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Pro-casino forces scale back efforts|
- Focus now on racetrack slots
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
An effort to allow Texas voters to decide whether to legalize casino gambling has been scaled back in the face of booming tax revenues and continued opposition from religious groups. Instead of pushing for a vote to authorize major casino operations in the state's urban centers and along the Gulf coast, Let Texans Decide is hoping to convince lawmakers to approve a proposed constitutional amendment allowing residents to vote on allowing slot machines at racetracks.
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March 28 TAB Executive Briefing webinar on regulatory and intellectual property issues
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director
Texas broadcasters are used to getting a once a year FCC regulatory update at the annual TAB convention and trade show, but 2012 has ended and 2013 has begun with a plethora of rapidly developing legal issues affecting both radio and TV broadcasters. And it's not just the typical FCC regulatory concerns affecting stations — intellectual property issues have arisen from court cases and in Congress to make things … ahem, interesting. (TAB members only.)
Schedule for TAB's 60th Anniversary Convention takes shape
Beth Bobbitt, TAB Director of Marketing & Communications
Texas broadcasters will gather in Austin Aug. 7-8 for TAB's 60th Annual Convention & Trade Show featuring 121 exhibit booths with the latest broadcast equipment and an aggressive schedule of programs addressing regulatory and legal concerns, social media, new technology and sales training. Station owners, managers, engineers and sales teams will have more than 30 programs to choose from over a day and a half, including many featuring some of the top names in the business.
Texas Creative Co-Op: Promotion ideas from Doug Harris
Doug Harris, Creative Animal International
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 listen-to-win and Father's Day promotions. (TAB members only.)
Staco Energy Products Co.
Staco Energy Products Co., a TAB Associate member since 2004, is one of the longest-lasting innovators of power products and services in the world. With a broad array of voltage regulation and power conditioning units from 1.5 to 3000 kVA, and their active harmonic filter units from 25 to 200 AMP, Staco Energy Products Co. will provide the protection you need, the quality you want, at a price you can afford.
FCC mulls over raising limits on foreign ownership of broadcast stations
In response to a request by the Coalition for Broadcast Investment, the FCC, through its Media Bureau, has invited the filing of comments on the question of whether the Commission should now be open to allowing noncitizens and foreign companies to hold more than a 25 percent equity interest in U.S. radio and television stations. The deadline for filing comments is April 15, with reply comments due by April 30.
Pew study: Local TV viewing declines across the board
Broadcasting & Cable
Local news output is up at stations across the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center study, but viewership is down across all key dayparts. Almost half of those surveyed say they watch local news regularly, but the future is dim for local TV content; "regular" news viewers under 30 dropped from 42 percent in 2006 to 28 percent in 2012.
More ways to listen is a good thing
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has released its extensive "State of the News Media" annual report. The detailed study includes research and analysis on all forms of media, including newspapers, TV, magazines, digital and radio. While the report focuses on how the media delivers news to consumers, the report on audio is good news for radio, stating "listening to content seems to be as popular as ever and accessible in more formats than ever."
Lower-powered Class As want equal value for their spectrum
Broadcast stations willing to participate in the upcoming spectrum auction fear the FCC is considering giving lower-powered Class A stations less money for their spectrum than larger, full-power stations.
Nexstar names Dione Rigsby technology VP
Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that Dione J. Rigsby has been named vice president of technology, effective immediately. Rigsby will report directly to Blake Russell, Nexstar's SVP of station operations.
KTBC-TV sports director Cody to retire
KTBC sports director and anchor Dave Cody is retiring after 28 years with the Fox O&O in Austin. In a recent email to some KTBC staffers, Cody said he is moving to Alabama to be closer to his elderly parents.
WOAI-TV's Collister leaving for TV job in Houston
San Antonio Express-News
Brian Collister, longtime investigative reporter for News 4-WOAI in San Antonio, will soon be uncovering government wrongs and consumer injustices in the bigger TV market of Houston. ABC affiliate KTRK-TV announced that Collister will join the station's 13-Eyewitness News team as an investigative reporter.
Garrison joins Cox San Antonio
Jeff Garrison has been with CBS radio for 17 years as program director and operations manager for stations in Houston, and most recently, Phoenix. He joins the Cox cluster in San Antonio lead by Market Manager Dan Lawrie.
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