Thursday, October 01, 2009

Judicial candidates can get TV exposure

Avy Meyers, the producer, director, editor and host of North Town News Magazine, a half-hour cable-access "televised neighborhood news magazine," contacted this blog recently. Ultimately, he invited me to appear on his program, and I taped an appearance yesterday. The story of that experience will be told separately, on page two.

Meyers is interviewing judicial candidates on his show, which runs on Cable Channel 19 in the City of Chicago on Thursday at 7:30pm and Friday at 2:30pm. NTNM also runs in Evanston on Cable Channel 6 on Thursdays at 8:00pm and, according to Meyers' business card, in Skokie and "over 30 North & Northwest Suburbs" on Channel 19 or 35 on Mondays at 6:00pm.

Media-savvy judicial candidates have been lining up appearances already, Meyers told me yesterday. He receives calls from PR firms regularly. In the post below, I mentioned that 9th Subcircuit candidate Dennis Fleming taped an appearance yesterday. He was concluding his interview as I arrived for mine. Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown, currently running for Cook County Board President, was walking in as I was walking out.

Nor is a candidate's exposure necessarily limited to the times Meyers' program airs on cable: From the North Town News Magazine home page, a person can link to YouTube interviews of Meyers' past guests, alphabetically arranged.

I'll link to judicial candidate interviews for the upcoming primary as I learn of them and post them as well.

Because his program is aimed primarily at the far North Side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs (Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood -- though it appears in Wheeling, Palatine and several other points north and northwest), it's doubtful how useful this program might be to candidates running in the far south 15th Judicial Subcircuit. But even with this qualification, my suspicion is that Mr. Meyers will not have to scrounge for willing guests anytime in the near future.

If anyone knows of any other opportunities for Cook County judicial candidates to get TV exposure, please leave a comment or send me an email.


Premiering tonight in Chicago on North Town News Magazine, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin. (Click on image to enlarge.)

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