Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Judicial candidates: So you want to be on TV?

So... new judicial candidates: You've returned from Springfield in one piece and the feeling is slowly coming back to your fingers and toes. Your papers are on file, awaiting the scrutiny of prying eyes looking to knock you off the ballot. But you feel good about it because your election lawyer tells you you're in good shape. Probably.

Anyway, the die is cast, the Rubicon is crossed and you've already plowed into the evaluation forms provided by both the Alliance and the CBA. (You have done that, right? Good.)

Now what?

You've seen videos on this site from other candidates being interviewed on Avy Meyers' weekly North Town News Magazine, but you've never met Avy. You don't have "people" who can line up an interview.

It's OK.

You can still be on the show. What you have to do is contact Avy Meyers and schedule an interview.

But you have to do it soon.

Avy mentioned recently that, in past election cycles, he has been inundated with requests from judicial candidates -- after early voting starts. And people wind up disappointed. He wants to avoid that this time.

Avy will shoot a couple of episodes in a single afternoon; it may take three or four weeks following a taping for an interview to air. You do the math. Then send Avy an email.

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In case you haven't noticed, I post all the NTNM judicial candidate interviews here. (I put up one Sunday, and another yesterday; I'll put up a third later today.)

When I do my Organizing the Data posts, just before the election, I will link to these interviews so prospective voters can see you 'in action.' (Rummage through the Archives for examples.)

NTNM airs on CAN-TV in Chicago and on cable systems in several north and northwest suburbs. In addition to Evanston, NTNM is seen on cable systems in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Des Plaines, Glenview, Golf, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Northbrook, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Maine Township (unincorporated Des Plaines), Mission Hills (Country Club Properties), Morton Grove, Niles, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette.

Because I will post the interviews here, if you're running in a subcircuit outside these areas, you may wish to speak with Avy about an appearance anyway.

I will also post, and link to, any Issue Forum programs on which judicial candidates appear. Contact Tony Joyce at tonyjoyce@mail.com if you'd like to schedule an appearance on that program.

There have been other cable access producers from whom I've heard in past election cycles and I'll be looking forward to working with any of these again. Any cable access providers who are interested in covering Cook County judicial races in their area and have candidate interviews they are willing to share should not hesitate to contact me (click here). We'll set something up.

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