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Lawmakers take up redistricting while Perry ponders vetoes
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
When Gov. Rick Perry last week ordered legislators to take up legislative and congressional redistricting immediately after concluding their regular session, many capitol observers characterized the budding special session as a "quick and easy" dispensation of long-pending business. Perry went so far as to craft the wording of the call to prescribe his desired outcome — adopting the interim maps approved by the courts for use in the 2012 elections. (TAB members only.)
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Regular session's Open Government legislative graveyard littered with mostly bad bills
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Gov. Rick Perry is carefully mulling the pile of about 70 Open Government and media related bills that are part of an even larger stack legislation that has been on his desk since the end of the 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, on May 27. So far, Perry has signed 23 pieces of such legislation and by law, he has until June 16 to act on that which remains. Of the approximately 350 measures that TAB's Newsroom Legislative Committee was tracking this session, roughly 100 bills made it all the way to his desk. (TAB members only.)
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Broadcasters to honor four industry leaders
Beth Bobbitt, TAB Vice President, Member Services
The Texas Association of Broadcasters will honor four broadcast leaders at TAB's Annual Awards Gala. The gala, part of the association's 60th Annual Convention & Trade Show, is set for Thursday, Aug. 8 from 7-10 p.m. at the Renaissance Austin Hotel (9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin, 78759).
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Best practices for creating testimonial ads
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
It was one of the most daring and controversial ad campaigns of the past few decades — the Dominos "our pizza stinks" campaign. After a badly handled YouTube video scandal and complaints about the quality of their ingredients, the company built an entire mea culpa ad campaign that shocked consumers and the ad community. Their president posted a video on YouTube openly admitting quality had slipped. The ad campaign featured real customers criticizing the product, and then the ads promised a retooling of the entire organization to improve quality. While many ad critics openly scorned the ads, the campaign generated amazing buzz because of its unflinching honesty. (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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Ultimate Energy Advisors LLC
Ultimate Energy Advisors, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, help their clients navigate both the regulated and deregulated electricity markets in the United States and Canada — and natural gas in select markets — by providing insight on the entire process of providing energy at a reasonable cost given existing market conditions — from initial contact through requests for proposals, contract comparisons, risk tolerance analysis, budgets and responsible implementation.
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Stations find out when airing a fake EAS tone is OK
CommLawCenter
In what has been a recurring theme, the FCC rule prohibiting the airing of Emergency Alert System codes and tones unless there is an actual emergency or EAS test. Despite the rule, the draw of using an EAS tone is apparently irresistible, and we've seen it used in movie ads, oil company ads and even zombie alerts. Unlike many FCC rules, the ambiguity of which can leave seasoned practitioners arguing over what is or isn't prohibited.
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Health effects of radio waves: Effective date of new rules set
Broadcast Law Blog
In April, the FCC reported its foray into the thorny issue of health effects of radio waves. The FCC adopted minor tweaks to its existing rules, proposed further tweaks and sought comments on broader issues, including the controversial question of whether the current radio-frequency exposure limits are safe, and if not, what they should be. The document has now been published in the Federal Register, in two separate parts.
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FCC proposes VHF regulatory fee reduction
TV Technology
The FCC has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking — FCC 13-74 — regarding the assessment and collection of regulatory fees.

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Legislative session delivers big wins for broadcasters
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Texas broadcasters scored several key victories in this year's regular legislative session which ended Monday – just minutes before Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to resolve the state's ongoing battle over maps for House, Senate and Congressional districts.

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Sook: Algorithms can't serve local markets
NetNewsCheck.com
Perry Sook, chairman and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, told attendees at the Media Financial Management Association's conference in New Orleans that local media companies' local nature is their greatest weapon in their battle against the Googles and Yahoos of the world.

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Hendryx selling two Alpine radio stations
Ray Hendryx, President/General Manager, KVLF-AM/KALP-FM Alpine
Ray Hendryx, president and GM of KVLF-AM and KALP-FM in Alpine, has announced plans to put both stations on the market. KVLF went on the air in 1947, and has been known as the "Voice of the Last Frontier" for the past 66 years. Hendrix's father, the late Gene Hendryx, was a part time announcer on KVLF when the station signed on, and bought controlling interest in the station a few years later.
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Application window opens for fall Kneeland Project Forum in Austin
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The application window is open for the Carole Kneeland Project's Sept. 11-14 New Media Leadership Forum. A number of Texas television news directors are former Kneeland Fellows. If you have not attended one of the CKP's leadership forums, now is your chance. Eighteen news directors from around the country will be selected to attend the four-day seminar which takes place in Austin at the TAB building. Applications are due June 14.
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Gray's Prather betting it all on broadcasting
TVNewsCheck
Bob Prather received his first lessons in running a business while working in a drug store during his college days at George Tech. "The owner was a real believer in customer service," says Prather, now the president, COO and front man for Gray Television, the nation's 18th largest station group, according to the TVNewsCheck-BIA/Kelsey Top 30 ranking.
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Nexstar taps syndicaster for online video
NetNewsCheck
The broadcaster will roll out the Syndicaster platform for online video at its 61 television station in 41 markets. The move is a sign that Nexstar plans to be more aggressive with digital video. "They're looking at live streaming original content that they're not putting on TV," says Ion Puspurica of Critical Media.
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Gutierrez named KTAB-KRBC GM
TVNewsCheck
Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. announced that Albert Gutierrez has been appointed vice president and general manager of its CBS affiliate KTAB and associated digital services, including community Web portal BigCountryHomepage.com, serving Abilene-Sweetwater, DMA 164. He succeeds Eric Thomas, who was named GM of Nexstar's Lubbock duopoly in February.
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