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I just read about Ann's passing.  I want to express my sincere condolences.  I know she was quite an icon in our industry, and will be missed.  I know you all are probably inundated with emails and calls, but please let me know arrangements when you can...Pass along to the staff how sorry I am to hear about Ann - John Hesse, John Hesse Productions

I was absolutely shocked when word was received of Ann Arnold's passing. She seemed to be such a driving force and a visionary in her position at TAB. She was very smart in that she surrounded herself with such quality people. I appreciate TAB and all you do for us as a group and individually. Our thoughts and prayers to all. - Rick Bailey, KHBR Hillsboro

Thanks so much for keeping me informed of the death of Ann.  She was a favorite person of the Chaney’s.  Due to my health I will probably not be able to come to the Memorial but would appreciate you continuing to keep me abreast. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and the TAB Staff. - Don & Jackie Chaney

Sorry to hear about Ann.  What a great leader in our industry. - Win Frazier, KTRK-TV Houston

Please pass on our condolences to Ann's TAB family and her family, from KFDM-TV. She was a delightful lady and will be missed. - Rix Garey, KFDM-TV Beaumont

I am saddened by the news. Ann will be missed. - Luis Hernandez, UVMTV

So sorry to hear this news.  Ann was a wonderful woman and a good friend.  She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family. - Scott Parsons

What a tenacious lady! I remember the Board meeting when Ann was hired as Executive Director of TAB to replace Bonner McLane. I remember her initial bout with leukemia. I remember the hardships of dealing with the impact of a poor economy on broadcasting and Texas in particular. I remember her taking on the job of State Emergency Communications Coordinator for the FCC when others would not be so bold. I remember her tireless efforts to set Texas as a model for other states in diplomacy, advocacy, and leadership in so many areas. Not only her family and Texas broadcasters will miss Ann but also all of us who came in contact with her. May she rest in peace and Light perpetual shine upon her. - Darryl Parker, TFT

Please add my deep condolences to those of my colleagues.  Ann leaves a huge hole in my heart and we will all greatly miss her passion and wisdom.  Like Karole, Ann and I are contemporaries and I have wonderful memories of her.  Such as the time she gave me a ride from the West Virginia airport to the Greenbriar where one of our early BEDA meetings was held.  That ride gave us 2+ hours to chat about both business and personal matters and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Or the time she consoled me in the imminent loss of a best friend - citing her long support of her husband and the conflicting feeling when he died. Or on the business side when she sympathized with a general manager problem I was having and gave me the name and number of a person in his company headquarters to talk with. Ann was a giant in a small, soft spoken package. She will be missed! - Connie Searles, Idaho Broadcasters Association

She was a great lady and will be missed. - Marty Scruggs, Univision Radio Houston

It’s with sadness that I learned of Ann’s passing.  I know TAB has lost a person who sincerely had broadcasting in her heart and worked diligently for your members and broadcasters in other states as well. It was an honor to have known her. I’m sure she will be greatly missed by all her NASBA colleagues and the office staff at TAB must have a real tug on their hearts. - Barbara Smith

What an incredible person Ann was.  She was certainly a mentor to me.  She had such a compelling way that made you "bold" whether you were or not.  She will certainly be missed by me.  I will keep her friends, family and the staff in my prayers.  Thank you for sharing her accomplishments with us. - Jackie Rutledge, WOAI-TV San Antonio

She will be missed. - David Candelaria, Entravision El Paso

I'm so very sorry to hear about Ann's passing. She was a great leader and wonderful friend who will be missed. My condolences to you and the staff on your loss. - Dick Drilling

We are saddened by the news and I’m sure TAB will miss her greatly.  Please keep us informed on the upcoming arrangements.- Ronney Reynolds & Steve Franke, Reynolds & Franke PC

For the hundreds of my professional colleagues who have attended a Carole Kneeland or an RTDNA/F workshop at the Texas Association of Broadcasters headquarters in Austin, I share this sad news. TAB's long-time president Ann Arnold passed away over the weekend. Ann was always a gracious host for, and supporter of, training for excellence in journalism, and a classy Texas lady at that.- Chip Mahaney

So sorry to hear this.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time. - Steve Ference, Cross Mediaworks

So sad...God Bless her. - Larry Waks, Jackson Walker LLP

Please offer my condolences to the whole staff at the loss of Ann.  She was a most impressive lady. - Bill Whitley, Media Services Group

I was so sorry to hear about Ann’s passing this weekend.  Considering the short time I had the pleasure of working with her, she showed me from day one what it was to be a class act – at all times.  Her knowledge of our business, her ability to get things accomplished in a political climate, and her tenacity to making sure that TAB lived up to its potential were all on display every single day I knew her. Please pass along my heartfelt thoughts and sympathies to her family and your staff.  Ann will be missed, but she also left us a great legacy to use as a compass. - Carlos Fernandez, WGEM-TV Quincy

I’m sorry to hear this information. Please know that we will keep the TAB family and of course Ann’s family in our thoughts and prayers. - Diedre Davis, Belo

I was very sorry to hear of Ann’s passing.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. - John Winder, Total Traffic Network

I just found out about Ann and I'm so sorry. I was so glad to finally meet her at last year's TAB convention and then was able to visit with her at the Cubs game. Please let me know if there is an opportunity to make a donation in her name. - Stephen Warley,

Ann was a wonderful person and advocate, and will be missed by all who knew her. - Janet Poppleton, Congressman Hall's office

I'm so sorry to hear about her passing. Please keep us posted on arrangements. - Mary Starr, The Starr Agency

I am so very sorry to hear about Ann's passing.  She was an exemplary leader, and an inspiration to all of us who knew her.  I have worked so closely with her over the past few years and so very enjoyably.  Her passing means I have lost a dear friend as well as a treasured colleague.  I know she will be missed by the broadcast industry, but I also know she has left her mark everywhere with that industry, and that her work and her life will remain an enduring legacy. And she was a great Texan who made you feel proud to be an American and grateful to live in this country that she loved so very much. - Tom Beers, FCC

While I knew Ann only professionally, she was a wonderful person I always enjoyed being around. Please convey my deepest sympathy to her family and MANY friends. - Julius Graw

My memory of Ms. Arnold is a person that always came to say hello to every vendor on the floor at TAB.  I have been at TAB for a number of years with multiple companies and she always thanked us for our support and appreciated us being at the TAB show.  She did not have to visit us or thank us for being there.  But it did make you feel pretty good that as a vendor we were appreciated.  It seems to me that she was the type of person that tried to go the extra mile to make sure no matter what the activity was that it was done right and that the details were taken care of.  The TAB show is probably one of the best local broadcast shows in the country and it is probably because of Ms. Arnold setting a very high standard for the event. I know that next year at the TAB show, I am going to miss her coming by at the end of the day thanking us for our support. Our prayers are with you and I know she will be missed. - Les Kutasi, Precision Communications

Just a short note to say the whole TAB staff is in my thoughts and prayers. This is a great loss to TAB and the broadcast industry. Give everyone a hug for me. - Jamie Bolton, oneDomain

I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and the gang at the TAB. Ann was incredibly good to me during my years and Belo and most recently with our EAS work together. If I can be helpful in anyway, please let me know. You are in my thoughts and prayers. - Regina Sullivan, Washington DC

I am so sorry. I feel fortunate to have know her for the time that I did. She was truly an exceptional representative of our industry. - Tom Stovall, KLST/KSAN-TV San Angelo

I’m heartbroken to hear the news of Ann’s passing. What a beautiful soul and a tremendous friend and mentor. We will be praying for Ann’s family and friends and I know Ann is organizing and supporting our heavenly father. She will be greatly missed. RIP my dear friend, rest in peace. - Terry Hucks, KLST/KSAN-TV San Angelo