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Take a glimpse at the 2014 Texas election landscape
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Broadcasters are gearing up for the 2014 Texas political season. Sales staff already are looking for any long-term contracts, which might impact the lowest unit charge in the first and second quarters, and the political rate card as well. Others are getting their political forms in order for the necessary FCC record keeping. (TAB Members Only)
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2014 Texas political broadcasting dates of note
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
It's that time again — the 2014 Texas political season is upon us. While many have announced they are running for office or re-election, there are no "legally qualified candidates" as defined by the FCC's political broadcast rules. (TAB Members Only)
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Many offices up for election in 2014
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
More than 200 offices are up for election in 2014 and that’s NOT counting the various county offices that will be on the ballot in March and November. Many offices, however, will not be contested. (TAB Members Only)
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Why shouting 'fire' is a good idea in radio
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
Sometime back during his career, which spanned both the 19th and 20th century, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., legendary and esteemed jurist, interpreted freedom of speech to mean you didn't have the right to falsely yell "fire" in a crowded movie theater. With all due respect to Junior, he never worked in radio. It is exactly what radio advertising is supposed to do — the only change being, you don't shout "falsely," but truthfully. (TAB Members Only)
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Lubbock Audio Visual, Inc.
Lubbock Audio Visual Inc., a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is a privately-held Texas Corporation. They are authorized for more than 300 manufacturers of professional video, audio and telecommunications products. Lubbock Audio Visual Inc. functions as a total systems solutions provider to broadcast, production, government, education, religious and business/industry media markets.
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WideOrbit
WideOrbit, a TAB Silver Star Associate Member, delivers the most advanced sales, traffic, automation, program management and billing solutions in the industry. More than 2,300 television stations, radio stations and media networks around the globe use WideOrbit Traffic and another 3,200+ operate on our Radio Automation platforms.
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Texas Appeals Ct. hears arguments in long-running Adkisson/Bexar Co. public records case
San Antonio Express-News
An appellate court heard clashing arguments recently over Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson's long-running refusal to disclose official communications in his private email accounts. The Precinct 4 commissioner, who in 2012 was ordered by a trial court in Austin to release transportation policy-related emails sought by the San Antonio Express-News, insisted anew that the communications were not subject to the Texas Public Information Act.
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SBE schedules Oct. 24 webinar to outline FCC's AM rule changes
Society of Broadcast Engineers
The FCC recently released a Report & Order detailing several rule changes that are very beneficial to AM radio stations, particularly those that employ directional arrays. While wireless licensees have long been required to analyze the impact of their tower construction on nearby AM antennas, provide advance notice to the AM licensee and, when indicated, detune their antenna structures, other services have not had this requirement. As a result, many towers have been built near AM antennas, producing pattern distortion and costing AM licensees as they deal with high monitor points and other effects of this distortion.
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FCC will face massive backlog on reopening
CommLawBlog
With the FCC shutdown now halfway through its second week, we have been thinking about the start-up procedure when the shutdown finally ends. We don't like how that looks. Everything that would have come due during the shutdown, instead will all be due on the same day: not the day the FCC reopens, but the day after that.
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Courts continue to split on legality of streaming TV services
Broadcast Law Blog
The battle over services that record and stream over-the-air TV without compensation to TV broadcasters has become even more confusing, with a U.S. District Court judge in Boston denying an injunction to stop the Aereo service in Massachusetts in a suit brought by Hearst Corporation, which owns a local TV station. This decision comes on the heels of a decision made by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., finding that Aereo-like service FilmOn X was violating the copyrights of TV stations by operating a similar service in the D.C. area.
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Take a glimpse at the 2014 Texas election landscape
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Broadcasters are gearing up for the 2014 Texas political season. Sales staff are already looking any long term contracts which might impact the lowest unit charge in the first and second quarters, and the political rate card as well.

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Maximizing website buzz
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
Keeping users coming back for fresh Web content requires a delicate balance. Comments have a big effect on traffic. If a story gets negative comments, should you leave it up and let people bitch or rotate it out for fresher content?

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Texas breaks new ground in defamation turned court records case
Sedgwick LLP
Beware the law of unintended consequences. The Texas high court has just denied review of a court of appeals opinion in a case that began as a defamation action brought by a Texas state court judge against a Dallas-area lawyer.

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L&L to purchase eight in San Antonio
Radio INK
Larry Wilson's L&L Broadcasting has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from the Border Media Business Trust for $31 Million. Border Media Business Trust LP owns eight radio stations located in and around San Antonio, which include KJXK, KLEY, KSAH-AM, KSAH-FM, KTFM, KTSA, KZDC and KHHL.
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Fox to use new technology for MLB playoffs
TVNewsCheck
The network is building on technologies used during 2012's MLB playoffs — like its super slow-mo Phantom Cam — and plans to test new technologies out of the lab during the ALCS and World Series, such as a picture overlay feature that shows multiple pitches at once. Mike Davies, VP field operations at Fox Sports, also hopes to test out a new 4K version of the Phantom Cam during the World Series.
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Lipford goes over 100-station mark
Radio INK
Congratulations to Danny Lipford, host of the weekly syndicated "Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford," for going over the 100-station mark. Lipford said, "Our listeners love the fun, fast-paced style of the show and our ability to make them laugh while giving them the information they crave."
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Ross Video gets into mobile sports production biz
TVNewsCheck
Ross Video is taking its knowledge of switchers, automation and graphics and putting into the mobile sports production business. The Ontario-based company acquired Mobile Content Providers, a mobile sports production packager in South Florida, with plans to transform it into a national mobile production company.
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Goodman buys NextMedia stations
Radio Insight
Dean Goodman's Digity LLC has announced the acquisition of Next Media's radio properties. While no purchase price has been announced, we hear the price is $91 Million.
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'Kory' takes afternoons at KVIL Dallas
Radio INK
Christopher Beale ("Kory") will host afternoon drive on CBS' KVIL-FM beginning Nov. 1. Kory joins KVIL from WDOK-FM in Cleveland, where he's been on the air since 2010.
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FOIFT retools website
TAB
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas has launched its retooled website, www.foift.org. The site should prove easier to navigate and is filled with useful Open Government related resources. Contributions to the nonprofit FOIFT can be made online and a are tax deductible. FOIFT is one of several organizations that TAB works with on Open Government issues at the Texas Capitol.
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