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TAB Public Service Award Entries Due May 7

- Board Elections Start Soon

TAB’s 2021 awards season is in full swing after taking a “COVID pass” last year, and the next deadline is May 7 – this time for submitting entries for the Bonner McLane Public Service Awards honoring six Radio and TV stations for their exemplary community service. The awards will be presented at the in-person 2021 TAB Show Aug. 3-4 in Austin.

From the pandemic and turbulent general election to racial justice protests and a debilitating winter storm, Texas broadcasters have served their communities over the past year in ways never anticipated, saving lives and keeping the Lone Star State strong.

It’s time now for TAB member stations to step up and share the creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and dedication that inspired them to keep their communities together throughout these events.

Six Radio & TV stations, grouped into small, medium and large markets, will be honored. Each award is accompanied by a $500 cash prize.

Public Service Award Submission Guidelines, Electronic Entry

TAB Board Elections Open Soon
With two Small Market Radio seats completely open and a couple term limits affecting other Board seats, TAB members will have an opportunity once again to select their representatives to the Board of Directors this summer.

By June 5, GMs will receive a list of all members in their market category eligible to run for a Board seat. Nominations are due to TAB by June 20.

Board seats are apportioned according to medium type and market size. Members can weigh in only on the seats representing their market category. Only one nomination or vote may be cast per licensed station.

Seats up for election represent commercial and non-commercial stations, associate members, retired members, and educators.

Board Responsibilities
The Board meets four times per year, typically in person at the TAB building in Austin, though meetings have been held virtually since March 2020 because of the pandemic. Committees usually meet electronically.

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 Public Education Partnership program, membership recruitment and the Annual Convention.

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

Questions regarding TAB Board Elections can be directed to TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or Beth Bobbitt.

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