Live political debates on regional TV and Local Radio have rarely been a feature of the past few general elections.
We are making up for that this time around in a big way.
I am writing this on the eve of "Election 2010:The Look North Debate" .
An audience of 100 will be at the restored Victorian Engineer's Institute in the centre of Leeds for a debate hosted by programme presenter Harry Gration.
The Yorkshire and Lincolnshire edition of the Politics Show has already had two smaller debates on the past two Sundays and will have another next weekend.
This was forecast to be the "Internet election" but in fact it has been dominated by television and radio. The history-making live televised "leaders debates" have led the way but politicians have been queuing up to take part in events produced by regional and local broadcasters.
Look North has already broadcast viewers putting their questions direct to Nick Clegg and David Cameron. Gordon Brown is expected to do the same soon.
In fact the Cameron "meet the viewers" televised panel on Look North on Monday (April 26, 2010) produced the confrontation of the campaign so far.
Bradford Mum Emma Heal took exception to the Conservative leader's view that cities where Conservatives are in charge are so well governed that it shows they should now have the chance to run the country.
In a finger-wagging angry tirade Emma eloquently pointed out the failed attempts to regenerate the city centre leaving huge holes in the ground where shopping and commercial centres should have been built five years ago.
The Conservative leader stoutly defended the Conservative-run city's record blaming the recession and Labour's national and regional policies.
Emma was not convinced.
Tonight's Look North debate is following the BBC Question Time format with three heavyweight politicians from the main parties and a well known member of Yorkshire's business community on the panel.
The audience will include members of the smaller parties as well as a political cross section of the programme's viewers who have sent in questions. .
The Look North Debate panel:
JOHN HEALEY, the Housing Minister, will be speaking for the Labour Party. He was first elected as an MP for Wentworth in South Yorkshire in 1997. He was also the "floods minister".
BARONESS WARSI, the former Sayeeda Warsi, is a Conservative Peer who is Shadow minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action.
PHIL WILLIS, the former North Yorkshire head teacher who was elected as Liberal Democrat MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 1997. He was Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology in the last parliament. He is retiring at the next election.
EMMA HARRISON is the Sheffield entrepreneur who runs A4E (action for employment). She set it up in 1991 and it now employs 4,000 staff in 250 centres across the world carrying out a variety of work from training to advice centres.