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TAB Board proposes bylaws changes
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The TAB Board of Directors is proposing to amend TAB’s bylaws in part to allow for electronic voting in Board elections and realign radio market categories to reflect changes in market sizes since the bylaws were last amended in 2006. Member stations this week began receiving a summary and copy of the proposed changes for consideration, as well as a ballot that must be submitted to TAB by May 8. (TAB members only.)
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Radio station licensees: The renewal effort isn't over yet
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President-Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas radio stations filed their 2013 FCC license renewals last week and breathed a collective sigh now that the filing is done. But the renewal process didn’t end with the filing. Post renewal filing announcements are due on the 1st and 16th of April, May and June. At least three of these announcements must air between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and/or 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (TAB members only.)
TAB rededicates building for Ann Arnold
Beth Bobbitt, TAB Vice President-Member Services
Texas broadcasters gathered at the TAB building on April 4 to officially rededicate the building in memory of longtime President Ann Arnold. The building, just steps away from the Capitol, is now known as the Texas Association of Broadcasters Ann Arnold Center. A groundbreaking Texas journalist, Ann Arnold was the first female press secretary to a Texas Governor and for 25 year, served as TAB President under her death in 2012.
RSVP for TAB's upcoming Executive Briefing Webinar set for April 25
Don't forget to RSVP for TAB's upcoming Executive Briefing at 2 p.m. April 25 This hour-long webinar will look at the federal regulations affecting the advertising of tobacco, alcohol and other so-called "vices." The federal regulations on tobacco advertising, in particular, are some of the most confusing out there for stations. Find out what is and isn't allowed under federal law.
What's in your pipeline?
- Originally published in www.rbr.com and www.tvbr.com
Paul Weyland, Weyland Communication Strategies
All you need to become a top biller in your market are 32 active average accounts on the air each month. It's true. In every market, a couple of people are averaging 32 active accounts on the air in an average month and they're doing well financially. That number 32 can be a mix of agency business and local direct, or all local direct. But we're not including little squirrely one or two spot-per-week mom and pop accounts. (TAB members only.)
Audemat — Worldcast Systems Group
Audemat, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member since 2008, provides a suite of professional monitoring and measurement tools for Radio and TV broadcasters, telecommunication operators and regulation authorities worldwide. The Audemat portfolio includes radio frequency and data monitoring equipment and mobile field strength meters for analog and digital radio and TV, digital test and measurement equipment, audio processors, world-class RDS encoders and an extensive range of facility remote control solutions.
The FCC's online political public file rule: The law of unintended consequences
Gregg P. Skall, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
In recent months, a number of media buyers have had funds stolen from their bank accounts. Even after repeatedly opening and closing accounts to stop the theft, tens of thousands of dollars have been diverted to accounts across the country and across the world. An investigation revealed that the information that enables this theft is coming from television stations FCC on-line political files.
FCC imposes freeze on TV station technical improvements
Broadcast Law Blog
With broadcasters making their way to the NAB Convention, the FCC provided one topic for conversation among TV broadcasters — issuing a Public Notice imposing a freeze — effective immediately — on the filing of any technical application by any licensee or permittee of a full power TV station or a Class A station if that application which would increase their protected service area. The freeze was imposed, in the words of the FCC, in order to "facilitate analysis of repacking methodologies and to assure that the objectives of the broadcast television incentive auction are not frustrated."
NAB's Smith urges support for mobile DTV
NAB President Gordon Smith called on TV broadcasters to seize the opportunities afforded by mobile DTV and a next-generation broadcast standard.
Noting that 25 more stations have said they will soon be offering a mobile DTV service, Smith said broadcasters have an advantage in the mobile marketplace.
FCC looks at health effects of radio waves
In a Notice of Inquiry, the FCC proposes to reopen the controversial question of radiofrequency exposure limits. Do cellphones cause cancer?
Those on both sides of the question will carefully parse the FCC's 201-page "First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Notice Of Inquiry," as the agency wades again into one of its murkiest controversies: What effect do radio waves have on health?
Barger celebrates 55 years in broadcasting
Beth Bobbitt, TAB Vice President-Member Services
Texas Pioneer Broadcaster John Barger celebrated 55 years in broadcasting on Saturday, March 30. Barger began his broadcast career in 1958 as a DJ at WTAW-AM Bryan College Station. In 1960, he moved to Austin to join KNOW-AM, as the city’s top-rated afternoon-drive personality, while earning his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Texas.
NAB announces new board members
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the results of the 2013 NAB Radio and Television Board elections. The two-year terms of the newly elected board members will begin in June 2013.
Sinclair preps 10 stations for mobile DTV
Broadcasting & Cable
Sinclair Broadcast Group is preparing 10 stations for mobile DTV and aims to broadcast mobile-capable signals to them over the next six months. The stations are KEYE Austin, WBFF Baltimore, WKRC Cincinnati, WKEF-WRGT Dayton, WLOS Asheville, WPGH Pittsburgh, KUTV Salt Lake City, WPEC West Palm Beach and KDNL St. Louis.
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