outside of the museum so attendees can watch the proceedings.
The primary election for major of Detroit takes place on August 6, a week after the debate.