Cortland High School Presents Live Political Debate
On Thursday, October 14, 2021, Cortland High School Television provided the inaugural production of the televised Cortland Mayoral Debate between candidates (R) Scott Steve and (D) Bruce Tytler, at 7:00 p.m., live from the CHS-TV Studio. The moderators and coordinators for this live event were the Cortland Standard’s managing editor, Todd R. McAdam and X101-FM’s news director, Vinny Bellardini.
In preparation for the event, CHS Senior Class President Joseph Cataldo was invited to ask questions relating to student concerns for the future of Cortland. In addition, Mr. Colt’s Social Studies classes helped to solidify questions generated by CHS students.
CTV News producer and television production teacher Melissa Quinlan and her staff guided the student-produced broadcast, and our own CTV Studio provided a welcoming and professional structure for the debate.
The debate aired on the CTV Education Channel of Spectrum Channel 17, live-streamed by both the Cortland Standard, and X101 FM radio, and on the CTV Ensemble channel, as this allowed for maximum exposure for viewers.
Additionally, a second debate will be held on October 19th, 2021 and will take place for the Cortlandville town supervisor position, between (D) Douglas Withey, and (R) Tom Williams, with the same attention and availability, again, live from the CTV Studios, and hosted by the Cortland Standardand X101.
The CTV staff and student producers are very excited and honored to play a vital role in these live inaugural debate broadcasts, to have our students engaged in the productions, and to involve our students and the district family in the democratic process of their hometown.