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See who won the 2014-2015 TAPB Broadcaster Awards

Judges Comments Now Available

Some judges in the 2014-2015 Texas AP Broadcasters radio & TV contests provided written comments about the winning entries.

Other judges did not comment.

Please email AP’s Diana Heidgerd: dheidgerd@ap.org  and put in the subject line whether you want the radio or TV comments emailed to you.

Thank you for entering!

Order your awards duplicates

Do you need a duplicate of your 1st-place award? Just fill out and submit this form: TAPB 1st Place duplicates form

For duplicates of all other awards, please use this form: CERTIFICATE Order form 2015

Promoting your TAPB awards

Each year the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (“TAPB”) recognizes excellence and achievement in journalism with awards in various categories.

Your promotion must state the “Texas Associated Press Broadcasters” (NOT Associated Press) as the award’s source.

— Promotional use of the word “Best” will apply only to first-place winners.

Any use of a reference to a TAPB award that in any way misleads the public about a TAPB award, including but not limited to distorted or exaggerated claims, is strictly prohibited.

Violations of either the spirit or intent of this prohibition may result in the disqualification of the offending entity from TAPB contests for a one-year period.

TAPB board reserves all rights to determine the truthfulness of any promotion that uses a reference to TAPB awards. The TAPB will be the sole determiner of whether or not a violation has occurred.

The latest board actions

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Board Actions

Here is an UPDATED review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters conference call on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, with: _ CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco _ TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston _ RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston _ and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd 1. TAPB Balance: $47,811.44 NOTE: A PayPal amount of $1,824 was wrongly applied to the TAPB account balance as provided for the March 14, 2015, board meeting. That balance should have been $53,766.96 (not $55,590.96 as originally listed). ……………. 2. BILLS to be paid: Board approved payment of following bills: — $50 for April for webmaster Noble Sprayberry, who also submitted an invoice for three additional hours, at $50 per hour, for work done related to updating www.tapb.org, getting contest results on the website, updating PayPal for banquet registration. Total to Noble Sprayberry: $200 — AP’s Diana Heidgerd, reimbursement of $151.42, for March 14 hotel nights for two TAPB board members, Jenny Martinez & Michelle Chism, at the Marriott SpringHill Suites in Addison, on hand for the board meeting at the Dallas AP office. Cost per night: $75.71. Diana paid on her personal credit card. CHECKS for April 25 banquet (will need to be co-signed by Jenny Martinez): — $300 for Jack Plunkett, photographer for the TAPB convention (same person as last year). — $75 for Sarah Beyer, handling beverage tickets at the TAPB convention (same person as last year). — Approve spending $500 for the “kitty” — petty cash needed to make change for registration & drinks at the TAPB convention (same amount as last year). Please make check out to AP’s Diana... read more

Saturday, March 14, 2015 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the AP office in Dallas, with:   — CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco — VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas — TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston — TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michelle Chism, KVUE, Austin — and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd     TAPB balance: $55,590.96. BILLS: Board approved payment of following bills: — $50 webmaster fee for March to Noble Sprayberry — $18.02 to Level 3 Communications for February conference call — $128.55 to Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd, reimbursement for 80 US postage stamps (for TAPB mailings) plus water/snacks for board meeting on Saturday ($52.77) plus cost for board/box lunches/beverages from Corner Bakery ($75.78). TOTAL: $128.55   REVIEW of TAPB radio/TV contest results. — TAPB radio & TV contest results moved on the AP wire on Friday afternoon, March 13. Results are also now posted at: www.tapb.org — Board approved Diana Heidgerd purchasing $50 American Express gift cards for each of the 25 judges (same as last year). Cost: $1,250 (before any fees). — Board approved Diana Heidgerd purchasing $100 AMEX gift cards for the current five board members, as the annual thank-you for your year of work. (Same as last year). Cost:  $500 (before any fees). NOTE: Diana had a promotional code that waived activation fees for all of the AMEX gift cards, just added $8.95 total shipping. Total cost: $1,758.95 (Diana will submit receipt).   FOIFT: — Board (minus board member Jenny Martinez, whose station entered the category) selected a winner for the annual TAPB/Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas... read more

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 Board Actions

Here is an amended review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters conference call on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, with: _ CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco _ VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas _ TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston _ RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston. _ PLUS new TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michelle Chism, KVUE, Austin. _ and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd ………………………………………… 1. NEW BOARD MEMBER: — Board approved Michelle Chism, assistant news director at KVUE in Austin, as TAPB television vice president. Welcome Michelle! — There’s still have an opening for TAPB radio vice president. 2. TAPB Balance: $21,139.33 3. BILLS to be paid: Board approved payment of following bills: — Level 3 Communications for January conference call: $16.79 — Webmaster Noble Sprayberry: $250 (that’s his regular $50 for February, then Noble has submitted an invoice for four additional hours of website work, $200 on that bill). 4. RADIO/TV CONTEST: (AMENDED to clarify number of TV & radio entries from 36 stations) _ 2015 total stations entered: 36 (29 TV & 7 radio stations). Total entries: 674 (580 TV and 94 radio). Total entry fees: approx $33,265. (NOTE: Individual entry fees increased $5 this year to help cover higher administrative/processing costs, along with cost of using PayPal). _ 2014 total stations entered: 43 (33 TV & 10 radio stations). Total entries: 801 (627 TV & 174 radio). Total entry fees: $34,360. 5. TAPB/FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOUNDATION OF TEXAS AWARD _ The deadline to enter is Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at www.betterbnc.com 6. SCHOLARSHIPS: _ Entry information is at www.tapb.org and advisories are also moving on the... read more