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March 3, 2012 Board Actions

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Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors meeting, held Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Dallas at the offices of The Associated Press.

-- CHAIRMAN: Joe Terrell, KLTV-TV, Tyler
-- VICE CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock
-- TV PRESIDENT: Jenny Martinez, KRGV, Weslaco
-- RADIO PRESIDENT: Chace Murphy, WTAW, Bryan-College Station
-- RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Matt Thomas, KRLD, Dallas
-- and Dallas AP's Diana Heidgerd ...

1. TAPB Balance: $57.975.18. ...

2. TAPB bills to be paid:
-- None. ...

3. TAPB Contest: Online judging was completed Thursday, Feb. 23. Lists of winners moved on the AP wire on Friday afternoon, Feb. 24. Winners are also now listed at:
-- Total stations entered: 48 (36 TV & 12 radio)
-- Total entries: 788 (640 TV, 148 radio)
-- Total entry fees paid: $35,320.
-- The board voted to spent flat rate $100 (plus tax) for updated 1st place plaques for Best Newscast (4 TV/2 radio). Each plaque will be 12 inches by 15 inches, solid red/rosewood. Best Newscast winners will not be announced until banquet night, Saturday, March 31.
-- Board asked Diana to survey the TAPB judges (22 total judges/17 TV & 5 radio), seeing if any/all are interested for next year. Time frame would be online judging: Feb. 9-18, 2013. Board wants a survey, with a 1-5 point system (1 is worst, 5 is best) for questions such as: quality of entries, whether the judges feel any categories are unnecessary, other contest suggestions. The board would also like each judge to recommend one more bilingual judge. Of the 640 TV entries, 165 of those entries were in Spanish. Five of the 17 TV judges are bilingual, so any category with one or more Spanish entries was handled by those bilingual judges.
-- The next TAPB contest review will be during the TAPB business session, set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Headliners Club in Austin. ...

-- Board members have selected this year's TAPB-Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas award winner. The winner will be announced Saturday night, March 31, during the TAPB awards banquet at the Headliners Club in Austin. ...

5. Scholarships
-- Last year $7,500 in TAPB scholarships were presented. This year the board, because judging was done online and thousands of dollars were saved in judging costs, decided to double the amount and present $15,000 in scholarships. The board voted to give $5,000 to Brenna Arthur of Frisco, who is a freshman attending the University of North Texas in Denton. The board voted to give $10,000 to Andrew Nepsund of San Antonio, who's a junior attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Both winners were contacted Saturday, March 3, by the TAPB board. Both winners have been invited to attend the March 31 TAPB banquet, where the checks will be presented. The winners were announced Monday, March 5, in a story on the AP wire. ...

6. Other business?
-- None.

Next TAPB conference call will be Thursday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m., for final preparations for the March 31 convention & awards banquet in Austin. To register: