- General Information
- Hotel Information
- Sponsors & Exhibitors
- Trade Show
- Seminars & Speakers
- Golf Tournament
- Media Information
What is the deadline to nominate someone for an award?
Individual awards are due April 3; Bonner McLane award nominations are due May 1.
Where can I find a list of award categories?
A list of TAB’s award categories is available on our awards page.
Can I nominate someone for more than one award?
Yes. Please submit a separate nomination packet for each nominee.
Who are some of the previous award winners?
A full list of former award winners is available here.
TAB staff members work with the Convention Committee to plan the convention and promote it to broadcasters in Texas and across the nation. TAB staff is mainly responsible for selling exhibit booths, sponsorships and advertising, as well as marketing and managing registration.
Who is on the TAB Convention Committee?
The Convention Committee is comprised of volunteer members from the TAB Board of Directors. View a list of current committee members here. The committee is lead by radio and television chairs, along with an engineering conference chair.
What are the date(s) and location(s) of the next conventions?
August 1-2, 2018 at the JW Marriott Downtown Austin
What is the convention schedule?
Convention events start on Wednesday morning and run through the evening on Thursday. Schedule coming in 2018!
Where can I get the most up-to-date schedule of events for the convention?
Schedule coming in 2018!
Who should attend?
- Radio and Television station staff members, including:
- Account Executives
- Chief Engineers
- General Managers
- General Sales Managers
- Purchasing Managers
- Technical Managers
- Representatives from TAB Associate Member Firms
- Retired Broadcasters
- Golden Mic Club Members
- SBE Members
- Audio/Video technicians
Do I have to be a TAB member to attend?
No. Please call TAB at (512) 322-9944 for rates.
My firm is not a member. Can I still attend?
Of course! However, joining TAB will offer you the best rates. Please call TAB at (512) 322-9944 for more information.
What is the attire?
Golf Tournament: Sport Casual. No t-shirts or jean shorts. Be prepared – it’s HOT in August in Austin.
Kick-Off Party: Business Casual to Business
Golden Mic Club Banquet: Business Semi-Formal
Throughout the Convention: Business Casual to Business
Chairman's Reception & Awards Gala: Business Semi-Formal
Can I hold a meeting of my own at the convention?
How can I register for convention?
Registration will open May 2018.
Can I register day of convention?
You must register on-site after July 27.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Advanced payment is required in the form of credit card or check. TAB accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa and checks.
How can I cancel my convention registration? Is registration refundable?
Cancellations must be received in writing.There will be a $25 cancellation fee.
No refunds after TBD.
I have registered for the convention, but unexpectedly will not be able to attend! Can I send someone in my place? How would I go about making this substitution?
Yes. If you are the main registrant, you can use the link from your confirmation to log back in and make changes for yourself or your guests. If someone else registered you as their guest, you must contact the person who registered you to make any changes. Otherwise, please contact TAB or call (512) 322-9944 with any changes.
What should I do if I have already registered but never received a confirmation?
Contact TAB or call (512) 322-9944 as soon as possible to make sure you are registered.
How do I find out if someone has registered for the convention?
Sponsors and exhibitors will receive lists of all attendees post-convention.
Where is the TAB Registration Desk at the JW Marriot Austin?
The TAB Registration Desk will be on the second level of the JW Marriot Austin. Come in the main doors, ride the escalator to the second floor in front of Griffin Hall and you will see the desks.
When will the registration desk open?
Registration hours: Wed., Aug. 1 from noon to 7:30 pm; Thurs., Aug. 2 from 7 am to 7 pm.
Will you be checking identification at the door of the exhibit hall?
Yes. Everyone must be wearing an official TAB badge to enter the exhibit hall and all TAB convention events.
How do I get my name badge?
Check in at the TAB Registration Desk. Badges will not be mailed in advance.
What if I need to make a correction on my name badge?
Contact TAB or call (512) 322-9944 as soon as you notice there’s a mistake on your badge. On site, just ask one of the TAB staff at the Registration Desk to reprint your badge.
What if I lose my badge at the convention?
Just ask one of the friendly TAB staff members at the Registration Desk to reprint your badge.
Where can I find driving directions to the JW Marriott Downtown Austin?
Directions to the JW Marriott Downtown Austin can be found here.
How do I make hotel arrangements? Is there a TAB group rate?
Book online or call the JW Marriott directly at (512) 474-4777 and request the TAB Group Rate of $199/night + tax (single/double).
Room block will open May 2018.
Does TAB offer a group rate at any hotels other than the JW Marriott Austin?
Will shuttle service be available?
This hotel does not provide shuttle service. A taxi station is located directly outside of the hotel.
Super Shuttle: (800) 258-3826
What is the handicapped parking availability?
Garage: 9 spaces
There are 3 on each level of the garage.
If all handicapped spaces are occupied in the lot, those drivers will be able to valet at the self-park rate. Hotel does not have complimentary parking for handicapped guests as the garage is owned by a 3rd party and does not have the same specifications as street parking.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Benefits include complimentary TAB memberships, multiple full convention registrations, extensive signage, golf tournament passes, pre- and post-convention publicity, ads in the TABulletin and TAB Convention Program, promotion on www.tab.org and much more!
What are the sponsorship prices?
Sponsorships range from $1,750-$10,000, depending on desired benefits.
What is the cost of Trade Show booth space?
Booth prices start at $1,470 for TAB members and increase depending on level of Associate Membership. Non-member rates start at $2,280/booth – it’s a much better deal to join TAB!
How can I become a sponsor or exhibitor?
Do Associate Members receive special rates to sponsor and/or exhibit?
Associate Members receive significant discounts on booth space, convention registrations and advertising. Additionally, they receive priority choice of any available sponsorship opportunities.
If you are an Associate Member interested in being a sponsor and/or exhibitor, please contact TAB’s Patty Ochoa or call (512) 322-9944.
Who is eligible to receive priority booth assignments?
Previous year Sponsors & Exhibitors receive priority booth assignments for the first three weeks they are on sale. After that time, booths are sold on a first-come, first served basis. Book early for this great opportunity!
What is included in the exhibit booth?
Each exhibit booth typically includes carpet, pipe & drape, one 6’ skirted table, one chair, company sign, one convention registration & free Trade Show passes for clients.
If I am an exhibitor, when can I start set-up?
- Exhibitor Move-In: Wednesday, Aug 1 from noon-6 pm
- Exhibitor Move-Out: Thursday, Aug. 2 from 5-11 pm
Where can I find an updated list of sponsors and exhibitors?
2018 Coming Soon!
Where can I find an exhibit hall map?
Exhibit hall map (coming soon)
Trade show will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 9 am-5 pm in the JW Marriott Austin’s Griffin Hall.
Does the registration fee include the Trade Show?
Yes. Entrance to the Trade Show is included in all registration packages. You must check-in at the TAB registration desk and get your badge before entering the Trade Show.
What if I only want to attend the Trade Show?
When choosing a package on the registration form, you can select ‘Trade Show ONLY’ pass. This does NOT include any sessions or special events.
Seminars & Speakers
The schedule is subject to change, so check back often.
I am speaking at convention; may I sell my books, videos, etc?
Unless you are an official Trade Show exhibitor, all items for sale must be cleared in advance with TAB. Please contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.
I am interested in presenting at your convention, how can I become a speaker?
Please email TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez a session summary, list of references and fee estimate.
Will there be audio CD-ROM, DVD and videotape sales?
Golf Tournament will be held August 1 from 8 am to 2 pm. Location: TBD
How do I register for the tournament?
You will have an option to register for the golf tournament on the convention registration form.
Will transportation be provided to the golf course?
No, transporation will not be provided.
How can I pick my golf team?
Golfers will play in teams of four. You have the option to list three people you would like to play with on the convention registration form. Otherwise, we’ll be happy to pair you with some other players!
Contact TAB’s Beth Bobbitt or call (512) 322-9944.
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