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Key lawmakers file bills on pre-1972 sound recordings
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Key lawmakers in the Texas House and Senate have filed legislation at TAB's request clarifying a 40 year old state law on record bootlegging to ensure it doesn't impinge on stations' ability to air sound recordings made before 1972. Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, and Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, have teamed up to press this case for Texas broadcasters. (TAB members only.) More

Change those manufacturer-issued equipment passwords — as in NOW!
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The FCC is advising broadcast stations and other EAS Participants to take immediate steps to prevent unauthorized uses of the Emergency Alert System like the fake zombie attack alerts that went out over a few stations in Michigan and Montana last week. Scott Flick, an attorney with TAB's FCC legal counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, said the haste with which the instructions were generated (demonstrated by the fact that they are neither on FCC letterhead nor formatted for such a release), show the FCC's urgency in the matter. More

TAB joins 'friend of the court' brief in SCOTEX anti-SLAPP appeal
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TAB has joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 18 other media entities in an amicus brief urging the Texas Supreme Court to clarify the scope of a defendant's right to appeal orders under the Texas Citizen Participation Act. Two public advocacy groups have also joined the "friend of the court" brief. (TAB members only.) More

TAB Broadcast Career Expo: Texas State University, March 5
Teresa McAnally, TAB Projects Coordinator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The first TAB Career Expo for 2013 will be held in San Marcos on the campus of Texas State University March 5. Registration is now under way with booth prices of $85 for members and $170 for nonmembers. More

The tormented lives of the squirrel chasers
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Paul Weyland, Paul Weyland Communication Strategies    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I own a beautiful 3-year-old border collie named Shiner. You might be aware that border collies are supposed to be the brightest of all dogs, but that's not the case with little Shiner. She's very sweet, but she's not so smart — she got skunked five times in six months. The bane of her existence is the common squirrel. She's so busy chasing them — to our knowledge she's never caught one — that she misses the more lucrative — to her — cats and deer that are in plain sight. (TAB members only.) More

e2v Inc.
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Longtime TAB Associate member, e2v Inc., e2v is a world-leading supplier of IOTs for analog and digital TV transmitters. e2v's water-cooled ESCIOT® continues to save U.S. broadcasters energy and money. Their range of HP satellite uplink amplifiers was expanded with the introduction of the ultra-small Stellar-Mini. These amplifiers are extremely robust and efficient, with proven performance in high temperatures. More

Ain't no sunshine: Introducing 'The Federal Communications Commission Collaboration Act of 2013'
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Nearly 50 years ago, Congress passed the federal Freedom of Information Act, giving all of us citizens access to the records of every executive branch agency — subject to nine very narrowly-construed exceptions. The FOIA embodies the fundamental premise that the public has a right to know how the government does the public's business. A decade later, in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Congress passed the Government in the Sunshine Act, again seeking to ensure the public's right to know. The Sunshine Act gives us all access to the meetings of certain executive branch agencies, much as the FOIA give us access to those agencies' written records. Maybe not for long, though, at least as far as the FCC is concerned. More

'Zombies' attack EAS on TV stations
Broadcast Engineering    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It was a bizarre emergency announcement: "Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. Follow the messages onscreen that will be updated as information become available. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous." Those strange words recently came as an Emergency Alert System voiceover warning at CBS affiliate KRTV in Great Falls, Mont. It was preceded by the standard EAS attention signal during a broadcast of "The Steve Wilkos Show" on the station. More

Study: Better TV may improve kids' behavior
The Associated Press via TVNewsCheck    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study has found. The results were modest and faded over time, but may hold promise for finding ways to help young children avoid aggressive, violent behavior, the study authors and other doctors said. More

McAlister heads to Corpus
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Cordillera Communications has named Greg McAlister president and general manager of its Corpus Christi, Texas, (DMA 129), properties of NBC affiliate KRIS — which also airs the CW on its channel 13.2 — low-power Telemundo affil KAJA (K68DJ) and low-power independent KDF (K47DF), all effective March 11. He succeeds Tim Noble, who left Dec. 31. More

Corpus Christi radio trio sold    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Michael Mahone's Convergent Broadcasting Corpus Christi LP is selling three Corpus Christi stations — Top 40 KKPN (PLANET 102.3), Rockport, Texas, Classic Hits KAJE (107.3 JAKE FM), Ingleside, Texas, and Classic Rock KPUS (CLASSIC ROCK 104.5), Gregory, Texas — to Daniel J. Duman's Convergent Broadcasting II LLC for $2.3 million. More

Gray's KWTX-TV adopts Sony Media Backbone
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KWTX, Waco, Texas, (DMA 88), plans to air in March with Sony's Media Backbone Production System, becoming the third Gray Television-owned station to do so within the past 12 months. The CBS affiliate joins co-owned KXII, Sherman, Texas, and KBTX, Bryan, Texas, to adopt the system to streamline news production workflow and enhance its ability to get content shot, edited and sent to air faster and more efficiently. More

EMF purchases KTCY    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article reports that Liberman Broadcasting is selling Spanish Top 40 KTCY 101.7 FM, (Baila 101.7), to Educational Media Foundation for $6 million. Educational Media Foundation, or EMF, plans to launch its Christian Air1 format on 101.7 by early 2013. More

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