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Nov. 20
TAB Fall Webinar: Reading Customer Buying Languages

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TAB Board Meeting

 






Stations reminded emergency information should be accessible
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
In August, the FCC issued a public notice reminding television broadcasters and Pay-TV companies that emergency information must be made accessible to the hearing and visually impaired. There are no exemptions to this responsibility set forth in Section 79.2 of the commission's rules, and stations should note that each licensee is responsible for compliance no matter what technology is used to deliver its programming to viewers.
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Court rules in favor of Flo and Eddie in California suit against Sirius XM
Broadcast Law Blog
Recently, a very interesting decision out of a U.S. District Court in California on the lawsuit brought by Flo and Eddie against Sirius XM, finding that the music service improperly failed to pay royalties for the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings from the duo's former band, the Turtles. Flo and Eddie brought suit against Sirius XM, arguing that the service needs to get permission to make public performances of these recordings and, by not doing so, it violated their California state law copyrights.
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The Tower Family Foundation: A helping hand to the tower worker community
CommLawBlog
Just now getting off the ground, the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation provides financial assistance to family members of tower workers who are severely injured, permanently disabled or killed while doing their job. The foundation is providing important support for workers who are essential to any communications operation whose business depends on equipment hanging off the side of a tower. Now, you probably don't have any tower workers on your payroll. But you'll need one when the storm blows your stick over or you want to swap out your old antenna for a spiffy new model or you're trying to change transmitter sites.
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The best TV shows for political advertisements
Roll Call
Think of it as must-book TV. Six weeks before Election Day, campaigns are deciding where and when they want to air their political ads all over the country. But not all shows and networks are equal in the eyes of media buyers. They have more choices than ever and they approach these decisions with deliberation and armed with ratings data.
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TAB's Broadcast Directory updates — due Oct. 10
It's that time of year again! TAB is updating our Broadcast Directory — and we need your help. We publish information from the directory as part of our ongoing effort to keep up with the dynamic world of broadcasting. This directory supplies key contact information for more than 1,300 radio and television stations in Texas.
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TAB fall webinar: Reading Customer Buying Languages
Sign up today for TAB's fall webinar at noon CDT, Nov. 20. You will learn tactical techniques, scripts and experience in selling to anyone anytime. You also will learn to enhance listening skills, improve sales performance, increase profitability and close more sales. The webinar will be presented by Jim Mathis and is free to all TAB members.
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Flanders Scientific
Flanders Scientific Inc., a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is an Alpharetta, Georgia-based company offering high-quality, professional equipment to the broadcast and post production industries. Their goal is to provide our customers with high-end performance at industry leading prices. FSI's primary focus is their line of high-quality, yet still affordable, professional broadcast monitors, but they also sell a wide range of related products and accessories in more than 140 countries worldwide.
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The Systems Group
The Systems Group, a TAB associate member, is an internationally recognized broadcast systems design and engineering firm that offers strategic, technical and operational support to global broadcasters for more than 20 years. Their consulting and design teams are well versed in the coordination and design of large-scale, world-class facilities and have developed some of the most progressive systems to date, including robust Broadcast-LAN architecture, file-based workflows, centralized SNMP monitoring and control, IPTV distribution, multichannel origination and 3G infrastructure.
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Questions about the truth of political ads
Broadcast Law Blog
Every election season, there is the same refrain from candidates who are attacked in political ads ran on broadcast stations — that the ad is unfair and the broadcaster who is running the ad should take it off the air. Sometimes that request is sent by a lawyer with threats to bring legal actions if the broadcaster does not stop airing the ad. What is a broadcaster to do when it gets one of these requests to pull a political ad from the air? While we have written about this issue many times before, questions still arise. Thus, broadcasters need to know the rules so that they don't pull an ad that they are not allowed to censor under the FCC's rules and that they don't run one for which they could, in fact, have liability.
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FCC denies 'Tell City waiver' to move translator to distant, nonadjacent channel to rebroadcast AM station
Broadcast Law Blog
In a case that has been watched by many AM licensees and debated at a number of broadcast conferences in the past few years, the FCC recently denied the "Tell City waiver," by which the licensee of an AM station in Indiana sought to buy an FM translator in Kentucky and move it to Indiana, on a nonadjacent channel and use it to rebroadcast their AM station. This sought to expand the "Mattoon waiver," which effectively changed the definition of a "minor change" for an FM translator that could be approved in a single application, without waiting for any sort of translator filing window.
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Oct.1 must-carry/retrans elections drive future of local broadcast TV
CommLawCenter
Few dates on the broadcasters' calendar are easier to miss than the deadline for TV stations to send their must-carry/retransmission election letters to cable and satellite providers in their markets. Because it doesn't occur every year, or even every other year, but every third year, the triennial deadline can slip up on you if you don't closely monitor our Broadcast Calendar. For those that haven't been paying attention, Oct. 1 is the deadline for TV stations to send their carriage election letters to MVPDs.
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Effective date of (most) revised tower rules set
CommLawBlog
In August, CommLawBlog reported on the FCC's overhaul of its antenna structure regulations. The Commission's Report and Order now has made it into the Federal Register. That, of course, establishes the effective date of most of the revised rules — and that date is Oct. 24. We say "most" of the revised rules because a couple of the revisions involve "information collections" that have to be run past the Office of Management and Budget.
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Broadcasters mourn loss of Hughes
Broadcast veteran Bill Hughes passed away recently in Sulphur Springs, Texas, at the age of 62. Hughes career included on air, management and his true calling of broadcast engineering. His career began in 1974 at KBOX in Dallas. He began his engineering career in 1985 in the East Texas area where he continued most of his career up until his death.
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'Big Stew' Sawyers named OM for Townsquare/Tyler-Longview
All Access Music Group
Radio vet "Big Stew" Sawyers has been tapped for operations manager duties at Townsquare/Tyler-Longview, Texas. In addition to his cluster duties, Sawyers will handle day-to-day programming for Country KNUE. He fills the vacancy created with last year's departure of Scott Gaines, NET News.
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DMN managing editor leaving for WFAA-TV
D Magazine
This is not a surprise. When current editor Bob Mong announced his retirement, for sometime in 2015, and George Rodrigue was not immediately named his replacement, the newsroom suspected its longtime managing editor would move on. Rodrigue joined WFAA-TV.
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Salas named anchor at Univision San Antonio
Media Moves
Univision San Antonio has hired Myrna Salas as its 5 and 10 p.m. weekday anchor. She joins KWEX-41 and will be on air Sept. 29.
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KXII-TV hires Oklahoma city reporter
TVSpy
Dan Thomas is heading to Sherman, Texas, to anchor for CBS affiliate KXII-TV. Starting in November, Thomas will join Maureen Kane as co-anchor of News 12 at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
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Fox4 sports anchor/reporter Max Morgan dies at age 59
Uncle Barky's Bytes
Veteran Fox4 sports anchor/reporter Max Morgan died Sept. 22 of congestive heart failure after being hospitalized five days earlier. Morgan, who joined the Dallas-based station in 1993, recently turned 59 and celebrated his birthday as best he could with his wife Marla, family members and friends. Ever effervescent, he became known for the tagline with which he began every sportscast: "Hello, Dallas-Fort Worth. Let's talk sports." He said it with both resonance and relish.
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KVUE-TV special looks at state of mental health care in Texas
Austin 360
KVUE-TV investigative reporter Andy Pierrotti takes an in-depth look at the state of mental health care in Texas during a 30-minute special. "The Cost of Troubled Minds," aired Sept. 28 and is the result of seven months of digging, according to Pierrotti, who joined the station about two years ago.
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