Gov. Brian Kemp is defending his decision not to issue a shelter-in-place order for all Georgians and he says he could make a decision about the rest of the school year before the end of the week.

Gov. Brian Kemp coronavirus town hall to air on WSB, WAGA, WXIA, WGCL, GPB

Originally posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

A scary pandemic has drawn typical rivals into airing the same programming Thursday at 8 p.m.: a town hall with Gov. Brian Kemp to discuss the novel coronavirus pandemic at 8 p.m. Thursday evening.

The stations committed to airing the special: WSB-TV, 11Alive (WXIA-TV), Fox 5 (WAGA-TV), CBS46 (WGCL-TV), Georgia Public Broadcasting, Telemundo Atlanta and Univision 34/Atlanta. 

More than 140 radio stations statewide will also carry it including 90.1/WABE and 95.5 WSB/Atlanta’s News & Talk. 

Kemp will be joined by key members of his Coronavirus Task Force. Among the participants: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Homer Bryson, and Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John King.

WSB-TV will pre-empt a new episode of “Station 19,” which will instead air at 2:05 a.m.

11Alive will move fresh episodes of “Superstore” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to later in the night.

And Fox 5 will air new versions of “Last Man Standing” and “Outmatched” at midnight instead.

CBS46 (WGCL-TV) has less to worry about because its prime-time schedule had two repeats of “Young Sheldon” set for 8 p.m.

Univision pre-empts an episode of “La Rose de Guadalupe” while Telemundo has to skip over “Estados Unidos.”

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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