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FCC makes sales push on spectrum auction
-TV webinars June 25-27

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
With little notice, the FCC has announced a series of webinars starting June 25 targeting television broadcasters who may be on the fence about whether to participate in the "no risk, high reward" voluntary incentive spectrum auction. The hour-long sessions will be presented twice daily through the end of the week. They will be presented by one of three FCC staffers:
  • Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
  • Bill Lake, Mass Media Bureau Chief
  • Howard Symons, Vice Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
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Railroad Commission's media policy draws concerns
The Texas Tribune
A recent news report on the Railroad Commission of Texas' practice of preventing staffers from talking to members of the media has raised questions about the agency's transparency efforts, with a key Republican lawmaker and a Democratic candidate for railroad commissioner among those expressing concerns.
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More stations producing local news — 1st increase in 9 years, RTDNA says
Radio Television Digital News Association
The number of TV stations originating local news actually went up by two this year to 719 stations. However weak the number, that reverses an eight-year trend of fewer newsrooms. Those 719 TV stations run news on their stations as well as on another 307 stations; a record total of 1,026 stations running local news.
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The things employees do
Radio Ink
The Los Angeles Nielsen PPM ratings were delayed for more than a week, all because a media-affiliated household took part in the Los Angeles sample. In other words, a radio station employee likely did something that was against the better interests of his or her employer.
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Record of military drone crashes does not bode well for commercial drone use
The Washington Post
More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long investigation by The Washington Post.
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A client you can never close
- Originally published in radioink.com

Paul Weyland, Paul Weyland Communication Strategies
So, you had a great meeting with a local direct client. The last words you heard from her were, "That sounds great. I think we can do this. Just let me take care of a couple of things first and I'll get back to you within the week." The week comes and goes … still no call back. You write an email. No reply. You call back and get the answering machine. You leave a message. You begin panicking. No call back. You call again and leave another message. Again, no reply. What happened?
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FCC releases 2014 regulatory fee proposals
CommLawCenter
With the heat of Summer now upon us, the FCC is gearing up for its annual regulatory fee filing window, which usually occurs in mid-September. Like other federal agencies, the FCC must raise funds to pay for its operations. For Fiscal Year 2014, Congress has, for the third year in a row, mandated that the FCC collect $339,844 million from its regulatees.
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Waiting for the Aereo decision: Supreme Court could act June 23 or 30
CommLawBlog
Supreme Court junkies doubtless know that there are, as of June 17, only 14 cases that have been argued, but not yet decided on by the Supreme Court this term. One of those is the Aereo case, which CommLawBlog has been following for the last couple of years. The Court has announced that it will be handing down opinions on June 19, 23 and 30; there's also the possibility that it will add more dates, although, obviously, time is fast running out. Because the members traditionally resolve all pending cases before they split every year toward the end of June, we can be reasonably confident that the Aereo decision is on its way, very soon.
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High court says whistleblower testimony protected
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman
The First Amendment protects public employees from job retaliation when they are called to testify in court about official corruption, the Supreme Court ruled recently. The unanimous decision cheered whistleblower advocates, who said it could encourage more government workers to cooperate with prosecutors in public fraud cases without fear of losing their livelihoods.
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FCC makes sales push on spectrum auction
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
With little notice, the FCC has announced a series of webinars starting June 25 targeting television broadcasters who may be on the fence about whether to participate in the "no risk, high reward" voluntary incentive spectrum auction. The hour-long sessions will be presented twice daily through the end of the week.

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KRIS-TV prevails in federal court case recognizing Texas' Anti-SLAPP law
By Catherine Robb, Counsel, Haynes and Boone LLP
In a recent case in the Southern District of Texas, Christopher Williams v. Cordillera Communications Inc., et al, a federal court in Texas for the first time explicitly found that the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court.

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Serial FCC petitioner sustains 14th loss
CommLawBlog
You have to admire somebody who just won't quit. No matter what. Such as someone who applied for FCC licenses back in 2000, was turned down, and has devoted unceasing efforts ever since to alter that outcome.

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Amarillo FM officially changes hands
Radio Ink
KRGN-FM in Amarillo officially now is owned by Midessa Broadcasting. The $700,000 purchase of the station from Family Life Communications closed recently. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications represented Midessa and Kalil and Company was the broker for Family Life.
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New Clear Channel tool targets key voters
NetNewsCheck
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has launched the Audience Delivery Optimizer, a proprietary radio targeting tool developed specifically for political advertisers to enable local and national political campaigns across the country to precisely target key voter segments using radio. AuDiO will be available to political candidates nationwide for the 2014 campaign cycle.
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NABOB on Nexstar-Marshall deal: Yes, but
TVNewsCheck
In urging the FCC to OK the proposed JSA waivers involving Nexstar and Marshall Broadcasting, the group wants the FCC to subject approval of the deal to annual reporting requirements as well as other conditions. The critical question for NABOB, for this deal and any others, according to the association's filing: "Is this transaction designed to produce a free-standing, independent broadcast operation at the conclusion of the JSA agreement?"
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KTFM-FM adds Blondie, Nugget for mornings
All Access Music Group
L & L Broadcasting Top 40 KTFM-FM in San Antonio has brought aboard Blondie and Nugget to take on mornings starting July 14. Blondie joins KTFM from WABD-FM in Mobile, Alabama. Nugget most recently was doing mornings at KHTT-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Morning show consultant Randy Jane has been signed on to help structure and guide the new show.
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Gage returns in Sinclair's ATSC 3.0 effort
TVNewsCheck
Former NAB CTO Kevin Gage has been named executive vice president of ONE Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group's joint venture that is developing technology it hopes will become the ATSC 3.0 next-gen TV transmission standard.
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Lauren Talarico joins KHOU-TV from WLTX-TV
Media Bistro
Lauren Talarico is joining Houston CBS affiliate KHOU-TV as a multimedia journalist, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports. Talarico joins KHOU from WLTX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina.
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