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State lawmakers reconvene for special session

Under the Texas Constitution, only the Governor can call a special session of the Legislature and only he decides which issues lawmakers can act upon. The special session that convened July 18 is starting with the urgent business at hand – reauthorizing a handful of state agencies – before they’re allowed to turn their attention to a laundry list of social and local governance issues that will form the platform of Gov. Greg Abbott’s just announced re-election campaign.

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National Test of the Emergency Alert System set for Sept. 27

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has informed the Federal Communications Commission of its intent to conduct a 2017 national test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, Sept. 27, with Oct. 4 set as a “rain date”.

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Four Product Demos - Free to all #TAB2017 attendees

Join four #TAB2017 Convention Sponsors as they demo their latest products/services on Thursday, Aug. 10.

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Repack, ATSC 3.0, Drones, AM reboot hot tech sessions at TAB 2017

Technology looms large at the 2017 TAB Show as industry experts take deep dives into topics ranging from the looming spectrum repack’s effects on Radio and TV stations to cybersecurity strategies for broadcasters.

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The Free Flow of Information Act continues to be a winner for stations

A Bryan TV station is the latest broadcast outlet to successfully use the state’s reporter shield law which TAB passed in 2009.

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Broadcasters mourn Pioneer Stan McKenzie

Pioneer Texas Broadcaster Stan McKenzie passed away on July 3. He was 89.

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FCC Proposes to add “Blue Alerts to Emergency Alert System

The FCC has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to add another broadcast EAS alert, called a Blue Alert, to the nation’s Emergency Alert System.

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Abbott vetoes the one Open Government bill that passed the 85th Texas Legislature

In a bitter end to an already brutal Texas legislative session for Open Government, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed the lone piece of proactive legislation that TAB and other advocates had championed that lawmakers had approved in the 85th Texas Legislature.

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TAB salutes public service efforts of several Texas stations

TAB will honor the fantastic public service efforts of Texas Radio and Television stations at the annual Community Service Awards Breakfast, Aug. 10 in Austin.

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Mayes makes historic gift to scholarship foundation

A lifelong learner who secured advanced degrees in his 70’s and 80s, Wendell Mayes Jr. has witnessed first-hand the soaring, punishing costs of higher education.

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Attendee registration now open for #TAB2017

Registration is now open for TAB's biggest event! Join us in August for #TAB2017.

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TAB to award achievements of five exceptional broadcasters

The Texas Association of Broadcasters will honor five broadcast leaders at TAB’s Annual Awards Gala.

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Legislative Day photos now available

Photos from TAB's 2017 Legislative Day conference are now available.

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Texas broadcasting’s top awards open for nominations

The Texas broadcast industry's top awards for individual leadership are now open for nominations.

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Nominations open for Texas Radio Hall of Fame

Voting is now underway for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame 2017 campaign.

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TAB Board elections underway

Elections to fill 11 seats on TAB’s Board of Directors are underway with voting slated to conclude on Monday, July 31.

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Last Required Element of a Physical Public File is Now Gone

It’s the end of an era for broadcasters – the official requirement for letters and emails from the public to be kept in a broadcaster’s public inspection file.

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2017 TAB Show takes future by the horns

Texas broadcasters will squarely confront the future at the 2017 TAB Show with deep dives into partnering with Google and YouTube, a case study in deploying Amazon’s new platforms for local Radio and TV stations, the next generation TV standard and the looming spectrum repack –and that’s just to start.

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Cong. Thornberry Sides with Local Radio in Royalty Fight

The Local Radio Freedom Act picked up another Texas co-sponsor last week as Cong. Mac Thornberry, R-Amarillo, renewed his opposition to efforts by the international record labels and their supporters in Congress to force local broadcasters to pay a new Performance Royalty.

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