Program
The Race To City Hall: The 1983 Chicago Mayoral Debates--excerpts
Producing Organization
WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-7659c6t19d
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Description
Program Description
"In 1983, a major public television station stepped forward to set a national example and raise the standards of television's role in the electoral process. The results were startling:...if it hadn't been for TV, specifically the TV debates that WTTW and not the commercial stations produced, Harold Washington 'would not have been taken seriously as a mayoral candidate.' -- Chicago Tribune "It was the series of debates televised by Channel 11...that was given much credit for 'legitimatizing' the candidacy of then-underdog Washington and tabbing him as a serious contender. -- Chicago Sun-Times "Long before election politics began in earnest, WTTW proposed to the city, candidates, and broadcast community a complete debate plan: WTTW would produce and air live four to six debates in their entirety any time, any place, and make program materials available at no charge to any station or network, radio or television, for use within news for total simulcast. "Thanks to WTTW. The mayoral debates contributed substantially to the enlightenment of Chicago voters. They were also appreciated by a regional--and sometimes national--television audience. For that, thank our dedicated and professionally expert public television station, WTTW. At considerable expense, it offered free debate hook-ups to commercial television and radio stations, and the offer was widely accepted. [--] Sun-Times Editorial "Two stations asked for permission to repeat the WTTW broadcast and all radio and TV news made lavish use of WTTW materials. The third debate garnered a 10 rating or 13 share (600,000 Neilson homes). Chicago enjoyed a record turn-out of registered voters and elected its first black mayor."--1983 Peabody Awards entry form. The program features clips from the democratic primary debates and the mayoral debates. Democratic candidates were incumbent Jane Byrne, Richard Daley, and Harold Washington. After winning the democratic nomination, Harold Washington went on to defeat Republican candidate Bernard Epton.
Broadcast Date
1983
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:14:49.288
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Credits
Producing Organization: WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-6957f6a90eb (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 1:00:00
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Citations
Chicago: “The Race To City Hall: The 1983 Chicago Mayoral Debates--excerpts,” 1983, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-7659c6t19d.
MLA: “The Race To City Hall: The 1983 Chicago Mayoral Debates--excerpts.” 1983. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-7659c6t19d>.
APA: The Race To City Hall: The 1983 Chicago Mayoral Debates--excerpts. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-7659c6t19d