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-Casino gambling vote less likely, Perry lays out tax relief plan
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
With less than six weeks left in this year's legislative session, Senate leaders have embarked on efforts to ask Texas voters to weigh in on whether to allow casino gambling in Texas and draw up to $6 billion from the state's rainy day fund for building and repairing highways and water infrastructure. And not to be outdone, Gov. Rick Perry this week laid out a plan to provide tax relief for businesses in keeping, albeit somewhat late, a promise he made during his opening session speech to lawmakers in January. (TAB members only.)
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TAB's legislative package advances
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
TAB's package of business, newsroom and Open Government-related measures in the 2013 Legislature have all had their House committee hearings with less than six weeks left in the session. This week, the House will vote on HB 1043 which would add a much-needed broadcaster exception to the state's pre-72 sound recording bootlegging statute. The bill is authored by Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, and has a Senate companion authored by Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock. (TAB members only.)
Time is running out to make TAB Award nominations
- Deadline: Friday, May 3
Beth Bobbitt, TAB Vice President, Member Services
Time is running out to nominate outstanding broadcasters for TAB's prestigious annual awards.
Nominations for TAB's Associate, Broadcaster and Pioneer of the Year are due Friday, May 3.
The awards will be presented at TAB's 60th Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
TAB hosts career expo at Texas Tech
Teresa McAnally, TAB Projects Coordinator
TAB hosted a career expo at Texas Tech University in conjunction with the College of Media and Communication on April 10. Students had the opportunity to discuss career opportunities with broadcasters from across the state. Stations participating in the expo include Ramar Communications Lubbock, Townsquare Media Lubbock, Reynolds Radio Tyler-Longview, KLBK-TV/KAMC-TV Lubbock and KTXS-TV Abilene. The campus radio and television stations, KTTX-TV and KTXT also were represented at the event.
Texas Creative Co-Op: Scripts from BENMARadio
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
TAB members have the opportunity to download several scripts they can use immediately to spice up their on-air content. The scripts are part of TAB's Creative Co-Op service and this month they feature commercials for futons, medical spas and heating and air conditioning services. (TAB members only.)
Canare Corporation of America
Canare Corporation of America, a TAB Association Member since 2009, manufactures the best in Pro Audio and Video Cable, 75 Ohm BNC, F and RCA Connectors, Patchbays, Cable Reels, Snake Systems, Assemblies, Crimp Tools and Cable Strippers. In 2004, they launched a full Optical Product Line for HD upgrades in the broadcast market. Professional broadcast engineers, sound technicians, A/V facility integrators, design consultants and many leading OEM's rely on Canare's product, proven reliability and top-notch customer service.
FCC issues lessons learned from 1st nationwide EAS test
CommLawCenter had done a great deal of reporting before and after the first Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test conducted Nov. 9, 2011. The purpose of that test was to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the system in the event of an actual national emergency. Broadcasters, as well as cable, satellite and wireline providers across the country, all took part in the test. Recently, the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released a report summarizing the outcome of the national test entitled, "Strengthening the Emergency Alert System (EAS): Lessons Learned from the Nationwide EAS Test."
Ownership limits shackle local broadcasting
Communications attorney John Hane writes: "Unless it can find a way to make all of the other players in the television industry smaller, the FCC should throw off archaic broadcast ownership regulations that skew the market against the only television service that is free to Americans who don’t want to pay."
Social interaction during broadcast can drive ratings
More social engagement with radio means higher ratings for traditional radio.
That's according to Jelli, a cloud-based platform for radio. The company released data that it says shows how socially engaged listeners interact with traditional radio spots that were aired during broadcasts.
White House requests funding for public broadcasting, but DTV in rural areas may suffer
President Barack Obama's new budget requests full funding of $445 million for the fiscal year 2016 advance appropriation for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. Now, it will be up to a divided Congress to approve or disapprove the appropriation. The CPB distributes an average of 15 percent of the federal money to more than 1300 local public television stations.
KUT/KUTX Austin raise more than $1 million in Spring Membership Drive
KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 have finished the spring membership drive — the first with two stations — by raising more than $1 million to support the local and national news and information programming on KUT and the Austin Music Experience on KUTX.
Three Corpus stations under new ownership
Three Corpus Christi FM radio stations — KKPN (102.3), KPUS (104.5) and KAJE (107.3) — shifted gears March 28 with control of the stations converged into a new broadcasting bunch.
KRIV and KRGV win Barbara Jordan Media Awards
Michael Schneider, Vice President Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities has announced the winners of the 30th Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards for news stories produced in 2012. Winners in each of the categories were chosen by a panel of judges, including journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities and people with disabilities. Broadcast award winners include staff from KRIV-TV Houston and KRGV-TV Weslaco.
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