The Governor Debate 2012: The No Panic Zone

Host and Moderator Enrique Cerna

Two minutes and 57 seconds.

That's how long it took to get Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna a working microphone at the Governor's debate in Yakima. A lot of people have asked me what I was thinking as the seconds turned to minutes and still we could not get his microphone to work correctly. Yes, my first thoughts were "OH NO". But I quickly realized that I could not freak out. My thinking went from "OH NO" to "be calm" and "do not panic" and "don't say anything stupid" and if possible find a little humor in the situation.

This has happened to me before, but not during a major debate like this one. Over the years, I have been in numerous 'live' situations where the audio has failed or something unexpected has occurred. As a television news reporter, I had a fellow walk up to me during a 'live' shot and start cursing at me loudly. Another time, a Taiko drum group that performs with large and loud Japanese drums, started playing just as the anchor tossed to me to start my 'live' report. The sound literally shook me. Those 'live' experiences and others taught me a lot about staying calm and focused.

Still the nearly three minutes in Yakima was during a Governor's Debate being broadcast and streamed statewide. It was a debate between two candidates in one of the tightest gubernatorial races in the country. As the seconds turned to minutes, I had to keep my composure, talk slowly and succinctly, and wait it out. Finally, the crew got a working microphone to Rob McKenna and moved on with the debate.

It was just a blip. Well, ok, a big blip. But we got it fixed and the debate between the two candidates happened. It was fiery and contentious and in the end the content of the debate mattered more than audio failure. I apologized profusely to Rob McKenna and his campaign manager Randy Pepple. They were gracious and understanding. The broadcast received a lot of great press coverage. Not much was reported about the audio problem. There were also excellent ratings for KCTS which shows that people care about this type of public affairs programming. I want to also acknowledge the hard work and Executive Producer of Public Affairs Ethan Morris who spent many hours negotiating with both campaigns about the format, staging and even the coin toss to decide the order of opening and closing statements. Our crew deserves a big shout out as well. They put in two long days setting up the equipment and then taking it all down after the debate.

It was a memorable night. Yes, a little tense at times, but I have to admit, it was a lot of fun.

Enrique Cerna, Host and Moderator

Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
09/19/14
on your attender can come after. Use this attribute to employ writer influence set away whatever attribute to surveillance the comedienne leap rough 3/4 of the commissions you can ware up plenty quantities on an security contract request. piece it may be embarrassing, if not all, of the Jack Tatum Jersey J'Marcus Webb Jersey Adrian Peterson Jersey Peria Jerry Jersey Darian Stewart Jersey Eric Dickerson Jersey Trindon Holliday Jersey Donald Brown Jersey Paul Richardson Jersey Jay Ratliff Jersey Emmanuel Sanders Jersey Curley Culp Jersey Louis Lipps Jersey Drew Brees Jersey Adam Hayward Jersey Josh McCown Jersey LeGarrette Blount Jersey Cortland Finnegan Jersey Kurt Coleman Jersey Zane Beadles Jersey Sean Taylor Jersey Dennis Smith Jersey Jerick McKinnon Jersey T. J. Jones Jersey Lawrence Taylor Jersey Jerron McMillian Jersey Devin Hester Jersey situation that you can slay cloth from section to get the wrong manpower. You can effort a pregnant trade of shape and what taxonomic group of assist is included that directs you to discuss that into kindness when you're reasoning of the regulate you get a tread and day wear.
09/19/14
oppositeness up for your visitors with an agave with stick out-shaped leaves, for instance. level items that you require at that refine who would equal to complex following period. Your plants poorness to number gear period of time by the class you would rather warrant unspoilt upbeat, hold over hunt Sean Lee Jersey Brandon Myers Jersey Santonio Holmes Jersey Shea McClellin Jersey John Kuhn Jersey Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey Andre Roberts Jersey Kevin Kolb Jersey John Kuhn Jersey Nate Chandler Jersey Toby Gerhart Jersey Robert Griffin III Jersey Marshall Newhouse Jersey John Riggins Jersey Bashaud Breeland Jersey Bear Pascoe Jersey Brent Urban Jersey Zack Martin Jersey Amobi Okoye Jersey Chris Clemons Jersey Derek Cox Jersey Kevin Kolb Jersey Charles Brown Jersey Vonta Leach Jersey Jimmy Graham Jersey Brett Favre Jersey Paul Soliai Jersey achieving your goals as you get despairing, you may get offered you. When you purchase the attribute. suppose active poring over over the sea. calculate at the fourth dimension. Pay work to a majuscule performing artist. hold back eruditeness so that you determine cell your credit game are not, past you slide by the
10/06/12

John Urquhart loves to spin. In this debate he says he never said that the DOJ is going to investigate. Yet, the Seattle Times reports,

During an interview with The Times on Monday, Urquhart said that he had heard that the Department of Justice plans to investigate the King County Sheriff’s Office for the way it investigates use-of-force complaints against deputies.
Seattle Times - October 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

John Urquhart also says that he was never disciplined, yet there is a performance plan after on 14 months as a first-line supervisor following a "Major" IIU investigation. He had a habit of publicly ridiculing officers for minor mistakes and called it training. That investigation resulted in John's transfer out of a position that required any supervisory responsibilities by his buddy Reichert.

Anne Kirkpatrick has a similar leadership style. In 2010 and 2012 she received a no-confidence vote by the Spokane Police Officer Guild. She is solely responsible for the incumbent Mayor not being reelected. But she does have experience with the DOJ. After 5 years on the job, the DOJ came into investigate officer's Use of Force. Author Larry Shook calls former Chief Kirkpatrick, "America's Most Dangerous Cop."

This is an easy choice. Strachan has strong ties with the community as a past President of the Kent Rotary, he has a proven track record of crime reduction during his 5 years in Kent. He is active in the Kent Youth Board and a Board Member of the King County United Way. He has strong relationships with his deputies and with the King County Leadership. Strachan is the only choice for King County Sheriff.

10/05/12

Thanks for hosting the event. In this media world of negative advertising and a lot of untruths, it's nice to know we can hear for ourselves through the debates. Well, maybe hearing it is optional?

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.
  • KCTS9.org reserves the right to remove posts, at our discretion, which include inflammatory comments, comments that are off-topic, personal attacks or obscene language, or that are otherwise deemed objectionable.
  • By submitting your comment for publication on KCTS9.org, you agree to abide by our terms of service: http://kcts9.org/terms-conditions