Stations Make Plans as Republicans and Democrats Get Ready to Nominate at National Conventions

The battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama moves to the convention floor next week for the nominating process, and TV and radio stations are ready for extra coverage of the key moments.

The Republicans lead off in Tampa, with Romney awaiting his party’s endorsement next week.

WABC/Channel 7 is sending anchor Bill Ritter to the GOP convention, along with political reporter Dave Evans.  Reports begin Sunday night at 11.

One week later, the Democrats convene in Charlotte, with morning anchor Lori Stokes joining Evans on scene.

As for WCBS/Channel 2, veteran political reporter Marcia Kramer is the station’s lone representative at the conventions.

A spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Kramer will cover the national news in addition to the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut state delegations.

WNBC/Channel 4 will also not have an anchor presence. Only reporter Melissa Russo is covering both events live.

A WNYW/WWOR spokesperson did not respond to our request prior to the deadline.

WPIX/Channel 11 is not sending any on-air talent to either convention. The station says without any mystery surrounding the nominees, WPIX will likely just cover it as a news story.

On the radio side, WINS is teaming up with its network correspondents to bring full continuing coverage of the conventions. Station news director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY, “We will carry President Obama, Mitt Romney and Governor Christie speeches live and uninterrupted.”

In addition, WINS, with reporter Gary Baumgarten, will grab reaction from local delegates, plus will provide any and all developments that impact the race and the voters’ decision making.

On WCBS 880, Peter Haskell is the point person at the conventions, while anchor Lynda Lopez will also be on site in Tampa and Charlotte.

“Between the two of them, we’ll have great coverage of both the local personalities and the story lines that make these gatherings interesting,” Tim Scheld, news director, says.

Coverage on WCBS will be centered around the resources of CBS News, lead by Scott Pelley and Bob Schieffer.

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