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TAB Board Meeting


 






Performance Tax, Spectrum Auctions dominate DC efforts
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Broadcasters' Performance Tax "blocker bill" is gaining support in Congress with 124 members of the House already signed on and expressing their opposition to efforts by the RIAA to force radio broadcasters to pay performance royalties. The RIAA asked lawmakers in late February to refrain from supporting H. Con. Res. 16, the Local Radio Freedom Act, but broadcasters are gaining the upper hand and NAB has set a goal of securing 100 additional signatures on the measure which was co-authored once again by Texas Congressmen Gene Green, D-Houston, and Mike Conaway, R-Midland. (TAB members only.)
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Wednesday floor vote looms for uniform retractions and corrections bill
Michael Schneider, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
A TAB endorsed uniform retractions and corrections bill has a May 1 date for its initial House floor vote. HB 1759 by Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, establishes a framework for broadcasters and newspapers to issue retractions, clarifications or corrections, thereby minimizing their legal exposure under such situations. TAB, the Texas Press Association and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas have joined forces to pass the legislation. (TAB members only.)
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Bad Open Government bill becomes a good one en route to governor's desk
Michael Schneider, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Only a handful of bills have actually made it to Gov. Perry's desk so far, and two of them are Open Government-related. One of them, SB 457 by Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso — House companion, HB 688 by Rep. Marisa Marquez, D-El Paso — began its journey as a bad Open Government bill. SB 457 and HB 688 said local governments didn't have to request a decision from the attorney general under the Texas Public Information Act in order to withhold autopsy photos and X-rays. (TAB members only.)
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Register now for TAB's 60th Annual Convention
Beth Bobbitt, Vice President, Member Services
Registration is now open for TAB's 60th Annual Convention & Trade Show! The event, set for Aug. 7-8 at the Renaissance Austin hotel, features an aggressive schedule of programs for Radio and TV station owners, managers, sales people and technical contacts. Cox Media has already confirmed Herman Cain as the keynote speaker for the Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 pm.
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TAB webinar on tobacco, gaming and other 'vice' advertising now archived for viewing
Michael Schneider, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
TAB's recent Executive Briefing webinar, D.C. Vice: Federal Regulations on Tobacco, Alcohol and Other “Vice” Advertising, has been posted in TAB's online video archive for viewing by those who missed the original presentation. (TAB members only.)
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How mobile technology is defining the future of video
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
After more than a decade of waiting, the electronics industry is finally making some solid progress towards unifying the mobile and living room television experience. The breakthroughs are finally showing up in devices such as the iPad, Roku and Google TV. (TAB members only.)
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Convention focus: Broadcast Works
Broadcast Works is a longtime TAB Silver Star Associate Member and 2013 TAB Convention Sponsor and Exhibitor. They provide technical services to broadcasters and commercial audio video clients nationwide — and they live in Texas!
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Clear Channel Satellite
Clear Channel Satellite, a TAB Silver Star Associate Member, is a complete solution package for radio and TV engineers, IT professionals and business owners. We offer audio distribution for radio syndication, satellite space segment for those who have their own satellite uplink for both Ku and C-Band, two-way IP communication for businesses needing a contingency solution or remote offices and much more!
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Saving AM radio: What is the FCC considering?
Broadcast Law Blog
At the NAB Radio Show in Dallas in September, FCC Commissioner Pai promised that the FCC would take action to revitalize the AM band. For years, AM has suffered a gradual erosion in listening, as interference on the band has increased — not necessarily from other AM stations, but instead from background noise that is now part of the environment in most urban areas. At the recent NAB Show in Las Vegas, Commissioner Pai reprised his discussion of AM improvements, this time moderating a panel of experts to discuss the potential remedies to the problems faced by the AM radio service. So just what remedies may be possible? The panel set out several possible solutions to AM interference issues, all of which have potential downsides or problems.
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Harris Broadcast experts discuss CALM Act, tools to modulate audio
Broadcast Engineering
Several factors have contributed to the increased attention that the issue of loudness is getting in the broadcast industry. The CALM Act, for sure, has been a catalyst, but the proliferation of home theater systems capable of delivering a wide dynamic range is another key element. Over the course of 2013, CALM Act hopes to discuss the evolution of audio standards with representatives from a number of companies who manufacture audio equipment used in the broadcast production stream.
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Pioneer Round-Up: May 2013
Teresa McAnally, TAB Projects Coordinator
Members of the Texas Pioneer Club share updates from their careers and lives. To qualify to be a Pioneer Member a person must have been in the broadcast industry for more than 25 years. This week features updates from Wendell Mayes, Jr. and David Jarrott.
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AdLarge introduces free broadcast calendar app
TVNewsCheck
AdLarge Media has introduced its Broadcast Calendar App for iPhone and iPad, and is providing it free to the broadcasting and advertising industries. The AdLarge Broadcast Calendar App was conceived by AdLarge and built by AirKast, and can be previewed and downloaded. An Android version is in development.
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Cox promotes Lakin in Houston
Radio Ink
Cox has been very busy shuffling people and positions, and today is no different. CMG Houston has named Judy Lakin D.O.S. Lakin will oversee the entire sales department and continue to be responsible for the Country Combo (KKBQ/KTHT). Lakin joined Cox in 2000 and has been GSM of KKBQ and KTHT for more than 12 years. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston and Houston Advertising Federation of America.
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Nexstar, Mission buy 19 stations
TVNewsCheck
Nexstar Broadcasting Group said that its long-rumored acquisition of Communications Corp. of America is indeed a fact. The Irving-based station group recently said that it and duopoly partner Mission Broadcasting have agreed to pay $270 million to CCA and its duopoly partner, White Knight Broadcasting, for 19 stations in 10 markets.
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Kelley Shannon named FOIFT executive director
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
Kelley Shannon, a longtime Texas journalist, has been named executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Dale Leach, president of the foundation board of directors, said Shannon would begin her new duties May 1. Shannon replaces Keith Elkins, who resigned in January to accept a position with an Austin television station.
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KIII expands morning news to .2 digital channel
MikeMcGuff.com
John-Thomas Kobos, Jane Monreal and meteorologist Kristine Diaz of KIII-TV3 in Corpus Christi are anchoring an expansion of the ABC affiliate's morning show to its digital .2 channel. The main channel broadcasts the morning show from 5 to 7 a.m. with the new hour of "First Edition" on MeTV coming on from 7 to 8 a.m. on 3.2. As you can tell by the show's name, KIII's .2 is a MeTV station.
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