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Water infrastructure ballot measure key to economic growth
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Texas voters are slated to hit the ballot box Nov. 5 to weigh in on a number of proposed constitutional amendments, including one intended to address the state's long running water shortage. The measure, known as Proposition 6, proposes investing $2 billion of the state's $12 billion Rainy Day Fund reserves in a water infrastructure "bank" to fund local and regional projects throughout the state with low-interest financing. (TAB Members Only)
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An independent bid for governor?
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
It didn't get an enormous amount of play in the last few days, but the race for Texas governor in 2014 could get a lot more interesting if current independent Comptroller candidate Debra Medina makes a move to seek the state's top job instead. Tea Party favorite Medina ran for the job in 2010 but lost to Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican primary pulling only 19 percent to Perry's 51 percent. Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison drew 31 percent of the primary vote.
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Ann Arnold Scholarship fundraising effort nearing goal
The Texas Broadcast Education Foundation soon will begin the process of awarding the first Ann Arnold Scholarship for advanced broadcast journalism students, but first must raise $61,000 to reach the $150,000 endowment goal for this annual scholarship. "Ann recognized the value of education and relied on several scholarships that made it possible for her to pursue a college education. She worked hard to earn her degree — and Texas broadcasters reaped the rewards of her dedication," said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.
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Sales: How to bring rates back up
- Originally published in www.radioink.com

Paul Weyland, Weyland Communication Strategies
Cheap rate packages are keeping broadcast stations from reaching their short- and long-term revenue potentials. In markets all across the country, rate structures are cratering, with prices dropping in some cases back to early-1980s levels. "It's all about supply and demand in a saturated media environment and a recessive economy," is the convenient but short-sighted reason for pants-dropping. Because, as we all know, spoiling local clients — and their little blood-sucking advertising agencies — for the short-term also spoils them for the long-term. (TAB Members Only)
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Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop attracts large crowd
Nearly 200 broadcasters attended the Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Sept. 21 in Dallas on the Southern Methodist University campus. TAB's annual newsroom workshop featured network news veterans Byron Pitts of ABC News, as well as Les Rose and Scott Keenan of CBS News. In addition, a large group of the state's broadcast newsroom and media law standouts presented a number of sessions at the workshop, nearly 30 in all, at the daylong event.
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ChyronHego
ChyronHego, a TAB Associate Member, is a global leader in broadcast graphics creation, playout and real-time data visualization offering a wide variety of products and services for live television, news and sports production. ChyronHego's end-to-end graphics offerings include hosted services for graphics creation and order management, on-air graphics systems, clip servers, social media and second screen applications, channel branding, graphics asset management, touch graphics, telestration, virtual placement and player tracking.
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Dielectric
Dielectric, a unit of SPX Communication Technologies and a TAB Associate Member, has been a world leader and innovator in the engineering, design, manufacture and service of broadcast systems for radio, television and mobile broadcasting. The company's product offerings include antennas, transmission line, filters and combiners. Service offerings include installation, test & inspection, maintenance and monitoring.
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FCC extends deadline, opens window to file biennial ownership reports
Broadcast Law Blog
Every two years, broadcasters must file ownership reports on FCC Form 323 to detail the ownership of the companies that hold FCC licenses. The FCC has now opened the filing window for the latest report and extended the filing window to Dec. 2. Noncommercial broadcasters still are on a system where they file their biennial reports on the anniversary dates of their license renewals, so the Dec. 2 deadline does not apply to them.
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FCC stays the course on digital transition for LPTV/Class A stations
CommLawBlog
The FCC has nixed requests submitted by a number of LPTV and Class A stations looking for relief from spectrum-clearing measures put in place two years ago. In 2011, the FCC announced the end of the transition to digital broadcasting for Class A and Low Power Television stations. In so doing, it set a number of deadlines. In response to a handful of petitions of reconsideration, the FCC has now reaffirmed those deadlines.
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Broadcasters to FCC: Taking time to get auction reimbursement right is key
Broadcasting & Cable
The FCC heard from broadcasters recently on the cost and complexity of FCC repacking after the incentive auctions. Congress gave the FCC $1.75 billion and three years to compensate broadcasters who change channels, switch from UHF to VHF assignments and make other adjustments.
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Federal tax reform efforts could threaten advertising deduction
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
A small group of members of Congress has been quietly evaluating a number of possible changes to the federal income tax code in an effort to lower the marginal corporate tax rate to 25 percent and could unveil an overall proposal well before the end of this year.

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BYO: The new trend in media consumption
By Mitch Weinraub
What started as a trickle, seems to be turning into steady stream and may soon become a full-fledged flood. The newest Bluetooth speakers, Chromecast and the recently hinted — but not officially announced — update to Apple TV all have one thing in common, they allow multiple sources to easily connect and stream content.

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OET releases the latest version of TVStudy … again
CommLawBlog
The Office of Engineering and Technology has announced Version 1.2.8 of TVStudy. With the new version, we should all be able to “apply mechanical beam tilt only to stations having real antenna elevation patterns.

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Broadcasters mourn loss of Joe Brown
Times Record News
Joe Brown, an early morning fixture on both Wichita Falls television and in newsprint, died Sept. 30 in Wichita Falls. Brown was 78.
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Young retires as GM of KDAF-TV
PRNewswire via The Herald
Tribune Broadcasting announced that Joe Young, vice president and general manager of the company's Dallas television station, KDAF-TV (CW33), will retire effective Oct. 11.
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Tribune names Bare SVP/GM of KDAF-TV
Mediabistro
Roger Bare has been named senior vice president and general manager at KDAF, Tribune Broadcasting's CW affiliate in Dallas. His appointment is effective Oct. 11.
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BMI reports record-setting distributions
Radio INK
Broadcast Music Inc. reported record-setting revenues and royalty distributions for the fiscal year ended June 30. Revenues increased by $45 million, a 5 percent gain over the prior fiscal year, exceeding $944 million. BMI distributed $814 million to BMI-affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers.
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KXAS-TV launches JFK tribute app
KXAS-TV
President John F. Kennedy delivers a speech to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce hours before he is killed. The president's plane lands at Dallas' Love Field, then his motorcade rolls out of the airport, heading for the city. Shots ring out in Dealey Plaza — officials say from the Dallas School Book Depository, but some witnesses insist from the grassy knoll. A Catholic priest reads the last rites minutes before a stunned nation receives the news: JFK is dead.
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Gray eyes Austin as next hotspot test market
TVNewsCheck
Gray Television's GrayMax Hotspot system is getting attention from other broadcasters and tests could start in Austin as early next year. The IP-based system aims to provide the reliability of a microwave truck without the telescoping mast, and the newsgathering freedom of bonded cellular technology without the worry of being knocked off the air due to cellular congestion.
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Inergize Digital rolls out Social Pulse
NetNewsCheck
Inergize Digital announced the release of Inergize Social Pulse, a digital platform that combines access to Twitter with geofencing technology, enabling media companies to monetize their social media digital presence at the local level.
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Lone Star EMMY nominations announced
The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced its 2013 EMMY award nominations. Winners will be announced at the 11th annual Lone Star EMMY Awards ceremony on Nov. 9 in San Antonio at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It marks the first time the ceremony will be held in San Antonio after being in Houston and Dallas in the past. Event details will be announced soon on the Lone Star Chapter's website.
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