Granite Broadcasting announced that each of its stations will continue the company’s tradition of providing free air time to qualified, major candidates running for public office during the 2008 general election. Granite has been doing so since 1998. The company’s TV stations serving New York, California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan will select the Federal, State and/or Local political races to be featured in the program series. Every week during the six weeks preceding the general election, major candidates will have two minutes to respond to specific questions regarding issues of local and national significance. In addition to on-air exposure, candidate responses will also be available for viewing on station Web sites through November 4, 2008. The production, promotion and airing of the statements will all be provided free-of-charge as a public service to the local communities.