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Performance Tax threat re-emerges with new legislation
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The international record labels' ongoing push for a Performance Tax on U.S. radio stations is revving up as Congressman Mel Watt, D-N.C., plans to file legislation this week to establish a performance right and force broadcasters to negotiate with labels and artists or face litigation. The measure will differ from Watt's 2009 legislation that mandated a fee structure for radio stations to pay labels and performers. "This attempt to force a government mandate onto local stations that would deprive communities of local music, news, sports and life-saving weather and other emergency warnings reflects outmoded and oppressive thinking," said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez. (TAB Members Only)
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More Republican statewide office candidacies in the offing
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The Republican primary for statewide office seekers continues to get more crowded as the summer drags on. State Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, says he will have an announcement about his interest in running for Texas Attorney General this week. "Based on strong encouragement from so many conservatives across Texas, next week I will make an official announcement of my future plans," Paxton said in recent days. (TAB Members Only)
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Houston FD is latest governmental entity to encrypt its radio transmissions
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The Houston Fire Department is the latest Texas governmental body to move to encrypted radio transmissions for its operations. The change occurred the past weekend in Houston, much to the dismay of local news outlets. The move follows a trend by many Texas first responders to move to digital, trunked radio communications, but several operate with limited encryption and most of those confined to the tactical communications of law enforcement. (TAB Members Only)
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TAB Convention app now available
TAB has developed a mobile app for the 60th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show, Aug. 7-8 in Austin. 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. Several advertising spots are still available. Contact TAB's Sydney Haisler or call 512-322-9944 for more information.
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TSN presents: Texas Red Dirt Roads LIVE After Party
The TSN Texas Red Dirt Roads after party is back this year and it’s bigger and better than ever! The party will immediately follow the Awards Gala. Once again this year, TXRDR host Justin Frazell will welcome talented Texas singer, song writers who will perform LIVE for you. It's a terrific way to wind down the evening and enjoy some genuine Texas music.
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Convention Focus: RUSHWORKS
RUSHWORKS is a longtime TAB Associate Member and 2013 TAB Convention Exhibitor. They are unique in offering Automation and Production Systems for Broadcast, PEG, Houses of Worship and Internet TV channels. All systems stream to virtually any media device.
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Another twist in the twisted DigiMedia/Mission Abstract patent case
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The long standing fracas over who does or doesn't have legitimate patents over certain radio station automated programming systems took another turn this past week. The DigiMedia — aka Mission Abstract Data — case is familiar to some radio broadcasters in Texas because of threatening letters they received from the firm demanding fees for use of their patented technology. However, whether the patents are legitimate is very much in question.
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The financial side of EBS spectrum leasing
CommLawBlog
Now that Softbank has acquired Sprint Corporation, and Clearwire has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sprint, we can expect Clearwire and other wireless companies interested in using 2.6 GHz wireless spectrum to bring their 2.6 GHz spectrum leasing activity from a near idle to an active and robust pursuit of this spectrum.
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Ninth Circuit tosses Fox into the Hopper … for now
CommLawBlog
The TV industry has suffered some setbacks on the copyright front in the Aereo litigation in the Second Circuit and the industry is keeping its fingers crossed, hoping for support from the Ninth Circuit on the Left Coast — in the pending Aereokiller appeal. Bad news. In an unrelated case the Ninth Circuit has issued a decision that doesn't help broadcasters although, much like the Aereo decisions so far, the damage here is by no means catastrophic. The decision involves the "Hopper" from Dish.
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Why your website needs to work across multiple devices
By Mayur Kisani
The majority of today's users consume media on multiple screens — smartphones, tablets and TV. From checking email to surfing to tweeting about a TV show or finding out about a product, your customers are mobile and spend a considerable amount of time on these screens, away from the desktop computer. Building a website that showcases your business and products across multiple devices is the new norm. Your customers deserve a great online experience with your company, no matter what device they use.
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Performance Tax threat re-emerges with new legislation
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The international record labels’ ongoing push for a Performance Tax on U.S. radio stations is revving up as Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC) plans to file legislation this week to establish a performance right and force broadcasters to negotiate with labels and artists or face litigation.

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Working with Independent Insurance Agencies
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.

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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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Headliners Foundation sets Oct. 19 date for annual awards luncheon and announce new award
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
One of the oldest journalism award ceremonies in the state will take place on Oct. 19 at the Headliners Foundation in Austin. Karen Tumulty, political correspondent with the Washington Post, is the guest speaker for this year's event. Ticket sales for the awards banquet go online in September. The Headliners Foundation announced July 25 that it had established a new $2,000 award for Texas journalists with entry criteria that encompass online journalism as well as more traditional print and broadcast news coverage.
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McShan leaving KHOU for Harris Co. DA's office
MikeMcGuff.com
KHOU 11 reporter Jeff McShan is leaving the TV biz for the public information officer position with the Harris County District Attorney's Office the BELO/Gannett Company station has confirmed to a vacationing mikemcguff.com.
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CBS flips Dallas FM to regional Mexican
Inside Radio
CBS Radio has flipped Spanish CHR "Mega 107.5" KMVK, Dallas to regional Mexican as "La Grande 107.5." KMVK had been one of the stations at the forefront of the bilingual programming experience, with up to a third of its songs in English at the peak.
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Dallas DJ Kidd Kraddick dies suddenly at 53
The Dallas Morning News
David "Kidd" Kraddick, the radio and TV personality whose locally based Kidd Kraddick in the Morning is heard on Dallas' "Kiss FM" KHKS-FM (106.1) and stations across the nation, has died, sources said late July 27.
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