Cable TV Pioneers
In 1966 the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) held its 15th annual cable TV convention in Miami, Florida.TV and Communications magazine publisher Stanley Searle had proposed organizing an independent group that would be recognized for its part in getting the cable industry started. Searle felt it was important to tell the unique story of the relatively young cable industry.
A special plaque was then presented to 21 individuals who had made a meaningful contribution to the cable industry. This original group, along with the new inductees, meets together each year as a social group attending the annual NCTA convention. It was during one of these meetings the idea of having a national Cable Center originated.
In 1984, a group of Pioneers founded The National Cable Telecommunications Center and Museum, now known as The Cable Center, in Pennsylvania, and charged it with telling the story of cable. In 1997 the founders relocated the organization to Denver. The Cable Center officially broke ground in 1999 for the current building and opened its doors to the public in August 2001. The name was officially changed in 2002.
Over the years the Pioneer organization has grown to more than 500 members.