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2 House bills would affect political advertising
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two bills introduced in the Texas House of Representatives last week target political advertising by state or local candidates for public office. HB 1350 by Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, would prohibit a state agency headed by a statewide elected official from appearing in broadcast advertising for agency programs within the 60-day period preceding the date of any election in which the official is a candidate. (TAB members only.) More

AG opinion clarifies Laredo TOMA concern
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued a new AG opinion saying a private consultation between a member of a governmental body and an employee of that same unit of government, while a meeting of the body is taking place, does not constitute a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The issue was raised by the City of Laredo, which wanted to know if a city council member could leave the council dais to confer with city staff while a council meeting was taking place. More

TAB provides help on FCC EEO rules
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The FCC's EEO rules are lengthy and often confusing, even to industry veterans. TAB has two new tools to help stations with their FCC EEO questions. TAB's FCC counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, has revised its annual FCC EEO advisory, The FCC's Equal Opportunity Rules and Policies — A Guide for Broadcasters. (TAB members only.) More

Foundation offers $16,000 to help broadcasting students in Texas
Craig Bean, TAB Public Service Manager    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas Broadcast Education Foundation (TBEF) annually awards up to eight scholarships worth $2,000 each to students enrolled in a broadcast curriculum at a college or university in Texas. Applicants can go to this link to download a PDF file of the scholarship application. The deadline for applying for one of the scholarships is April 15. More

Texas Creative Co-Op: Promotion ideas from Doug Harris
Doug Harris, Creative Animal International    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TAB members have a great resource for sales and promotions ideas through the online Texas Creative Co-Op service. This week, Doug Harris — internationally-known speaker, trainer and idea generator for the broadcast industry — offers some great ideas for promoting your station's "Mystery Santa," hosting an a capella singing contest for your clients and listeners, and much more. (TAB members only.) More

Richland Towers
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Richland Towers, a TAB Associate member since 2003, is a leading owner of multitenant facilities. They have been serving the broadcast industry throughout the U.S. since 1996. Leasing space on Richland Tower sites preserves capital and is a quick and cost effective way to expand your network and improve service quality. More

2013 Oscars draw 40 million viewers, most watched in 3 years
Broadcasting & Cable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
ABC's 85th Annual Academy Awards telecast hosted by Seth MacFarlane averaged 40.3 million total viewers 8:30-11:40 p.m. on Feb. 24, according to Nielsen fast national ratings, making it the most-watched Oscars telecast since 2010. More

Wiley to FCC: Broadcasters need deregulatory help
Broadcast Engineering    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Former FCC chairman Dick Wiley recently said that television broadcasters primarily are a single-channel service operating in a multichannel world, and they need deregulatory help from the current FCC. Wiley is one of the nation's top lawyers and represents both broadcasters and cable operators, as well as telcos and others in the communications industry. More

FCC proposes to simplify, expand unlicensed 5 GHz use
CommLawBlog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Blame it all on Congress. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, best known for extending the since-expired payroll tax cuts, took just a few lines for that task, but continued on for another hundred pages of unrelated legislation. The statute has been good for CommLawBlog, which reported on incentive auctions, microwave issues, 911 implementation and much more. Now the FCC has responded to yet another mandate in the act: to expand unlicensed operations in the 5 GHz band. More

Nielsen develops new definition of television viewing
Broadcast Engineering    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After years of complaints from television networks that audience measurement isn't accurate enough, Nielsen now has agreed to expand its definition of television viewing and the measurement tools that go with it. The move by Nielsen is an attempt to correct the old system and address industry concerns. The New York City-based television ratings company said it would expand its system to measure broadband, Xbox and, later in 2013, Apple's iPads. Other devices will come in the future. More

KABB news anchor Karen Martinez loses battle with cancer
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FOX San Antonio anchor Karen Martinez was remembered at a public service Feb. 21 at the Castle Ridge Mortuary. Martinez passed away Feb. 19 after a long battle with breast cancer. Karen was 37. More

Entravision appoints several EVPs
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Entravision Communications Corporation, a diversified Spanish-language media company, announced the promotions of eight individuals to the position of executive vice president. The promotions reflect the continued expansion of Entravision's digital, mobile and marketing services, as well as the strength of the company's core television and radio assets. These newly created positions will support the company's new management structure, which was announced in November. More

KHMX makes on-air changes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On Feb. 25, CBS Radio Hot AC KHMX (MIX 96.5)/Houston afternoon host Blake Hayes has moved to mornings. At the same time, Chad Pitt joined for afternoon drive from COX Top 40 WPOI (HOT 101.5)/Tampa, Fla. Pitt and KHMX PD Bob Neumann previously worked together at CBS Adult Top 40 WSJT/Tampa, Fla. More

Omega Broadcast Group presents exclusive Sony 4K visual event
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Omega Broadcast Group, a longtime TAB Associate member, would like to invite you to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theater in south Austin for a special screening of 4K footage captured with Sony's new 4K camcorder. Projected using Sony 4K technology, this visual experience will be like nothing you've seen before. Omega Broadcast Group also will have the Sony PMW-F55 4K camcorder on hand and available for a live demonstration of its key components and features. More

Texas radio: The way we were
Dick Pickens, Pioneer Broadcaster    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Broadcast engineer and technical consultant Dick Pickens writes: "While rummaging through a fascinating store in Salado — Spring House — I recently found something that instantly took me back to my childhood when at age three I became enamored of radio. My Grandpa had an 1930s AM radio that ran on a 6-volt car battery, which my mother took to town every Saturday to get charged. Mom herself had a wonderful table model TRUETONE radio, which came from our local Western Auto store." More

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