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FCC's March 31 meeting fraught with anti-broadcaster bias
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The agenda FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has set for the commission's next meeting on March 31 reveals an unyielding focus on undermining local television broadcasters as the agency moves not-so-separately toward the incentive spectrum auction slated for 2015. Wheeler has said he wants to use the quadrennial review of multiple ownership rules to impose more restrictions on broadcasters, rather than reduce regulations as was intended when the review process was established.
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Texas lawmakers call on Obama for transparency
The Dallas Morning News
Following a nonpartisan study, Texas lawmakers from both political parties are calling on the Obama administration to provide the public with better access to information collected by the federal government.
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Statewide AMBER alert brings child home
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman
Vincent Corson Jr. has been taken into custody after a statewide Amber Alert helped track him down. Corson Jr. was found on Interstate 30 in the Dallas area soon after he allegedly shot his estranged wife in Central Texas and took the couple's 2-year-old boy. The boy was found unharmed.
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35 states wrestle with drone legislation
The Washington Post
Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations. That tension is on display as more than 35 states consider drone legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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Drone flight over NYC building explosion site shows nebulous state of FAA rules
Gigaom
Soon after a gas explosion destroyed two buildings in New York City, a man launched a DJI Phantom II to film the action. The 3-pound, four-blade drone captured 30 minutes of footage. Here's a screenshot from the film which shows the city's bravest at work.
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TBEF offering $21,000 in college scholarships
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB and its affiliated Texas Broadcast Education Foundation are offering $21,000 in college scholarships for Texas students pursuing a career in broadcasting. The new Ann Arnold Scholarship is in the amount of $5,000; eight additional scholarships are in the amount of $2,000 each. Please alert any interns or college students you think would merit such financial assistance to this opportunity.
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Your client's idea and copy, but it's your fault if it fails. Is that fair?
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
Clients don't have original thought when it comes to radio. In their own business? Very possibly. Even there, more prefer to follow, than to lead. But when it comes to radio ads, they love to be involved in generating ideas — but again, very few, if any are original. (TAB Members Only)
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Digital Alert Systems
Digital Alert Systems, a TAB Associate Member, provides the ultimate single-box EAS/CAP solutions for radio and television broadcasters with the award-winning DASDEC family. The fully FCC and FEMA compliant for EAS and CAP, the DASDEC features a highly flexible IP-based architecture — eliminating software or hardware constraints while making updates a snap.
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Weather Metrics
Weather Metrics, a TAB Associate Member, helps local television stations build a network of strategically placed, HD, cameras to enhance the viewer experience and generate new sponsorship revenue through engaging, live and local video from around their viewing area.
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How the 'madness' took over: TV and the NCAA tournament
By Ross Lancaster
Now, much of America will be focused on brackets, as the annual NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship — better known as March Madness or simply the NCAA tournament — gets underway. In 2014, any basic cable subscriber could conceivably watch every game of the tournament in its entirety. But what has grown into a three-week extravaganza of multimedia content was once an event in which all or most of the contests weren't captured by TV cameras. Various milestones and technological advances have since occurred to make sure no dribble, steal or shot-fake goes uncaptured during March Madness.
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FCC fines Falfurrias FM $5,000 for failure to operate under minimum daily FM requirements
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Que paso KPSO-FM? The FCC has fined Brooks Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of KPSO-FM in Falfurrias, $5,000 for "willfully and repeatedly violated Section 73.1740(a) of the Rules by failing to operate the station according to the minimum daily operating requirements for FM stations without requesting special temporary authority pursuant to Section 73.1740(a)(4)" of the commission’s rules.
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FCC's March 31 meeting fraught with anti-broadcaster bias
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The agenda FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has set for the commission’s next meeting on March 31 reveals an unyielding focus on undermining local television broadcasters as the agency moves not-so-separately toward the incentive spectrum auction slated for 2015.

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Big fines for false EAS tones demonstrate the need for a good indemnification clause
CommLawCenter
There was quite a stir when the FCC, despite being closed for a snow day, issued a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing very large fines against Viacom ($1,120,000), NBCUniversal ($530,000) and ESPN ($280,000) for transmitting false EAS alert tones.

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Federal judge dismisses commercial use drones case, sets up challenges for FAA in drone regulation
Motherboard
For the moment, commercial drones are, unequivocally, legal in American skies after a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against it.

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Clear Channel raises $3 million to fight cancer
Radio Ink
At the end of February, during a two-day event, listeners in 31 cities, including Chattanooga, Tenn., Waco, Texas, Montgomery, Ala., and Las Vegas, tuned in to pledge their support to St. Jude by making a donation of $20 per month. In all $3 million was raised for St. Judes Research Hospital during the Country Cares radio event.
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Nexstar buys Internet Broadcasting Systems
NetNewsCheck
The television station group is paying $20 million to acquire the digital services provider. Its products include websites, a digital publishing platform and original and syndicated content as well as one of the largest digital advertising agencies.
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Townsquare raises $1 million for St. Jude
Radio Ink
The grand total was $1,059,783 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during Townsquare's first national Country Cares event on March 6-7.
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FCC auction taking toll on TV RF vendors
TVNewsCheck
As a result of the uncertainity over the FCC's plans to auction and repack the TV spectrum, stations are putting off investments in transmission gear. The latest victim is Electronics Research Inc., which just laid off 22 employees.
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Jay Michaels named KVIL program director
All Access Music Group
CBS Radio AC KVIL/Dallas has named Jay Michaels as its new program director. He will report to Senior Vice President and Market Manager Brian Purdy.
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Randy James to KIOX
Radio Ink
James begins his new job with Globecom Media's KIOX in Edna, Texas, on April 1. James currently is the operations manager of Opus Broadcasting in Alexandria, La., and has been a long-time air talent there.
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Barbara Jordan Media Awards winners announced
Office of the Governor Rick Perry
The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities has announced the winners of the 31st Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards for pieces produced in 2013. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities and people with disabilities.
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