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TAB Presses for Senate Action on Pirate Radio Bill

With the mid-term elections now concluded the U.S. Senate has an opportunity to finally pass the PIRATE Act – already unanimously approved by the U.S. House – in the waning days of the current session. TAB is urging Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to fully support the bill which would clamp down on pirate radio operations across the country. Similar efforts are being undertaken by all other state broadcast associations and the NAB.

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Is an FCC Station Public Inspection File Crackdown Coming?

Believe it or not, several Radio stations missed this year’s March 1 deadline to migrate their Public Inspection File to the FCC’s online database and have yet to activate the station’s online file. The FCC announced late last week that it will activate all remaining station public inspection files this Thursday, Nov. 15.

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TAB Awards Gala Video Now Available

The full video of TAB's 65th Annual Awards Gala is now available for viewing.

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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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TAB Hosts Inaugural NABEF MSA

TAB was proud to host the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation's first Media Sales Academy.

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With Election Over, Take Note of Voter Education Efforts

Local broadcasters’ election coverage is a key focus of TAB’s annual Public Service Research survey which launches later this month and covers all public service activities of 2018. Stations are encouraged to take note now of all the debates you aired or hosted, the interviews you conducted with candidates and voters, the town hall meetings you held, and the news reports you aired for the primary and general elections, including local ballot initiatives.

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Restoring the Public’s Trust in Journalism

This Saturday, TAB’s Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop will explore ways in which local newsrooms are working to restore the public’s trust in journalism. For more than a decade, research and polling have shown an erosion in the public’s trust in the news media. It didn’t disappear all at once, and in some ways, the news industry’s practices led to the gradual decline.

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Race for House Speaker Narrows Ahead of 2019 Legislative Session

A leading contender for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives dropped out last week-end as Republican members of the lower chamber continue the process of selecting a successor to current Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio who declined to run for re-election. The winnowing is a stark reminder to Texas broadcasters to plan for TAB’s biennial legislative conference in Austin on Jan. 22 which prepares station managers and news directors for one-on-one advocacy with state lawmakers during the five-month session.

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Early Registration Ending for TAB’s Nov. 10 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop

Broadcasters can save $20 by registering today for the Nov. 10 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop in Houston. The workshop takes place at the downtown Magnolia Hotel, just down the street from that night’s Lone Star EMMY® Awards gala at Houston’s Revention Center.

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