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Lawmakers to Consider TAB Newsroom Legislative Priority Bills This Week

The House State Affairs Committee will take testimony this week on most of TAB’s newsroom legislative priority bills, in sharp contrast to the 2017 session when TAB’s Open Government measures were heard near the end of April.

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Nominations Due April 1 for TAB’s Leadership Awards

Nominations for Texas broadcasting’s highest honors are due to TAB no later than April 1.

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Nominations Open for TAB’S Leadership, Public Service Awards

Nominations are now open for TAB's biggest awards!

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Scholarship Season Opens with $29,000 for Future Broadcasters

The Texas Broadcast Education Foundation is now accepting applications for $29,000 in scholarships for students at Texas colleges or universities.

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Legislative Day Photos Now Available

Photos from TAB's 2019 Legislative Day Conference are now available.

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Texas Broadcast Calendar Now Available

The 2019 Texas Broadcast Calendar is now available!

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Broadcasters Release 2019 Emergency Alert System Required Monthly Test Schedule

The Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations that originate the Texas EAS RMT have released the 2019 RMT schedule. Stations can review and download the 2019 EAS RMT schedule on the TAB website.

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Golden Mic Club Elects New Officers

The Golden Mic Club Banquet was held on August 1, in conjunction with TAB's 65th Annual TAB Convention and Trade Show.

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TAB Honors Several Stations for Public Service Contributions

Both in service to local communities and influencing major public policy affecting our industry, Texas broadcasters showed up in a BIG way over the past year!

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Holding Local Government Accountable for Open Government

The Texas legal system has had two recent notable developments in a little-enforced or contested area of Texas law – the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Texas Public Information Act.

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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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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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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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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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Former TAB Chairman Don Chaney Dies

Texas Broadcasters are mourning the loss of 1985 TAB Chairman Don Chaney. He passed away on March 1 after a long battle with heart disease. He was 81.

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Free Speech Advocates Mobilize to Protect Texas Anti-SLAPP Law

The Anti-SLAPP law that TAB helped pass in 2011 is a pivotal free speech protection for Texans who want to participate in civic discourse on matters of public concern. Without the law, wealthy and powerful individuals or companies could file frivolous lawsuits against anyone who says something they don’t like and force them to withdraw their comments or stay quiet.

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Celebrating Sunshine Week

Each year since 2005, the U.S. news industry calls attention to the importance of public information access during Sunshine Week. This year’s celebration kicked off on Sunday and runs through March 16.

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Former TAB Chairman Rush Evans, Jr. Dies

Broadcasters are mourning the loss of former TAB Chairman Rush Evans, Jr. He passed away March 3 at the age of 87.

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Radio Stations Take Note: GMR Interim Music License Extended

Since Global Music Rights (GMR) launched in 2017, the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) has been attempting to resolve the question of whether the rates charged by GMR should be subject to some sort of antitrust review as are rates set by ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. With no resolution in hand, the RMLC announced last week that GMR has agreed to extend its interim license for the performance of their music by commercial Radio stations until Sept. 30, 2019.

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