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TAB Board Elections: Email voting concludes July 25
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB Board elections are underway for 10 of the 37 seats on the Board and votes are due by July 25. Of those 10 seats, eight are held by directors eligible for re-election. Nominations were solicited from the general membership earlier this summer. The top two nominees in each category (three in the event of a tie) made the final ballot, which is in the following list. Also listed is the slate of officers recommended by the Nominating Committee, which is comprised of past TAB Chairmen. Elections are conducted electronically as set forth in the TAB bylaws.
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FCC seeks preliminary comments on a new class of FM station
CommLawBlog
A proposal to shoehorn in another class of FM station between existing Classes A and C3 has taken a small but at least observable step ahead. Essentially, the idea is that the FM spectrum could be put to more efficient use if a new class of station — proposed ominous name: Class C4 — were to be established with maximum ERP of 12 kW and maximum antenna height of 100 meters.
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Pew study: America's shifting statehouse press — lost legacy reporters, new staffers compensating
Pew Research Journalism Project
Within America's 50 state capitol buildings, 1,592 journalists inform the public about the actions and issues of state government, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Of those statehouse reporters, nearly half are assigned there full time. While that averages out to 15 full-time reporters per state, the actual number varies widely — from a high of 53 in Texas to just two in South Dakota.
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Abbott stands by transparency record some say is mixed
The Texas Tribune
Ask Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott about his record on providing the public greater access to government records and he will tell you it is one worth bragging about. He aggressively has pursued open-records training for state and elected officials and has been honored for his work in keeping Texas government transparent.
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Gov. Perry declines to release taxpayer cost for his defense lawyer
San Antonio Express-News
Taxpayers have picked up a tab topping $40,000 so far for the defense lawyer hired to represent Gov. Rick Perry in a grand jury investigation over whether he misused his power with a veto threat.
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Bryson, Newell round out TAB Convention program
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Whether you're a small radio manager or are from a major market TV station — or somewhere in between — get ready for some fast-paced, relevant training at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Convention, Aug. 6-7, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Nationally known trainers Pat Bryson and Graeme Newell round out the program on Aug. 7.
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Opening reception features special guest Pat Green
Make plans to join us at the TAB Convention Opening Reception from 6-7:30 p.m., Aug. 6, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Texas country artist Pat Green will be there for a special meet-and-greet. Thanks to our sponsors BMI, Haynes and Boone and The Nielsen Company.
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The delicate art of pulling and re-assigning accounts
Paul Weyland, Paul Weyland Communication Strategies
Business communications strategist Paul Weyland writes: "When I arrived at my new assignment in 1997, managing a radio station in Prague, Czech Republic, I discovered many interesting things. One thing was if someone in Prague says, 'No, no, no,' it really means, 'Yes, yes, yes.' Confusing? Yes. I mean, 'No.' But at the station another curious thing was why there were so many accounts running on competitive stations but not on ours." (TAB Members Only)
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Convention Focus: Haynes and Boone LLP
Haynes and Boone LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 525 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal and has been named a "Top Corporate Law Firm in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2012).
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FCC complaints filed against TV stations for not identifying true sponsor of political ads
Broadcast Law Blog
Public interest groups are actively watching broadcast political advertising, which could make this a very interesting year for broadcasters. The Sunlight Foundation, which only two months ago filed complaints against 11 television stations for alleged inadequacies in their online political files, has now filed two new complaints alleging that television stations violated FCC rules in recent elections by not identifying the true sponsor of political ads.
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New FCC public file disclosures reveal underground election
Roll Call
A trove of new public records recently opened up by the Federal Communications Commission sheds light on the ways undisclosed political ads are creating an underground midterm election that's increasingly hidden from view.
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KRHD-CD hit with fine over 'kid vid' reports
The Federal Communications Commission issued a $1,000 notice of apparent liability to Centex Television Limited Partnership, licensee of KRHD-CD Bryan, saying the station failed "to publicize the existence and location of the station's Children's Television Programming Reports."
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Should journalists pay for news?
By Lauren Swan
The Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics says, "Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news," because "journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know." Sounds simple enough, but is this method truly practical in today's society? Recently, a Mississippi pastor claimed that Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign paid Democrats to vote, and he has the text messages to prove it. Rev. Stevie Fielder was paid by a journalist named Charles C. Johnson in exchange for the story.
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Copyright Office to Aereo: 'Nope, you're not a cable system either'
CommLawBlog
After it got its clock cleaned at the Supreme Court, Aereo bounced back with a plan B, which amounted to declaring itself as a cable system and, thus, eligible for the compulsory copyright license granted to cable systems. Aereo filled out paperwork required of cable operators and filed multiple Statements of Accounts with the U.S. Copyright Office. As it turns out, in a brief letter, the CO let Aereo know that as far as the CO is concerned, Aereo is not a cable system entitled to the compulsory license.
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TAB Board Elections: Email voting concludes July 25
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB Board elections are underway for 10 of the 37 seats on the Board and votes are due by July 25. Of those 10 seats, eight are held by directors eligible for re-election. Nominations were solicited from the general membership earlier this summer.

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You're being watched: Sunlight Foundation creates online search tool of TV station political files
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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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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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Paredez named KTBC-TV weekend anchor
TVNewsCheck
Fox-owned KTBC-TV Austin (DMA 40) has promoted Ashley Paredez to weekend anchor for the station's Fox 7 News Edge. Effective immediately, Paredez will anchor the Saturday and Sunday newscasts at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
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Tony Cortez upped to APD at KTFM San Antonio
FMQB
Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon, and San Antonio, announced that drive personality Tony Cortez has been promoted to assistant program director effective immediately. Cortez has been with the station for more than three years.
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