COLUMBIA - One of two C-SPAN 2008 Campaign Tour buses will stop in Columbia on Friday and Saturday to give the public a hands-on, inside view of the station's mobile studio and a behind-the-scenes look at the process for covering campaigns.
Visitors will be able to tour the on the "Road to the White House" bus, which was launched in January 2007.
What: Tours of the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus
Event 1: 1 to 4 p.m. Friday
Where: Holiday Inn Exposition Center, 1-70 Drive S.W., exit 124
Event 2: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday
Where: Columbia Farmers Market, adjacent to the ARC at the corner of Clinkscales and Ash streets
The mission of the tour is to promote and enhance C-SPAN's political coverage and to educate community members about government and media coverage of the political process.
The bus will be at the Mature Living Festival in Columbia from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Exposition Center, 2200 I-70 Drive S.W. On Saturday, the bus will be at the Columbia Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon, which is located behind the city's Activity and Recreation Center. Both events are free and open to the public.
Each 45-foot tour bus contains a multimedia demonstration center and a TV production unit that can be used for live studio broadcasts, such as C-SPAN's "Washington Journal," according to the station's Web site. The mobile unit allows for interviews anywhere across the country.
"We encourage people to tour this one-of-a-kind bus and learn how C-SPAN gives the public an impartial view as it follows presidential candidates or covers the U.S. Congress," Larry Peterson, regional vice president for Mediacom in Missouri said in a news release.
The Campaign 2008 bus is currently touring key election states, such as Missouri, and will travel to the upcoming Democratic and Republican national conventions.
Caroline Todd, market manager of the Columbia Farmers Market, said she thinks the bus is stopping in Columbia because the town has a "certain kind of community."
"Columbia is a community of caring people," Todd said. "They're people that care about public issues and want to know what's going on in the world. C-SPAN likes to reach out to communities that are interested in public affairs."
The Columbia events, in partnership with Mediacom Communications, are part of the bus's first tour, named after C-SPAN's political program, "Road to the White House," which has been on the air for 20 years. Since its launch in January 2007, the bus has been to 29 state capitals, 71 universities and 95 schools.