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STELA, music royalties get heavy play in DC
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Congressional leaders are gradually moving toward reauthorizing STELA when it expires at the end of this year, with two key committee hearings in the House last week signaling measured agreement on incorporating unrelated elements demanded by Pay-TV services. Another wholly unrelated topic — assessing a Performance Tax on radio stations — also has become conflated with the STELA reauthorization, though the measure's chief advocate — Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. — has opted instead to file separate legislation on the matter.
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Texas State Securities Board reprimands, fines AG candidate Paxton in latest financial disclosure imbroglio
Texas Monthly
Recently, the Texas Tribune reported that state senator Ken Paxton, who finished first in the Republican primary for attorney general in March and will face state representative Dan Branch in the runoff on May 27, was reprimanded by the Texas State Securities Board for violating the Texas Securities Act.
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News organizations challenge federal ban on drones
TVNewsCheck
More than a dozen news organizations filed a brief with the National Transportation Safety Board in support of aerial photographer Raphael Pirker. They say the FAA's ban violates First Amendment protection for news gathering. Among the groups are Cox Media Group, Gannett, Gray Television, Hearst Corp., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Co., RTDNA, AP and Scripps Media.
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RGV TV stations, newspaper subpoenaed in civil lawsuit
The Monitor
An attorney who filed a civil lawsuit against Gamehaus Gastropub wants records from The Monitor and five local TV stations about a fatal shooting outside the popular bar Jan. 31 — including all interview notes, video footage and photographs from news reporters.
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Free digital advertising webinar for TAB members
Register your staff today for the free sales webinar for TAB members presented by the RAB on May 22. Social + Mobile, Incremental Revenue for Radio provides critical information regarding two fast-growing areas of digital advertising. There are many opportunities for radio stations to add revenue using both social and mobile. BIA/Kelsey's Senior Analyst, Jed Williams, and RABss SVP/Professional Development, John Potter, 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. Register for this free webinar today!
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TBEF awards 9 scholarships worth $16,000
Craig Bean, TAB Director, EEO & Public Service
The Scholarship Committee for the Texas Broadcast Education Foundation recently chose nine broadcast students in Texas to receive a scholarship to continue their education. TBEF received applications from students at 16 colleges and universities across the state.
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Overstating the obvious
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
We fill many radio ads with too much that's already obvious. Here's some examples:
  • The obvious: "Hi, this is (fill in name of personality) from the WWWW Morning Show … ."
  • The comment: "Really? Come on — knock me over with a feather. Hot news flash — if I listen to you, I already know who you are. If I don't, do I care?"
  • The obvious: "And there's more … ."
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Evertz Post NAB 2014 Tour
Evertz invites you and your colleagues to their Post NAB 2014 Tour!

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 21
Where: Crowne Plaza Austin
              6121 Noth IH-35, Austin, TX 78752
              Room - Lone Star Room

Please RSVP to Jeff Smith: jeffsmith@evertz.com. Click "Read More" for further information.

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FCC application fees going up by 8 percent — effective June 6
Broadcast Law Blog
On June 6, FCC application fees are going up by 8 percent. The new fees were published in the Federal Register. To make sure that your applications are processed on a timely basis, be sure to pay the proper higher fees starting June 6. The old fees have been in place since 2009, so be sure to adjust to the new fees. The fees for the most common broadcast services follow.
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FCC decides that it no longer will enforce the Zapple Doctrine: Killing the last remnant of the Fairness Doctrine
Broadcast Law Blog
The Zapple Doctrine was an outgrowth of the FCC's Fairness Doctrine. The Zapple Doctrine required that broadcast stations that give air time to the supporters of one candidate in an election give time to the supporters of competing candidates as well. Even though the Fairness Doctrine has been defunct for years, having had various manifestations of the doctrine declared unconstitutional either by the courts or the FCC, Zapple apparently lived on — or at least a death certificate had never been issued.
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Sinclair-Coherent plan alternative to ATSC 3.0
TVNewsCheck
The new joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Coherent Logix, ONE Media, plans to develop what it's calling the Next Generation Broadcast Platform that it feels is needed to address issues that ATSC is not. "ATSC does not offer a place for how we, as an industry, can work to shape regulation and work with all of the government bodies to make a next-generation system happen," said Sinclair's Mark Aitken.
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STELA, music royalties get heavy play in DC
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Congressional leaders are gradually moving toward reauthorizing STELA when it expires at the end of this year, with two key committee hearings in the House last week signaling measured agreement on incorporating unrelated elements demanded by Pay-TV services.

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Music royalties taking center stage in Washington, DC
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
While a majority of the U.S. House now is on record opposing efforts by the record labels to force a Performance Tax on radio stations, the push to extract more money from local broadcasters for music royalties continues unabated.

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Texas 'dark money' donors: Should they be disclosed?
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman
A possible crackdown on anonymous donations from "dark money" political groups are being re-examined by top Texas House committees, some who have already vetoed a plan that would have subjected them to stricter disclosure laws.

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JVC promotes Joe D'Amico to new position in broadcast, public sector group
TVNewsCheck
JVC promoted Joseph D'Amico to assistant vice president of its Broadcast and Public Sector Group. The appointment, effective April 14, has D'Amico managing the company's regional broadcast sales directors and the broadcast sales rep program.
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10 added to CRS agenda committee
Radio Ink
The 10 new members who will join the 14 returning members are: Jon Anthony (No Shoes Radio), Tim Gerst (Hit Shop Records), Jeremy Holley (Warner Music Nashville), Lori Lewis (Jacobs Media), Bruce Logan (CBS Radio Houston), Daniel Miller (Fusion Music), Steve Richardson (Streamsound Records), Dave Steele (Steele Imaging), Brook Stephens (KZPK) and Robin Ward (KFRG).
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Chris Huff named APD/MD at KILT-FM
All Access Music Group
Former CUMULUS Country KSCS-FM APD/MD Chris Huff has been named APD/MD for CBS Radio Country KILT-FM in Houston, effective May 12.
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WOAI-TV promotes San Antonio staple to chief weather job
San Antonio Express-News
Albert Flores, a popular weather staple on WOAI-TV's San Antonio TV for decades, was named WOAI-TV's new chief meteorologist. He first was on CBS affiliate KENS-TV during the station's heyday in the '80s, '90s and the early part of this decade, then on the city's NBC affiliate before joining WOAI-TV.
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Texas cluster closes in Big Spring
Radio INK
Jason James of Patrick Communications checks in to let us know that Rhattigan Broadcasting has closed on its $1.1 million purchase of KBST-FM in Big Spring, Texas, which can be found at three dial positions.
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