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Speaker Straus to address Texas broadcasters
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Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just hours before broadcasters and legislators from throughout Texas meet over lunch to discuss issues important to their communities, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, will share his perspective on addressing Texas' infrastructure needs and preserving the state's economic vitality. The events are key components of TAB's 2013 Legislative Day Jan. 28. (TAB members only.) More

Feb. 4 deadline looms for TV online public inspection file
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
That whirring sound you're hearing at Texas TV stations right now, hopefully, is the sound of scanners reproducing thousands of pages of documents for uploading to the FCC's website. If your TV station has already uploaded the bulk of public file materials to the FCC’s online public inspection file system, you’re ahead of the game. More

Keeping up with the Texas Legislature
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several weeks ago, TAB presented a special online seminar for broadcast newsrooms, Covering the 83rd Texas Legislature, in which TAB staff and others presented background, tools and insights into covering lawmakers and the issues at the Capitol. (TAB members only.) More

TAB continues its Local Broadcast Sales Training Program
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TAB will continue the popular online Local Broadcast Sales training in 2013. is TAB's online, on-demand sales training service … and we've subsidized it for TAB Members Only. It's available to you and your staff 24/7 and it's affordable too — only $100 ($250 AUS, HOU, DFW, SA). That's the annual fee for your entire staff. Pay now, and you'll be good through December 2013. Prices increase $50 across the board on February 1, so sign up now! More

Texas Creative Co-Op: Scripts from BENMARadio
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TAB members have the opportunity to download several scripts they can use immediately to spice up their on-air content. The scripts are part of TAB's Creative Co-Op service and this month they feature commercials for laser tattoo removal, night clubs and more. This week's update is from Mark Margulies, CEO of BENMARadio. (TAB members only.) More

Voice of Southwest Agriculture Radio
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Voice of Southwest Agriculture Radio, a longtime TAB associate member, features Farm News Anchor Don Atkinson, Farm News Director Mike Dain and correspondent Patti Garrett. With farm news and markets from across Texas and the United States, VSA is the voice of Southwest Agriculture. More

Form 323: Kissing the SUFRN good-bye?
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If you've got an "attributable interest" in a broadcast licensee, you might want to make sure that you've got your social security number handy. The FCC is trying — again — to insist that all attributable interest holders provide SSN-based FCC registration numbers when the time comes to file biennial Ownership Reports on FCC Forms 323 for commercial licensees and 323-E for noncommercial licensees. More

Second-screen applications now key part of TV programming strategies
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With the growth of active social media online communities, second-screen applications now are considered an important component for new television programming viewed across multiple distribution platform. Indeed, according to several major programming and studio executives who discussed the issue on Digital Hollywood panels at the recent CES 2013 gathering, the second screen now has significant influence on how a program is positioned and, sometimes, whether it stays on the air or not. More

Why doesn't the FCC love broadcast TV?
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Kenneth Robinson, Washington communications lawyer and one-time senior legal adviser to former FCC Chairman Alfred Sikes, writes: "Broadcasting fulfills its promise, delivering entertainment and vital information to the public — free of charge, if people want it that way. Yet, the current FCC ignores broadcasting's contributions and pushes broadband policies that undermine the medium. 'Listen to the FCC ,and you'd think broadcast television is simply dead-weight economic loss.'" More

Bruce Gilbert named SVP/Sports Operations at CCM&E
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Clear Channel Music and Entertainment has hired Bruce Gilbert to the newly-created position of senior vice president of sports operations. Gilbert, formerly with CBS Radio, will be responsible for all sports programming at Clear Channel including Premiere Networks and Fox Sports Radio. More

Susan McEldoon 1 of 'Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2012'
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Susan McEldoon, president and general manager at KHOU 11, Houston's CBS affiliate, has been named one of "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2012" by Houston Woman Magazine. More

Applications due for Kneeland New Media Forum
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The Kneeland Project is seeking applications for its Spring 2013 New Media Leadership Forum. This session for innovative and dynamic news directors will be held April 10-13 in Austin at the TAB offices. Applications are due by Jan. 31 and only 18 news directors will be selected for this program. More

Longtime Corpus Christi newscaster Walter Furley dies at age 84    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Moments after Walter Furley died Jan. 2 at age 84, the church chorus he had long been a member of began singing outside his home on Harry Street. "We've had a lot of support through (First United Methodist)," his wife, Patricia, said. "The choir was coming over to sing to him and just as he died I got a note that they were on their way. I was going to tell them not to come, but they came over here and sang on my front yard. It was just marvelous; he sang in that choir." More


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