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Broadcasters encouraged to tout Public Service
-TAB readies annual report to DC, Austin lawmakers

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB is in the midst of compiling data for the industry's 2014 Public Service report to lawmakers in Austin and Washington, D.C. Now in its 15th year, this research project has generated invaluable information on the depth and breadth of Texas broadcasters' service to local communities. The survey deadline is Dec. 12. To date, TAB has documented $4.8 billion in public service contributions by Texas stations. The industry's public service makes local broadcasters unique in the media marketplace, and the data gathered from the survey have been instrumental in many of TAB’s state and federal legislative successes.
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KENS-TV TPIA request elicits TCEQ memo showing toxic chemicals released in the Eagle Ford Shale
KENS-TV
When Lynn Buehring and her husband Shelby bought their modest home in Karnes County near San Antonio, they were planning on living out their lives there. But Lynn said those years may be much shorter than she expected. She believes the oil industry is killing her. Since the fracking boom, Buehring said she has developed respiratory problems and often feels other effects when dark clouds of smoke belch from oil and gas facility flares.
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Texas reporters fight for access to state of Texas staff, records in fracking coverage
Columbia Journalism Review
Recently, the residents of Denton, located on one of the country's largest natural gas reserves and home to some 275 gas wells — voted to ban fracking. The ban was a first for a city in Texas, where fracking has enabled an oil and gas boom; the state now accounts for one-third of the United States' natural gas production. In this period of boom and blowback, the state agencies that regulate the oil and gas industry here are perhaps more important than ever — and, according to frustrated reporters, increasingly impenetrable.
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Release of cellphone location tracking data raises First Amendment concerns
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a brief in an important case assessing the constitutionality of warrantless acquisition of historical cellphone location data.
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FOIA improvement bill by Cornyn, Leahy clears Senate Judiciary Committee
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Freedom of Information Act improvement bill that makes several updates to the landmark federal right-to-know law.
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TAB Legislative Day — registration opens Dec. 1
Texas broadcasters converge on Austin Jan. 26 for TAB's biennial Legislative Day conference featuring briefings on key issues affecting the industry and lunch with local state lawmakers. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2:30 pm and costs TAB members $50 to attend. The lawmaker luncheon is program-free, meaning broadcasters and lawmakers can discuss issues important to local communities and broadcasters without interruption. This conference kicks off TAB's legislative initiatives for the 2015 session and is a key show of strength for the industry.
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NextRadio/TagStation
The NextRadio® app delivers audio over FM broadcast and interactive content through the Internet, a highly interactive radio experience to smartphones. TagStation® is the programming engine behind NextRadio that powers the interactive experience. NextRadio brings FM radio to life with album art, station logos and song and show details. Browse stations in your area by genre or frequency, set your favorites, view recently played stations or use a traditional tuner interface. NextRadio/TagStation is a TAB Associate Member.
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Radio Frequency Systems
RFS, a TAB Associate Member, is a global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, which designs and manufactures antennas, filters, combiners, switch frames, patch panels, feeders and transmission lines providing total-package solutions for the broadcast industry. RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators and installers in the broadcast, wireless communications, land-mobile and microwave market sectors.
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FCC proposes migration of on-air contest rules from airwaves to station websites
CommLawCenter
At its Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to "modernize" its station-conducted contest rule, which was originally adopted in 1976. The proposal would allow broadcasters to post the rules of a contest on any publicly accessible website. Stations would no longer have to broadcast the contest rules if they instead announce the full website address where the rules can be found each time they promote or advertise the contest on-air.
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Reminder: ALL DTV broadcasters must file FCC Form 317 by Dec. 1
CommLawBlog
Attention all DTV broadcasters: It's that time of year again. Your Form 317 is due at the FCC by Dec. 1. Since that's the Monday following Thanksgiving weekend, you might want to start to focus on this now, before you get distracted by the holiday spirit.
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It's almost December: Does your TV station comply with the CALM Act?
CommLawBlog
With December just around the corner, full-power TV licensees and MVPDs should probably be checking their compliance with our old friends: the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation Act and the related FCC rules.
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Sirius XM loses on public performance claims for pre-1972 sound recordings, again
CommLawBlog
Expert is in First Amendment, Freedom of Information Act and intellectual property issues Kevin Goldberg writes: I've already written about two lawsuits — both in California — based on infringement claims arising from Sirius XM's public performance of sound recordings created before Feb. 15, 1972. In both cases, Sirius XM suffered adverse rulings. It remained to be seen, however, whether Sirius XM might be in trouble elsewhere.
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KTRK-TV Houston turns 60
KTRK-TV
KTRK-TV celebrates 60 years of being on the air in Houston. The station went live at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, 1954, from the University of Houston campus. ABC-13 launched with a live celebration at the Music Hall. The Houston Symphony and Metropolitan Opera singer Marguerite Piazza performed, as did ventriloquist Senor Wences.
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Zavala leaving KPRC-TV Houston
MikeMcGuff.com
KPRC-TV weekend morning Courtney Zavala is calling it a career at the Houston NBC affiliate.
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Get your work recognized: Enter TMA's Anson Jones, MD, Awards
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. Don't be shy; you can enter multiple times. Any work broadcast in 2013 is eligible. You can win prize money ranging from $500-$1,000. Entries are due Jan. 15.
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