In local public-affairs programming this weekend;
Tom Sermanni, coach of the Orlando Pride, is a guest on WFTV-Channel 9's "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The Pride starts its inaugural season in the National Women's Soccer League on Sunday against the Portland Thorns. In an interview with Greg Warmoth, Sermanni discusses what it's like coaching an expansion team and what the team will mean to local soccer fans who have embraced Orlando City. Warmoth and Sermanni also discuss pay disparities between men and women in professional sports, an issue raised by Pride star Alex Morgan. The program features an interview between Morgan and sports anchor Christian Bruey and an update by sports anchor Joe Kepner about construction on the new Orlando City stadium. Kepner talks to Orlando City's Chairman and majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva. WFTV also presents "Orlando City Insider" at 10:35 p.m. Saturday on WRDQ-Channel 27 and again on WFTV from 12:05 to 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Former state Rep. Mike Clelland, a Democratic candidate for the state Senate to replace Andy Gardiner, talks to "Political Connections" at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday on News 13. Julie Gargotta interviews Clelland. Pollster and political analyst Frank Luntz talks to News 13's John W. Davis about the presidential race. PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter rates a claim about Reach for the Top and Common Core standards. In the Common Ground segment, Alex Sink and Chris Ingram discuss ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.
"Flashpoint" and host Julie Broughton focus on Harbor House's Paws for Peace Walk at 8 a.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6. The guests are Tekoa Pourie, Harbor House's director of development; Ted Maines, event chair and owner of Ted Maines Interiors; and Maines' dog, Donatella, a miniature greyhound. Maines and Donatella are honorary co-chairs for the event April 23 at Blue Jacket Park. Paws for Peace raises awareness about domestic abuse and its effect on pets and their owners. Tekoa talks about Harbor House's services for victims and their pets, including a large on-site kennel.
"Orlando Matters" host John Brown looks at the race for the U.S. Senate in Florida at 7 a.m. Saturday on WRBW-Channel 65. The program features Fox 35 reporter Mike Synan's one-on-one interviews with Carlos Beruff and Patrick Murphy, who hope replace Marco Rubio. (The Orlando Sentinel has a content-sharing agreement with WOFL-Channel 35.)
Pastor Paul Palmer, a key figure in Atlanta's anti-human trafficking efforts, shares his experiences on "Global Perspectives" at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on WUCF-Channel 24. Palmer talks about modern slavery in an interview with host John Bersia.