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TAB's 60th Anniversary Convention starts today
- Welcome broadcasters!

More than 1,000 radio and television broadcasters are in Austin for TAB's 60th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show. All events, including the 121-booth trade show, are being held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78759. Good news … there's still time to register!
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Water proposition supporters gear up to pass measure on Nov. 5 ballot
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas voters will head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote on at least 10 constitutional amendments, but the issue that likely will see the most interest, in terms of advertising, is the so-called water proposition. The 83rd Texas Legislature passed a historic package of water-related legislation. Texans will be asked to approve a one-time investment in implementation of the Texas State Water Plan. (TAB Members Only)
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Paxton announces runs for Attorney General
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
State Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, formally announced his candidacy for Texas Attorney General late last week. Paxton will face State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who announced in late July he would seek the office. Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman announced for the job previously. The post opened when current A.G. Greg Abbott announced a run for the governor['s office. (TAB Members Only)
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TAB Convention app available for download
TAB Staff
TAB has developed a mobile app for the 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.
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XtremeSat Media revolutionizes audio delivery for broadcasters with features like AAC digital audio, efficient bandwidth usage and spot insertions. Internal Storage and Icecast streaming protects your content during a satellite outage and notifications via SNMP traps. The GUI interface gives Engineers the status of the tuner’s audio levels and logs. MORE
 


Save the date, TAB Newsroom Workshop on Sept. 21
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The annual Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop takes place Saturday, Sept. 21, in Dallas on the Southern Methodist University campus. The day-long event will have multiple tracks of sessions on various aspects of newsgathering featuring nationally known broadcast news professionals, a large contingent of the state's best broadcast journalists and media law attorneys.
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News marketing lessons from the retail side — the clairvoyant salesman
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
There are times when I really pity the women of the world. They will never get to live one of the most exhilarating experiences of raw power to be found on the planet. It is that most quintessential of male experiences — one that every man looks back on as a rite of passage. It is a carefully managed and choreographed ritual that rivals the theatrics of a Broadway play. (TAB Members Only)
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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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Where's my license renewal?!
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas radio station licensees are already starting to wonder when their license renewal will arrive from the FCC. Texas radio stations were required to file their renewal applications by April 1. Typically, the FCC starts sending out renewals around the scheduled expiration date of the current license term, in this case, Aug. 1.
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Texas case shows FCC is very serious about cigarette ad, sponsorship rules
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
An El Paso radio station cluster is paying a $15,000 "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury to settle a three-year long FCC investigation into tobacco product related advertising on two stations. Townsquare Media admits no wrongdoing, but will be subject to a three-year compliance plan regarding the FCC's sponsorship ID rules in addition to the "contribution."
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More big FCC fines for Children's Television violations
Broadcast Law Blog
Fines of $20,000 for violations of the obligations to prepare and file Children's Television Reports have been flowing out from the FCC as it works its way through license renewal applications filed by television stations over the last year. We wrote about a number of these fines here, when the first wave of fines was issued by the FCC, mostly dealing with Class A TV stations. In the last two weeks, the fines have continued, with a few targeting full power television stations and many others hitting Class A stations. In several cases, the fines reached $20,000, and included fines not only for the failure to file the reports with the FCC on a timely basis, but also the late placement of the reports into the station's public file and the failure to report the deficiencies in compliance on the license renewal forms.
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1 more piece of the TV auction puzzle
CommLawBlog
Recently, the FCC released a public notice providing information on the repacking process that will follow the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. This is the FCC's second response to calls by a number of parties seeking greater transparency regarding the technical aspects of the repacking process, including the FCC's repacking model and modeling assumptions. The FCC anticipates that more pieces of the puzzle, including details about how bids will be selected, how channels will be assigned, and the associated algorithms, will be made public in the coming months.
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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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Gardner to program KRNB Dallas
Radio Ink
Service Broadcasting Director of Operations Michael Erickson introduced Kevin Gardner as the new PD for Urban AC Smooth R&B 105.7 (KRNB-FM). "We are so fortunate to have found someone who is experienced, instinctive, creative and constantly growing stronger. Kevin's character, leadership and commitment to the community made him stand out from the competition and an ideal fit to help move our company forward."
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News92, Yahoo Sports to share content
Radio Ink.
Here's something we don't see often enough. Two radio stations, owned by different companies in the same market, sharing content. In most cases you see radio lean more on TV for added content so it's nice to see radio working together to provide more information to the community. Radio One regional vice president Doug Abernethy and Gow Media CEO David Gow said they have agreed to exchange content. News 92 FM (KROI-FM/Houston) and Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 (KGOW-AM/Houston) will share news and sports content.
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Halyburton joins Falls Media as vice president
Radio Ink.
Dan Halyburton will leave his position with CBS' Texas State Networks in August to join Falls Media. He'll share management duties for the company's stations with Falls Media President and co-founder Dan Balla. With Halyburton aboard, the company says it will seek additional capital, and focus on strategic acquisitions in mid- to large-sized markets. Halyburton has also made a financial investment in the company.
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Betasso heads to Hurst
Broadcast & Cable
Angela Betasso, VP of sales at Belo Corp., is joining Hearst Television Inc., also as VP of sales. She starts early in 2014 and will be located in Hearst's New York tower. Betasso will share oversight of station sales with Kathleen Keefe, also VP of sales.
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