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Bethlehem Democratic Primary Mayoral Debate To Be Simulcast on PBS39, 91.3 WLVR on Thursday, May 13

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Democratic Contenders will Meet Just Five Days Ahead of Primary Election

Bethlehem, PA - April 26, 2021 - PBS39, 91.3 WLVR, Lehigh Valley Live and the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley will host a live debate between the two Democratic candidates for Mayor of the city of Bethlehem – Councilman J. William Reynolds and Dana Grubb.

The hour-long live event will air on PBS39 and 91.3 WLVR on Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m. The debate will also be streamed live online and on thePBS39 and91.3 WLVR Facebook pages.

“At the heart of our mission is a commitment to promote civic engagement through our dynamic public media platforms,” said Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer of PBS39 and 91.3 WLVR. “So it makes perfect sense for us to provide our stage as an opportunity for candidates for the Mayor of Bethlehem to share their views with the community,” said Fallon.

 “We view the Democratic primary for Bethlehem Mayor as one of the Lehigh Valley's most consequential races this year, yet there has been little in the way of public discourse between the two candidates during this election cycle. We're grateful to PBS39 for inviting us to be a partner in this debate, and we hope it provides some insight about the candidates to undecided voters in Bethlehem," Editor Nick Falsone said.

Councilman J. William Reynolds and Dana Grubb both seek to replace outgoing Mayor Robert Donchez, who is not eligible for re-election due to term limits. 

“We are proud to partner with PBS39 to help spread awareness of our local elections and their importance to addressing the issues that we face. Our Latino community has a voice, and we constantly seek to increase knowledge around voting rights and how important it is to participate in the electoral process,” said Victoria Montero, Executive Director of the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley.

The debate will be co-moderated by WLVR News Director Jen Rehill and veteran journalist Kurt Bresswein of Lehigh Valley Live.


About PBS39
The Lehigh Valley’s public television station, PBS39 offers local, national, and international programming that informs, educates, and entertains while serving as a catalyst for civic engagement. Channels include PBS39, PBS39 Extra, Create TV, WORLD Channel and France 24. Licensed in Allentown, Pennsylvania, PBS39 is part of Lehigh Valley Public Media, a community-owned public media organization serving Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. 

About 91.3 WLVR
91.3 WLVR is a full-service NPR news and information public radio station serving Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. 91.3 WLVR offers local, national and international news coverage including programming from NPR, BBC World Service, American Public Media Group and PRX. Licensed to Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, PA, 91.3 WLVR is a partnership between the university and Lehigh Valley Public Media, a community-owned public media organization serving Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey.

About Lehigh Valley Live offers comprehensive local news, entertainment, and high school sports coverage. Based in Easton, the site is affiliated with The Express-Times newspaper, which was founded in 1855 and continues publishing daily. Both are part of NJ Advance Media, which also publishes and The Star-Ledger. Its parent company is Advance Local. The current newsroom is comprised of locally based journalists who report on the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and Warren County in neighboring New Jersey.