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Connected Car + NextRadio = Radio's future
-Jacobs, Brenner outline Radio's opportunities on dash, smartphones

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The bullet train to the future is speeding across the landscape and radio stations that jump on board are poised to secure their position on smartphones and the new Internet-connected car dashboard as two of the industry's leading technologists and researchers will outline at the TAB Convention Aug. 6-7. "Looking at the current forecasts for FM-enabled smartphone sales of 3-5 million units in Q2 2014, we expect by mid-year 2014 to have at least 5 million FM-enabled smartphones in the hands of consumers and continuing to grow," said Paul Brenner, NextRadio president.
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DOT warns FAA faces 'significant barriers' to clearing drones for newsroom, other commercial uses
The Hill
The Federal Aviation Administration is in danger of missing a congressionally mandated deadline for expanding the use of nonmilitary drones in the U.S., according to a report that was conducted by the Department of Transportation's inspector general. DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III said in the report that the FAA "is significantly behind schedule in meeting most of the UAS-related provisions of the [2012] FAA Modernization and Reform Act."
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Abbott's decision on release of hazardous chemicals information continues to draw fire
The Dallas Morning News
Attorney General Greg Abbott conceded that getting information about dangerous chemicals in Texas is "challenging," after earlier suggesting that people can easily learn whether they live near places that store potentially explosive substances. Abbott has faced criticism from Democratic opponent Wendy Davis and open records advocates since his office ruled in May that locations of some facilities storing dangerous chemicals, such as ammonium nitrate, remain confidential.
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US House Judiciary Committee plans omnibus music licensing bill
Broadcast Law Blog
The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee finished its second hearing on music licensing. Congressional hearings usually are not in-depth proceedings looking to establish detailed facts as done in a hearing in a court proceeding. Instead, they are formalized proceedings where parties get to make their canned statements setting out positions on issues.
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You're being watched: Sunlight Foundation creates online search tool of TV station political files
Political Ad Sleuth
Use this site to get the latest information on political ads purchased at television stations around the country. These files provide the only information we have on who's behind some of the shadowy groups pouring money into the election.
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TAB2014: Free seminars
TAB's Annual Convention & Trade Show includes several seminars that are free to everyone, including Trade Show Only passes. The convention is set for Aug. 6-7 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Free seminars will all be held Aug. 7.
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TAB Convention app now available
TAB's mobile app for the 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show is now ready for downloading. Inergize Digital, a TAB Associate Member, helped develop the app and is the official sponsor. The app is available in the Apple Store and Android Market. With the app, you can view the most current schedule, convention news, map of exhibit hall, the full list of sponsors and exhibitors and much more. Contact registration@tab.org, or call 512-322-9944 for more information.
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Convention Focus: Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Fletcher, Heald & Hildretch is a longtime TAB Associate Member. Founded in 1936, they provide comprehensive services in every branch of communications law. Their active clients include broadcast stations, telecommunications companies, major financial institutions, equipment suppliers, Internet service providers, technology start-ups, mobile radio users and service providers, cable TV companies, fixed microwave interests, satellite providers, private equity investment firms, content owners and publishers, journalists, scientific research organizations, trade associations, universities, state and local governments and corporate telecommunications users.
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FCC seeks input on EAS fixes
CommLawBlog
Problems with the EAS system surfaced in the 2011 nationwide test; now the Commission is looking to fix them, but it could take a while and be pricey for EAS participants.
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Supreme Court lets Red Lion decision stand
CommLawBlog
The Supreme Court has declined to review the latest case that offered the Court the opportunity to declare its 1969 Red Lion decision — and, more importantly, the spectrum scarcity rationale on which it was based — no longer viable. As a result, broadcasters will continue to bear the second-class First Amendment status to which they officially have been subjected for nearly 50 years.
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US House Ethics Committee goes into reverse after travel disclosure misstep
The Dallas Morning News
Usually, the House Ethics Committee makes news only when someone else messes up: A congressman gets too cozy with a lobbyist or there's an allegation of bribery to sort out. Recently, though, the committee, chaired by Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, drew headlines for its own missteps. It quietly changed disclosure rules for privately sponsored travel, including the sort of overseas junkets that politicians love to take and hate to talk about.
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Connected Car + NextRadio = Radio's future
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The bullet train to the future is speeding across the landscape and radio stations that jump on board are poised to secure their position on smartphones and the new Internet-connected car dashboard as two of the industry's leading technologists and researchers will outline at the TAB Convention Aug. 6-7.

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FCC moves to caption Internet content
The Hill
The Federal Communications Commission is taking another step to make the Internet more accessible, voting on rules for closed captioning online video clips.

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Former licensee of KBPO-AM Port Neches resolves $40,000 FCC public file fine
CommLawCenter
Earlier in June, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued an order against the former licensee of a Texas radio station admonishing the licensee but declining to impose $40,000 in previously proposed fines relating to public inspection file violations.

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NAB announces 2014 Marconi Awards nominees
All Access Music Group
The NAB has announced the finalists for the 2014 Marconi Radio Awards. The winners will be announced Sept. 11 at a dinner and show at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis.
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Man charged with making threats against KLBJ-FM staff
Austin American-Statesman
Austin police charged a man with a felony after being alerted to Facebook messages they said threatened the staff of radio station KLBJ-FM, including morning show host Dale Dudley from the morning show Dudley and Bob.
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Carl Wiglesworth: A legendary warrior on San Antonio radio
San Antonio Express-News
Farewell Carl Wiglesworth. You were one of San Antonio's most prominent radio warriors, particularly when it came to fighting City Hall. The conservative talk institution, who helmed shows on local radio for nearly three decades, has died. He was 73.
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Former KHOU-TV reporter Woodard passes
Houston Press
Reporter Brad Woodard, an award-winning former reporter for KHOU-TV, was recently found dead. There is no word yet on the cause of death. He would have turned 52 at the end of the July.
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Longtime KPRC-TV reporter Benton leaving station
MikeMcGuff.com
After 20 years at the station, KPRC-TV reporter Mary Benton is calling it quits.
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Garber named news director at KTVT/KTXA-TV
Rick Gevers & Associates
Mike Garber has been named vice president and news director for KTVT/KTXA-TV, the CBS owned duopoly in Dallas.
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