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Dewhurst-Patrick debate set; deadlines near for May 27 runoff election
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston will square off May 2 in the only statewide debate planned so far before voting begins in the May 27 runoff election. TAB is once again a key partner in the debate, providing statewide satellite distribution to TV stations, coordinating distribution to radio stations through Texas State Networks and arranging real-time Spanish-language translation.
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Appeals court ruling on bloggers of interest to newsrooms
It would be nice if the debate over whether bloggers are journalists could be put to rest, more than a decade after it first began, and especially after bloggers like Glenn Greenwald have not only broken news stories but won Pulitzer Prizes for doing so. But it continues — especially when it comes to the protections that bloggers are entitled to and whether they should be the same as those given to professional journalists, as can be argued they should be.
Paxton campaign reviewing Texas Ethics Commission filing lapses
The Texas Tribune
State Sen. Ken Paxton, the leading Republican candidate for attorney general, has launched an internal review of his disclosures to state regulatory authorities and the Texas Ethics Commission to determine whether he violated any laws by failing to report several business and professional relationships.
FCC's order on JSAs, other broadcast ownership issues is released: Hidden nuggets on TV, radio market definitions
Broadcast Law Blog
The text of the FCC's decision on the attribution of joint sales agreements for multiple ownership purposes and the termination of the "2010 Quadrennial Review" of the ownership rules and the start of the "2014 Quadrennial Review" has now been released by the FCC. In a slim 211 pages of text, plus another 24 pages of concurring and dissenting opinions, there is more than enough for broadcasters, lawyers and regulators to digest for weeks. The order addresses in detail the matters that had already been made public — the attribution of TV JSAs, the further examination of TV shared services agreements and tentative decisions to not fundamentally change any of the Commission's other ownership rules.
Closed captioning quality standards go into effect April 30
A video program distributor's work is never done. Pursuant to the FCC's most recent Public Notice on Closed Captioning compliance, VPDs are required to come into compliance with the first wave of the closed captioning quality standards outlined by the FCC in its Feb. 24 "Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" by April 30. The FCC's latest effort focuses on further refining its rules while expanding the accuracy and utility of closed captions for the benefit of hard of hearing or deaf viewers.
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Free webinar from P1 Learning: Getting back to the Basics
Teresa McAnally, TAB Projects Coordinator
P1 Learning will be presenting a free webinar at 10 a.m., May 8. The Getting Back to Basics webinar will have your sales staff motivated to move those revenue numbers upward. Katey McGuckin-Woolam will lead an interactive and engaging presentation that will give your staff a fresh look at the sales process and show them how to modify their approach for the new millennium. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and explore how P1 Learning can be available for your station 24/7 on your computer, tablet and smartphone.
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What price reliability?
You might not have noticed, but … reliability doesn't come cheap.
But the fact is, if you're looking to protect against the unplanned, leaving nothing to chance, you'd better be prepared to spend a bundle. When you're in the business of pleasing your viewers, it's the cost of doing business … it's the viewer's minimum expectation.
The future of music licensing?
Major overhaul of all music licensing may be in the offing as Copyright Office opens far-ranging inquiry.
Congress could not have foreseen all of today's technologies and the myriad ways consumers and others engage with creative works in the digital environment. Perhaps nowhere has the landscape been as significantly altered as in the realm of music.
Why TV airtime reservations are more important than ever
It's time to pay more attention to television ad reservations; they have become another critical way party strategists communicate without coordinating under campaign finance laws.
Not too many cycles ago, political reporters rightly handled television ad reservations loosely and delicately as strategists from both parties used them to play games. Strategists would make some reservations with little or no intent to fulfill them in order to fake out the other party, the media or both.
JB & Sandy join 'Fringe Radio Austin'
After a few minutes of technical issues, Fringe launched around 10:15 a.m. with JB & Sandy introducing themselves and the station. Many of the sweepers heard on the station took shots at Entercom and Mix 94.7 for letting the duo go and branding the station as home of commercial radio exiles. Despite the shots at KAMX-FM, the station musically is positioned closer to Emmis AAA 93.3 KGSR-FM and The University of Texas' 98.9 KUTX-FM.
William 'The Mailman' Martin, KLGO-AM gospel radio host, passes
Services have been set for William Martin, longtime host of a Sunday morning gospel show on 1490 KLGO-AM.
Known as "The Mailman," Martin died April 8. He was 82, according to the radio station.
In addition to his radio gig, Martin also served in a variety of roles at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church over the past 50 years, including pastor, elder and deacon.
Sawyer shares tower shooting story
Longtime Texas broadcast engineer Glenn Sawyer recently contacted TAB with his personal take on shootings at the University of Texas Tower.
Sawyer joined the University of Texas Radio-Television-Film Department as an RTF engineer after graduation in 1958. He worked on multiple university engineering projects, including the Texas Educational Microwave Project as well as installing transmitters for KLRN-TV and KUT-FM.
KVUE-TV news executive producer Reather succumbs to cancer
A longtime KVUE-TV employee succumbed to cancer April 15.
Executive news producer Scott Reather had been with Austin's ABC affiliate since 1997.
He was 51 years old.
KWTX, KBMT and KJAC TV stations win national Sigma Delta Chi awards
Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists gladly recognizes the recipients of the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize exceptional professional journalism produced in 2013.
Judges selected 85 honorees from nearly 1,800 submissions. Entries included selections from television and radio broadcasts, newspapers, online news outlets and magazines.
Blessed but not heard: JP Pritchard in recovery after surgery
Radio personality JP Prichard writes: "I am here at NEWS 92 FM this morning, but I am not on the air.
In fact, I am supposed to talk as little as possible in the aftermath of surgery on one of my vocal cords. I am told the prognosis is excellent, but actual further procedures are still to be determined, and hence, time spent behind the scenes instead of working on the air with Lana Hughes will continue for the immediate days ahead."
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