Press Release

October 4, 2018

Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Free Speech TV to Broadcast America’s Midterms — The Blue Wave


MNN Contact
Rachel Voorhees • (212) 757-2670 ext. 315 • [email protected]

Free Speech TV Contact
Nina Henderson Moore • (303) 542-4825 • [email protected]

New York, October 4, 2018 — Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and Free Speech TV (FSTV) are launching a new six-week political talk show, America’s Midterms — The Blue Wave, with the first episode premiering this Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm ET on both MNN-FSTV (Spectrum channel 1301 and FiOS channel 39 for Manhattan viewers or streaming online worldwide at and Free Speech TV (DISH 9415, DIRECTV 348, and streaming on Roku, Apple TV, Sling TV and

From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York to Beto O’Rourke in Texas, progressive candidates took the primaries by storm and are gearing up for a blue wave this November. Will they receive the votes they need to unseat Republicans and take back America?

MNN and FSTV’s latest production, America’s Midterms — The Blue Wave, is a political talk show hosted by Women’s March co-organizers Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland, Guardian White House reporter Sabrina Siddiqui, and Democratic pollster Matt McDermott. The show will offer commentary on national and local races, insights into progressive issues, and interviews with progressive candidates from across the country.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring bold progressive leaders and candidates together to discuss their visions for the country and we hope this series empowers voters to make educated choices at the polls this November,” said MNN President and CEO Dan Coughlin.

Taped at the MNN’s 59th Street Studios in Manhattan, this episode is a co-production of Free Speech TV and Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Guests featured in the premiere episode include:

  • Steven Kling — Democratic Candidate for Texas State Senate
  • Paul Walker — Democratic Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (KY-01)

“Fresh, bold and disruptive, progressive candidates, many of them women and those new to politics, are running for office at every level,” said Ron Williams, Executive Director of FSTV. “The Blue Wave will cover their stories, the issues that animate them and the game-changing potential of their campaigns.”  

America’s Midterms — The Blue Wave will premiere on Friday, October 5 at 8:00 pm ET on MNN-FSTV (Spectrum 1301 and FiOS 39 for Manhattan viewers or streaming live online worldwide at and on Free Speech TV (DISH 9415, DIRECTV 348, Sling TV, or streaming and on-demand on Roku, Apple TV and

Broadcasts are scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, October 5 – 8:00 pm ET
  • Friday, October 5 – 9:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, October 5 – 4:00 pm ET
  • Saturday, October 6 – 9:00 pm ET
  • Sunday, October 7 – 9:30 am ET
  • Sunday, October 7 – 12:30 pm ET
  • Sunday, October 7 – 5:30 pm ET
  • Monday. October 8 – 4:00 pm ET
  • Monday, October 8 – 9:00 pm ET

About Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Founded in 1992, Manhattan Neighborhood Network  is New York City’s free public-access cable network. Operating seven channels (Community, Lifestyle, Spirit, Culture, HD Community, MNN-FSTV and and reaching over 600,000 cable subscribers in the Manhattan area, MNN is the largest public-access cable network in the nation, with programs airing in more than 40 languages. Find MNN on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and at

In 2012, MNN opened a state-of-the-art community media center at the old Engine Co. 53 Firehouse on East 104th Street in East Harlem. The facility features three HD production studios, including a three-camera studio, as well as editing services and a Youth Media Center. The Firehouse offers classes in English and Spanish and hosts community events throughout the year.

MNN also produces the cable and digital channel (pronounced next dot N.Y.C.). Presented in partnership with more than 60 Manhattan community-based organizations, shines a spotlight on groups that are working to connect people and build neighborhoods. is available on TWC 1992, FiOS 38, and online at

About Free Speech TV

Free Speech TV is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to media networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, Free Speech TV elevates unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage.

Free Speech TV reaches over 38 million households nationally on DISH (channel 9415), DIRECTV (348), Sling TV, and over 150 community cable affiliates. Free Speech TV streams live 24/7 at and is available on-demand and streaming on Roku and Apple TV  and maintains an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Free Speech TV believes a more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters. 

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