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Air America Dallas no more?

Bad news for talk radio fans who turn left of the dial. You heard it here first ...

Air America Radio Dallas, KXEB 910 AM, has been sold by the Border Media Group.

The station's Sales Manager, Tony Migura, just confirmed it to me on the phone.

"Yes, it is true. The station has been sold," he said. "Call me tomorrow and we'll do a whole press release." He refused to answer any further questions.

The buyer is the Catholic Global Radio Network. No word on when the changeover will take place, but my sources say it could happen as soon as Oct. 1, 2006.

This news came to me through several of Air America Dallas' advertisers, including multiple Congressional campaigns. Though referred to as "rumor" by Nancy Cunningham, who manages Dallas AAR's website, the situation looks grim for progressive talk radio in North Texas.

"No, there would be nothing we can do to change the mind of Border Media," said Cunningham. "But we could work to get a Clear Channel station to flip."

The sentiment seems unlikely, given the general right-wing bent of the Clear Channel corporation.

Despite recent reports from KXEB of a steadily-expanding market share, it seems as though my primary source in this story, who asked to remain anonymous, is right:

"All radio stations are always for sale, all the time. That's just the way it is. As heartbreaking, and certainly timely, as this may be, it will not stop the advancement of Progressive politics in North Texas."

For the foreseeable future, it looks like North Texas Progressives will have to stick with XM Satelite Radio or live web streams for their Air America Radio fix.

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