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TAB launches voter turnout PSA campaign
-Partnering with Texas Civil Justice League for May 27 vote

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Voter turnout rates in Texas have lagged far behind the rest of the nation for at least 40 years and even this year's full slate of open seats for statewide offices — the first in more than 10 years — didn't generate the jump in primary election voting expected by many Capitol observers. Barely 10 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the March 4 election. TAB is seeking to reverse this trend by partnering with the Texas Civil Justice League in distributing PSAs urging Texans to vote in the May 27 primary runoff election.
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City of Dallas Open Records case could have major implications for Open Government
The Dallas Morning News
Lawyers for the city of Dallas are taking on the Texas attorney general's office in court, hoping to escape a penalty for missing deadlines triggered by public information requests. The outcome will have "a sweeping impact" on state open records law, a brief by the attorney general says. The city has a spotty record of handling public information requests on time. Attorney General Greg Abbott has called Dallas a "repeat offender" that "consistently ignores statutory deadlines."
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Drone even go there: On newsgathering, drones and the FAA
CommLawBlog
They say that tragedy plus time equals comedy. Sometimes that may be true. But when the tragedy is severe enough, tragedy plus time equals tragedy — leading, at best, to reflection. Reflection on a recent tragedy has led to this post. In March, a KOMO-TV News helicopter crashed in Seattle, killing two people. This kind of tragedy can be avoided in the future, at least in part through the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems — more commonly referred to as "drones." But there's a fear that the current Federal Aviation Administration stance on the use of drones will prevent news operations from employing this more nimble, informative and safer option in the future.
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Drone even go there: On newsgathering, drones and the FAA
CommLawBlog
They say that tragedy plus time equals comedy. Sometimes that may be true. But when the tragedy is severe enough, tragedy plus time equals tragedy — leading, at best, to reflection. Reflection on a recent tragedy has led to this post. In March, a KOMO-TV News helicopter crashed in Seattle, killing two people. This kind of tragedy can be avoided in the future, at least in part through the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems — more commonly referred to as "drones." But there's a fear that the current Federal Aviation Administration stance on the use of drones will prevent news operations from employing this more nimble, informative and safer option in the future.
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TAB Convention registration opens tomorrow — May 1
Texas broadcasting's biggest event is right around the corner! Registration for TAB's 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show opens on May 1. The event, set for Aug. 6-7 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, features a day and a half of high-impact seminars for managers, salespeople and technical staffers, as well as some great networking opportunities. Confirmed speakers include Paul Weyland, Bridget Brennan, Holland Cooke, Graeme Newell, Pat Bryson and many more.
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RAB presents free webinar for TAB members
TAB is teaming up with RAB for another free sales webinar for TAB members on May 22. Social + Mobile, Incremental Revenue for Radio will give you information about two fast-growing areas of digital advertising. You will learn the key implications of both social and mobile for radio stations as well as opportunities for you to add revenue. Jed Williams, BIA/Kelsey's senior analyst, and John Potter, RAB's SVP/professional development, will share the research to back up their recommended direction you should take and show case studies of successful station programs you can use in your own market.
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TAB funds broadcast, streaming availability of May 2 lieutenant governor debate
Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle, in partnership with the Texas Association of Broadcasters, will present a live, one-hour debate between the two Republican primary candidates for the Lieutenant Governor of Texas: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and State Senator Dan Patrick. The debate will be broadcast live on television, radio and streamed online at 7 p.m. on May 2.
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Supreme Court seems skeptical about Aereo's business model
CommLawCenter
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Aereo case, providing the first indication of how the Justices view the case pitting Aereo against content providers, particularly broadcast networks. While trying to read the Court's mind solely through the questions asked by the Justices can be risky, it is fair to say that Aereo encountered some skepticism on its claim to be an innovator and not a copyright infringer.
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What's up for TV stations?: FCC gives a peek at some details for the incentive auction
Broadcast Law Blog
The incentive auction by which the FCC will try to get some television stations to surrender their spectrum so that it can be sold to wireless broadband users is moving forward. A vote on the general rules to implement the auction and to repack the television band are expected to be held at the Commission's May 15 meeting. We are now beginning to get a look at what the FCC is thinking, based on a post on the FCC's blog by Chairman Wheeler.
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Equal opportunities issues that arise when an on-air personality runs for political office
Broadcast Law Blog
It's political season, and somewhere, some on-air broadcast air personality is making the decision that they really want to change careers — and run for political office. We've written about what a broadcaster needs to do when that decision is made by one of their personalities. As a recent story in the Salem Statesman Journal shows that there still is some confusion about what the rule provides. So it is time for a little refresher on the issues that arise when an on-air personality runs for political office.
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Comment deadlines extended in non-English EAS inquiry
CommLawBlog
Recently,CommLawBlog reported that comment deadlines had been set with respect to the long-pending proposal to establish a "designated hitter" approach to assure that EAS announcements are broadcast in foreign languages when the audience includes a significant number of non-English speaking folks. If you're thinking about filing comments in that proceeding, get your calendar and your eraser out. The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has just pushed the deadlines back a month. The Bureau was happy to do so particularly because the original proponent, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, was the one asking for more time. Comments in response to the Bureau's request for comments are now due by May 28, and replies are due by June 12.
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A broadcaster's guide to Washington, DC, issues
TVNewsCheck
With so many new regulations and challenges facing television broadcasters, it's hard to keep track of all the changes. So how can stations, while tending to their own businesses, keep up with it all? With FCC Watch, an exclusive briefing on some of the major issues at the agency prepared by David Oxenford and David O'Connor, attorneys in the Washington law offices of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. You can reach Oxenford at doxenford@wbklaw.com, or call 202-383-3337, and O'Connor at doconnor@wbklaw.com, or call 202-383-3429.
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TAB launches voter turnout PSA campaign
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Voter turnout rates in Texas have lagged far behind the rest of the nation for at least 40 years and even this year's full slate of open seats for statewide offices didn't generate the jump in primary election voting expected by many Capitol observers.

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The future of music licensing?
CommLawBlog
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.

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Why TV airtime reservations are more important than ever
Roll Call
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.

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Broadcasters mourn loss of Larry Gunter
Pioneer Texas Broadcaster Larry Gunter passed away on April 26. He was 72. Gunter was best known by many East Texans for his role as the male partner of the acclaimed "Larry & Lou" morning radio show on KYKX-FM 105.7 during the mid-1970s. During that time, he was awarded the Country Music Association's "Small Market Disc Jockey of the Year."
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RTDNA announces regional Murrow Award winners
Radio Television Digital News Assocation
RTDNA has announced the 2014 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, RTDNA awarded 661 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting and Website.
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Turiano heads to KDFW weather desk
Uncle Barky's Bytes
Dallas-based KDFW-TV has filled its weekend meteorologist vacancy by hiring Ali Turiano from Orlando-based News13, a cable station servicing the greater Central Florida region.
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Katie McCall joins KRIV-TV Houston news
TVNewsCheck
Fox-owned KRIV-TV Houston has added Katie McCall to its news team as a general assignment reporter. Most recently, McCall was an anchor-reporter for KTRK-TV Houston.
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