Archive for May 4th, 2012
President Barack Obama‘s visit to Richmond begins what will undoubtably be an active and busy campaign season in Central Virginia. In the past, presidential visits to Richmond would always lead to NBC12 breaking into programming to present the president’s address live. Those events were all official White House trips. As we prepare to cover his first official campaign visit we are adjusting our coverage plans just a bit.
Being that this is the president’s first official campaign swing and Richmond is one of only two spots where he will speak, we will provide live coverage of the speech on television and online at NBC12.com. However our coverage will not interrupt regularly scheduled NBC Sports programming of the NHL and Kentucky Derby. Instead we will cut in during breaks of the sports programming and offer the president’s speech live and un-interrupted on our local sister station Me-TV.
Me-TV is available in Richmond over the air on channel 12-2, Comcast channel 208 and on Verizon Fios 460. It will also stream live on NBC12.com.
We plan to assess coverage plans of all future campaign stops for all candidates on a case by case basis. With the clear focus both campaigns are putting on Virginia there is no doubt will be presented with may opportunities to present the content in a way that best serves our viewers.
The Obama campaign just released new information about Saturday’s event:
*Admission: The rally is open to the public, and tickets are not required for admission. Supporters are strongly encouraged to RSVP at http://ofa.bo/rallyva. Supporters who received red, blue, or yellow priority access tickets this week should follow directions on signs to find the appropriate entrance.
*Timing: Doors are currently scheduled to open at 1:45pm. Attendees should plan to arrive early, as space is limited.
*Security: All attendees will go through security checkpoints and are encouraged to bring as few personal items as possible. No sharp objects, weapons, umbrellas, large bags, liquids, bottles, large electronics, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Small purses, cameras, and cell phones are permitted.
*Parking: Guests are encouraged to carpool or take public transit. Limited parking is available for a $5 fee at the West Broad Parking Deck (1111 W. Broad St.) and the Bowe Street Parking Deck (609 Bowe St.). Please account for extra travel time due to road closures.
-Opening music will be performed by the Vassar Family Band, a local Richmond bluegrass band
-Invocation will be given by Mayor Dwight Jones
-Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Chesterfield Boy Scout Troop #2860
-The national anthem will be performed by Nelson County and Lynchburg trio Carmen Thomas, Cassie Carter, and L.J. Thomas
-Remarks by U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott (Va.-3)
-Remarks by Neighborhood Team Leaders Wanda Newell of Norfolk and Marvin Lindsay of Richmond
-Remarks by Vienna Neighborhood Team Leader Sue Langley and her neighborhood team
-Remarks by Former Governor Tim Kaine
-Remarks by VCU Student and Obama for America National Campaign Co-Chair Sai Iyer
-Performance by VCU drumline
There will also be an outdoor program for supporters as they wait in line, including a performance by the VSU drumline