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TAB members elect seven new directors, re-elect two

 - Bare takes TAB Chairmanship as Lee, others exit

Seven new directors were elected to the TAB Board and two more were re-elected at the culmination of a 60 day process in which all members were asked to weigh in on their representatives to the 37 member body wherein seats are allocated according to market size and medium.

New executive officers also were elected, with Roger Bare of KIAH-TV Houston slated to serve as Chairman for 2015-16. The remaining executive officers elected include:

  • Vice Chairman – Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting
  • Treasurer – Julie Pruett, Nexstar Broadcasting Group
  • Secretary – Sarah Frazier, CBS Radio Houston
  • Past Chairman – Chris Paddie, KMHT AM-FM Marshall

Each officer serves one year and is eligible for consideration to advance to the next office with the membership’s approval.

Election results for the directors’ seats representing commercial stations, which are three-year terms, include:

  • Large Market Radio – Ben Reed, Cox Media Group San Antonio
  • Medium Market Radio – John Moesch, KQRX/KHKX/KMCM Odessa-Midland (re-elected)
  • Small Market Radio – Ken Roberts, KBEC-AM Waxahachie
  • Large Market TV – Jerry Martin, KPRC-TV Houston (re-elected)
  • Other Market TV – Dan Jackson, KCBD-TV Lubbock
  • At-Large TV Seat – Mark Masepohl, Univision Media Dallas-Fort Worth

One seat in each commercial station category comes up for election each year, and no director may serve more than six consecutive years, unless they were first elected by the Board to fill a vacancy that occurred between regular elections. 

The following newly elected directors will serve one-year terms:

  • Non-Commercial – Jerrod Knight, KETR-FM Commerce
  • Associates – Lance Parr, Lanco Technical Services
  • Golden Mic Club – Mike Wenglar

Election results were announced at the TAB Annual Business Meeting on Aug. 6.

TAB’s Board of Directors meets four times each year in Austin. Board members are responsible for advising TAB staff on member services and legislative policy, providing fiduciary oversight for the organization and assisting with all major organizational efforts, including the NCSA program and membership recruitment.

Board members are not compensated or reimbursed for traveling to Board meetings, nor do they receive complimentary admission to TAB events.

Planning for the 2016 fiscal year begins in earnest Sept. 3, and members are invited to contact Board members or TAB staff with suggestions for the coming year.

Lee, five others exit

Mike Lee of KXXV/KRHD-TV Waco-Temple-Bryan stepped off the Board after serving 11 continuous years, six as a director and five on the Executive Committee.

Throughout his tenure Lee championed TAB’s key legislative initiatives, led TAB delegations to meet with members of Congress, chaired TAB’s Legislative Day conference and provided invaluable leadership on the Convention, Legislative and NCSA committees.

Exiting because of TAB’s six-year term limit were Tom Ehlmann of KXAS/NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth, John Kittleman of KRGV-TV in the Rio Grande Valley, and Lee Parkinson of Tomlinson-Leis Communications with stations in Palestine and Bay City.

Ehlmann was TAB’s 2014 Broadcaster of the Year and a long-serving member of TAB’s Legislative and Membership committees, as well as a key contributor to TAB’s federal advocacy efforts.

Kittleman served on numerous convention planning committees and had served as TV co-chair of TAB’s legislative committee for many years, traveling annually to DC on behalf of Texas broadcasters.

Parkinson was a longtime chairman of TAB’s NCSA committee which oversees the organization’s chief revenue generator and also served as Radio co-chair of two TAB annual conventions.

Max Rudolph of noncommercial KNCT Temple and past TAB Chairman Benny Springer, who had been serving in the Golden Mic seat, also exited the Board after serving in numerous roles, from advising TAB on emergency communications issues to legislative advocacy.

Questions?  Contact TAB's Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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