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Expanding the Dialogue

by Joe Donlon

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Posted on September 9, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

Any time you start something new, there are bound to be some bugs that need to be worked out. Such was the case last night, during the very first edition of our new 7:00 pm newscast. The Oregonian's political reporter, Jeff Mapes, was our scheduled 'in studio' guest. But he was nowhere to be found, so our producers had to scramble to get him on the phone -- right in the middle of the show. We did, luckily, and ended the half hour with a great conversation about his experiences at both of the political conventions - and his thoughts about what the Sarah Palin selection means to the landscape of the upcoming election. It was worth the wait.

Tonight, the discussion will continue, and I don't think we'll have trouble with our 'in studio' guests showing up. One - is radio talk show host Lars Larson, who could probably find an open microphone from 10 miles away! He has become a popular conservative voice - for the always interesting shouting matches on the cable television networks. Tonight, he'll join us for a segment with 'Oregonian' columnist David Sarasohn. The topic: Is there a liberal media bias -- against John McCain? Should be interesting.. and hopefully - there won't be too much shouting.

By the way, Laural and Tracy are the anchors of this new show. I'm just filling in for Laural. She'll be back tomorrow.

But in just one night, it was clear to me, that this is exactly the kind of newscast - people always tell me they want to see. I hope you'll join us, tonight - and beyond, as we draw closer to what should be a fascinating election night.