WJMZ-FM in Greenville, S.C., is working hard to make sure listeners are registered to vote and informed on Election Day. The station held a voter registration drive with sister station WHZT-FM at the gates of Fluor Field. The event, complete with a live broadcast, participation by on-air personalities, demonstration voter machines and representatives to answer registration questions, inspired those passing by to be part of the democratic process. In related efforts, the station routinely invites elected public officials and political candidates on the air. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were interviewed on WJMZ leading up to the South Carolina primary. In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County and a local television station, the station is hosting an October political forum for the 16 candidates running in the eight contested local and state November races. In addition, the stationís Web site has an extensive election resource section, including a downloadable registration form and a review of voting machine instructions. "No matter your political party, WJMZ and WHZT feel strongly that every upstate resident needs to have their voice heard," said Stephen Crumbley, operations manager for the stations. "Obviously, our national election is receiving a lot of press, but it is just as important for our listeners to get out and vote on state and local matters."
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