WCHL will hold its third annual Forum tomorrow, putting folks from around the community on the radio for a marathon of local issue discussion. Last year's forum was pretty interesting, especially the hand-to-hand combat between UNC administrators and local elected officials.
While I have to repeat my now-annual complaint about not publishing the forum schedule on the website in advance, I will give WCHL kudos for putting the entire 2004 forum audio archive online after the broadcast.
Here is this year's schedule as it was relayed to me in the mail:
8:00 Town-Gown Relations10:00 Suburban Growth11:00 Civil Rights & Equality noon Carrboro 1:00 Downtown Chapel Hill 2:00 Violence & Crime 3:00 Affordable Housing 4:00 Education 5:00 Young Adults
While it is an honor to be invited to participate in the forum (I'll be on during the 11:00 hour), my perpetual frustration is that I am actually very interested in all of these issues. It's a bummer to have to pick only one, and I think it may also stunt the discussion a little bit to only hear from the designated experts instead of cross-pollinating.
What do you think? Did you listen to the Forum last year? What do you hope for or expect from this one?