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State/Fed regulatory landscape, elections dominate TAB's 2014 plans
- Training programs expand; first debate set

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB is kicking off 2014 with a new online sales training service and four regional sales seminars in January and February, but preparing for what comes in 2015 on the regulatory and electoral landscape will dominate the agenda for the next 12 months.
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George W. Bush presidential library braces for onslaught of 2014 Open Records requests
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Though hundreds of thousands of people have visited the George W. Bush Presidential Center over the past six months, the lifeblood of the library — the billions of pages of archives — has yet to open. Presidential records are not available to the public for five years after a president leaves office, but that period is up Jan. 20 for the documents from Bush's administration.
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Corpus Christi chosen as site for unmanned aircraft research
Michael Schneider, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi as one of six unmanned air vehicle research and test site operators across the country. TAMU Corpus Christi is already well known for its research into the potential commercial applications of so-called "drone" aircraft technology.
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2014 Texas Broadcast Calendar — now available
The 2014 Texas Broadcast Calendar is now available to download. TAB is not printing and mailing copies of the calendar this year, but station staff can download an easily-printable PDF copy. The dates also are available in the Events Calendar section of TAB's website.
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Register today! Sales seminars set for four Texas cities
TAB is hitting the road with sales seminars in four Texas cities. Speaker Mark Levy of Revenue Development Resources was a huge hit at the most recent TAB Convention and now we're bringing him to:
  • El Paso: Tuesday, Jan. 28
  • Lubbock: Thursday, Jan. 30
  • Tyler: Tuesday, Feb. 4
  • Corpus Christi: Thursday, Feb. 6

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TWR Lighting Inc.
TWR Lighting Inc., a TAB Associate Member, is the leading manufacturer of Aviation Obstruction Lighting for broadcast towers including LED Beacons and Obstruction Lights, High Intensity Lighting and Monitoring Systems, Medium Intensity Incandescent, LED and Strobe Lighting and Monitoring systems. Let TWR be your one stop shop for all your lighting needs.
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Pixel Power Inc.
Pixel Power, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, delivers innovative graphics production and delivery systems — including our market leading graphics engine Clarity™, which is at the heart of LogoVision™ (multichannel playout), BrandMaster™ (Master Control with integrated graphics) and ChannelMaster™, the no compromise Channel in a Box.
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Court decision could help RMLC's effort to bring SESAC under same judicial control as ASCAP, BMI
CommLawBlog
The new year. A time for reflection and looking forward. When some give thanks for the blessings they have been given and others look to make a clean start. In the world of contracts, it's an important time, as many annual agreements renew, often with previously-specified modifications automatically kicking in. Which brings us to the Radio Music License Committee and its effort to stop SESAC from jacking up its 2014 royalty rates for radio licensees.
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Will US Supreme Court take up the Aereo case? A potential answer on Jan. 13
CommLawBlog
Will the Supreme Court agree to hear the broadcasters' appeal of the 2nd Circuit's denial of their efforts to put a temporary kibosh on Aereo's operations in the Big Apple or not? According to the Supremes' docket listings, that question is currently scheduled to be considered by the Justices in their closed-door conference on Jan. 10 — which means that it's très très likely that we'll find out the answer mid-morning on Jan. 13, the next day on which the Court will be sitting.
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Constitutionality of must-carry rules potentially in question
CommLawBlog
The Washington, D.C., Circuit has given the FCC and the cable industry a belated Christmas present. It has rejected a challenge mounted by a number of broadcasters — including the NAB — to the FCC's 2012 revision of its "viewability" rule. And one member of the three-judge panel went considerably further, suggesting that the entire cable must-carry regime is on extremely shaky constitutional footing.
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New e-cigarette TV spot comes close to making health claims
Ad Age
E-cigarette brand NJoy is departing from its competition with a new campaign that carries the tagline, "Friends Don't Let Friends Smoke." The campaign, which includes a TV commercial, offers NJoy King e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smokes.
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Are the sports blackout rules doomed?
CommLawBlog
Looks like the clock is running out for the sports blackout rules. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC has proposed their elimination, although the NFL, MLB, NAB and a number of network TV affiliates appear poised to mount a late-game defensive surge to try to save them. The outlook for the rules, however, isn't brilliant.
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KRLD-FM promotes Bowen to GSM
Radio INK
Robby Bowen has been promoted to General Sales Manager for 105.3 The FAN (KRLD-FM) in Dallas. Bowen joined CBS Radio in Dallas-Fort Worth in February 2005 as an AE for the station, which was at that time KLLI-FM. He later held the position of local sales manager and most recently served as senior account director.
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CBS Dallas raises $1 million for Children's Medical Center
Children's Medical Center
Children's Medical Center announced its 2013 Christmas is for Children radiothon raised more than $1 million for the nation's fifth-largest, not-for-profit pediatric hospital. The annual four-day event is supported by CBS Radio and broadcast on 98.7 KLUV and La GRANDE 107.5 FM from the Seacrest Studio located in the hospital.
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John Harris out at KGOW as station shuffles lineup
Houston Chronicle
KGOW (1560 AM) said it will shuffle its local lineup Jan. 6, pairing former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury with John Granato in afternoon drive time, adding Yahoo Sports Radio hosts Travis Rodgers and Geoff Ketchum on KGOW and dismissing longtime host John Harris.
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Nexstar moves corporate headquarters
TVNewsCheck
CEO Perry Sook says the new Irving, Texas, corporate offices "provide Nexstar with economic and operational benefits as well as capacity for continued growth as we seek to further expand our local marketing solutions platform of leading broadcast and digital media assets."
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Bob Cole buys Austin sports station
Austin American-Statesman
Bob Cole, a long-time Austin radio personality and business owner, has purchased 104.9 FM, the city's main sports radio station. Cole confirmed to the American-Statesman recently that he'd bought the station. It officially changes ownership Jan. 2.
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KKRW Houston changes formats
Houston Chronicle
The new year rings out with a sad ending for classic rock fans in Houston: 93.7 The Arrow KKRW has flipped its format to something completely different after 20 years on the airwaves. Local media blogger MikeMcguff.com reports the new 93.7 will be an urban station to compete with 97.9 The Box KBXX. Update: On iHeartRadio, the logo has changed to 93.7 The Beat.
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Villafranca leaving KXAS-TV
Uncle Barky's Bytes
NBC5, which logged the last reporter departure of 2013, now has the first of the new year. Omar Villafranca, who joined the Fort Worth-based station in January 2008, will remain in North Texas, though. He's moving over to CBS News, Villafranca tweeted, to become the Dallas-based correspondent for the network's Newspath. Villafranca's turf also will include the Southwest region.
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KTEN, Cable One reach retrans agreement
Broadcasting & Cable
Cable One and NBC affiliate KTEN, which serves the cable company's customers in North Texas and Southeast Oklahoma have reached a retransmission consent agreement, the broadcaster said recently on its website.
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KFDX-TV Second Street Online Promotions Awards finalist
Second Street Promotions Lab
The 5th annual Second Street Online Promotions Awards were held Dec. 12. KFDX-TV Wichita Falls was featured in the Second Street Awards as a finalist in the Best Small Market Contest Program category. This presentation honors media companies across North America in 27 categories for their outstanding contests, ballots and deals programs. You can find the full list of award winners at Second Street Promotions Lab.  
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State/Fed regulatory landscape, elections dominate TAB's 2014 plans
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB is kicking off 2014 with a new online sales training service and four regional sales seminars in January and February, but preparing for what comes in 2015 on the regulatory and electoral landscape will dominate the agenda for the next 12 months.

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Pay-TV operators push new bills to tilt playing field in their favor
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Legislation that would upend the retransmission consent process and make other drastic changes to federal TV carriage laws was laid out last week by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., at the urging of Time Warner Cable, DISH, DirecTV and other pay-TV distributors. (TAB Members Only)

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Be careful about using the term 'Super Bowl' in station advertising
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director
Jan. 25, 2013: Sunday, Feb. 3, is just around the corner and broadcasters are considering advertising opportunities tied to the biggest football game of the year. But as attorney David Oxenford states, broadcasters need to be extremely careful in using the term "Super Bowl" in any advertising by a sponsor who has not been authorized to use that term.

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