Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters conference call on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, with:
-- CHAIRMAN: Joe Terrell, KLTV-TV, Tyler
-- TV PRESIDENT: Jenny Martinez, KRGV, Weslaco
-- TV VICE PRESIDENT: Mike George, KBTX, Bryan
-- RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Matt Thomas, KRLD, Dallas
-- and Dallas AP's Barry Bedlan & Diana Heidgerd
1. TAPB Finances/Bills to be paid: TAPB Balance: approximately $23,241.
Board approved payment of following bills:
-- Reimburse AP's Diana Heidgerd, $44 for Total Choice Hosting, annual website/hosting fee for www.tapb.org (board members on Nov. 28 were emailed a copy of the payment notice). Diana also has receipt.
-- December webmaster fee: $50 to Noble Sprayberry
-- Global Crossing: $49.78, from November board conference call
2. TAPB Contest Rules
-- The radio/TV/web contests will all be online. The entry advisory/link will move on the wire and be posted at www.tapb.org in late December. Tentative dates include entry deadline of Monday, Feb. 6.
All payment checks (corporate/personal checks) for entries must be received by noon (central time) Thursday, Feb. 9, at Dallas AP offices.
Information on the scholarship and Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas contests will move on the wire in late January.
-- Board decided to keep entry fees the same as last year for all divisions.
-- Board voted to drop stimulus discounts. Board also discussed possibility of lowering the cost for the TAPB awards banquet, to be held at the Headliners Club in Austin on Saturday night, March 31. Will depend on final number of entries/money generated.
-- Board voted to drop two TV categories: Commentary-Editorial and Interview. Board also voted to drop one radio category: Interview. Categories had declining number of entries in recent years.
-- ONLINE JUDGES: Diana has lined up 12 TV, some are bilingual, and five radio judges. TAPB board members are being asked to reach recommend at least two more TV judges. Board also decided to buy each judge a $50 gift card, as a thank you for their time.
3. TAPB BOARD/Dallas in March
-- TAPB board members will be in Dallas the weekend of March 3-4 to process the results/winners, at the Dallas AP office.
4. Other business?
Next TAPB conference call will be Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.