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-Pre-72 records, anti-drones bills advance; newsroom bills inch forward
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Heading in to the final week of the 2013 Texas legislative session, lawmakers finally passed a bill clarifying that broadcasters can air pre-1972 records without fear of breaking state law. HB 1043 by Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, adds the same exception for broadcasting these older recordings that 47 other states already have. The exception removes the potential threat that the RIAA or another entity might try to sue radio stations under the currently ambiguous law. (TAB members only.)
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New hope for a federal shield law
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, are renewing calls for a federal reporter shield law in the wake of the seizure of Associated Press employee phone records by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the DOJ has revealed it secretly obtained two months' worth of phone records from AP staff. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole defended the secret subpoenas as an appropriate measure designed to aid the department's investigation into who leaked classified information concerning a CIA operation in Yemen that disrupted an al-Quaeda plot to blow up a U.S.-bound airplane. (TAB members only.)
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Last chance to register for TAB's FREE sales webinar
TAB is offering its members a FREE sales webinar noon, Thursday, May 23. The webinar will be presented by Jim Mathis, an international Certified Speaking Professional and best-selling author. His program focuses on how to negotiate pricing with clients. Register now!
'Who Wants the Money? Come and Get It!'
- Originally published in www.rbr.com and www.tvbr.com
Paul Weyland, Weyland Communication Strategies
A friend and client recently told me that he sees two kinds of people in the world … those obsessed by money and those who are guided by other concerns or principals. I like to think of myself as a compassionate person, driven by love of family, literature, art, music, science and leaving the world a better place than I found it. But when it came to broadcast sales, it really was about doing my best to bring more money to my clients … who would then in return, richly reward me for my effort. Yes, it came down to the money. (TAB members only.)
Convention Focus: Comrex Corporation
Comrex is a TAB Associate Member and 2013 TAB Convention Sponsor and Exhibitor. They have designed and manufactured broadcast equipment since its incorporation in 1961. Their product line has consistently applied the best in current technology to the specific needs of broadcasters. From the time of their founder John Cheney's first products in the early 1960s, Comrex has had a long tradition of providing a very down-to-earth answer to a universal broadcast need — bringing high quality audio into the studio from virtually anywhere, economically, at a moment's notice.
Peter Eckmann Broadcast Consultants Inc.
Peter Eckmann Broadcast Consultants Inc., a TAB Associate Member, specialize in high-power broadcast transmission systems. They have extensive experience with all RF system elements from the transmitter output to the antenna. In addition, they provide design assistance, inspection and installation of transmission system components.
Jackson Walker wins anti-SLAPP appeals court victory
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
TAB's general counsel, Jackson Walker L.L.P., secured a victory May 2 for a newspaper company and its sources when the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas reversed a defamation ruling under the Texas Citizens' Participation Act, the state's anti-SLAPP statute. TAB, the Texas Press Association and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas worked to pass the TCPA in 2011 Legislature. David Hagey, division vice president at IntegraCare, a division of Kindred at Home, said he was highly pleased with the outcome of the case and Jackson Walker's representation. (TAB members only.)
Consulting engineer: Stations must prepare now to ensure repacking success
"Be Prepared" might be the motto of the Boy Scouts, but according to Bill Godfrey, a consulting engineer with Kessler & Gehman Associates, a Florida-based telecommunications engineering and consulting firm, those words are equally appropriate for all full-power and Class A television stations as the FCC moves forward with its incentive auction and spectrum repacking.
FCC adopts more lenient standards to student-run noncommercial broadcast stations
Broadcast Law Blog
Fines against noncommercial stations — primarily student run — may not be as harsh as they have been in the past under a new ruling issued by the FCC's Media Bureau. The new policy came about as part of a consent decree entered into by an Iowa college-owned broadcaster whose student-run station failed in its obligation to keep quarterly issue program lists during most of the prior license renewal term; also its obligations to file biennial ownership reports with the Commission. Instead of imposing what could have been as much as a $25,000 fine on the broadcaster, the FCC agreed to a consent decree by which the broadcaster contributed only $2,500 to the government.
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AM proposals get FCC airing
Several industry stakeholders recently met with various FCC representatives at the commission about reviving AM.
Stakeholders discuss short- and long-term proposals to help AM, including migrating AMs to Channels 5 and 6. Mullaney Engineering President Jack Mullaney told FCC staff nearly all current analog AM coverage could be replicated by digital operation on these channels, with many AMs obtaining improved nighttime service.
Hit-and-run driver injures Texas TV crew
Denisse Salinas, reporter for McAllen, Texas, Telemundo affiliate KTLM-TV, and photographer JJ Ramos were hospitalized after their news vehicle was recently struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Salinas told The Monitor she would be in the hospital for a few days with internal injuries. Ramos was later released.
KUT Austin to be in global spotlight
Austin will be at the forefront of three global conversations when the "BBC's World Have Your Say" broadcasts from the capital of Texas in collaboration with KUT-FM 90.5, May 22-24.
Rentrak adds KOSA-TV
Rentrak Corp. announced a multiyear local TV ratings contract with ICA Broadcasting for its CBS affiliate, KOSA Odessa-Midland, Texeas, and its MNT-affiliated subchannel branded as NOSA-TV. The new contract makes Odessa the 11th market in Texas to use Rentrak's TV ratings, joining subscribers in Abilene, Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, Tyler, Victoria and Waco.
McFarland programs Houston's KSBJ-FM
Ty McFarland is the newly named program director at KSBJ-FM in Houston. He'll join the noncommercial Contemporary Christian outlet on June 17. McFarland is a veteran programmer who was most recently senior PD at WGTS-FM in Washington, D.C.; before that he developed and managed programming as PD for the K-LOVE network.
Davis leaving KENS-TV for CBS News
Kurt Davis has been named vice president, news services for CBS News. Davis will lead CBS News' satellite news gathering organization, which provides news and information to 200 CBS affiliates as well as to broadcasters around the world. The appointment is effective immediately, and he will be based in New York. Davis joins CBS News after 10 years as executive news director at CBS affiliate KENS-TV in San Antonio.
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