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Year's end is a good time to plan key FCC filings and maintenance
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Broadcasters can take comfort tonight knowing that no creature is stirring in the House, but the FCC is another matter entirely. Stations' quarterly program reports are due Jan. 10, as are TV stations' KidVid reports. Class A TV stations especially need to be careful with those quarterly reports, and this time of year may be a good time for AM stations to make those mandated equipment performance measures (due every 14 months).
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KLTV request for DPS video in fatal drunk driving case denied
KLTV-TV
Recently, our news team reported on a tragic story involving a head-on collision on Interstate 20 where a drunk driver, who was driving on the wrong side of the interstate, collided and killed another driver. What made the story even more disturbing is that a Department of Public Safety trooper had pulled the drunk driver over about a half hour before the collision and released him because of a language barrier. Both the initial traffic stop and the aftermath of the collision were recorded on dash cams in the trooper's car.
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TAB offers new sales training with P1 Learning
TAB is excited to announce a new online training partnership with P1 Learning. Your staff can now have access to a variety of short videos from management to sales training as well as on-air and HR staff. Each of the courses are 10 minutes and accessible 24/7/365. The training videos are mobile-friendly and include materials and exams for accountability. Best of all, TAB has subsidized the cost for TAB Members ONLY!
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Sales seminars set for four Texas cities in early 2014
TAB is hitting the road in early 2014 with sales seminars in four Texas cities. Speaker Mark Levy of Revenue Development Resources was a huge hit at the most recent TAB Convention and now we're bringing him to:
  • El Paso: Tuesday, Jan. 28
  • Lubbock: Thursday, Jan. 30
  • Tyler: Tuesday, Feb. 4
  • Corpus: Thursday, Feb. 6

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Texas TV station license renewal webinar — set for Jan. 15
Attorney Gregg Skall of TAB Associate member law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice will bring stations up to speed on this time consuming and mandatory FCC requirement for Texas TV stations. Texas TV license renewals are due April, but the renewal process actually begins on Feb. 1 with pre-filing station announcements.
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TAB's Texas Creative Co-Op service
TAB members have a new resource for sales and promotions ideas through the online Texas Creative Co-Op service. It can be accessed through our weekly TABulletin or on the TAB website. Contributors to the Texas Creative Co-Op service include some very reputable names in the broadcast industry:
  • Doug Harris
  • Mark Margulies
  • Graeme Newell
  • Paul Weyland

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Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc., a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, offers an industry-leading portfolio of video infrastructure solutions; spanning from content production to multiscreen video delivery. Harmonic customers can efficiently create, prepare and deliver high-quality, differentiated video services over broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom networks, while simplifying end-to-end asset management, reducing costs and streamlining workflows.
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Rio Steel & Tower Ltd.
Rio Steel & Tower, a TAB Associate Member, combines the best of manufacturing, construction and services. By selectively hiring competent and professional tower personnel, by utilizing the expertise of the nationally credited Basden Steel Corporation out of Dallas/Ft. Worth and Tulsa, Okla., by optimizing our service capabilities, Rio offers exceptional product and service to the communications and broadcast industry.
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FCC announces MX groups for LPFM applications — amendments possible, so full-power FMs should be watchful
Broadcast Law Blog
The FCC announced groups of mutually exclusive LPFM applications — those groups where applications are for the same or adjacent channels where the grant of one application in the group would preclude other applications in that same group. The importance of the FCC's announcement for LPFM applicants is that it gives the applicants 60 days, until February 14, to amend their applications to make minor changes that will resolve the MX situations.
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2014 EAS required monthly test schedule now available
TAB
The schedule for Emergency Alert System Required Monthly Tests is set annually by Texas Primary Entry Point stations. The full schedule for 2014 is now available.
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Butler attends Texas Radio Hall of Fame ceremony
TAB
John Butler recently attended the Texas Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reunited with Ron Chapman. They worked together at KLIF Dallas. Butler is a principle of Butler7media, LLC., which owns KWJB Canton.
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CRS announces Rusty Walker Scholarship winners
Radio INK
The three winners are: Alana Lynn, MD, AM music show host,online host, Station Personality, KKBQ/Houston; and Nate Chester, production tech assistant, on-air personality, KTNN-AM/KWRK-FM/Lupton, Ariz.. All three will receive an all expenses-paid trip and registration to CRS 2014 which takes place Feb. 19-21 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Boyle, dean of San Antonio TV news directors, retires from KSAT
San Antonio Express-News
KSAT-TV news director Jim Boyle has retired for health reasons after three decades with the ABC affiliate, whose newscasts have long dominated the ratings in San Antonio.
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Sandoval named GSM at KMVK-FM Dallas
Radio INK
Nora Sandoval comes to KMVK-FM from Entravision, where for the past three years she was the national sales manager for their seven radio and four TV stations in El Paso, Texas, and Albuquerque, N.M. In the last year, she was promoted to VP of National Integrated Marketing Solutions and also ran the Dallas office of the National Radio Rep Firm.
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Larry Eastlack dies of cancer at 64
Radio INK
Word of Larry Eastlack's passing comes from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters where he started in 2002, overseeing all technical programs including the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program for radio and TV stations and the MAB Engineering Hotline. Eastlack was appointed by the FCC as the chairman of the EAS in Michigan, a position he held for 21 years, and served as chairman of the South Central EAS area since 1977. Larry was also appointed by the Governor of Michigan to the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council.
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Me-TV adds new Dallas affiliate, KTXA-TV
TVNewsCheck
Weigel Broadcasting's classic TV multicast channel Me-TV, Memorable Entertainment Television, has signed CBS-owned independent KTXA-TV in Dallas, which will begin broadcasting the diginet on its Ch. 21.2 starting Dec. 23. The network has been without an affiliate in the market since ending its affiliation with KTXD-TV on Oct. 30.
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DMN, KXAS-TV launch multiplatform partnership
NetNewsCheck
A.H. Belo Corp.,s The Dallas Morning News and NBC O&O KXAS-TV announced a media partnership to produce cross-platform news projects. The multiplatform partnership will include The Dallas Morning News, DallasNews.com, nbcdfw.com and local newscasts on KXAS-TV to start. The pair plans to include additional platforms and projects in the future.
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Pay-TV operators push new bills to tilt playing field in their favor
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Legislation that would upend the retransmission consent process and make other drastic changes to federal TV carriage laws was laid out last week by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., at the urging of Time Warner Cable, DISH, DirecTV and other pay-TV distributors. (TAB Members Only)

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Texas TV stations take note: FCC detective work leads to renewal fines
CommLawCenter
If there had been any doubt that the Video Division of the FCC's Media Bureau would check a television station's online public inspection file to confirm the truthfulness of certifications made by the licensee in a pending license renewal application, that doubt has been eliminated.

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You don't have to spend a fortune to sound like a million
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
Imagine flying an airline that proudly proclaims, "Our flight attendants will also fly the plane. It helps keep our costs down." The very same people who would say "Pass-a-dena" to this option are more than happy to sit down at budget time and cut creative personnel who write and produce radio spots.

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