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2016 Texas AP Broadcasters Radio & TV Contests

It’s time for the annual Texas Associated Press Broadcasters radio & television contests. Spanish entries are welcome. You must be an AP member to enter. The deadline to enter is Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at 11 p.m. (central time). All entries must have aired or been posted online during 2015. All entries must be the on-air version or the online version. An entry cannot be a re-creation. The competition is entirely online.

  •  To enter, go to:
  • Go to: “Find Contests”
  • Scroll down to: 2016 Texas AP Broadcasters, click on link, then click on “Log Into The Contest” and then to “Select a Contest” – scroll to 2016 Texas AP Broadcasters and click on that link
  • Then go to “Select Media Organization” and find your station call letters
  • Then your generic password for the first login is: bnc
  • You can then change the password for your specific station

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you were your station’s contest coordinator last year, please use your same password. If you are still having problems logging in to the site, or were not your station’s contest coordinator last year, please email contest coordinator Alexa Haik: The TAPB awards banquet is Saturday night, April 9, 2016, at the Headliners Club in Austin. Good luck!

Texas AP Broadcasters contest entry fees and/or awards dinner registrations can be paid via PayPal

Enter Station’s Call Letters

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

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:  and put in the subject line whether you want the radio or TV comments emailed to you.

Thank you for entering!

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, Oct. 28, 2015 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas AP Broadcasters board of directors conference call on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, with:

— CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco

— VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas

— TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KENS, San Antonio

— TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michael O’Neill, KHOU, Houston (new board member)

— RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Tim Sullivan, KURV, McAllen (new board member)

— and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd



Welcome to the new TAPB board members, Tim Sullivan & Michael O’Neill!

  1. TAPB Balance:

— $27,170.47.

  1. BILLS to be paid:

— Board approved $50 for October to TAPB webmaster Noble Sprayberry

  1. JUDGES:

— Board agreed to have AP’s Diana Heidgerd send an email to most of the TAPB judges from the last contest (18 TV & seven radio), except one former journalist no longer associated with television news for a couple of years. Diana will report back during the next conference call.


Board approved the following schedule/dates for next year’s TAPB competition.

— Have rules posted on in early January, no later than Monday, Jan. 11

— Have the deadline for entries Monday, Feb. 1

— Judging will take place any time Friday, Feb. 5, through Monday, Feb. 15. (NOTE: Sweeps are Feb. 4-March 2).

— Results to be compiled and forwarded to Diana no later than Monday, Feb. 22. Results would move on the wire no later than Wednesday, Feb. 24.

— TAPB board members meet in Dallas on Saturday, March 5, to go over results, decide any contest issues/challenges, pick TAPB scholarship winners and the TAPB-FOIFT winner.

— The TAPB awards banquet is Saturday night, April 9, 2016, at the Headliners Club in Austin.

NOTE: radio & TV rules will be finalized during the board’s December conference call.


— Matt Thomas will be in charge of the scholarship competition. The entry deadline will be Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

Entries must be submitted via email to Matt.


— Jenny Martinez will be charge of the FOIFT competition. The entry deadline will be Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. All entries must be submitted at:



— Discussion about hiring an individual who currently handles 2-3 other AP contests for this region. To be continued.

— Texas AP Bureau Chief Dale Leach is in charge of securing the contract for the radio/TV competition. Dale will let the board know the cost.

  1. Other business?

— TAPB board members Jack Acosta and Jack Williams, plus AP’s Diana Heidgerd, will be attending/part of the program of the Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the new J.W. Marriott in Austin. See you there! Program information and registration details at:


Next TAPB call will be Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 Board Actions

CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco

VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas

TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KENS, San Antonio

RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston.



  1. TAPB Balance: $27,239.66
  2. Board approved following BILLS to be paid:

$50 monthly fee, for September/webmaster Noble Sprayberry

$14.19 to Level 3 Communications for the August TAPB board conference call

  1. Board approved two new TAPB board members/both have agreed to service:

Michael O’Neill of KHOU in Houston, as TAPB Television Vice President

Tim Sullivan of KURV in McAllen, as TAPB Radio Vice President.

Welcome to Tim & Michael!


No other business. The TAPB board will hold a conference call with the full/new board sometime in October.