Wicked Commentary

by: Anthony Shoemaker, Dayton Daily News


Veterans, political outsiders, faith leaders and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s family members will lead an unconventional lineup of speakers who have real-world experience and will make a serious case against the political status quo and for an agenda they say will make America great again.

Daily themes and headliners:

Monday: Make America Safe Again

Headliners: Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Jason Beardsley and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.

Tuesday: Make America Work Again

Headliners: Tiffany Trump, Kerry Woolard, Donald Trump, Jr., U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., former GOP presidental candidate Ben Carson and Kimberlin Brown.

Wednesday: Make America First Again

Headliners: Lynne Patton; Eric Trump; former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, whom Trump has chosen as his vice presidential running mate.

Thursday: Make America One Again

Headliners: Peter Thiel, Tom Barrack, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump

Among the scheduled speakers are Scott Baio, an actor best known for his role as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom “Happy Days,” “Ducky Dynasty” patriarch Willie Robertson and actor Antonio Sabato Jr., best known for his roles on the soap operas “General Hospital” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

The first day of the RNC is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET in Cleveland. Other scheduled speakers include Trump’s wife, Melania, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama).

What time is it on?

The convention starts at 1 p.m. each afternoon, but the main speakers will be seen in primetime (starting at 8 p.m. ET).

What channel is it on?

If you are looking for gavel-to-gavel TV coverage, C-SPAN is the place you probably want to be. According to the network, they will began coverage at 11 a.m. and will have a daily wrap-up of the afternoon activities at 4:30 p.m. ET. They also plan to have a pre-primetime convention show at 7 p.m. ET each night.

What about TV?

For the cable channels:

MSNBC will have 20 hours of daily, live reporting from the RNC.

RNC-TV is an offering by some cable and satellite providers.  The channel will present all-day coverage of the convention. Ask your cable/satellite provider if they are offering it. It will be called either “RNC” or “RNCTV.”

CNN is broadcasting from the convention center with 24 hours of live programing. At 9 p.m. ET,  “America’s Choice 2016,” will focus on those speaking in primetime. Look for CNN’s digital coverage, too, with CNNgo, Snapchat coverage, and CNNVR.

Fox News is broadcasting from the convention with coverage throughout the day. It’s primetime coverage begins at 7 p.m. and closes out the day with a 2-hour “Hannity” beginning at 11 p.m. ET each night.

The Networks:

The three major networks, NBC, ABC and CBS, will host an hour of coverage during the convention’s primetime.

CBS News — Campaign 2016 coverage from 10 to 11 p.m. ET.

ABC News — “Your Voice Your Vote” from 10 to 11 p.m. ET

NBC News — Primetime coverage from 10 to 11 p.m. ET

If you have DirecTV you can watch all day, unfiltered, commercial free without panelists.

Live Streaming:

You can download the official RNC app,  provided by Google. The live stream will get you a 360-degree view of the Quicken Loans Arena. Plus other extras like bios and a list of speakers. Twitter will be live streaming with CBS News to stream CBSN’s coverage of the RNC.

YouTube is offering a live stream, click here to see it. 

FOX News and C-Span are also live streaming, via Facebook. According to Heavy.com, Facebook has invited 22 companies to use their lounge to broadcast live video of the RNC.

Complete list of speakers for Monday night will be the following:

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, Sen. Joni Ernst, Jason Beardsley, and Rep. Ryan Zinke, Willie Robertson (CEO of Duck Commander), (Former) Gov. Rick Perry, Marcus Luttrell, Scott Baio, Pat Smith (mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith), Mark Geist, John Tiegen, Kent Terry & Kelly Terry-Willis, Antonio Sabato Jr., Marry Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, Jamiel Shaw, Rep. Michael McCaul, Darryl Glenn, Sen. Tom Cotton, Karen Vaughn, Sen. Jeff Session, and (former) Mayor Rudy Giuliani.



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