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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.

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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

April 12, 2014 Board Actions

Here are minutes from the April 12, 2014, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors annual meeting/business session at the Headliner’s Club in Austin. In attendance: — CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock — VICE CHAIRMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco — TV PRESIDENT: Triston Sanders, KENS, San Antonio — TV VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston — RADIO PRESIDENT: Matt Thomas, KRLD, Dallas — RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston — and Dallas AP’s Barry Bedlan. …. A. TAPB Balance: $38,510.78 … B. BILLS to be paid: — None immediately submitted. …. C. CONTEST REVIEW: _ NEW CATEGORY APPROVED: Board unanimously approved adding a Sports Anchor or Anchor Team category to both the TV and Radio contests, but agreed to work out the language of the category’s rules at a later date. _ NEW TV CATEGORY APPROVED: Board unanimously approved adding a Sports Special category for TV only with the following rules language: “Sports Special: Any extended coverage beyond a routine sportscast. It may fall within a scheduled newscast.” _ TV CATEGORY REINSTATED: Board unanimously approved reinstating the Commentary-Editorial category for TV. The rules language was approved as proposed: “Commentary by TV station personnel regarding significant community issues. Originated by a local station. NOTE: This category will have just one winner across all four TV divisions.”) …. D. ELECTIONS _ All board members were re-elected to the board and in the same positions they held in 2013-2014 for another one-year term: CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock VICE CHAIRMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco TV PRESIDENT: Triston Sanders, KENS, San Antonio TV VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston RADIO PRESIDENT: Matt... read more

April 2, 2014 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters conference call on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, with: — CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock — VICE CHAIRMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco — TV VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston — RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston — and Dallas AP’s Barry Bedlan & Diana Heidgerd ………………………………………… 1. TAPB Balance: $49.321.11. Includes all contest deposits (about $34,400). NOTE: Does not include any trophy/award/banquet program costs (about $10,000), or scholarship winners ($10,000), final banquet & other associated costs (probably about $8,000) or Headliners Foundation scholarship cost ($1,000). TAPB will probably generate $3,000 to $4,000 in banquet registration fees. Diana projecting when all bills are paid post-convention that TAPB will have about $22,000 or $23,000 in the bank. …. 2. BILLS to be paid: Board approved payment of following bills: — Webmaster Noble Sprayberry: $50 for April — Cyndy Moore, TAPB contest prep/processing duties: $820 (invoice submitted). — Diana Heidgerd will spend $300 to purchase variety of gift cards to be given as door prizes on banquet night. Diana will then seek reimbursement. ……………….. 3. AGENDA for TAPB Business Session: Business session starts at 1 p.m. CST at the Headliners Club in Austin. A. TAPB Finances (will be updated on April 12) B. BILLS to be paid C. CONTEST review/suggestions — 801 total entries (627 TV & 174 radio), from 43 stations (33 TV & 10 radio). Total entry fees paid: $34,360. — PROPOSED new TV & radio category: Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: (3 entries per station). (Rules would be similar to News Anchor or Anchor Team category): Time limit... read more

March 1 2014 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors meeting on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the AP offices in Dallas, with:— CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock_ VICE CHAIRMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco_ TV PRESIDENT: Triston Sanders, KENS, San Antonio_ TV VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston_ RADIO PRESIDENT: Matt Thomas, KRLD, Dallas_ RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston._ and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd   ………………………………………… 1. TAPB /Balance: _ Approx: $17,650. With TAPB contest fees ($34,360) total available will be approx: $52,000. 2. CONTEST totals: _ 2014 total stations entered: 43 (33 TV & 10 radio stations). Total entries: 801 (627 TV & 174 radio). Total entry fees pending: $34,360. _ 2013 total stations entered: 44 (31 TV & 13 radio). Total entries: 781 (618 TV and 163 radio) Total entry fees: approximately $34,000. 3. TAPB Bills: Board approved payment of following bills: _ Noble Sprayberry, webmaster, $50 for March. _ Level 3 Communications/January conference call: $13.20 _ AP’s Diana Heidgerd: $91.65 ($74.81 from Jason’s Deli/board lunch, plus $16.84 from Target, water, snacks). NOTE: Diana will also have four bills from the Marriott SpringHill Suites in Addison, for board members Benji Snead, Jenny Martinez, Triston Sanders and Jack Williams, night of March first at $98 rate, plus tax. Approved but pending. _ Texas Association of Broadcasters $500, to support March 8 TAB radio/TV seminar in Lubbock, Texas. 4. FINANCES: Board approved following payments/or pending payments required prior to April 12, 2014, TAPB convention at the Headliners Club in Austin: _ $10,000 in TAPB scholarships (see below). _ $1,000 to Headliners Foundation scholarship _... read more