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May 22
TAB Exec Briefing: Broadcast Alcohol Advertising

May 23
TAB Sales Webinar: Jim Mathis

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TAB Board Meeting


 






Effort to clarify broadcast of pre-72 sound recordings steps closer to passage
-Senate floor vote pending

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
A key Senate committee last week unanimously approved the House-passed legislation TAB is advancing to clarify that a decades-old law prohibiting illegal copying or "bootlegging" of recordings made before 1972 doesn't apply to broadcasts of such songs. HB 1043 by Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, adds the same exception for broadcasting these older recordings that 47 other states have. The exception will remove the potential threat that the RIAA or another entity might try to sue radio stations under the currently ambiguous law. Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, sponsored the measure in the Senate and secured unanimous approval from the Senate Jurisprudence Committee. (TAB members only.)
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Hearings this week on TAB newsroom legislative package — bills on track for final passage next week
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
House and Senate committees took testimony on three bills this week that comprise TAB's legislative package of newsroom and Open Government related bills. On Monday, TAB Board Member Patti Smith, general manager of Belo's KVUE-TV Austin, testified before the Senate State Affairs Committee in favor of HB 1759 by Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi. HB 1759 is the TAB endorsed uniform retractions and corrections bill that would establish a framework for broadcasters and newspapers to issue retractions, clarifications or corrections, thereby providing a quick and cost-effective means of correcting or clarifying alleged mistakes and avoiding costly litigation. (TAB members only.)
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Two upcoming TAB Webinars — Free to Members!
TAB Staff
TAB is offering two webinars this month and both are FREE to members! The Executive Briefing webinar will explore the state regulations affecting broadcast alcohol advertising. Will Ellerman, a partner with TAB's general counsel Jackson Walker LLP, will present the session at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 22. Jim Mathis will be presenting a sales webinar at noon, Thursday, May 23. He will be focusing on how to negotiate pricing with clients.
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Digital sales tools, social prospecting seminars on tap for TAB 2013
Beth Bobbitt, TAB Vice President, Member Services
Texas broadcasters will have opportunities to learn from several of the industry's top trainers at TAB's 60th Annual Convention, Aug. 7-8 in Austin. Stephen Warley, founder of LocalBroadcastSales.com, is back at the convention to present two of his most popular seminars.
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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 scripts for staffing services, florists and heating and air conditioning services. (TAB members only.)
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Convention Focus: RUSHWORKS
RUSHWORKS is a longtime TAB Associate Member and 2013 TAB Convention Exhibitor. They are unique in offering Automation and Production Systems for Broadcast, PEG, Houses of Worship and Internet TV channels. All systems stream to virtually any media device.
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Logitek Electronic Systems
Logitek Electronic Systems, a TAB Associate Member, manufactures Networked Audio and Router based Console systems for Radio and Television that make it easy for your station to implement IP Audio networking. Their scalable and sophisticated JetStream IP platform integrates seamlessly with your operations while offering the best value for your equipment investment.
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FCC fines up to $25,000 for tower issues
Broadcast Law Blog
Failing to properly maintain a communications tower can be expensive, as a number of FCC decisions demonstrate. In several decisions reached recently, the Commission faulted tower owners for all sorts of problems — tower lights being out without letting the FAA know, faded paint, missing fencing around an AM tower, tower registrations that had not been updated after a sale and the failure to post the tower Antenna Survey Registration Number at the base of the tower so that the FCC could identify the tower owner. These cases provide a survey of the many issues that tower owners can have — ones that can bring big FCC fines.
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Enforcement relief for 'student-run' NCE stations
CommLawBlog
The FCC's enforcement actions often leave us shaking our heads wondering if the bureaucracy recognizes the challenges faced in real life by those it regulates. But occasionally there are rays of hope. Case in point: the Media Bureau has revised its policy for enforcing certain paperwork obligations against student-staffed noncommercial educational radio broadcast stations. The revised policy provides an opportunity for such stations to avoid crushing forfeitures, which could end up shutting the stations down.
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Effort to clarify broadcast of pre-72 sound recordings steps closer to passage
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
A key Senate committee last week unanimously approved the House-passed legislation TAB is advancing to clarify that a decades-old law prohibiting illegal copying or "bootlegging" of recordings made before 1972 doesn't apply to broadcasts of such songs.

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NAB seeks thaw on license modification freeze
TV Technology
The National Association of Broadcasters formally has requested that the Federal Communications Commission lift its freeze of TV station modification applications.

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Emmis promotes mobile app with FM tuner for Sprint phones
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Radio broadcasters interested in previewing the "NextRadio" mobile app/FM tuner combo can check it out by webinar on Monday, May 13. The app, developed by NAB Labs and Emmis Communications, includes several interactive features that offer revenue generating options in addition to the FM tuner.

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Medallas de Cortez finalists named
Radio Ink
Radio Ink named the finalists for the Medallas de Cortez awards for excellence in Hispanic radio. Nominees include industry leaders in station management, sales, programming and advertising. These finalists will be judged and winners will be presented with the prestigious Medallas de Cortez medal at a ceremony during the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference, set for May 16-17 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami.
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New Tech Media & Communication dean named
KJTV-TV
Texas Tech has announced a new dean for the College of Media & Communication. David D. Perlmutter will become dean July 1. He replaces Jerry Hudson, who is retiring after 35 years at Texas Tech. Perlmutter comes to Lubbock from the University of Iowa, where was director of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication.
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Ben and Skin to host afternoons in Dallas
Radio Ink
The FAN, 105.3, says its new afternoon drive team is Ben Rogers and Jeff "Skin" Wade. "The Ben and Skin Show" premiered May 13. Ben and Skin are lifelong friends who grew up together rooting for the Dallas-Fort Worth teams. They first appeared on-air together in halftime segments on KSTR 49's Dallas Mavericks television broadcasts.
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