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Reporting the real Philadelphia story

So last week, when city authorities had not yet granted a permit to run a cable from the satellite truck into the center, Eric Galatas made an alternate plan. They'd all go down the street to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Center, where the line wouldn't have to cross a street. He still hoped to broadcast in the center's chaotic ambience, however. "I want it to look like a newsroom," Galatas says. But one way or another, the live broadcast is going to happen.

I reminded Alec Meltzer of the Gil Scott-Heron song so often cited during that decade of a mere three networks, the '60s: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

"Well, we're televising the revolution here," Meltzer said. "Ground zero."

For the real Philadelphia story, check In New York, Democracy Now will appear on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network from 8 to 10 a.m. daily during both conventions. IMC Prime Time Live will be on the CUNY network on Monday, 12 to 6 a.m.; Wednesday, 12:30 to 4 a.m.; Thursday, 12 to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 to 9:30 a.m. (same times during the Democratic convention, except that Thursday's broadcast will move to Friday, 12 to 2 a.m.). Check for a station in your area at or see for live streaming video of these satellite feeds. Live audio feeds can be found at To check out the Los Angeles site, go to

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