political abstract

The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is Thursday, Oct. 22 and radio networks will once again provide live coverage surrounding the event.

The debate, which will be held at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville and moderated by Kristen Welker of MSNBC, will be covered live by Fox News Radio (FNR), which begins its broadcast with an hour-long pre-show starting at 8pm (ET) led by FNR’s national correspondent Jared Halpern and political analyst Josh Kraushaar.

The broadcast will be available for Fox News Radio affiliates nationwide and on the Fox News Channel app. Following the debate, the “Fox News Rundown” podcast will provide detailed analysis, available at FoxNewsPodcasts.com.

Additionally, FNR’s nationally-syndicated “Brian Kilmeade Show” (9am-12pm), “Fox Across America” with Jimmy Failla (12-3pm) and the “Guy Benson Show” (3-6pm) will provide live reaction and analysis on Friday, Oct. 23. Meanwhile, Fox News Headlines 24/7 continues its “Democracy 2020” updates surrounding debate coverage every 15 minutes on SiriusXM (channel 115).

ABC News Radio will offer three hours of live, anchored coverage of Thursday’s debate, including a one-hour pre-show, followed by the debate and live post-debate analysis. Correspondent Aaron Katersky will anchor coverage with reporting and analysis by Correspondent Karen Travers, Political Analyst Steve Roberts, Political Director Rick Klein and Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks, along with others from ABC News’ and FiveThirtyEight’s political broadcast teams. ABC News Radio will also offer multiple one-minute Status Reports throughout Thursday night. ABC News’ flagship daily podcast “Start Here,” hosted by Brad Mielke, will offer a preview on debate morning and post a recap on Friday, Oct. 23 covering all angles of the debate and featuring expert reporting analysis from the network’s political team.

The Premiere Networks-distributed NBC News Radio and iHeartMedia-distributed 24/7 News will provide live coverage of the debate anchored by Ryan Gorman with Correspondent Will Clark in Nashville.

“Millions will tune in for the debate Thursday night and everyone will want to talk about it on Friday,” said Chris Berry, iHeartMedia’s Executive VP of News/Talk Programming. “Our format is unique in that our trusted hosts offer their opinions, and our listeners are also given the opportunity to weigh in.”

Salem Radio Network will also provide live coverage of the final debate. The SRN “Debate Preview” will begin just after 8pm, hosted by network host Hugh Hewitt, who will be joined by HotAir.com’s Ed Morrissey. The programming will include an update from SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston, live from Belmont University.

The debate is scheduled to begin at 9pm (ET) and SRN will carry it live without commercial interruption. At 10:30pm, Hewitt will host a live 60-minute “Debate Wrap-Up,” featuring special guests and listener call-ins, along with comments from Clugston.

CBS News Radio coverage also begins at 8pm with White House Correspondent Steve Portnoy anchoring the special report, joined by former White House Correspondent and Contributor Peter Maer, Political Analyst Prof. Leonard Steinhorn of American University and Correspondent Allison Keyes. CBS News Radio will also provide stations with short form special reports three times an hour starting at 9:20pm through 12:50am (ET).

The first Presidential Debate was held on Sept. 29. The second scheduled debate on Oct. 15 was scrapped after Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 and declined a virtual debate proposed by the Committee on Presidential Debates.