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Scalise Targets Broadcast TV Ecosystem as FCC Eyes KidVid Reforms

A high-ranking Congressional House Republican is touting legislation that would gut the existing broadcast TV ecosystem, the Senate has advanced the Music Modernization Act which addresses some ongoing concerns with streaming royalties, and the FCC is rolling out a proposal to revamp the Children’s Television rules. Each issue will be front and center at the TAB 2018 Show Aug. 1-2 at presentations featuring NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith and multiple DC-based media attorneys.

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FCC Issues Aug. 27 EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) Form One Requirement

The FCC issued notice this month that all EAS participants must file EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) Form One by Aug. 27. While no date for a 2018 national test of EAS has been set, Section 11.61 of the FCC’s rules, EAS Participants must renew their identifying information required by ETRS Form One on a yearly basis.

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Download the app for #TAB2018

Download our official app in the Apple or Google Play stores!

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Four Product Demos set for #TAB2018

Join four #TAB2018 Convention Sponsors as they demo their latest products and services on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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TAB2018 Offers Special Track for NextGen Broadcasters

This year, we have a NEW track geared towards broadcasters' NextGen staffers.

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2018 TAB Show Features Expanded Exhibits Floor, Record Number of Vendors

Texas broadcasters will take in the largest trade show TAB has ever presented when they gather at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin Aug. 1-2 for the 2018 Annual Convention. The move to the new facility accommodates a record number of vendors with 26 new firms, providing station managers and engineers an opportunity for a true hands-on experience and face time with suppliers that often eludes them at massive events like CES and the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

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FCC Releases Proposed 2018 Regulatory Fees

There was a bright spot in last week’s FCC release of the 2018 Regulatory Fee Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM is the proceeding that starts the discussion and formal adoption of the FCC’s annual regulatory fees that are assessed to broadcast licensees.

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First Slate of Honorees Announced for 2018 TAB Show

The TAB 2018 Show slated for Aug. 1-2 features not just a wide range of top-notch programming for managers, sales teams and engineers, it also showcases industry leaders and individual stations for their exemplary work and community impact. Five individual leaders will be honored at TAB’s Annual Awards Gala, four of whom were announced last week. The fifth – receiving TAB’s inaugural Distinguished Service Award – will be announced later this month.

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State Crackdown on Cannabidiol (CBD) Products is Looming

In the past year, TAB has seen an increase in the number of inquiries from stations wondering about the legality of advertising “low” or “no THC” cannabis oil (CBD) products. To be clear, it is legal for stations to advertise a specific CBD product sold by legal dispensaries that were created under SB 339, the 2015 Texas Compassionate Use law. Beyond that, stations that advertise such products do so at their own risk. There simply isn’t any Texas case law on which to rely and the federal regulations can be confusing.

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Attendee Registration Now Open for #TAB2018

Register today for Texas broadcasting's biggest event - TAB's Annual Convention & Trade Show, Aug. 1-2 at the JW Marriott Downtown Austin.

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Application Window Opens for Kneeland Project’s News Director Development Forum

The Kneeland Project, an innovative newsroom leadership initiative which TAB has supported for two decades, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall. Kneeland’s next news director development fellowship will take place Sept. 5-8 in Austin at the TAB offices.

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TAB introduces Omnia Staffing Profiles

The instant reports can dramatically improve your hiring process, enhance employee motivation and communication, increase retention and support most of your specific developmental initiatives.

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TAB offers vast resources for 2018 political season

With the political window for the March 6 primary election opening Jan. 20, member stations should be sure to take advantage of all the resources TAB provides for campaign season advertising, including required disclosure forms, legal guidance and LUR calendars.

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Broadcasters mourn loss of Perryman

Pioneer Texas Broadcaster Tom Perryman passed away on Thursday, Jan. 11. He was 90.

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Cox Houston raises $420K+ for Texas Children’s Hospital

Cox Media Group Houston stations raised $420,375 during the 14th annual Radiothon from December 1 through 31, 2017

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Raycom Station Spreads Christmas Cheer to Those in Need

Raycom Media TV station KLTV, the ABC affiliate in Tyler-Longview led a community effort to help children, seniors and families during the holidays with gifts through the Salvation Army.

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Texas Broadcast Calendar now available

The 2018 Texas Broadcast Calendar is now available!

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TAB2017 photos now available

Photos from this month’s TAB Convention & Trade Show are now available online.

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TAB members elect four new directors, re-elect three

Four new directors were elected to the TAB Board and three more were re-elected upon the conclusion of a 60-day process in which all members were asked to select their representatives to the 37 member panel on which seats are allocated based on market size and medium. Election results were announced at the Annual Business Meeting on Aug. 10 during TAB’s Annual Convention.

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TAB salutes five exceptional broadcasters

Texas Broadcasters honored five exceptional industry leaders at TAB’s Annual Awards Gala.

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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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2018 TAB Show Spotlight Shines on NAB’s Gordon Smith

After defeating a federal Ad Tax and securing an additional $1 billion to keep broadcasters financially whole in the Spectrum Repack in 2017, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith will shine a light on the industry’s next major DC policy challenges at the TAB Show’s Leadership Breakfast Aug. 2.

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TAB’s Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program Offers Affordable Compliance, Peace of Mind

For 21 years, TAB has offered Texas Radio and TV stations the opportunity to earn a three-year waiver from routine or surprise FCC inspection by going through a mock FCC-style inspection. TAB’s Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) has a contracted team of inspectors, a mix of broadcast engineering veterans and retired FCC field agents, that reviews stations for FCC compliance using the FCC’s station self-inspection checklists as a guide.

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Senate Committee Advances Music Streaming Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act which includes significant reforms to songwriter compensation by on-demand streaming services, payments to pre-1972 recording artists and producer royalty shares. The measure retains language relating to the ASCAP-BMI rate courts that NAB negotiated before it passed the House earlier this year on a vote of 415-0.

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Newsroom Attack Leaves Journalists Shaken but Resolute

The Columbia Journalism Review headline for a Friday story said it all, “The War Against the Press Comes to the Local Newsroom.” Last Thursday, an armed gunman killed five at a Maryland newspaper that he had unsuccessfully sued for defamation.

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TAB Board Elections Underway, Voting Ends July 23

Final ballots for TAB’s 2018 Board elections were emailed to members June 25, with voting slated to end on Midnight, July 23. After a nominations window during the first two weeks of June, three TV seats are up for grabs and a new slate of officers is being presented for approval, while candidates for five Radio seats are running uncontested.

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