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Leppert and Oakley: Let's Get It On

Tom Leppert and Ed Oakley, meet your worst nightmare: Tracy Rowlett. OK, I dunno about all that, but the KTVT-Channel 11 anchor-on-his-way-out will, a week from tonight, moderate a half-hour debate (really, that's all -- the length of an episode of According to Jim?) twixt the two mayoral candidates. It'll air at 8 p.m. on Channel 11, KERA-Channel 13, TXA 21 and KERA-FM (90.1); hence, Sam Baker's involvement as well.

Also participating in the shindig: Dallas Weekly's Jim Washington and Dallas Blog's Scott Bennett, who will join Baker post-debate for a little analysis. Then, says the press release,"Baker and TXA 21 News Anchor Tracy Kornet will conclude the coverage by interviewing communications consultant Lisa LeMaster on the candidates' presentation styles and how voter perception may be affected by them." What -- Pulle or Schutze aren't good enough for you, Channels 11 and 13? Christ, who ya gotta sleep with to get on a mayoral-debate post-panel circle jerk in this town? (Update: Schutze says it's "an honor not to be invited," so never mind.) The full release, as it were, is after the jump. --Robert Wilonsky

TXA 21, CBS 11, KERA CO-SPONSOR LIVE DALLAS MAYORAL DEBATE AS PART OF HOUR-LONG TELEVISION, RADIO SPECIAL ON MAY 31

Dallas mayoral candidates Tom Leppert and Ed Oakley will face off on the major issues of this year’s mayoral race in a live 30-minute debate scheduled for Thursday, May 31. The debate – moderated by CBS 11 News Anchor and Managing Editor Tracy Rowlett – is part of an hour-long election special co-sponsored by TXA 21, CBS 11 and KERA.

The special will begin at 8 p.m. with the half-hour forum, then continue with a panel discussion about the challenges facing the two candidates in the remaining days of the campaign. KERA’s Sam Baker will anchor the discussion with political analysts Jim Washington of the Dallas Weekly and Scott Bennett, an editor at dallasblog.com.

Baker and TXA 21 News Anchor Tracy Kornet will conclude the coverage by interviewing communications consultant Lisa LeMaster on the candidates' presentation styles and how voter perception may be affected by them.

The program will be simulcast on TXA 21, KERA 13 and on KERA 90.1 FM and will be available for a limited time on demand to all Time Warner Cable digital customers at no additional charge. CBS 11 and KERA will both provide related election content on their Web sites at cbs11tv.com and kera.org.

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