Site and Moderators for October 20 Ohio U.S. Senate Debate Announced

Oct. 7, 2016 (Cleveland) – The third and final debate between U.S. Senate candidates Rob Portman and Ted Strickland will take place at the Idea Center® at Playhouse Square on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Westfield Insurance™ Studio Theatre. The debate is sponsored by The City Club of Cleveland.

Media partners are WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream in Cleveland, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati—both EW Scripps stations and ABC affiliates. Moderators are Karen Kasler of the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau and Danita Harris of WEWS. The debate will originate from ideastream studios at the Idea Center and be broadcast by television and radio stations across Ohio. A video stream of the debate will also be available.

The debate will air live, without commercials, from 7 to 8 p.m. on these television and radio stations across Ohio:

  • WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream (Cleveland) – Live stream at
  • WEWS (Cleveland) – Live stream at
  • WCPO (Cincinnati) – Live stream at
  • WCET (Cincinnati)
  • 91.7 WVXU (Cincinnati)
  • 88.5 WMUB (Oxford)
  • WYTV (Youngstown)
  • WNEO Fusion Channel (Alliance/Youngstown)
  • 89.7 WKSU (Kent)
  • WSYX (Columbus)
  • WOSU (Columbus)
  • 89.7 WOSU (Columbus)
  • WDTN (Dayton)
  • WPTD (Dayton)
  • WTVG (Toledo)
  • WILO (Lima)
  • C-SPAN (National) – Live stream at

In addition, the Ohio Channel will air the debate on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m.

The audience will be made up of community members and supporters of both candidates. Some audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. The candidates are squaring off in two additional debates not included in this televised coverage: Oct. 14 in Youngstown and Oct. 17 in Columbus.

“Leveraging partnerships and convening the community is what ideastream does best,” said Jerry Wareham, president and chief executive officer for ideastream. “This debate is the final of three debates scheduled in October, and it is the only one carried live across multiple platforms throughout Ohio between the major party candidates vying to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate.”

“Ohio is a hotbed for political debate,” said Steve Weinstein, vice president and general manager for WEWS. “The spotlight was on Cleveland earlier this summer for the Republican National Convention. WEWS provided coverage not only for local audiences, but across the nation too. Now our station has the opportunity again to be at the center of the conversation over who Ohio voters will elect to represent us in the U.S. Senate for the next term.”

“This is one of the races the entire nation is watching, and we feel privileged that the citizens of Ohio, the campaigns and our partners are entrusting us with this important responsibility,” said City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop. “We’re looking forward to an engaging and fair debate.”


About Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners, with 33 television stations in 24 markets and a reach of nearly one in five U.S. households. It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets. Scripps also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including multi-platform satire and humor brand Cracked, podcast industry leader Midroll Media and over-the-top video news service Newsy. Scripps also produces television shows including “THE LIST” and “The Now,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

About ideastream
The mission of ideastream is to strengthen our communities. ideastream pursues this mission as a multiple media public service organization by providing distinctive, thought-provoking programs and services that enlighten, inspire, educate and entertain.

About The City Club of Cleveland
The City Club of Cleveland is dedicated to creating conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive. A product of the Progressive Era, the City Club was founded in 1912 and is renowned for its tradition thoughtful debate and discussion. For more than a hundred years, audience members have posed unscripted questions to every speaker, from sitting presidents to community activists, striving to fulfill the vision of strong and informed communities and individuals that prize freedom of speech and civil, civic dialogue. More info at

Media contacts:

Valerie Miller, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3023,

Marissa Norris, ideastream, 216-916-6318,

Stephanie Jansky, the City Club, 216-350-5577,

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