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Federal shield law effort gains steam in Senate
-House rural caucus express spectrum auction concerns

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Legislation establishing a federal Free Flow of Information Act is gaining steam as its bipartisan co-authors prepare for a committee "mark-up" of the bill before Congress adjourns for the August recess. Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., introduced S. 987 in response to a public outcry over the U.S. Department of Justice's recent admission it secretly seized AP reporters' phone records in an effort to identify the source of secret government information involving national security. (TAB Members Only)
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Statewide races take shape for 2014
-Branch running for AG, Lite Guv an option for Davis, Dialing for Dollars

Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, announced his candidacy for attorney general Tuesday at SMU's law school. Branch has long been discussed as a potential statewide Republican candidate for office. He has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2003. A lieutenant of Speaker Joe Straus, he chaired the House Higher Education Committee in the 81st, 82nd and 83rd Texas Legislature. Branch is easily the most well financed candidate of those who have expressed interest in the A.G.'s post. It officially came up for grabs when current A.G. Greg Abbott announced his candidacy for governor last week. (TAB Members Only)
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Board votes due FRIDAY, July 26
- Cast your vote today!

Beth Bobbitt, Vice President, Member Services
Make your voice heard and cast your vote for the broadcasters who will serve on TAB's Board of Directors next year. Ballots are due by COB on Friday, July 26. Winners will be announced at the Business Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 2:45 pm. The meeting is held as part of TAB's 60th Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
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TAB announces Public Service Award winners
Six stations will receive TAB's prestigious Bonner McLane Awards for outstanding service to their local communities. The awards and $500 vouchers will be presented Aug. 8 at 7:30 a.m. during the Community Service Awards Breakfast at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
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Working with Independent Insurance Agencies
- Originally published in www.radioink.com

Paul Weyland, Weyland Communication Strategies
Here's a five-year marketing and advertising plan worth a million dollars for a local insurance agency. Family-owned independent insurance agencies make great local direct customers. Their money comes from commissions paid by the insurance companies. Gross margin of profit after the cost of labor is 30 percent. Average sale for auto insurance for a two-car family is just under $1,000 per year. Most family-owned local insurance agencies depend on sales of automobile coverage because auto premiums give the agency the chance upsell and also get the customer's home, life, health, business and other policies. (TAB Members Only)
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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.
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Federal shield law effort gains steam in Senate
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Legislation establishing a federal Free Flow of Information Act is gaining steam as its bipartisan co-authors prepare for a committee "mark-up" of the bill before Congress adjourns for the August recess. (TAB Members Only)

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Abbott announces gubernatorial candidacy
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made it official on Sunday and announced his campaign for governor. He will prove to be a formidable candidate with more than $20 million on hand to stage a statewide campaign.

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Stations may face a Patrick predicament
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President
Texas radio stations may face an interesting predicament in the 2014 race for Lt. Gov. in the Republican primary. That's because Houston broadcaster Sen. Dan Patrick is running for the job.

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Aereo decision: Technology takes a backseat
CommLawCenter
In a decision that disappointed but didn't entirely surprise broadcasters, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit declined to rehear in banc its earlier decision rejecting a request by broadcasters to terminate with extreme prejudice Aereo's broadcast subscription service in New York. The announcement was not a decision on the merits, but merely the result of a poll taken among the Second Circuit judges in which less than a majority indicated an interest in hearing the case in banc.
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Newsroom staffing remains flat, finds RTDNA/Hofstra survey
Broadcast Engineering
A total of 952 television stations are airing local news across the United States, and 717 stations are responsible for originating that news content, according to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey.
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Patent infringement suit likely to proceed
Radio World
An intellectual property attorney says a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office filing clears the way for the judge to set a trial date in a federal lawsuit against several major radio groups. Mission Abstract Data/DigiMedia is requesting U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Stark lift the stay in place since November 2011 in its patent infringement suit, which targets the digital media storage and automation systems the broadcasters use.
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Blaise Labbe named ND at WOAI/KABB-TV
TVNewsCheck
Blaise Labbe, who's been the news director at KCTV in Kansas City for 3 1/2 years, has been named director of news for Sinclair's new duopoly in San Antonio, WOAI (NBC) and KABB (Fox).
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Pitts joins KPRC as reporter, anchor
Ultimate Texans
Former Texans offensive lineman Chester Pitts will join KPRC (Channel 2) as a year-round member of the station's sports staff, the station said recently.
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Wayne retires from KSHN
TAB Staff
Allen Wayne, longtime morning show host at KSHN Liberty will retire July 26. He has been on the air in the area since 1977. "He has been here through two hurricanes, a couple of tornadoes, three major freeze events and a few prolonged power outages and has been the calm, stabilizing voice for locals who only had one local source of news," said Bill Buchanan, KSHN owner.
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