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The Texas Debates: The Race For Governor

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KERA, the North Texas public television and radio stations, will host Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis in The Texas Debates: The Race for Governor.

The one-hour live debate is a co-production with NBC 5/KXAS-TV and Telemundo 39/KXTX-TV, and The Dallas Morning News. It will be broadcast on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. CT on television, radio and online.

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The Texas Debates will air live on KERA-TV Channel 13, KERA 90.1 FM, COZI-TV Channel 5.2 and other radio and television stations around the state, and streamed live online at, and The television program will rebroadcast on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. on KERA-TV. KERA 90.1 FM will rebroadcast the debate on Friday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.

Credit Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns / KERA

Video of the debate will be available for on-demand viewing at soon after the debate's conclusion. Spanish-language translation of the debate will be streamed online at

More about The Texas Debates: The Race For Governor

The Texas Debates is produced by KERA in partnership with NBC 5/KXAS-TV, Telemundo 39/KXTX-TV, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) and other media partners.

Locally, The Texas Debates will be simulcast on KERA FM (90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 99.3 in Sherman, 101.1 in Tyler and 88.3 in Wichita Falls). The debate will include a panel of journalists posing questions. Voters also have a voice in the debate: Questions for the candidates can be submitted via Twitter @keranews using #texasdebates. All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff before the debate. 

The Texas Debates will originate from the studios of KERA-TV in Dallas. (Because of space limitations, the debate is not open to the public.) The Texas Association of Broadcasters is funding the satellite distribution of the program to commercial and public radio and television stations statewide as a public service to media outlets in Texas. Stations have the option of taking the broadcast live or delaying it.

The broadcast will be available in English and Spanish and will be closed captioned. The television broadcast can be heard in Spanish on the SAP channel of the debate feed. Real-time translation and closed captioning are provided by TAB, a service it has contributed for broadcast debates since 1998.