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Jim Baum Memorial Highway Legislation Heads to Gov. Abbott

The Texas Legislature has sent a measure to Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Austin, honoring beloved Texas broadcaster and former Colorado City Mayor James G. “Jim” Baum by renaming a stretch of Business Interstate Highway 20-J in his honor.

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FCC Releases Proposed Annual Regulatory Fees for 2021

The FCC has released its proposed 2021 annual regulatory fees, with a final adoption expected midsummer after the customary reply comment stage.

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Sold-Out Exhibit Hall for 2021 TAB Show Aug. 3-4

Technology powering every element of the Radio and TV industry, from remote broadcasting and Next Gen TV to all-digital AM and more, will be on display at the sold out, 100-booth exhibit hall anchoring the in-person 2021 TAB Show. The event is slated for Aug. 3-4 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin.

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Cities, Not Legislators, Proving Best Hope for Law Enforcement Transparency Reforms

Open Government advocates were hopeful that the 87th Texas Legislature would act to bring some much need transparency to Texas law enforcement operations, such as legislation to facilitate the release of information concerning “in custody” deaths, use of force reports, law enforcement disciplinary information, and access to body and dash camera video.

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Open Government Bills Advance as Legislative Session’s End Nears

With 34 days left in the 87th Texas Legislature, all but one of TAB ‘s Open Government legislative initiatives have been heard and approved by a House or Senate committee, and two have moved from one chamber to the other.

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Texas House Panel Takes Up Bills Legalizing Sports Betting

The House State Affairs Committee today is taking public comment on legislation that would let voters decide whether to legalize sports betting in Texas, activity long opposed by religious groups. The question would be put to a statewide vote amending the state’s constitution this November.

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TAB Priority Newsroom Legislation Advancing

With fewer than seven full weeks left in the 87th Texas Legislature, TAB’s package of newsroom legislative priorities is advancing with four measures already heard by Senate or House committees.

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2022 Texas Election Dates in Flux?

The 2022 Texas primary election date could see a serious shift if new electoral district maps are challenged in the courts. The 2022 primary, primary runoff, and general election dates could also see serious shifts if legislative proposals filed at the Capitol this year were to pass.

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Bipartisan Effort Powering Performance Tax Measure

A bipartisan group of members of Congress from across the country are taking the lead in advancing the latest iteration of The Local Radio Freedom Act which opposes efforts by the record labels to impose a new royalty on Radio stations, a move that would cripple many stations and force others to abandon music formats.

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First TAB Newsroom Priority Bill Heads to Gov. Abbott

Texas lawmakers have sent the first of a package of TAB newsroom priority bills to Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Austin, for action. On Saturday, the Texas House of Representatives approved SB 930 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, in a 142-0 floor vote. The bill requires state and local health authorities to provide certain types of information concerning an infectious disease outbreak at a nursing home or other long-term care facility.

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KWTX-AM Celebrates 75 Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Waco's second-oldes radio station, KWTX-AM, which recently turned 75.

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Broadcasters Mourn Dallas Radio Icon Ron Chapman

DFW broadcast legend Ron Chapman, who for decades personified Radio in the state’s largest market and inspired legions of followers with memorable giveaways and on-air stunts, died Monday of natural causes at the age of 85.

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Entries for TAB’s Public Service Awards Due Friday, May 7

TAB Wants to Honor YOUR Station & Staff for What They Do for Local Communities!

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