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FCC readies its spectrum auction sales pitch
-Seeks comments on repacking reimbursement form

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
In a bid to recruit television broadcasters to participate in the "voluntary" incentive spectrum auction planned for 2015, the FCC recently released a long-awaited information package for broadcasters estimating potential compensation values and providing guidance on how auction proceeds would be taxed. The package promises that because of the "daisy chain" nature of interference, stations in mid-size and smaller markets can expect "substantial value" for their spectrum usage rights. Separately, the commission notes that actual prices broadcasters will receive will only be determined in the auction itself.
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Abbott kept dealings of Texas Enterprise Fund under wraps
The Dallas Morning News
A decade ago, Attorney General Greg Abbott invoked a cloak of secrecy around the Texas Enterprise Fund. When The Dallas Morning News requested, under the Texas open-records law, a copy of the application of a company seeking taxpayer subsidies, Abbott said no. He ruled that the applications for money from the $500 million job-creation fund might contain confidential corporate information. The company was Vought Aircraft, which wanted a $35 million subsidy to expand in the Dallas area. But as it turns out, there was no application, a recent state audit found.
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Texas journalists battle for media access
Right to Report
A year ago, the Texas Legislature amended the state's Public Information Act to give citizens and journalists greater access to public records and the discussions of public officials. Gov. Rick Perry signed it into law, but did he mean it? Officials across Texas are circumventing some of the key provisions of the state's 41-year-old Public Information Act, considered by many First Amendment advocates to be one of the strongest in the country.
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Investigation: Del Mar College public information fallout
KRIS-TV
KRIS-TV investigates the fallout over a $26 million fee quoted by Del Mar College to turn over public information. Open government experts wonder whether Del Mar is unlawful or just incompetent.
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TAB funds distribution, Spanish translation of Gov. and Lt. Gov. debates
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
TV stations in Austin and Dallas hosted two broadcast debates during the last few days of September featuring candidates for statewide office. TAB participated in both events by funding the satellite distribution and real-time Spanish translation of each debate, distributing feed information to all interested Texas radio and TV stations and tracking station clearances by market.
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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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Brainstorm Multimedia
Brainstorm, a TAB Associate Member, provides industry-leading real-time interactive 3-D graphics solutions for broadcast, feature film production and real-time graphics presentations. Brainstorm's flagship product eStudio is unique in the market due to its sophistication, open architecture and versatility, enabling both design and real-time playout of virtual studios and 3-D graphics as well as the easy creation of customized products and applications.
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LDR/TopicPulseInteractive
LDR Interactive (also known as Listener Driven Radio) launches broadcasters and publishers into the future with patent-pending software that allows audiences to collaborate in minute-by-minute content and programming. Our new space-age technology has already transformed more than 260 networks and broadcast outlets across planet Earth into futuristic crowdcasters — resulting in expansive "out of this world" ratings, revenue and Web traffic growth. LDR/TopicPulseInteractive is a TAB Associate Member.
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More Texas stations fined for 'kid vid' violations
The FCC has fined three more Texas TV stations for violations of the children's programming rules. In two of the cases, the stations were fined for "apparently willfully and/or repeatedly violated the commission’s rules by: (1) failing to file timely with the commission the station's Children's Television Programming Reports, in violation of Section 73.3526(e)(11)(iii)" and "failing to report certain violations in the renewal application, in violation of Section 73.3514(a)."
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The lessons of the Kansas City lawsuit
Radio Ink
Successful radio personalities need to be creative geniuses. One has to be a genius to create three or four hours of engaging, fast-paced, entertaining content five days a week. They also need to be smart enough to know when a bit is potentially defamatory. When Kansas City morning personalities Alfentra and Danny Boi asked listeners whether they knew of any local porn stars, it arguably had the creative potential to be both funny and defamatory.
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October regulatory dates for broadcasters
Broadcast Law Blog
With regulatory fees behind us, October brings a number of the routine quarterly regulatory filing dates. Oct. 10 for all broadcast stations, commercial and noncommercial, is the date by which your Quarterly Issues Programs lists, setting out the most important issues that faced your community in the last quarter and the programs that you broadcast to address those issues, need to be placed in the physical public inspection file of radio stations and the online public file of TV broadcasters.
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CMG Radio shuffles executive posts
All Access Music Group
Cox Media Group Radio has reorganized its executive hierarchy in Atlanta, San Antonio and Tulsa, Oklahoma, effective immediately. Cox Media Group Radio Vice President Donna Hall will lead the five-station Atlanta cluster as VP/general manager; Atlanta VP/GM Ben Reed will head up San Antonio's seven-station group; and San Antonio VP/GM Dan Lawrie will assume oversight of Tulsa's four-station group.
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BIA/Kelsey sees 2015 local revenue at $139.3 billion
NetNewsCheck
BIA/Kelsey has forecast total local media revenues to reach $139.3 billion in 2015, up from $137 billion this year, representing a growth rate of 1.6 percent. Online/digital will account for 25.2 percent of total local media revenues in 2015. Revenues for online/digital are expected to grow from $31 billion in 2014 to $35 billion in 2015, a 13.1 percent growth rate.
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Fox4 sports anchor/reporter Max Morgan dies at age 59
The Dallas Morning News
KDFW-TV sports anchor Max Morgan died Sept. 22 after being admitted to Methodist Richardson Medical Center with congestive heart failure. Morgan, 59, joined KDFW in 1993.
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WBAP-AM's Jim Ryan joins ABC Radio
Radio Ink
Jim Ryan is leaving Cumulus' WBAP-AM in Dallas to join the ABC Radio news network. His first day full-time with ABC Radio will be Nov. 1. Ryan started with WBAP as a part-timer back in 1982 and became full-time three years later.
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KFOX-KDBC marriage will change El Paso TV market
The El Paso Times
It's almost show time for the new marriage of two El Paso TV stations — KFOX-TV (Channel 14) and KDBC-TV (Channel 4). KFOX on Oct. 16 will take over operation of KDBC, which for the last five years has been operated by KTSM-TV (Channel 9) under agreements with KDBC's previous owner.
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KHOU-TV makes Craig new consumer reporter
MikeMcGuff.com
KHOU-TV reporter Tiffany Craig is getting a different role at the Gannett station. Craig will be the station's new consumer reporter. It's a gig she hashtags as her "dream job."
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Villegas makes leap from KRGV-TV to KTVT-TV morning weekend weather
Uncle Barky's Bytes
CBS11 has hired Lisa Villegas as its new weekend morning meteorologist, the station confirmed. Her start date was Oct. 4. Villegas arrives from KRGV-TV, the ABC affiliate station servicing the Rio Grande Valley. She joined that station in September 2011 and has a degree in meteorology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
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Hernandez joins KPRC-TV as health reporter
Media Moves
Haley Hernandez started her new gig at Houston's NBC affiliate. As the KPRC-TV Health Reporter/MMJ, she shoots, writes, edits and reports her own stories. This is a return home for Hernandez, who grew up in the Houston area.
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