Nexstar Broadcasting To Host Second Exclusive Multi-Market Virtual Town Hall Telecast with New York Congressional Delegation on May 19

Unprecedented Program Brings Together Seven Members of New York Delegation to U.S. House of Representatives to Answer Specific Questions on Federal Efforts Related to the COVID-19 Crisis 

Live Broadcast on 12 Nexstar TV Stations Reaches More Than Six Million Viewers Across 49 Counties of Upstate New York via Television Broadcast and Livestream Video

ALBANY, NY and IRVING, Texas (May 18, 2020) – Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that it will host a second live virtual Town Hall meeting, “COVID-19: Congressional Town Hall,” with  U.S. Representatives from upstate New York congressional districts on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. ET.  The Town Hall will feature U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-20), U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-21), U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-22), U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-23), U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-24), U.S. Rep. Joe Morelle (D-25) and U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-26), who will address the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and take questions from viewers across upstate New York.  Due to restrictions on large gatherings, the representatives will remotely join the exclusive broadcast and livestream.

This latest Town Hall continues the discussion started at Nexstar’s first congressional town hall in upstate New York on April 28th, where the federal lawmakers answered specific questions on COVID-19 funding for the state, assistance for small businesses and responded to direct questions from New Yorkers.

Tuesday’s virtual Town Hall is timely, given the passage last week of a new COVID-19 stimulus bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  New Yorkers will hear why their representatives voted the way they did and what the next steps are in Washington, D.C.

The one-hour virtual Town Hall will be hosted from the studios of WTEN-TV in Albany, NY, and bring together more than six million viewers in 49 counties across the state via live television broadcast and livestream video.  The exclusive live broadcast will air from 7 pm to 8 pm ET, and the livestream will continue until 8:30 p.m. ET.  Viewers will be invited to submit questions to the representatives via social media using the hashtag #NYCoronavirus.  Viewers can also email questions to

The town hall will be hosted by WTEN-TV/WXXA-TV anchor and political affairs reporter Tim Lake and will air exclusively on 12 Nexstar stations across upstate New York, including WTEN-TV (ABC) in Albany, WIVB-TV (CBS) in Buffalo, WROC-TV (CBS) in Rochester, WSYR-TV (ABC) in Syracuse, WVNY-TV (ABC) in Plattsburgh, WBGH-CD (NBC) and WIVT-TV (ABC) in Binghamton, WETM-TV (NBC) in Elmira, WUTR-TV (ABC), WFXV-TV (FOX) and WPNY-LP in Utica, and WWTI-TV (ABC) in Watertown.  Local viewers may also access a livestream of the Town Hall online by visiting the website of their local Nexstar television station (see table below for list of participating stations and station website links).

New York residents can also listen to the Town Hall on six radio stations in upstate New York, including WBEN 930 AM in Buffalo, WHAM 1180 AM in Rochester, WSYR 570 AM/106.9 FM in Syracuse, WIBX 950 AM in Utica/Rome, WGY 810 AM in Albany and WNBF 1290 AM in Binghamton.

“We need to talk about local and state issues in a meaningful way now to develop long-term solutions, and local broadcast journalists are uniquely positioned to facilitate the conversation,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.  “Tuesday’s virtual Town Hall will mark the second time in the last month that Nexstar’s New York stations have brought together federal legislative leaders to answer questions about the ongoing crisis.  As regions of New York State begin to enter various phases of reopening, businesses, educators, frontline workers, and government leaders have questions about what the federal government is doing to help.  This Town Hall will allow New Yorkers to have a conversation with their elected leaders and hear their answers to the most pressing topics.  We are grateful to each of these representatives for their participation, and for allowing Nexstar Broadcasting’s vast New York market operations to deliver this special event to viewers across a significant footprint of the state.”

U.S. Representatives from Upstate New York Virtual Town Hall Television Broadcast and Livestream
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
WTEN-TV Studios

Host: Tim Lake, Anchor, WTEN-TV
• U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-20)
• U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-21)
• U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-22)
• U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-23)
• U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-24)
• U.S. Rep. Joe Morelle (D-25)
• U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-26)

Town Hall will be carried on the following television stations and websites:

Station Network Market Station Website Social
WTEN-TV ABC Albany @wten
WIVB-TV CBS Buffalo @news4buffalo
WROC-TV CBS Rochester @News_8
WSYR-TV ABC Syracuse @NewsChannel9
WBGH-CD NBC Binghamton @NewsChannel34
WIVT-TV ABC Binghamton @NewsChannel34
WETM-TV NBC Elmira @WETM18News
WUTR-TV ABC Utica @cnyhomepage
WFXV-TV FOX Utica @cnyhomepage
WPNY-LP MyNet Utica @cnyhomepage
WWTI-TV ABC Watertown @InformNNY

Note: In addition to the live television broadcast, viewers may also access a livestream of the Town Hall online by visiting their local participating Nexstar station’s website.

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
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