For the listeners of WQBA-AM in Coral Gables, Fla., budget cuts in higher education was a top issue last year, so the station took action and organized a town hall meeting. The community wanted to discuss the effects the cuts would have on the quality and availability of community colleges in South Florida. The forum offered students and educators the opportunity to address elected officials and college presidents about how the loss in funding would impact the quality of available education. WQBA’s Oscar Haza and Bernadette Pardo moderated the event. The community was invited to join through promotional announcements throughout the week prior. Live cut-ins during the meeting broadened the reach of the discussion. Station staff contributed 75 hours to the event. WQBA organizes regular town hall meetings as a venue for area residents to discuss issues facing their communities and neighborhoods.
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