Here's the link for the Senate debate live stream. It's a different stream than our regular news stream (or classical or current). If folks are looking for that programming, it's where it usually is. This is in addition.
Update. OK, it's over and I guess the feed was OK. Let me just give you a little glimpse into how this happened. Basically a bunch of folks who work behind the scenes here, worked their tails off. When some of us online folks heard about the our debate plans, we said, "hey, why can't we carry it live on the Web even if we're not on the radio (which, would, by the way, been hugely expensive). All we needed was a phone line that worked. The MPR operations department -- headed in this case by Steve Griffith -- made it happen and Concordia College provided access to the phone line (we paid the long distance), and voila!!
OK, OK, I know it sounds like just another day but these are the sorts of things we think are possible online when not possible on the radio, and I think we're going to try to Webcast a few more. There's a debate and political calendar on the C2006 site. Please let us know if you find it of value; it'll help at budget time. (g)
Update 8:50 p.m. - I'll get the encoded version up as soon as possible It's a little more problematic because a whole lot of the encoding process has to happen in real time.
Update 11:50 p.m. -- Audio is now encoded. You can find it on the right hand side of the page (near the top column) here.
Then saaa-lute to the folks who made the online feed possible.
Here's an inside radio question for you. These kinds of things interest me.
When you say putting the debate on the radio would've been hugely expensive, what goes into that?
What exactly costs so much? Who do you pay? Why do they charge that much?
Mostly it's "phone" lines...or rather "a" phone line. Because the Internet doesn't have the audio quality demands that radio does, we can get away with a regular old phone line -- in this case just using one of Concordia's and the total cost is a 90-minute long distance call (which is next to nothing nowadays).
With a broadcast, you have to have a broadcast quality phone line -- the last time I checked we called this an ISDN line, which is ridiculously expensive to get installed (if you get permission) and outrageously expensive to get installed at the last minute... if you can get the phone company to install it. An exact number? Hundereds of dollars, I'd guess.
If you do it live, you'd also be sending "talent" out to the site and producers, you'd be sending additional people to set up computers (which you'd need lines for too, although you might be able to use the same line) which we use primarily for communication and now you've got mileage and motel bills etc.
I'll bet it'd be in the thousands.
One of the things I'd actually like to do online that you can't do on radio...is to have split feeds and have simulatenous analysis in real time on a second feed. I haven't figured out how to do this yet, and the bosses just look at me funny when I mention it....but it'd be the political version of Mystery Science Theater 2000.