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New radio talk show gives Bristol a public voice

City Councilors Jodi Zils Gagne and David Preleski. Photo (c) Bristol Beat Radio

City Councilors Jodi Zils Gagne and David Preleski. Photo (c) Bristol Beat Radio

On Sunday, October 2nd, Bristol Beat Radio debuted a new call in show called The State of the City with Mike Anthony. The show invited City Councilors Jodi Zils Gagne and David Preleski. They  discussed the future of Memorial Boulevard School, Centre Square, community engagement and the tension between the Republican and Democrat Parties.

The show took question from the public via Facebook, the station’s app, website and telephone.

I was granted the opportunity to question Councilors Jodi Zils Gagne and David Preleski:

“It seems both Bristol Democrats and Republicans never attend community events together. A great example was the We Are One Softball Game. Councilor Gagne, you and Republican elected officials and Town Committee members did not attend this event that connected our Police, our Firefighters with our educators and many other community leaders and members. How can Council members bridge the political divide when both political parties rarely attend events together? It does not send a positive message to the community.”

Councilor Gagne said she was sorry I may have thought that was a political divide.

“I try to attend all community events that I can. And we were definitely planning on attending that day. I was actually at a baseball game with Lt. Mike Duval that morning, discussing my attendance. In the afternoon, my daughter came down with a fever. I couldn’t leave my sick child. I was sad I missed it.”

In all fairness, family comes first. However Councilor David Preleski made it clear that not one Bristol Republican attended the event. Preleski said he also texted the Mayor about the event but never received a response. The conversation is about 40 minutes into the show

If you missed the show, you can watch the interview via Facebook HERE. There will also be an encore presentation of Sunday’s broadcast this Wednesday, October 5th at 6:00 PM

The show airs every Sunday at 11am. This week Councilor Tony D’Amato will field questions from the public.

The Beat is an internet radio station, to listen you can download the free app to your Android or Apple device or listen through your PC at BristolBeat.com

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