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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento

September 10, 2003

Media information: Sept. 24 recall debate at CSUS

California State University, Sacramento and the California Broadcasters Association will sponsor a debate among leading candidates in the state’s recall election at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the University Union Ballroom.

The debate will last for 90 minutes and will be available for all radio and television stations. It will be offered in Spanish and closed captioned. The debate venue is closed to media; Associated Press pool photographers will be inside.

Just added: On the day of the debate, CSUS faculty and other Capital Region experts will provide briefings on topics including: Recall 101; what each candidate needs to do to “win” the debate; and a review of debate questions. Each of the briefings will be open to the media and the public, and will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the University Library room 11.

The debate will be on monitors in the press room, and after the debate the candidates will be invited to appear individually in the press room. Media wishing to access the press room must be credentialed in advance.

Tickets for attendees are by invitation of the debate sponsors and the campaigns. Many CSUS students will be among those in attendance.


Credentials: For security reasons, all media wanting access to the press room and to the candidate’s post-debate press conferences must be credentialed in advance. A maximum of three credentials will be given to each media organization. Photo identification must then be presented the day of the event. Those not credentialed in advance will not be admitted to the press room.

Due by Sept. 18: For media credentials, the following must be provided by Thursday, Sept. 18: full name, date of birth, driver’s license number, title, phone, e-mail, organization, organization’s address, newsroom phone. Send the information to the public affairs office at California State University, Sacramento: or fax (916) 278-5290. Background checks will be done in the days prior to the debate – if you submit information, assume you are credentialed unless you are notified. For assistance: (916) 278-6156.

Press room: On the day of the debate, a press room near the debate venue will be available from noon to 10 p.m. for all credentialed media. There will be monitors showing the debate, as well as a limited number of telephone lines. No ISDN or other dedicated Internet connections will be available.

Satellite coordinates have changed. Television primary satellite coordinates: KU-Band Analog, Galaxy 11, Transponder K16, DLF 12018 Vertical, Audio Subcarriers 6.2 = English and 6.8 = Spanish. Television back-up satellite coordinates: C-Band Analog, Galaxy 4R, Transponder 23, DLF 4160 Horizontal - Audio Subcarriers 6.2 = English and 6.8 = Spanish. Radio satellite coordinates: AMC8, Transponder 23, Satsvcs 06 L/R, Left channel = English Right channel = Spanish. Radio program is also available on AT&T telephone bridges, English dial (888) 273-9885, Spanish dial (800) 450-0788. Transmission starts at 5:45 p.m.

Media parking: Parking for media, including television trucks, will be available in lot 6 near the University Union on the day of the debate only, beginning at 6 a.m. (note time change from previous advisory). The lot has a clear southern exposure. Those wishing to access the lot must present CHP press credentials, debate credentials, or a photo ID along with media business card. Those needing overnight accommodations should contact area hotels. The Sacramento Hilton and Red Lion have announced packages for crews and trucks.

To get to lot 6, exit Highway 50 at Howe Ave./Power Inn. From the east, go straight through to College Town Drive. From the west, go under the freeway and make a left on College Town Drive. The road will turn into State University Drive South. Go just past the information booth and turn right on Stadium Drive. Then go past the stadium and follow the road at it curves right. Lot 6 will be on the left. From the J Street entrance follow the loop road to State University Drive South on the other side of campus.

Credentialing and venue questions: CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156 and Maps and directions to campus are available by clicking “About CSUS” at

Technical and other questions: Vic Biondi at (916) 967-0990 and California Broadcasters Association website at Trouble number (day of debate): direct to satellite truck, (916) 806-7496.


California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 •
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California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 •