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Texas broadcast debate scheduled in U.S. Senate race

The Texas Debates: Race for U.S. Senate will host a debate featuring the Republican and Democratic nominees for U.S. Senate on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 pm.

The event will originate from the KERA-TV studios in Dallas. 

The debate features former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) and former state Rep. Paul Sadler (D).

NOTE: New HD TV satellite feed coordinates were issued on 10/18.   Download the new coordinates below.

The Texas Association of Broadcasters is funding the FREE and unrestricted distribution of the debate to Texas radio and television stations statewide as a public service.  TAB is also funding real-time Spanish translation and closed captioning, a service it has contributed to broadcast debates for statewide office since 1998.

In addition to a high definition and standard definition satellite feed of the debate for Texas TV stations, TAB has arranged for three distribution sources of the debate for Texas radio stations.

Stations have the option of taking the broadcast live or running it at another time.  The television broadcast can be heard in Spanish on the SAP channel of the debate feed.   Spanish language translation of the debate will be streamed online after broadcast at

The debate will be moderated by KERA Managing Editor, Shelley Kofler. Questions will be posed by a panel of journalists:

  • Peggy Fikac, Capitol Bureau Chief, San Antonio Express-News / Houston Chronicle, Austin
  • Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor, The Texas Tribune, Austin
  • Pedro Rojas, Political Reporter, KLXN-TV (Univision), Houston

The Texas Debates is produced by KERA-TV in partnership with Univision Texas, The Texas Tribune, Houston-Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News, Texas Association of Broadcasters, Texas State Networks and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

More information about The Texas Debates: Race for U.S. Senate is available at and from KERA’s  Christopher Wagley, 214-740-9377.

Download radio & TV feed information

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