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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, dheidgerd@ap.org , 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

Nov. 13, 2014 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors conference call on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 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: $22,154.66.

 

  1. BILLS to be paid:

_ Board approved paying $50 November fee to webmaster Noble Sprayberry

 

  1. CONTEST JUDGES:

The following judges (below) from the 2013-2014 contest have all responded YES to helping in 2015. Judging will take place any time Saturday, Feb. 28 through midnight (central time) Monday, March 9, 2015. Triston Sanders has suggests for five more TV judges (one bilingual). Need three more radio judges, Diana Heidgerd will contact two previous radio judges who have not helped for several years. Jack Williams will try to get someone from a public radio station to help judge.

TV

— Eddie Perez, NBC News Channel, Charlotte, NC (bilingual)

— Gary Detman, WTLV-WJXX, Jacksonville, Fl. (bilingual)

— Rafael Sanchez, WRTV, Indianapolis (bilingual)

— Jonathan Ruiz, NBC News Channel, Charlotte, NC (bilingual)

— Mark Engel, former CNN, Atlanta.

— Audrey Prywitch, KPLR-KTVI, St. Louis.

— Stephanie Scurlock Thornton, WREG, Memphis, Tenn.

— Kelli Cook, WATN, Memphis, Tenn.

— Brad Neuhoff, formerly KOIN, Portland, Oregon

— Erika Edwards, NBC News Channel, Charlotte, NC

— Mike Thomas, WUPA (CW station) in Atlanta

— Scott Galloway, WFIE, Evansville, Indiana

— Tom Triol, former WRTV, Indianapolis

— Chuck Maulden, KOLR, Springfield, Missouri.

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RADIO:

— Larry Marino, KRLA, Los Angeles

— Ninette Sosa, WYAY, Atlanta (bilingual)

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  1. PayPal/for AP member radio/TV stations to pay contest fees

_ Dallas AP’s Barry Bedlan was not able to make this conference call, he will research for the December TAPB board call. Board members, during their Sept. 25, 2014, conference call, endorsed the idea of using PayPal for entry fees and also for registration. Barry will be checking on fees and how to set it up.

 

  1. TAPB CONTEST:

_ Will also ask Barry Bedlan to check on how much the online judging site, www.betterbnc.com,will be charging this year. Last year the TAPB cost was $781.

 

  1. SCHOLARSHIP:

_ Benji Snead encouraged board members to reach out to universities in their markets to encourage students to apply for the TAPB scholarship in 2015. More in early 2015.

 

  1. WEBSITE:

_ Benji Snead will coordinate with webmaster Noble Sprayberry about updates planned forwww.tapb.org — including logo, etc. More during the next conference call.

 

 

  1. OTHER BUSINESS?

_ None.

 

Next TAPB board conference call will be Thursday, Dec. 11, at 10:45 a.m. CST.

 

Thank you!

Sept. 26, 2014 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters conference call on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, with:

   _ CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock

   _ TV PRESIDENT: Triston Sanders, KENS, San Antonio

   _ RADIO PRESIDENT: Matt Thomas, KRLD, Dallas

   _ RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston.

   _ and Dallas AP’s Barry Bedlan & 3807 Tarawood Court

      …………………………………………

   1. TAPB Balance: $22,414.79.

   2. BILLS to be paid/approved by board:

   _ Noble Sprayberry, $50 webmaster fee for September

   _ Level 3 Communications, $30.59 for August conference call

   3. WEBSITE discussion.

   _ Efforts continue to update www.tapb.org  Board chairman Benji Snead will be the point person with webmaster Noble Sprayberry. Noble has mentioned updating the site to include the latest version of the AP logo. Triston Sanders’ mother, who is a graphic artist, continues to provide possible updated logos, etc. More discussion during the next TAPB conference call.

   4. Headliners Foundation: Sept. 13 luncheon in Austin & Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop: Sept. 20 daylong event at the University of Texas in Austin.

   _ KRLD Radio Assistant News Director Matt Thomas (TAPB radio president) attended the Headliners luncheon.

   _ AP’s Diana Heidgerd attended the seminar, reports about 180 people attended.

   5. JUDGES: Board agreed to email judges from last year’s TAPB competition to see if they might be available for judging again/radio/TV/online.

   DATES TO REMEMBER: NOTE: 2015 sweeps are Jan. 29-Feb. 25.

   _ Judging to start any time Saturday, Feb. 28 through midnight (central time) Monday, March 9.

   _ TAPB board will meet at the Dallas AP office on Saturday, March 14, to review results, pick scholarship winners, choose FOIFT winner.

   _ TAPB convention/awards banquet will be Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Headliners Club in Austin (same place as last year).

   6. TAPB CONTEST RULES/payment

   _ Board endorsed the idea of using PayPal. Cost would be approximately 2.9 percent per transaction, plus 30 cents. The cost is taken off the TOTAL paid, not added to the basic entry fee. For example, if a radio or TV station paid $50 for an entry, the cost to the AP member would be: $50. The transaction fee would be taken out of that amount. So TAPB would receive slightly more than $48 for the transactions. NOTE: People entering the contest would not be required to use PayPal, it would be an option for people whose only method of payment would be via credit card. Stations/individuals would still be allowed to pay with corporate/personal checks. AP’s Barry Bedlan says PayPal could also be used to pay for registration for the April 25, 2015, convention registration fee (again, other forms of payment would still be accepted).

   _ Board members will decide on PayPal measure and cost of entry fees during their next conference call.

   _ Bedlan says he’s still looking into securing a tax ID for the group, but PayPal might be a payment substitute.

   7. Other business: None.

   _ Next conference call Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at 10:45 a.m. CDT.

Aug. 19, 2014 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors conference call on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, 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
— and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd
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1. Webmaster Noble Sprayberry offered suggestions on improving www.tapb.org, which has not been updated for 6-7 years.
— Board members approved paying Noble a flat $500 to make the upgrades.
— Noble suggested an updated TAPB logo. Triston Sanders offered to contact her mother, who is a graphic artist, to help.

2. TAPB Balance: $23,964.79.

3. BILLS to be paid:
— Board approved $50 for August regular payment to webmaster Noble Sprayberry.
— Board approved $1,000 deposit for the Headliners Club in Austin, down payment for next year’s TAPB convention — on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

4. Texas AP’s Barry Bedlan is still working on getting a federal tax ID number for TAPB. He’ll update the board more during the September conference call.

5. No other business. Next TAPB conference call will be Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at 10:45 a.m. CDT.