New year - new pundits

Jan 5, 2011

Kettering's popular local talk show "Off the KUF" on WKUF 94.3 LP-FM has a new panelist and some new perspectives on politics for the new year.

Last year's Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson joins “Off The KUF's Armchair Politics” show, broadcast live from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday mornings on Kettering University's radio station WKUF 94.3 LP-FM. The public is invited each Wednesday morning to the broadcast site at The White Horse in Flint.

The weekly panel discussion includes a variety of perspectives on current events in national, state and local politics. A new panel has been developed since the recent mid-term election to represent more points of view, according to host and moderator Tom Sumner.

The new panel includes two representatives on the right: George W. Moss, an educator, writer and lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies at UM-Flint and host of the webcast “What’s Going On” at Moss serves as the program’s resident cynic, according to Sumner. Also representing the conservative perspective is Barry Simon, executive vice president for the Builders Association of Metro-Flint, where he has served as CEO for more than 30 years, and lobbied on their behalf in Lansing and Washington, D.C. He has written articles for numerous organizations and publications on issues of housing and taxation.

The two panelists on the left are: Terry Bankert and the newest member, Jocelyn Benson, who joins the panel Wednesday, Jan. 12. Bankert, an attorney, political pundit, citizen journalist and blogger, served in Flint city government as Clerk and Ombudsman. He currently practices law and is the founder of

Benson is a Law professor at Wayne State University and a graduate of Harvard Law School. She studied Sociology at the University of Oxford and Political Science at Wellsley College. She worked as an Investigative Journalist for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery and as the National Field Director for election protection for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Washington, D.C. She clerked for 6th District U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith and was the Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010.

Armchair Politics is a segment of “Off The KUF” hosted by Tom Sumner on Kettering University’s radio station WKUF 94.3 LP-FM Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. “Armchair Politics was established to show Flint radio listeners that people with different views can discuss difficult issues in a civilized way,” Sumner said.