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TAB Expands Summer Training for Member Stations

TAB is introducing new training options for member stations this summer targeting newsrooms, sales teams and managers, with additional programs planned for fall. In addition, TAB’s Annual Business Meeting – usually held during the annual convention – is going virtual on Thursday, July 30. The 2020 TAB Show was canceled because of the pandemic.

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Texas Broadcasters’ Public Service Grows to Nearly $6 Billion

Despite the continuing expansion of the media marketplace, Texas’ local Radio and TV stations continue their dominance in strengthening the communities they serve by engaging listeners and viewers to support local schools, hospitals and charities.

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Texas Broadcast Calendar Now Available

The 2019 Texas Broadcast Calendar is now available!

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2020 National EAS Test Canceled

Broadcasters hoping to have one less thing to do in what has been a stressful year for station operations got a present last week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which announced there will not be a 2020 national Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. The move was made “out of consideration for the unusual circumstances and working conditions for those in the broadcast and cable industry.”

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Voting in TAB Board Elections Underway

Voting in TAB’s Board of Directors elections started June 18 and ends July 10. The elections determine who will represent Radio and TV stations in various market sizes across the state, as well as educators and Associate and retired members, in the coming year. The top two nominees in each race qualified for the ballot.

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UIL Eyes Suspending “Friday Night” Broadcast Rule for One Year

The University Interscholastic League (UIL), is poised to suspend the so-called “Friday Night broadcast rule” for one year.

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FCC Regulatory Fee Structure Long Overdue for Revamp

TAB slammed the FCC in a June 12 legal filing for its continuing failure to update its formula for developing regulatory fees as it proposes significant hikes on broadcasters amid a pandemic that has ravaged advertising revenues that fund broadcast operations. The hikes would come as the FCC increasingly gives new industries free access to spectrum without assessing them fees.

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Latest Round of FCC EEO Audits Includes Five Texas Stations, Serves as EEO Compliance Reminder

Each year, the FCC randomly audits approximately five percent of all U.S. broadcast stations for EEO compliance by sending out EEO audit notices to which stations must respond.

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