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We are very excited to deliver our new e-newsletter to your inbox every Wednesday. The TABulletin brings you the latest news and issues impacting Texas radio and television stations. The newsletter includes a variety of information from TAB announcements and industry stories to legal and regulatory reminders. You will need to log in to view the articles designated as "members only."

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State lawmakers suffer fiscal whiplash with new revenue estimate
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two years ago state lawmakers convened their biennial session in the midst of a fiscal hurricane, including a $4.3 billion deficit and a $27 billion shortfall in revenue needed for the next two-year budget. Desperate to keep their pledges not to raise taxes, members of the House and Senate slashed budgets, sped up tax collections, deferred spending and left six months of the state's Medicaid program off the books, anticipating a significant draw down of the Rainy Day Fund this year. (TAB members only.) More

Anti-SLAPP litigation law continues to benefit media outlets
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The media outlet victories keep coming for the Citizens' Participation Act, commonly referred to as the Anti-SLAPP statute or CPA. In mid-December, TAB's general counsel Jackson Walker won a case for The Burnt Orange Report utilizing the law passed by the 2011 Texas Legislature through work by TAB and other groups. More

Texas radio station license renewals due this year
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas radio stations face an important and daunting federal regulatory task in 2013 — submission of their FCC license renewal applications. It's a task that should be undertaken with all seriousness because without an FCC station license, there's not much need for a building full of radio-broadcast equipment. More

Media Services Group, Whitley Media
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Longtime TAB Associate member, Media Services Group, is a leading radio and TV station broker, appraiser and restructuring consultant. The media brokerage, valuation and workout teams bring in-depth industry knowledge and market expertise in mergers, acquisitions, valuations, financing and workout consultation. More

TAB's Legislative Day is Jan. 28 at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
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Texas radio and television managers and owners come together for TAB's biennial legislative conference. The program for broadcasters is set for 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and only costs $50. Registration fee includes lunch with broadcasters' local representatives and senators — without any distracting speakers or presentations — and is a key show of strength for the industry that lays the groundwork for working with lawmakers throughout the session. More

3 key marketing strategies for advertising to mothers
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Want to win mom's affections? There are three key emotional motivators that every broadcast salesperson should know. In this three-minute emotional marketing lesson video, advertising researcher Graeme Newell shows the images and messages that are most appealing to mothers. Learn how to align your marketing with mom's fondest hopes and dreams. (TAB members only.) More

FCC wants social security numbers from station owners, investors
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The FCC tentatively has concluded that it needs to collect unique identifiers from all entities with an attributable interest in broadcast properties in order to collect the better data on broadcast ownership, including by women and minorities. More

Crystal ball: What Washington has in store for broadcasters in 2013
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Every year, about this time, we dust off the crystal ball to offer a look at the year ahead to see what Washington has in store for broadcasters. This year, like many in the recent past, Washington, D.C., will consider important issues for both radio and TV, as well as issues affecting the growing online presence of broadcasters. The FCC, Congress and other government agencies are never afraid to provide their views on what the industry should be doing but, unlike other members of the broadcasters' audience, they can force broadcasters to pay attention to their views by way of new laws and regulations. More

113th Congress: Cooperation and convergence?
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Catherine McCullough, a government affairs strategist, writes: "As I write this, the gavel on the 112th Congress' last votes fell just days ago. The ignominious 112th Congress is doing its walk of shame back home from Washington and all around town its performance is being summed up: 'Worst. Congress. Ever.' Writing about the specific telecom issues facing Congress at the beginning of the last session, I speculated that the 112th would be heavily influenced by love and money. In other words, Congress needed to confer incentive auction authority on the FCC and pass a few pro-consumer measures. And sure enough, Congress did take care of the auction issue — bringing money into the Treasury seemed to be a priority." More

Broadcasters mourn loss of KFDM-TV's Leger
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KFDM is saddened to report the death of our colleague, our friend, Bill Leger. Leger was a member of our KFDM family as an anchorman and reporter for about 20 years, and his work on television and his community service touched many families across Southeast Texas during that time. Bill died in a traffic accident in Louisiana early morning Jan. 5. More

KUT launches sister station
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KUT Radio has been an Austin favorite for decades, known for its news and eclectic music, it officially launched the best of those formats as its own station. More

Radio legend Dick Siegel was a hit in West Texas, beyond
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Dick Siegel lived by a daily routine. Around 11 a.m. Jan. 3 in Eldorado, he strayed from his routine. Fifteen minutes later, he suffered a heart attack that took the life of the 73-year-old Texas radio legend. More


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