~I received complimentary tickets for promotion. Opinions and stories are my own.~
My husband had introduced me to Donnybrook a while back. As he had once worked for The Post Dispatch and later for The Wallstreet Journal, he was familiar with St. Louis Post Columnist Bill McClellon and enjoyed watching him and Ray Hartmann (CEO of St. Louis Magazine) debate back and forth over local issues. Once I started watching I was completely absorbed into the show and it is the one show that we always watch together.
Donnybrook is like no other debate I’ve ever seen; mostly because the panelists are well rounded and intelligent. Whereas most shows that have a debate panel swing to one side or the other on issues without leaving room for anyone else’s opinions, Donnybrook panelists all know each other well and are capable of discussing their opinions while respecting each other. Though at times it does get a little heated or so amusing you find yourself laughing your way off the couch!
See what happens when five quick-witted, highly opinionated St. Louis journalists don’t agree on tough topics. It’s a high-energy, no-holds-barred rap session on the week’s news topics. With tongue-in-cheek, “Donnybrook’s” subtitle is “polite conversation on the issues.”
If you haven’t had a chance to watch a Donnybrook program, you should take a moment and watch a weekly segment. It is much easier to watch than to explain. Although most issues revolve around local St. Louis topics, they do cover national and political news.
Donnybrook has been around for 27 years on PBS (The Nine Network) and has been one of the most popular local shows for many, many years. It features Charlie Brennon (CBS St. Louis – Charlie Brennon Show) as the “provocateur”, Brenda Talent (Show-Me Institute Executive Director), Alvin Reid (St. Louis Magazine and 101 ESPN), Wendy Wiese (Relevant Radio) and of course Donnybrook Founders Ray Hartmann and Bill McClellon.
Tomorrow, Oct 3rd, Donnybrook is coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall for what is called Donnybash. Here viewers can meet their favorite panelists, ask questions of their own and interact, talk or debate with peers. I was given the incredible opportunity to go and watch them live and I’ve never been more excited! As a supporter of The Nine Network and a big fan, this is one of those “dreams come true” and I’ll be taking notes to tell all of you about how different it was watching the show live.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m for pre-reception; theatre doors open at 6:15 p.m. You can call Member and Viewer Services at 314-512-9199 to see if there are any available tickets.
My only regret is that I can’t take my husband with me, who introduced me to the show. However, I get to take one of my best friends and fellow St. Louis parent to listen in on local issues in our city and perhaps gain some insight into the political issues going on at the moment that effect families.
If you want to learn more about Donnybrook, make sure to check them out on The Nine Network and follow along at #DonnybrookSTL.