Front Row Tampa Bay’s four-day web TV broadcast will go on, despite Isaac

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Front Row Tampa Bay announced today that its four-day web TV broadcast showcasing economic opportunity in Tampa Bay and Florida will go live at 9 a.m. Monday as originally planned, as producers continue to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac’s gradual shift to the west.

Front Row Tampa Bay’s staff was contacting the show’s guests to inform them that the broadcast is going forward on its normal schedule and were planning a dress rehearsal for 2 p.m. on Sunday. The show’s organizers said they were closely tracking Tropical Storm Isaac and its path, but at this time believe the storm will stay far enough to the west in the Gulf of Mexico to go forward with the unprecedented web TV broadcast.

“Obviously, safety is our number one priority and will continue to be, but our full team met this morning to discuss contingencies and we all agreed that we will go live on Monday morning,” said Stuart Rogel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tampa Bay Partnership, which is the creator of the Front Row Tampa Bay show. “We are used to tropical weather here in Tampa Bay and we our are ready to send a message to Florida and the world that we are open for business, we are moving forward, and we’re ready to put on a great show.”

“So as of this time, the show goes on as planned!” Rogel said.

Given that Tropical Storm Isaac may disrupt the travel plans of some of the show’s guests, it is possible that some programming for Monday and Tuesday’s shows may be rearranged to accommodate any changes in guest itineraries, Rogel said. The show’s producers intend to issue announcements of any programming changes and will also post them on the show’s website at www.frontrowtampabay.com

Front Row Tampa Bay is a four-day, live web TV broadcast showcasing life, work and economic opportunity in the eight-county Tampa Bay region and across Florida. Airing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday in conjunction with the Republican National Convention, the show will feature senior elected officials, business leaders and community guests discussing the economic diversity and opportunity that exists in Tampa Bay and Florida.

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