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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – September 25, 2018 – WTCI will broadcast “TN Senatorial Debate: Bredesen/Blackburn” on Tuesday, September 25 at 8 PM and on Thursday, September 27 at 8 PM. On October 4 at 8 PM WTCI will broadcast a locally-produced program, "Conversations with the Candidates: Karl Dean/Bill Lee” with an encore broadcast on Sunday, October 7 at 7 PM. The “Northeast Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate” will air on the Tennessee Valley’s community PBS station on Tuesday, October 9 at 8 PM and repeat on Sunday, October 14 at 7 PM.

WTCI reaches 1.4 million viewers and over 440,000 households in a 35-county area, including parts of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. Viewers throughout the region have access to the station’s main channel, 45.1, to the CREATE channel, 45.2, and to the quality, trusted PBS KIDS content available 24/7 at 45.3.

Viewers in the region can tune in to 45.2 to enjoy the following special broadcast events: The “Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate 2018” on October 6 at 5:30 PM and October 7 at 1:30 PM, the “Northeast Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate 2018” on October 13 at 5:30 PM and October 14 at 1:30 PM, and “Conversations with the Candidates: Karl Dean/Bill Lee” on October 20 at 5:30 PM and October 21 at 1:30 PM.

As a community PBS station, WTCI depends on viewers and members for over fifty-percent of the nonprofit organization’s annual budget, raising these funds through pledge drives, membership support, corporate underwriting and special events and programs. Paul Grove, President and CEO of WTCI, says “It is critical to a community’s health that citizens be involved in the election process. Today is ‘National Register to Vote Day’ and we are proud that our community PBS station is able to provide these valuable conversations to enrich all of the citizens of the Tennessee Valley.”

WTCI enriches lives through quality programs, events, outreach and services that educate, engage and inspire a lifetime of learning and exploration. PBS KIDS is the #1 source of media for our nation’s preschool teachers and PBS has been voted #1 in public trust for over a decade.

Stay tuned to WTCI-TV on the screen, online at and on social media for upcoming programming and special events. Please contact Jaye Brewer at 423.240-2522 or at for information about how you can support WTCI’s Emmy Award-winning local productions, special events and underwriting.