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Congressional recess: no time to play
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Congress began its five-week paid vacation this month despite having made little, if any, progress in bridging partisan differences on the most significant policy issues this year. Nonetheless, members are ostensibly in their districts to take the pulse of the electorate and reacquaint themselves with family. They'll probably do more talking than listening, though, as the political parties provided them partisan talking points on various issues as a precursor to next year's mid-term elections. (TAB Members Only)
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Creighton announces for Agriculture Commissioner
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, will run for the Republican nomination for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Creighton made the announcement Aug. 9. The post is being vacated by current Commissioner Todd Staples who is running for Lt. Governor in 2014.
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State of Texas announces proposed constitutional amendment ballot order
- First election for Voter ID requirement

Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas Secretary of State John Steen has selected the ballot order for the nine proposed constitutional amendments to be voted on as part of the Nov. 5 election. "This fall voters will be asked to approve nine amendments to the Texas Constitution," said Secretary Steen. "By randomly selecting the order, in which the amendments appear, we can help ensure no amendment unfairly benefits from its placement on the ballot." (TAB Members Only)
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Broadcasters celebrate TAB's 60th Anniversary at Convention
TAB Staff
More than 1,200 Texas broadcasters and industry players descended on Aug. 8-9 in Austin for TAB's 60th Annual Convention and Trade Show which featured some of the country's premier advertising and new media experts, communications lawyers, technology gurus and 121 exhibit booths. "From start to finish, this year's convention appears to have really hit the right spot for our delegates, exhibitors and sponsors," said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.
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TAB Executive Briefing Webinar set for Aug. 21: Free to TAB members
TAB Staff
TAB members can get a quick update on four laws benefitting Texas newsrooms that TAB helped pass in recent sessions of the Texas Legislature. The Aug. 21 TAB Executive Briefing webinar will explain how newsrooms can use the Texas reporter shield law; the 2011 anti-SLAPP litigation law; the Texas interlocutory appeal statute; and the most recent addition to the Texas newsroom legal toolbox, the 2013 Defamation Mitigation Act. Attorney Laura Prather of TAB Associate member law firm Haynes and Boone LLP will present the webinar.
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Texas Creative Co-Op: Scripts from BENMARadio
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
TAB members have the opportunity to download several scripts they can use immediately to spice up their on-air content. The scripts are part of TAB's Creative Co-Op service and, in August, they feature scripts for local markets, a country club men's shop and a golf store. (TAB Members Only)
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Continental Electronics
Continental Electronics, a TAB Associate Member, designs and manufactures top of the line for analog and HD Radio® broadcast transmitters, specializing in high-power transmitting systems. In addition to broadcast transmitters, Continental is a world leader in Shortwave, Low Frequency and Very-Low Frequency transmitters, as well as Radar, Particle Accelerators and other specialized state-of-the-art transmitters for private industry and government applications.
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RCS
RCS, a TAB Silver Star Associate Member, is a technology company that has been inventing solutions for the broadcasting industry for over 30 years. As innovations, their products and services are used at more than 9,000 radio stations, TV music channels, cable companies, satellite radio networks and Internet stations worldwide.
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FCC pushes back Ownership Report deadline to Dec. 2
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The FCC announced it is extending the deadline to file 2013 station ownership reports, Form 323, to Dec. 2. The biennial report had been due in early November. Form 323 must be filed by all commercial full-power AM, FM, TV and LPTV stations — including Class A stations — as well as any entities that happen to have attributable interests in any such stations.
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FCC announces regulatory fees to be paid in September
Broadcast Law Blog
The FCC has finalized its regulatory fees for 2013, though they have not announced the actual filing date, other than to say that the fees will be paid during a window to be announced sometime in September. In the order announcing and setting the new fees, the FCC addresses several issues in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the fees regarding broadcasters and some of the more significant changes that may or may not be in effect any time soon.
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It's all about content
By Nikki Trufant-Wade
The world we live in has become a very different place in recent years. The invention of the smartphone, tablet and DVR, and the decline of the newspaper industry has changed what information we receive — as well as how and when we receive it. With so many outlets to choose from, getting the attention of consumers to generate traffic for your website and sales for your company has become much more of a challenge.
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Congressional recess: no time to play
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Congress began its five-week paid vacation this month despite having made little, if any, progress in bridging partisan differences on the most significant policy issues this year. Nonetheless, members are ostensibly in their districts to take the pulse of the electorate and reacquaint themselves with family.

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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.

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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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Rivers leaves KSAT-TV for Philadelphia reporter job
KYW-TV
Matt Rivers will join CBS 3 and The CW Philly's Eyewitness News team as a reporter beginning Aug. 12, Vice President and News Director Susan Schiller has announced.
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Bill Barajas leaves KRGV-TV for San Antonio job at KSAT
MikeMcGuff.com
Bill Barajas is moving up to a higher TV market. For the past three years, younger Barajas, son of News 92's Mike Barajas, has been working as a reporter at KRGV-TV in the Rio Grande Valley. But starting Aug. 12, he moves up to KSAT-TV, San Antonio's top-rated station.
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Winkley moves up to chief meteorologist at KBTX-TV
MikeMcGruff.com
Shel Winkley's bio- and social-media accounts have been changed to say he is now the chief meteorologist at KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station.
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