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Federal back-door Ad Tax in play
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Leaders of the congressional tax writing committee reportedly continue to eye eliminating or reducing the federal tax deduction for businesses' advertising costs, a move that would cost the nation millions of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost economic activity, as part of their efforts to "reform" the federal tax code.
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Secret agreements show officials to repay $200,000 to local fire department
Scott Noll, KHOU-TV
After an investigation into possible misuse of tax dollars at a Texas fire department, we're learning the amount in question could top $200,000.
According to confidential settlement agreements, a former chief and two of her assistants agree to repay the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department a total of $210,000.
Critics question breast cancer charity's fundraising, spending tactics
Brian Collister, KTRK-TV
Breast Cancer Awareness Month ended, but the fight to help women battling the deadly disease continues year round. Whether or not you know someone touched by breast cancer, many make donations to the cause to show support.
TAB's Broadcast directory updates — Due Nov. 15
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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Upcoming TAB Executive Briefing webinars
TAB has three upcoming Executive Briefing webinars to provide Texas broadcasters expertise and guidance on current and upcoming issues affecting the industry. It is a FREE member station online service, arming your staff with the latest information and tips, right at your desktop. Topics include:
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- Current Issues and Concerns in Broadcast Advertising — Nov. 21, 2-3 p.m.
- FCC Political Broadcasting Regulations — Dec. 5, 2-5 p.m.
- Texas TV Station License Renewals — Jan. 15, 2014, 2-3:30 p.m.
Do you remember? Because the listener doesn't
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
Do you remember who spoke to you for three seconds a few hours ago and what they said? Seriously. Did you pay attention? Better yet — if you're listening to the radio, do you remember the words from the middle of the song you heard about an hour ago? Actually, I can still listen to "Long Cool Woman In a Black Dress" 42 years later and still not be able to tell you what 70% of the words are. But I digress.
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Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc. (BMS)
BMS, a TAB Associate Member, is a leader in compact video transmission systems and produces a full line of analog and digital transmitters, receivers and accessories operating up to 15GHz and adhering to the DVB-T standard.
Bosch Communications / RTS
Bosch Communications/RTS, a Silver Star Associate Member, is a premier manufacturer of Broadcast Intercom and IFB communication solutions. Products include UHF VHF and 2.4Ghz single & multi-channel wireless headset systems, wired belt packs and IFB systems, Advanced Audio Digital Matrix Systems including ZeusIII, Cronus, ADAM-M and ADAM systems, and much more!
How to avoid the EAS sounder fine
As widely reported, the FCC issued a $25,000 fine to a cable system for a Conan show promotional clip, and settled for $39,000 along with stringent reporting and compliance conditions with a TV station for a commercial, each of which used a simulation of the EAS codes and attention signal. Here is a look at exactly what the FCC prohibits in the use of EAS tones.
Open government groups urge government to reject farm bill that could keep agriculture information secret
Open government groups, including NFOIC members and allies, are urging House and Senate conferees to remove provisions from the Farm Bill that provides for increased government secrecy regarding agricultural and livestock operations.
The advocates for transparency sent e-mails and made numerous calls to the offices of conference committee members.
Get your work recognized: Enter TMA's Anson Jones, MD, Awards
Texas Medical Association
Broadcast journalists: Submit your best health reporting to the Texas Medical Association Anson Jones, MD, Awards. It's FREE to enter! The contest recognizes general-interest journalists in 10 different categories. If you're in radio, enter your work in the radio or in-depth radio categories.
Harris Broadcast unveils redesigned website
At IBC, Harris Broadcast CEO Charlie Vogt said he wanted a new website for the one-stop shop broadcast technology company.
Recently, he got one.
Harris Broadcast launched a more streamlined website that — at first glance — looks great on a tablet and is significantly easier to move around than the previous site.
Gray Television purchases Yellowstone
Broadcasting & Cable
Gray Television, Inc. has bought Yellowstone Television, LLC for $23 million, Gray announced.
Yellowstone acquired four stations, which Gray will now takeover.
Those stations include: KGNS-TV Laredo, Texas; KGWN-TV Cheyenne, Wyoming-Scottsbluff, Nebraska; KCHY-LP Cheyenne Scottsbluff, which will now operate under KGWN-TV; and KCWY-TV Casper, Wyoming.
BMI to celebrate 75th year anniversary
BMI has announced a year-long program of projects and events to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The program will kick off with the introduction of "75 Years of American Music," a coffee table book written by SPIN Magazine founder Bob Guccione.
Nexstar names Tom O'Brien EVP digital media
Nexstar Broadcasting named former WNBC president and GM Thomas O'Brien its new EVP digital media and chief revenue. O'Brien will report directly to Nexstar Chairman and CEO Perry Sook.
"Tom's extensive digital media and marketing experience and successes at NBC in developing and implementing multi-platform growth strategies will expand our offerings and enhance our user platforms and multi-platform integration," Sook said in a statement.
KUHA Houston cuts airstaff amidst fundraising woes
A poor fundraising campaign is being blamed for Classical 91.7 KUHA Houston's decision to lay off four on-air hosts and a handful of off-air personnel.
CultureMap Houston reports that the cuts were made after a nine day fundraising campaign that recently ended and left KUHA $74,000 short of its $200,000 goal while sister NPR News/Talk 88.7 KUHF fell $200,000 short of its $1 million goal.
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