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TAPB Judging Comments

Judging comments are now available from the 2015-2016 TAPB contest. Some judges made extensive comments, while others had no comment. You are welcome to use the judging comments in your promotions. Please email AP’s Diana Heidgerd, , to get the judging comments emailed to you. Thank you.

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

Saturday, March 5, 2016 Board Actions



Here is an UPDATED review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors meeting on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the AP office in Dallas, with:

_ VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas

_ TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KENS, San Antonio

_ TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michael O’Neill, KHOU, Houston

_ RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston.


_ and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd


1. TAPB Balance (UPDATED):

n $22,936.50 prior to TAPB contest deposits, plus $30,177.58 from Pay Pal. Total: $53,114.08. UPDATED March 8: Add $4,270 in TAPB contest entry checks. Final total: $57.384.08.

2. Board approved following BILLS to be paid/TAPB contest-related expenses (for April 9, 2016, convention/awards banquet at the Headliners Club in Austin):

n $50 to webmaster Noble Sprayberry for March

n $38.50 to Level 3 communications for conference calls (Diana has receipt).

n Diana Heidgerd: $114.80. Includes $18.46 to Target for March 5 board meeting snack costs, plus box lunches from Corner Bakery ($96.34).

n UPDATED: Diana/TAPB reimbursement costs for three board members to each spend one night (March 5) at the Marriott Springhill Suites in Addison. Board OK’d anticipated charge of about $250. Diana will present final bill after March 5. NOTE: Final Diana bill: $316.40. Tim Sullivan will reimburse TAPB $80.23 for one night, he came in a day early and hotel wrongly charged both of his room nights to Diana’s credit card.

n $300 to KCEN-TV, TAPB contest refund.

n Approve $500 TAPB convention “kitty” – cash for drinks/ticket table & for registration (same as last year). Check made out to Diana, all cash returns to TAPB account.

n Approve $500 for TAPB convention gift cards for door prizes (last year was $300, but board decided attendees appreciate gift card/door prizes so increased this year). Diana will buy and submit receipt. NOTE: Since one TV judge dropped out, Diana still has the $50 Amex gift card that was to have been mailed to that judge. That will be included in the gift cards to be handed out as door prizes on banquet night Saturday, April 9, 2016.

n Approve $350 for TAPB banquet night photographer (Jack Plunkett has agreed to do it again). He’s been paid $300 for the past several years.

n Approve $75 for person who will be doing the drinks/tickets table. (Diana trying to find someone to hire).

n $300 for “Best of Show” highlight reel of some TV/radio winners (to be shown banquet night), to David Silva of KRGV-TV (David also did it last year). See below.


3. TAPB Business Session agenda, 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016


n B. BILLS To Be Paid:

n C. TAPB CONTEST/REVIEW: 2016: Total entries: 728 (561 TV and 167 radio). In 2015: 674 total entries (580 TV and 94 radio)

n Number of stations entered this year: 28 TV & 9 radio: total of 37 stations. Compared to 29 TV and 7 radio stations, total of 36 stations entered in 2015.
n Total entry fees paid this year: $35,365 (compared to $33,265 last year), figures are before minor costs for PayPal. Also note this figure includes $300 overpayment by KCEN-TV. Of the 37 stations that entered this year – only three paid by regular check. The rest used PayPal.
n TV:

n Sports Anchor or Anchor Team (TV Division 1)


n Sportscast (Division A)

n Sports Play-by-Play (Division A)

n Sports Anchor or Anchor Team (Division A)

n Investigative Report (Division B)

n Documentary (Division B)

n Special Series (Division B)

n Sports Anchor or Anchor Team (Division B)

n Spot News By A Reporter (Division B)

n Spot News By A Station (Division B)

The TAPB board recommends, since no entries the past two years for Radio: Sports Anchor or Anchor Team (Division A&B), that the category be dropped in next year’s contest.

n D. ELECTION of 2016-2017 TAPB Board:

n Chairman

n Vice Chairman

n TV President

n TV Vice President

n Radio President

n Radio Vice President

NOTE: TAPB Chairwoman Jenny Martinez says this is her last year on the board. Radio President Jack Williams is moving to Omaha, Nebraska, so he will also be leaving the TAPB board. Anyone wanting to serve on the TAPB board of directors next year should contact a current board member,



4. TAPB Banquet night, Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Headliners Club in Austin. Begin with 6:30 p.m. cash bar, banquet starts at 7 p.m.

n Registration cost: $50 per person (same as last year). Please register in advance. Advisory to move on the AP wire and also be posted at:

n Dinner menu: Board selected herb crusted chicken breast with gorgonzola, cranberry and chipotle veloute. Cost before taxes/incidentals: $28.95 per person. With dried cherries/mixed green salad with goat cheese. Dessert, additional $7 per person, will be Texas pecan ball with hot fudge.

n Matt Thomas will be the master of ceremonies, assisted by Mike O’Neill…plus other board member will assist. Winners get photos with Jenny Martinez, outgoing chairwoman.

n NOTE: AP’s Dale Leach is coordinating getting a new trophies company, possibly one in Austin or Dallas, which will be doing all AP 1st place awards (for contests in several states). The Texas Associated Press board of directors, during their March 5 board meeting, decided that they would like any 2016 awards plaques for the group – to include the TAPB logo. The TAPB board would also like to see examples of possible plaques before AP agrees to any contract with a company.

n 2nd place certificates will again be done by the former Grubbs Graphics in Dallas. Also, Diana will be in charge of getting the specialty Newscast and other associated plaques, such as Jordan-Flaherty award for cooperation, FOIFT, either done by the new trophy place – or done separately/elsewhere in Dallas.


n The board reviewed TAPB/Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas entries and selected a winner, to be announced at the April 9 awards banquet.


n UPDATED: The board decided to give $7,000 in scholarships, with two students each getting $3,500. Diana spoke with both winners on Monday. The TAPB board on March 7 announced the 2016 scholarship winners are Mayra Cordova of Dallas and Jessica Babb of Harker Heights. Cordova is a 22-year-old senior at the University of Texas at Arlington. Babb is a 20-year-old sophomore at Baylor University in Waco. Each student gets a $3,500 scholarship. Both will be recognized during the TAPB radio and television competition awards banquet on Saturday night, April 9, at the Headliners Club in Austin.


n Set for Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 in Fort Worth (same day/coincides with Lone Star Emmys). Last year TAPB donated $3,000 to the Texas Association of Broadcasters, to co-sponsor the seminar. The board, after most TAPB convention bills are paid, will consider how much to donate.

8. Other business?

_ None.

Final TAPB board conference call before the annual convention will be Friday, April 1, 2016, at 10:45 a.m.