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Ann Arnold Scholarship effort exceeds fundraising goal
- $5,000 to be awarded annually beginning 2014

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Texas broadcasters' efforts to raise a $150,000 endowment to fund a scholarship honoring TAB's longtime president, Ann Arnold, has concluded, with the effort exceeding goal by $5,000. Contributions were received from 108 donors, including individual broadcasters, station groups, industry vendors and friends over a 12-month period after Arnold died unexpectedly in her office on Sept. 1, 2012.
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GOP Lt. Governor candidates to debate Jan. 27, broadcast available to air by stations
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The four candidates in the Republican Primary for Texas Lieutenant Governor will square off at 8 p.m. CDT, Jan. 27, in the Texas Debates: Race for Lt. Governor. The one-hour live debate between Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, State Senator Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will be available for broadcast on television, radio and streaming online.
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Problem for Sage ENDEC receipt of FEMA IPAWS messages
TAB
Sage Digital ENDECs did not receive the weekly test messages from FEMA on Jan. 13, but it wasn't a problem with IPAWS. A security certificate used to authenticate IPAWS messages has expired in the Sage Digital ENDEC model 3644. This will keep a station's ENDEC from receiving IPAWS CAP messages.
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TAB brings sales vet Mark Levy to 4 cities
TAB
TAB is bringing sales trainer Mark Levy to four Texas cities. Levy has 30 years of expertise and experience in solving problems and making money for Radio and TV broadcasters, managers, sales executives and their local advertisers. Seminars are set to start the week of Jan. 27.
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TAB FCC TV license renewal webinar now available online
TAB via Vimeo
Recently, TAB's Executive Briefing Webinar, 2014 FCC TV Station License Renewals, featuring Gregg Skall with TAB Associate member law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice LLP, is now available in TAB's Vimeo online video archive. The 90-minute webinar features Skall reviewing the FCC's TV license renewal process — the important dates to know as well as interpreting each of the questions of the online renewal form.
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Is the 60-second commercial in radio obsolete?
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
Radio, for being such a cutting edge medium, has not been so cutting edge recently. It takes the industry time to embrace technologies and new ideas, and then, it takes even more time to integrate them into our routine. But right before our eyes, major changes are taking place. (TAB Members Only)
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Florical Systems
Florical Systems, a TAB Associate Member, provides automation systems for television broadcasters around the world. Florical is known as a best-of-breed automation system partner and high-quality provider of fully integrated HD channel solutions with its premiere product Acuitas. Florical's solutions support both traditional automation and IT-based playout systems.
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SCMS Inc.
SCMS, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is the exclusive U.S. distributors for Harris/PR&E studio systems, transmitters, as well as master distributor for BIRD Electronics and BW Broadcast equipment. With more than 500 different manufacturers, SCMS Inc. can address any of your station equipment needs. Nobody knows radio like SCMS.
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FCC issues $200,000 fine for use of EAS tones in advertising
CommLawCenter
A partner in the law firm's Communications practice Scott R. Flick writes: "Over the years, I've written numerous times about the FCC's adverse reaction to advertisers seeking to make their ads more attention-getting through inclusion of an Emergency Alert System tone. The most recent was in November, when the FCC proposed a $25,000 fine against Turner Broadcasting System Inc. for an EAS tone-laden Conan promo and announced a $39,000 consent decree with a Kentucky TV station for a local sports apparel store ad containing an EAS alert tone. Recently, the FCC fulfilled a prophecy, proposing an additional $200,000 fine against Turner Broadcasting System Inc. for distributing another ad containing EAS tones."
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Annual webcaster wake-up call: SoundExchange reports, payments due soon
CommLawBlog
Webcasters take note: like last year and the year before that — in fact, like every year starting back in 2009 — the annual January 31 SoundExchange deadline once again is looming.
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Senators upset with e-cigarette advertising in Golden Globes broadcast
Roll Call
Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and three of his Democratic colleagues are criticizing the Golden Globe Awards for showing celebrities using electronic cigarettes on TV.
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A difficult forecast: Predicting what the FCC will actually do in 2014
CommLawBlog
A partner in the law firm's Communications practice Scott R. Flick writes: "Around this time every year, you typically see an abundance of articles in the trades making predictions about what the FCC will do in the coming year. It has become such a rite of the new year that I've even joked about it in past posts. This year, however, I have noticed much less predictive commentary about the FCC, and it isn't hard to understand why."
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Super Bowl, the Olympics and March Madness — don't use unauthorized trademarked phrases
Broadcast Law Blog
It's that time again when broadcasters and advertisers need to watch their commercials and promotions to avoid improper uses of trademarked phrases — with the Super Bowl only weeks away, the Winter Olympics to follow soon thereafter and March Madness to follow closely after that. As we do every year when the Super Bowl and March Madness roll around, we remind broadcasters to scrutinize their advertising and promotions to avoid anything that appears to imply a tie in with any of these events — especially where the protected name of the event is used in the ad or promotion itself.
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TAB asks stations to air flu prevention PSA
TAB
Flu season has hit Texas hard and early, sadly taking lives of many of our fellow Texans already — with a potential for even more deaths in the next several weeks. For that reason, TAB has agreed to distribute this PSA urging Texans to get a flu shot. The immunization is widely available and can save lives.

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Learning music copyright law from TV's 'The Good Wife'
Broadcast Law Blog
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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Ann Arnold Scholarship effort exceeds fundraising goal
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Texas broadcaster' efforts to raise a $150,000 endowment to fund a scholarship honoring TAB's longtime president, Ann Arnold, has concluded, with the effort exceeding goal by $5,000.

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Tribune names Clements COO, broadcasting
TVNewsCheck
Tribune Co. has appointed Kathy Clements a chief operating officer for its broadcasting division, effective immediately. She joins Lynda King, who was appointed to a similar position with the division.
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Get national tecognition for your station's local service
Presented by the NAB Education Foundation, the Celebration of Service to America awards are the nation's most prestigious awards honoring radio and television stations for outstanding service to their local communities. Five outstanding radio and television broadcast stations will be selected to receive the 2014 Celebration of Service to America Awards for service to children, service to community and comprehensive year-round efforts.
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Van Zant joins KQDR
Radio INK
Beginning Jan. 27, Jackie Van Zant will fill the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. time slot in Texoma. Van Zant will also be on Saturday afternoons from noon-4 p.m. KQDR Hot 107.3 FM is a contemporary hit station owned by Mad River Radio with studios and offices in Sherman that covers Grayson, Fannin, Cooke, Collin and Bryan counties.
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Concepcion joins KDFW-TV news
TVNewsCheck
Fox O&O KDFW Dallas (DMA 6) has hired Joangel Concepcion as a general assignment reporter. Effective Feb. 17, Concepcion will contribute to various newscasts throughout the week. Most recently, Concepcion was a reporter at WHEC-TV Rochester, N.Y. Prior to that, she was a reporter for KVEO-TV McAllen, Texas, and began her career as an intern at WCAU-TV Philadelphia.
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Larry Monroe 1942-2014
The Austin Chronicle
Local radio legend Larry Monroe died Jan. 17. A sufferer of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to KDRP founder Daryl O'Neal, he was taken to a hospital after experiencing breathing problems. O'Neal says he spoke to him earlier the evening Monroe was in the hospital about his Blue Monday show. "You can't replace Larry Monroe," adds O'Neal. "He wasn't done with his life. He was vibrant."
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Gann leaves Journal for Clear Channel
Radio INK
Brian Gann will move from Tulsa, Okla., to San Antonio, Texas, where he will program WOAI and KTKR for Clear Channel. Gann was with Journal Broadcast Group in Tulsa, Okla., where he served as the operations manager for KVOO, KFAQ, KXBL, KHTT and KBEZ. "I am excited to have the opportunity to help lead WOAI and Ticket 760. There is a terrific team in place and I am honored to be able to join them," Gann said.
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