• Gene Schneider

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    Gene Schneider

    Chairman and CEO, UnitedGlobalCom, Inc., 2002 Cable Hall of Fame

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    We thought thirty-five channels was an unlimited, boundless number of channels and would never fill them all up.  Of course, in a matter of a few years going on into the early 80's and a little later, it turned out that thirty-five really wasn’t enough.

    Gene Schneider, together with his late brother, Richard, was an original partner with Bill Daniels in the company that built a cable system in Casper, Wyoming, in 1953. It was the first cable system in the country to use microwave to import broadcast signals from a distant city (in this case Denver). Schneider bought out Daniels in 1960 as well as other original investors and continued to expand the company. In 1966, GenCoE was formed with Ben Conroy, Jack Crosby, Glenn Flinn and others. In the late 60's, GenCoE merged with Livingston Oil Company (LVO) and in 1970, the cable company became independent through an IPO and was named LVO Cable; in 1974 it became United Cable Television Corporation (United).

    In 1989, United was merged with United Artists to form what became the third largest cable operator in the industry. Also in 1989, United International Holdings, Inc. (now Liberty Global Inc) was formed to take over most of the overseas holdings of United Cable and Schneider became Founder, Chairman and/or CEO until June 2005. Liberty Global owns interests in broadband distribution and content companies operating outside the continental United States, principally in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, Liberty Global is the largest broadband cable operator outside the U.S. in terms of subscribers with nearly 15 million revenue generating units. Schneider continues as a board member and founder.

    Schneider is a member of the Cable Television Pioneers, was a board member of NCTA for 20 years and is a member of the board of The Cable Center. He has also served on the board of directors for a number of charitable organizations.

  • George Barco

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    George Barco - 1998 Cable Hall of Fame Honoree

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    When the history of cable television is written its greatest story will be in education.

    Like many towns in Pennsylvania, Meadville, where the Barcos lived, was surrounded by mountains that obstructed the TV signals reaching in from nearby cities.

    Barco, who was then the solicitor of the Meadville School District, went home and pursued his idea in his spare time, approaching RCA about its master antenna technology. RCA referred him to Milton Shapp, whose Jerrold Electronics built community antenna systems and manufactured the equipment that went into them.

    The two met in 1952 and soon after, Barco formed Meadville Master Antenna Inc. (MMA), hiring Jerrold to provide equipment for the three-channel system. MMA was an instant hit.

    The Barco family ran the Meadville system for decades, but Barco's contributions to cable wouldn't come only from his background as an operator. They'd also come from his practice of the law and his love for education. As general counsel of the Pennsylvania Cable Television Association (PCTA) and a leader in both that group and the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), Barco would have a profound impact on the governmental and industry policies that sprang up to govern the way cable television did business.

    Born of immigrant parents in 1907, Barco attended Allegheny College in Meadville and earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After serving as assistant district attorney and then deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania, he opened the firm of Barco and Barco, establishing a private practice with his daughter Yolanda.

    The 1950s and 1960s were years of opportunity for acquiring and expanding cable systems, but Barco refrained from adding to his holdings. He served as legal counsel to the PCTA and several cable operators and wanted to avoid ever having a conflict of interest, or even the appearance of one, with a client.

    Barco's most dramatic victory occurred in the NCTA board room in 1962, after the association had lost a pair of lawsuits over the question of whether cable should pay copyright fees in order to retransmit TV programming. Fearing another loss, board members felt it was hopeless to pursue the issue further.

    Barco disagreed. A member of the board himself, he argued vehemently that cable, which received programming on its community antennas and then shared it among households, was not a transmitter of programming and therefore not legally subject to copyright fees. Barco promised to negotiate a fixed fee with attorneys representing the NCTA in order to hold down costs for the appeal. Finally, the board voted to pursue the case.

    The Supreme Court agreed to hear cable's case and, in a stunning decision, reversed the lower courts and issued an opinion in the industry's favor.  Barco's influence lives on every time a Pennsylvania college student registers for an on-air course and also through the Barco-Duratz Foundation, a philanthropy established to fund educational projects. It has made substantial contributions to literacy projects throughout the state of Pennsylvania and has helped a number of colleges and universities participate in the Pennsylvania State Network.

  • George Bodenheimer

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    George Bodenheimer

    President, ESPN, Inc., 2008 Cable Hall of Fame

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    An ESPN and cable industry pioneer, George Bodenheimer, 49, was named ESPN's fifth President in 1998, and since then he has led an unprecedented period of growth for ESPN. Bodenheimer's path to leadership mirrors that of ESPN itself - with his sharp focus on creativity and cutting-edge innovation, his emphasis on always enhancing value for ESPN's fans and business partners, and his conviction for teamwork. In 2003, he was also appointed President of ABC Sports, overseeing all the multimedia sports assets of The Walt Disney Company, and in 2004 he assumed the role of co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, encompassing strategic planning for Disney's media assets.

    As President of ESPN, Inc., Bodenheimer leads one of the world's premier brands with over 50 business entities and counting - including six domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU); 34 international television networks; ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNNEWS (March) HD (simulcast services in high-definition); ESPN Regional Television; ESPN.com; ESPN Radio; ESPN The Magazine and books; the ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants); and other growing new businesses including ESPN360.com (broadband), Mobile ESPN (wireless content), ESPN on Demand and ESPN Interactive.

    As President of ABC Sports, he oversees one of the broadcast industry's most comprehensive sports programming schedules, which is now branded "ESPN on ABC." Among the premier programming are the NBA Finals, college football including the Rose Bowl, college basketball, World Cup Soccer, the British Open, the Belmont Stakes, Little League World Series, the IndyCar Series featuring the Indy 500, NASCAR and more.

    Bodenheimer's vision has led to numerous company and industry-leading innovations in integrated sales and marketing, original programming, rights and business acquisitions, and new technologies, highlighted by ESPN's state-of-the-art Digital Center. He established an organizational structure with leaders focusing on six areas: content across all media, technology, international, sales and marketing, finance and administration.

    Bodenheimer joined the company after college in January 1981 as a driver in the mailroom. He rose through the ranks becoming Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing in 1996. He was graduated from Denison University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, and he is married with three children.

  • Gerald Levin

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    Gerald Levin

    Former Chairman and CEO, Time Warner, Inc., 1999 Cable Hall of Fame

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    There is in fact this quiet revolution taking place in what I would guess would be in excess of 2 million homes today receiving one form or another of pay cable service

    Gerald M. Levin, retired Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc., is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Levin, who pioneered the creation of Home Box Office through satellite distribution, also spearheaded Time Warner's agreement to merge with Turner Broadcasting System and America On Line. He is widely recognized for his leadership in the development of digital, interactive communications. Presently Mr. Levin is an advisor in the creation of a holistic, mental health institute in California.

  • Geraldine Laybourne

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    Geraldine Laybourne

    Founder, Chairman and CEO, Oxygen Media, 2004 Cable Hall of Fame

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    My personal goal was: 'How do we make Nickelodeon cool enough so my son will have the courage to confess where his mother works?

    Geraldine B. Laybourne is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Oxygen Media. Oxygen, the only cable network owned and operated by women, is currently available in 56 million homes. The network was launched in 2000 to fill a void in the television landscape – creating a network targeted to younger women. The fastest growing independent network, Oxygen became profitable in 2004.

    Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's television, with the most original programming of all the women's networks. Programming includes Mo'Nique's Fat Chance, Oprah After the Show, Talk Sex with Sue Johanson and Girls Behaving Badly. Laybourne has led the company to be a strong advocate for women. Through programs like The Mentor's Walk, Oxygen's national program for bringing along the next generation, Oxygen is creating "The New Girls Network."

    Prior to starting Oxygen, Laybourne spent 16 years at Nickelodeon – taking over management of the network in 1984. Under her leadership, Nickelodeon became the top-rated 24-hour cable network and won several notable awards including Emmy's, Peabodys, Cable Ace, and Parent's Choice awards.

    From 1996-1998, Laybourne was president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks where she was responsible for overseeing current cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and its ABC subsidiary.

    Laybourne has been singled out for her many contributions to the industry. She was ranked No. 1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter in 1996 and named one of the 25 most influential people in America by Time magazine that same year. Her numerous awards include: the Annenberg Public Policy Center's award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Children and Television, the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award® for Broadcasting, and the Creative Coalition's Spotlight Award. Her other honors include the Grand Tam Award® from CTAM, the Governor's Award® from the National Academy of Cable Programming, the American Women in Radio and Television Genii Award®, the Women in Cable Award®, and the Sara Lee Corporation's Frontrunner Award®. In 1995, she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In October of 2004 she was inducted into The Cable Center Hall of Fame.

    Laybourne sits on a number of boards and advisory committees, including the National Cable Television Association, The National Council for Families and Television, New York Women in Film & Television (Advisory Board), Cable Positive (Honorary Chair). In 1997 she was elected to the Board of Trustees of Vassar College. From 1990 to 1995 she served on the Board of Kinder Care Learning Centers. Laybourne recently became a member of the Board of Directors of Insight Communications.

    Laybourne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Vassar College and a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband Kit, a producer, author and animator, have two children and one grandchild.

  • Glenn Britt

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    Glenn Britt

    President and CEO, Time Warner Cable, 2007 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Glenn A. Britt was named President and CEO of Time Warner Cable in February 2006 and has served as its chief executive since August 2001. He also serves on the Company's Board of Directors. Britt has been the driving force behind the Company's aggressive deployment of advanced video services, such as video-on-demand, high-definition television and digital video recorders. Britt has guided the continued growth and increased penetration of Time Warner Cable's residential high-speed data product and has overseen the efforts of Road Runner Business Class, the Company's commercial broadband service. He has also championed the launch and growth of Time Warner Cable Digital Phone, the Company's VoIP service.

    In addition to the continued and rapid deployment of advanced services, Britt has focused on creating a customer service-oriented organization as a way to maintain the edge on competition. He has also championed the cable industry's efforts to work more closely with consumer electronics manufactures and other related groups to develop compatible standards for the deployment of future, integrated products.

    Britt became president of Time Warner Cable in January 1999. Previously, Britt served as president and CEO of Time Warner Cable Ventures, the company's new business arm. There he oversaw the launch of Road Runner, the country's first high-speed Internet service, as well as the creation of Time Warner Telecom, a fast-growing provider of local telecommunications services. He had been executive vice president, Time Warner Cable, since 1990 and was previously senior vice president and treasurer of Time Warner Inc.

    Prior to the merger between Time Inc. and Warner Communications, Britt was vice president and chief financial officer of Time Inc., a position he held since July 1988.

    Britt joined Time Inc. in 1972 in the Controller's Department and rose, successively, to vice president-treasurer of Manhattan Cable Television, Inc. (1974), finance director for Time-Life Books Iran Project (1977), vice president-network and studio operations for Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO), and director of business development of Time Inc.'s video group (1980).

    Britt became senior vice president-finance for American Television and Communications Corp., Time Inc.'s cable television unit, in 1981, senior vice president - finance of Time Inc.'s Video Group in 1984, and senior vice president and chief financial officer of HBO later that year. He was elected as vice president of Time Inc. in October 1986 and treasurer the following month. He became vice president - finance of Time Inc. in February 1988.

    Britt serves on the Board of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and is a member of the Executive Committee. He is also Chairman of the Board of CableLabs, Board member of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, Board member of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, Board member of Xerox Corporation, Board member of the Museum of the Moving Image and Board member of Polytechnic University.

    He is the recipient of many industry honors, including the NCTA's 2006 Vanguard Award for "Distinguished Leadership", the NAMIC Stanley B. Thomas Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 Kaitz Foundation Diversity Champion and the 2004 CTPAA Presidents Award.

    He received a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1971. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Britt received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth in 1972.

  • Glenn Jones

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    Glenn Jones

    Founder, Chairman and CEO, Jones Intercable Inc., 2005 Cable Hall of Fame

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    I prepared everything because I was my own account lawyer... so he signed that, and he gave me his account book which was a half-size, three-hole notebook with... the pages falling out of it... It was really a snowy day, and I was so happy I was yodeling... because now I was in the cable business.

    Glenn R. Jones has spent four decades extending the reach of technology, first by bringing cable television to American homes, then by fusing education with the Internet to deliver education to lifelong learners worldwide. Along the way, Mr. Jones pioneered Internet technologies, authored several books, and created more than 20 technology companies in the Internet, e-commerce, software, education, entertainment, radio, and cable television industries.

    In 1961, after graduating from the University of Colorado's School of Law, Mr. Jones began his career in cable television by representing cable companies in their acquisition efforts across the country. In 1967, Mr. Jones borrowed $400 against his Volkswagen to purchase his first cable system in Georgetown, Colorado, which was the genesis of his cable operations company, Jones Intercable, Inc.

    During its 32 years under Mr. Jones' guidance, Jones Intercable pioneered more than a dozen industry firsts and grew to become one of the ten largest cable television operators in the United States serving more than 1.5 million customers nationwide. In addition, the company built and operated cable systems in the U.K. and Spain.

    In 1987, Mr. Jones embarked on his first adventure in distance education and founded the cable network Mind Extension University (ME/U). Until the early 1990s, when it changed its name to Knowledge TV, ME/U delivered college courses to viewers' television sets, offering them easy access to distance learning programs. The advancement of Internet technology resulted in the creation of online education entities in the 1990s, most notably, Jones International University (JIU), a university existing completely in cyberspace, which he founded in 1995. In another Jones first, JIU was the first totally online university in the U.S. to receive accreditation.

    Mr. Jones is one of the founding members of the James Madison National Council – a select advisory body to the Library of Congress – and serves on its steering committee. He is also on the board of trustees for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the Voice Center Advisory Board associated with it. He is a past member of the board of directors for the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), and also served on its executive committee. Additionally, he served on the boards of C-SPAN, The Cable Center, the National Alliance of Business (NAB), the Colorado Institute of Technology (CIT), and the Board of Governors for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He also served on the Colorado Governor's Commission on Science and Technology.

  • Gus Hauser

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    Gus Hauser

    Former Chairman & CEO, Warner Cable Communications
    2003 Cable Hall of Fame

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    A Harvard-trained international lawyer, Gustave Hauser is truly a pioneer of the modern cable television industry, and his career has included highest-level participation in telephony, cable television and satellite communications.

    Hauser served from 1973-1983 as chairman and CEO of Warner Cable Communications (which in 1980, became Warner-Amex Cable Communications, a joint venture of Warner Communications and The American Express Company). During this period, he built Warner into one of the largest cable companies and served frequently as a prominent industry spokesperson on legislative and regulatory affairs.

    Under his guidance, Warner developed many new cable service innovations which demonstrated cable's potential to become a major communications business and which foresaw many of the important programming and technological services which have marked the progress of today's cable industry. These innovations were undertaken by way of an experimental cable system in Columbus, Ohio called "QUBE". It included offering, for the first time, a package of 25 totally new, special-interest or themed programming channels, such as movies, sports, documentaries, culture and childrens'. Having been responsible for the concept and development of these "niche" channels, Hauser is recognized as the "father" of the highly successful national childrens' network Nickelodeon, out of which evolved the national network MTV Music Television.

    Hauser's QUBE innovations also included the earliest computer-based "two-way" or "interactive" cable services, including subscription, "pay-per-view" (video on demand) and subscriber participation in TV through polling, shopping, and games. (CTAM recognized Hauser as the "father" of pay-per-view.)

    Under his guidance, Warner was awarded a major share of new franchises in major cities and/or their suburbs, including such areas as Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Dallas, New York, Houston, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago. As an example, during 1980, Warner was awarded 1.1 million of a total of 1.6 million newly franchised homes.

    After leaving Warner-Amex in 1983, Hauser founded his own company, Hauser Communications, Inc., which built and operated some of the earliest and largest cable system clusters, becoming the dominant operator of cable systems around Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington, DC. Hauser Communications' systems were ultimately sold for then record prices. In 1993, he sold to Southwestern Bell Corporation (now SBC Communications) large cable systems serving Montgomery Country, Maryland, and Arlington County, Virginia. This transaction marked the entry of Bell Telephone companies into the cable television and video distribution business, and according to a major industry analyst, "shook both industries".

    Hauser is widely recognized for the large number of current cable, television and communication industry leaders who began their careers and developed their talents as members of his business organizations.

  • H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest

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    H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest

    President and CEO, The Lenfest Group, 2012 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Following graduation from Columbia Law School, Mr. Lenfest practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining Walter Annenberg's Triangle Publications, Inc., as Associate Counsel. After five years, Mr. Lenfest was placed in charge of Triangle's Communications Division, consisting of SEVENTEEN magazine and Triangle's CATV interests. In 1974, Mr. Lenfest left Triangle and formed Lenfest Communications, Inc., to purchase a cable system from Triangle with a total of 7,600 cable subscribers. In January 2000, its ownership of 1.3 million subscribers was transferred to COMCAST.

    Since the sale of Lenfest Communications, Mr. Lenfest has established himself as a dedicated supporter of education and the arts. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and as a Trustee of Washington and Lee University. He currently serves as Chairman of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the American Revolution Center, and as a Trustee of Columbia University. He has been recognized for his service and philanthropy with awards such as the Governor of Pennsylvania's "Patron of the Year" Award, the Philadelphia Award, the Pennsylvania Society's Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, and the Officier of the Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur from the French Republic.

    He has received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia University, Temple University, Ursinus College, Washington and Lee University, and Widener University. Mr. Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, live in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and they have three children and four grandchildren.

  • Hubert 'Hub' Schlafly

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    Hubert 'Hub' Schlafly

    Former President, TelePrompTer, 2008 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Born in August 1919, "Hub" Schlafly graduated from the University of Notre Dame, BSEE '41, and then later enrolled in graduate studies at Syracuse University. He joined General Electric and was soon assigned to MIT Radiation Laboratory as a Gunfire Control Radar project engineer. In 1947 he became Director of Television Research for 20th Century Fox. Projects included Large Screen Television projection, TV Broadcasting and experiments in cross-polarization microwave transmission. He was enrolled as a Fellow in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in 1951 and is a senior member of IEEE and SCTE.

    A co-founder, director, and vice president of TelePrompTer Corporation, he served as Executive Vice President, Technical Operation and later as President. In addition to prompting services for broadcasters and public speakers, TelePrompTer pioneered such things as multimedia information displays, theater television, broadcast studio equipment and systems, military command and control room design, installation and operation and, finally, cable television system operation. The company led the way into new cable technologies such as the conception and testing of multi-channel, multi-directional microwave, which Hughes Aircraft Company perfected and is marketing as AML Microwave. Faced with the problem of off-air co-channel interference in urban cable systems, he worked with Paramount, Jerrold and Hamlim engineers in the development of the set-top converter and subsequent broadband expansion of cable for carriage of non-broadcast channels. He directed the first installation and testing of two-way transmission on an operating cable system in Los Gatos, California.

    His association with Hughes included election as a Director of ThetaCom and the subsequent development of the Subscriber Response System (SRS), installed and tested in El Segundo, California in 1972. IN the late 1960s, Schlafly become convinced, along with others, that the geostationary satellite relay would implement national television programming distribution. After the Canadian launch of ANIK I in November 1972, he contracted Scientific-Atlanta to build an eight-meter transportable satellite receiver, which was first demonstrated at the NCTA Cable Convention in Anaheim, California, June 18, 1973. The program, originating in Washington, DC, was called SPACECAST I.

    In 1992, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented him with an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in broadband engineering development. In 1999 a second Emmy was awarded for development of the Lens Line Prompting System. He holds more than 16 patents and is an author and lecturer.

  • Irving Berlin Kahn

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    Irving Berlin Kahn

    Founder, TelePrompTer Corporation, 1998 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Originally, I didn't know what cable was and I wanted a place to experiment with pay TV.... When we got there, we began to see opportunities.

    For much of his life, Irving Kahn remained at the hub of a cable industry that was just spinning into focus in the 1950s. He helped to invent the teleprompter, turning the device into a staple of the entertainment and political presentation industry and adding a new word to dictionaries of the world. Later, the same word would be associated with the largest cable operating company in the U.S., an enterprise Kahn began building in 1959.

    Toward the latter part of his career, the resilient Kahn launched many companies that sprang from his cable background: BroadBand Communications Inc., to secure films and other programs for pay cable; Choice Cable Corp., a 55-franchise system in southern New Jersey utilizing fiber optics that he eventually sold to the New York Times in 1980 for $100 million; Times Fiber Communications, to develop fiber optics; and General Optronics Corp., to manufacture laser diodes for use in fiber optic systems.

    The only son of Russian immigrants, Kahn grew up in a home where his parents' lack of formal education did not dampen an intense interest in the arts. Influenced by his father's affinity for poetry and physics and his mother's for Shakespeare and literature, Kahn developed an insatiable and passionate curiosity, a characteristic that propelled him through life.

    His bravado earned him another role after college as a press agent for bands, and in the late 1930s for 20th Century Fox in film and radio promotions. After serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, he rejoined Fox, and demonstrated a knack for keeping his hand on the door knob in anticipation of opportunity's knock.

    Kahn enlisted the engineering expertise of colleague Hubert J. Schlafly. By 1951, after numerous prototypes, delays and financing snags, they launched TelePrompTer Corp. The device that displayed script lines and cues for public speakers and actors led to adaptations for use in telecasting big-screen closed circuit events such as boxing matches and auto races.

    In 1960, Kahn made waves at the National Cable Television Association convention in Miami, where he treated attendees to the live, closed-circuit showing of the title-fight between Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson. An estimated 25,000 cable subscribers in 13 cable systems around the country were paying $2 each for the same showing.

    Among the challenges Kahn faced in his life was a felony conviction in the late 1960s for bribing city officials in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He admitted the payments, but said they were extorted from him for a cable franchise renewal. He served 19 months of a five-year sentence, but staged a memorable comeback upon his release.

    Bill Bresnan, who became president of TelePrompTer's cable division after it merged with Jack Kent Cooke's H & B American Corp., and who today is president of Bresnan Communications, remembers Kahn as "provocative and bombastic, a rough-and-tumble kind of guy with plenty of sizzle. He was a visionary who made people think about where the industry was going."

    As a futurist, Kahn realized that cable television was more than a one-track medium. "Cable," he reflected prophetically in 1987 while taping his oral history for The Cable Center and Museum, "is not the right word anymore. You have a variety of technologies, like coincidence of design, totally unrelated to cable, that have forced the development, causing a total blending of communications."

  • Jack R. Crosby

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    Jack R. Crosby

    Chairman, The Rust Group, 2004 Cable Hall of Fame

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    I was working for my father in a hardware-appliance store and it was very difficult to sell television sets in those days in Del Rio, Texas because we had no television.

    Jack R. Crosby has been an active venture capitalist and entrepreneur for over thirty years. He is the founder and Chairman of The Rust Group, a private investment partnership headquartered in Austin, Texas. Current and prior areas of The Rust Group's investment activity include cable television, satellite communications, media, entertainment, banking, real estate development and oil field services.

    Mr. Crosby has been involved in the cable industry since its infancy. In 1954 he organized one of the first private entities to receive a license from the Federal Communications Commission to transmit television signals via microwave. During his career, Mr. Crosby has been one of the founders of eight major multiple system cable companies. Included among them are:

    GenCoe, Inc:

    The nucleus of what was to become United Cable TV, Inc.

    Telesystems International, Inc.:

    Switzerland's second largest cable company, and the first financially successful privately owned multiple system operator (MSO) in Europe.

    Communications Properties, Inc.:

    Sold to Times Mirror, Inc., in 1978.

    Mr. Crosby is a former Director and Chairman of the National Cable Television Association, and was honored by his peers by designation as one of the Pioneers of the Cable Television Industry. He has lent his services to the governments of West Germany, Austria, and Holland as consultant regarding the development of cable television within their countries.

  • James Blackley

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    James Blackley

    James A. “Jim” Blackley, Advisor to the CEO, Charter Communications

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    ADVISOR TO THE CEO
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    Jim Blackley says he has spent his early career “chasing the next technology.” A first-generation American whose parents emigrated to the U.S. from Scotland after World War II, Blackley joined the Navy after high school in 1974. A military aptitude test revealed his natural affinity for engineering. He entered a two-year training program in Tennessee, and then went to work on a Grumman stealth plane. After completing his military service and programming school, he found his first private-sector technology job and attended night school to earn a degree.

    Blackley joined Royal Insurance, moved to financial services company DTC, then had a “brief fling” at Goldman Sachs, moved on to Dun & Bradstreet, then Long Island Lighting, Con Edison, and AIG. “There’s a lot of value in being an IT vagabond and chasing the next technology,” he says. Specializing in billing and workforce management systems, he says, “I was preparing for a life in cable that I didn’t know I was preparing for.”

    After wandering for nearly 20 years, the vagabond found a place to call home in 1996 at Cablevision, where his background was needed. The company was looking into building what it referred to as its own MOAB -- Mother of All Billing Systems. Blackley convinced Cablevision management that the undertaking would be a bad idea.

    Chasing technology was no longer necessary at Cablevision. “I didn’t have to go anywhere; new jobs kept coming to me.” The company was talking about going all-digital, and Blackley was excited to be a part of the transition. Cablevision was also getting into other businesses. When it acquired a movie theater chain, Blackley learned about popcorn systems and the ticketing equation. For Madison Square Garden, he oversaw installation of the largest high definition screen in the U.S.

    In cable, Blackley felt he was now part of an industry that was changing the world. Over 16 years, he was instrumental in a number of ground-breaking industry deployments, including outside-the-home WiFi service and the first downloadable security system for set top boxes.

    In 2012 Blackley left his position heading Cablevision’s engineering and technology to become Charter’s executive vice president, engineering and information technology. At Charter, he led the integration of Time Warner Cable, Bright House, and Charter into a single, virtual infrastructure, and oversaw the company’s technological transformation. He was honored with the Vanguard Award for Science and Technology in 2015 by the NCTA, now the Internet and Television Association.

    Blackley spends his leisure time golfing, reading, and doing “anything on water, whenever and wherever I can.” His personal fleet includes two boats, paddleboards, surfboards, and scuba gear. As he looks ahead to retirement, Blackley advises those entering the industry to keep their eye on what’s over the horizon. “Technology is coming fast and furious, and we’re uniquely positioned to provide the technology platform that will power this country for a very long time.”

  • James L. Gray

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    James L. Gray

    Former President, Warner Cable Communications, 2011 Cable Hall of Fame

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    A veteran of the entertainment and telecommunications industries, Jim Gray has served as President of Warner Cable, Vice Chairman of Time Warner Cable and eventually Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PRIMESTAR.

    Mr. Gray began his career in the cable industry at Warner Cable, serving for 18 years in various operating positions. His major accomplishments for Warner Cable included the successful franchising efforts in major metropolitan cities throughout the 1970's, as well as the marketing of the "Qube" interactive Cable System during the late 1970's. Mr. Gray was appointed President of Warner Cable in 1986, playing key roles in both the growth of Warner Cable and the eventual merger with the American Television and Communications Corporation, which led to the formation of Time Warner Cable in 1992 and 1993. He served as Vice Chairman of Time Warner Cable from 1992 until 1994.

    In 1995, Mr. Gray was named Chairman of PRIMESTAR, a joint venture of the cable industry. He maintained overall management responsibility of PRIMESTAR's direct broadcast satellite (DBS) business, providing strategic direction to guide the company in the highly competitive DBS industry. Mr. Gray led PRIMESTAR to become the nation's second largest distributor of mini-dish satellite television entertainment, building a base of nearly 2 million subscribers by year-end 1997. He also directed the company through its 1997 national expansion to 160 channels, the largest upgrade a telecommunications company had ever undertaken.

    Active within the industry, Mr. Gray has served on the boards of several telecommunications companies and associations, including the National Cable Television Association and Turner Broadcasting System. He has acted as Chairman of the Executive Committee as well as Director of C-SPAN, in addition to serving as a Director of E! Entertainment Television, Cable in the Classroom and the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Mr. Gray was also the Chairman of Challenge 2000, a fundraising organization for adult literacy efforts in Central Ohio.

    Mr. Gray earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Kent State University and his Master's of Business Administration from State University of New York at Buffalo. He resides in Naples, Florida with his wife, Ronnie. Mr. Gray has a son, Michael D. Gray, a daughter, Lesley A. Bailey and two grandchildren, Conner and Brooke Bailey.

  • James O. Robbins

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    James O. Robbins

    Retired, CEO , Cox Communications Inc., 2006 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Jim Robbins served as president and chief executive officer of Cox Communications, Inc., the nation's third largest broadband company, for 20 years, guiding the company to becoming a multi-service, broadband communications powerhouse.

    During his tenure as CEO, Robbins quadrupled the size of the company while instilling a keen focus on operational excellence, customer satisfaction, people development and technological innovation. He has been hailed as a visionary for his early leadership on quality customer care and for the foresight to build a robust network, which paved the way for the company's entrance into lucrative new businesses such as telephony and high-speed Internet. He is a respected leader in the cable industry, serving twice as chairman of the National Cable Telecommunications Association and winning multiple awards, including the industry's Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership in 1996.

    Under Robbins' leadership, Cox Communications won the J.D. Power Award a precedent-setting five times for customer satisfaction in cable and telephone services; was recognized as the industry's best operator three times; and was named the best operator for women three consecutive years. In March 2006, along with Cox Communications, Robbins was presented with Cable Positive's highest honor, the Joel A. Berger Memorial Award, for outstanding contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in October 2006, he will be inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame.

    Robbins joined Cox Communications as vice president of the company's New York City operations in 1983, and was promoted to senior vice president of operations in Atlanta. He was named president in 1985 and added CEO to his title in 1995 when the company went public. He retired at the end of 2005. Prior to joining Cox Communications, he served as senior vice president of operations for Viacom Communications, Inc., following his role as vice president and general manager for Viacom Cable of Long Island, NY. From 1972 to 1979, he served in various management positions for Continental Cablevision of Ohio Inc., and Montachusett Cable Television. Previously, he was managing editor of WBZ-TV News in Boston.

    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in American Studies, Robbins also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He served as a destroyer line officer and a gunboat flotilla public affairs officer during two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967.

    Robbins currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cox Enterprises, Inc.; Bessemer Securities, Inc.; and Humana, Inc.; and on the Board of Trustees of the STI Classic Funds, Inc., a mutual fund affiliate of SunTrust Banks, Inc. He also serves as Senior Advisor to Providence Equity, and is President of the Board of Trustees of St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire. Previously, he has served as Chairman of the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Inc.

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    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Cox Communications, Inc.

    Jim Robbins joined Cox in 1983 and was named president in 1985. He added CEO to his title in 1995. During his leadership, Cox quadrupled its size and led the industry on many issues, including sports rights. He retired from Cox at the end of 2005. Following his retirement, he was elected a member of the Cox Enterprises board of directors, and served on C-SPAN’s Executive Committee.

    Prior to Cox, Jim spent five years at Continental Cablevision, as Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager and then as Vice President and General Manager, Viacom Cablevision of Long Island, and then Senior Vice President of Operations, Western Region.

    He served twice as chairman of the Internet & Television Association (NCTA) and won multiple awards, including the industry’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. He is a member of the Cable Hall of Fame class of 2006.

    Jim passed away on Oct. 10, 2007 at age 65. Jim is survived by his wife, Debby Robbins; their daughters Jane Brooks Robbins, Payson Robbins Murray, and Hilary Robbins Thomas.

    Cox Communications President Pat Esser said, “Jim was such a positive influence in our industry and personally to so many of us at Cox. There was no one like him and hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t recount a Jim anecdote or special memory. He led the company to great success, but it is how he led that we remember most. To employees, customers, and colleagues, he was always genuine and giving and that’s what makes him so deserving of this recognition.” On the personal side, Jim was a trustee of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta. He served as chairman of the Policy Holders Examining Committee of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He also served on the Board of Directors of Humana Inc., the Advisory Board of Forstmann Little & Company, Board of Trustees of STI Classic Funds, and was president of the board of trustees at his alma mater St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H.

    Jim also devoted much of his time to charitable causes - he was a past chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (his daughter Payson is diabetic), testifying before Congress in 2001 for additional research and funding.

    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in American Studies, Jim also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Jim participated in the NCAA golf tournament while a student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he won 33 out of 36 golf matches. Additionally, he was a member of the Penn club hockey team throughout college, and later served as a high school hockey coach. Robbins was also a recreational golfer and enjoyed snow skiing. The father of three daughters, he was actively involved with and an ardent supporter of women’s athletics.

    Robbins was also a veteran, serving as a destroyer line officer and a gunboat flotilla public affairs officer during two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967.

  • James S. Cownie

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    James S. Cownie

    Co-Founder and past President, Heritage Comm., 2009 Cable Hall of Fame

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    PERSONAL

    Born Des Moines, Iowa, 1944

    Dowling High School, 1962

    University of Notre Dame, 1966 (B.B.A.)

    Married Patty Hines in 1967; five children, ages 28-40

    Hobbies: Bird hunting, fishing, golf, handball

    BUSINESS

     

    • 1971-1990: Co-Founder/President, Heritage Communications, Inc.

    • 9th largest cable TV operator serving 1,000,000+ subscribers in 22 states.

    • Largest systems: San Jose, Wilmington, Dallas, Central Iowa

    • 1,600 employees and $350 million in revenue.

    • 1991-1996: Chairman, New Heritage Associates

    • 1996-Present: self-employed investor

    • 2006-Present: Chairman/Owner, WestWind Logistics LLC/WWL Holding, Inc.

    • Board Director: Da-Lite Screen Company; MARKETLINK, Inc.; The Macerich Company

    INDUSTRY AFFAIRS

     

    • National Cable Television Association-- Board member and chairman.

    • C-SPAN--Board member

    • NFL Football Consortium--Co-Chairman

    • Customer Service Standards, Ad hoc committee chairman

    COMMUNITY AFFAIRS Director:

    • Dowling-St. Joseph Foundation, (Chairman, 1990)

    • Des Moines Diocesan Development Committee; Chairman of $20 million fund raising effort, 2001

    • Mercy Hospital (1997-present; Vice Chair 2005-2006)

    • Des Moines Development Corporation, (Chairman, 1991 & 1992)

    • Greater Des Moines Committee (Chairman, 1993)

    • Metro YMCA, Chairman, 1993-94

    • Des Moines Vision Plan, Co-Chairman

    • Greater Des Moines United Way (Campaign Chairman, 1992)

    • Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, Chairman (2000-2003)

    • Convention & Visitors Bureau

    • Downtown Partnership, Inc.

    • Youth Homes of Mid-America

    • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (Advisor)

    • J.N. "Ding" Darling Foundation

    • Greater Des Moines Partnership (Chairman, 2007)

    HONORS

     

    • Challenger Award for Young Leadership, National Cable Television Association, 1985

    • President's Award, National Cable Television Association, 1990

    • Catholic Honoree, National Conference of Christian & Jews, 1991

    • Distinguishing Alumnus Award-Dowling High School-1991; St. Augustin Grade School, 1994

    • Entrepreneur of the Year "Sociably Responsible" Award, 1992

    • Community Involvement Award, Des Moines "Business Record," 1992

    • Honorary Chair Variety Club of Iowa Telethon, 1996

    • National Society of Fund Raising Executives "Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser," 1997

    • Commencement speaker, Grand View College, 2001

    • Inducted into Iowa Business Hall of Fame, Greater Des Moines Committee, 2001

    • Service to Mankind Award, Sertoma Club of Des Moines, 2001

    • First Civitas Award, Dowling High School, 2004

    • Iowa Parks & Recreation's "Ahrens Community Service" Award, 2004

    • YMCA Service To Youth Award, 2004

    • Association of Fundraising Professionals' "Spirit of Philanthropy" Award, 2004

    • The Des Moines Register's Iowa Star Award, 2005

    • Iowa Soccer Association's Hall of Fame, 2005

    • United Way Alexis Tocqueville Society Honoree, 2006

    • Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau Civic Friend of Hospitality, 2006

    • Greater Des Moines Partnership "Quarterback Extraordinaire" Award, 2007

    • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute "A. Arthur Davis Leadership" Award, 2008

  • JC Sparkman

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    JC Sparkman

    Chief Operating Officer, TCI, Retired

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    J.C. Sparkman joined cable equipment manufacturer Jerrold Electronics in 1959. Ten years later, he joined the operations department at Tele-Communications Inc., when the company served 56,000 cable subscribers. During his 26 years with TCI, he oversaw cable operations, construction of new networks and expansion of existing networks as the company grew through acquisition. For several years during Sparkman's tenure, TCI doubled in size every 18 months. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1987, serving in these positions until 1995. He was a member of the TCI board of directors from 1996-1999. By then, TCI was the nation's largest cable MSO, serving 18.5 million customers.

    In 1999, Sparkman co-founded Broadband Services, Inc., a provider of asset management, logistics, installation and repair services for telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers. He served as Co-CEO and Chairman of the company's board until 2003.

    Sparkman has held numerous board positions within the cable industry. He currently serves on the boards of Shaw Communications, Liberty Global PLC, and Universal Electronics, Inc. He previously held board positions with On Command Corporation; TSX Corporation; Liberty Media International, Inc.; Comcast Cable Holdings LLC; UnitedGlobalCOM, Inc.; DMX Inc.; and United Video Satellite Group.

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  • Jeff Bewkes

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    Jeff Bewkes

    Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Inc., 2011 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Jeff Bewkes is chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. He was elected chairman of the board of directors in January 2009, having served on the board since January 2007. He was elected CEO of the company in January 2008.

    Prior to being named chairman and CEO, Mr. Bewkes served as Time Warner's president and COO from 2005 to 2007 and as chairman of the entertainment and networks group from 2002 to 2005. Before joining the corporate management of Time Warner, Mr. Bewkes served as chairman and CEO of HBO since 1995.

    Mr. Bewkes serves on the boards of Yale University, Museum of the Moving Image, the Partnership for New York City and on the advisory boards for Stanford Graduate School of Business, Yale School of Management, the American Museum of Natural History, The Creative Coalition and The Paley Center for Media.

    Mr. Bewkes has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • Jeff Zucker

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    Jeff Zucker

    Jeff Zucker, Chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports & President, CNN Worldwide

    Jeff Zucker

    CHAIRMAN, WARNERMEDIA NEWS & SPORTS
    PRESIDENT, CNN WORLDWIDE

    Jeff Zucker’s career is the stuff of legend. In high school in the early 1980s, he interned at the Miami Herald, getting his first taste of journalism at a leading American newspaper. He studied American history at Harvard, with an eye toward law school. As president of the Harvard Crimson, the iconic student daily whose alumni include Presidents John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Zucker had the equivalent of a full-time job along with his demanding class schedule. Learning how to run a journalistic organization would serve him well.

    Zucker didn’t know if he wanted a career in journalism. Nevertheless, when he wasn’t accepted at law school, he thought about going back to the Miami Herald. Instead, he joined NBC Sports as a researcher for the network’s 1988 Summer Olympics coverage, traveling the world for two years to gather and write background. He joined NBC News as a field producer for Today in 1989, working with Katie Couric, who was then Today’s national political correspondent. Three years later, Zucker was named the show’s executive producer. He was just 26 years old. Under his leadership, Today became the most-watched morning news program in America.

    Zucker’s jet-propelled rise at NBC continued -- the fastest climb up the executive ladder in television history to that point. He was named president of NBC Entertainment in 2000, with the mission of bolstering the network’s sagging prime-time ratings. In 2005 he became CEO of NBCUniversal TV Group, and president/CEO of NBCUniversal in 2007. He continued in the position until 2011 when Comcast acquired the network.

    After a quarter-century with NBC, Zucker reunited with Katie Couric as executive producer of her syndicated talk show. At the start of 2012, he was named president of CNN News. It was a job he was excited to do. Recalling his early career, he says, “I remember sitting in my office at the Today show, watching the Gulf War on CNN, and realizing that only CNN was in a position to bring it to the world. Nobody had ever experienced a war live in real time like that. It’s been seen as the place for breaking news ever since. People around the world rely on CNN to tell them what’s happening.” He says he was impressed and a little surprised by the network’s scope. “It’s hard to understand from the outside how truly big this place is, how global it is, and how relevant it is.”

    The five-time Emmy Award winner was named President of CNN Worldwide in 2013, and added chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports to his title in 2019. During his tenure, CNN has become the most-used digital news and information outlet in the world. “The role of television news is to tell great stories and inform the public, he says. “And for us, it’s to hold those in power accountable. We take that very seriously.”

  • Jeffrey A. Marcus

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    Jeffrey A. Marcus

    Jeff Marcus, Cable Pioneer

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    Cable Pioneer

    In 1964, after his parents dropped freshman economics student Jeff Marcus off at the University of California at Berkeley, he wandered over to Sproul Plaza where “a scraggly-looking guy was giving a speech.” The speaker was Mario Savio, a riot ensued, and Marcus witnessed the start of the year-long student protest that came to be known as the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, a landmark in the civil liberties efforts of the ‘60s. He describes the experience as “a Forrest Gump moment.” Like the Tom Hanks character, Marcus has been part of remarkable change. Unlike Forrest, his involvement was far from accidental.

    In his junior year, Marcus drove a garbage truck from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meanwhile, he says, “my roommate would leave for work at five in the afternoon and be home by nine. He was selling cable door-to-door, and I figured he had a better job and making twice what I was.” Marcus followed his roommate’s lead and made six sales his first night in cable sales. Even now, he still sometimes thinks in terms of how many sales it would take to make a desired purchase.

    After college, he went on to sales and marketing jobs at companies including Sammons Communications, and then started a successful cable brokerage in 1976. But he soon began thinking about becoming a cable operator. “I realized it was better to own the asset than to be the asset,” he says. He bought a 2,000-subscriber system in Wisconsin. When TCI’s John Malone skeptically asked, “what do you know about operating a cable system?” Marcus replied “Well you do it -- how hard could it be?” TCI became his partner, and the young entrepreneur started Marcus Communications in 1982 with 9,400 subscribers. The company merged with Western Tele-Communications in 1987 to become WestMarc Communications, with Marcus as CEO. In 1990, he founded Marcus Cable Company, which ultimately served more than 1.25 million customers in 17 states. “What attracted me the most was giving people a service they were happy to pay for,” he says. “When your name is on the door, you want to be proud of what you’re offering.”

    Marcus Cable was the largest privately-owned cable company when it was sold to Paul Allen’s Charter Communications in 1998. The sale was bittersweet for Marcus. Although he missed running the company, he had been “dedicated to making sure that the people who were involved in the effort had a stake in the outcome. [The sale] made more money for so many people than they could ever have imagined. That was sweet.”

    Marcus became President and CEO of AMFM, Inc., the nation’s second-largest radio company, and then joined private equity firm Crestview Partners in 2004, heading its media sector until he retired in 2018. He now serves as chairman of WideOpenWest. He remains bullish on the industry he helped build, and grateful for his 52-year career. “It’s been a great ride,” he says.

  • Jill Campbell

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    Jill Campbell

    Jill Campbell

    Executive Vice President and COO, Cox Communications

    Jill Campbell is an optimistic champion of change and is always seeking ways to elevate talented leaders and her organization to exceed their own expectations and those of customers.

    A Las Vegas native and daughter of a UNLV professor and psychologist, Campbell was accustomed to regular and very diverse dinner guests, something that shaped her broad view of the world and what it takes to build high performing teams.

    After earning an undergraduate degree from UNLV, Campbell began her 35 year career at Cox as communications director for the company in Oklahoma, where she also earned an MBA from Oklahoma State University. She was soon encouraged by a mentor to enter an operational role and it was there that she started her path to become one of the highest ranked women in cable operations in the U.S. as executive vice president and chief operations officer.

    Campbell’s teams have consistently led the industry in innovation and execution, including Gigabit Internet service, the launch of personal video recommendations and a pioneering investment in business telecom services.

    Jill's influence and commitments stretch far beyond Cox. She currently serves on the board of directors for Girl Talk, an organization focused on empowering young women to have self-confidence, support each other and believe that they can do anything. She has also worked with several other nonprofit organizations and cable industry groups. Through the years she has received many accolades including Multichannel News' Wonder Women and WICT's Women of the Year.

    Jill shares her life outside work with husband George, daughter Lauryn and son-in-law Tim, son and college senior Colin, 12-year-old daughter Afton and three-year-old granddaughter Cora.

  • Jim Chiddix

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    Jim Chiddix

    Chairman and CEO, OpenTV Corporation, 2007 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Jim Chiddix is a prominent technology industry executive, and is widely credited with many of the innovations that have shaped modern cable television services.

    Jim served as Chairman and CEO at OpenTV Corp. (NASDAQ: OPTV) for three years, beginning in March of 2004. OpenTV is the world's leading developer of operating software and applications for digital set-top boxes. Under Jim's leadership the company achieved profitability for the first time and grew revenues from $63M in 2003 to over $100M in 2006. In January 2007, OpenTV's largest shareholder, Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE: L), sold its controlling stake to The Kudelski Group of Switzerland. Jim continues to serve on the company's board as Vice Chairman.

    Jim has also joined the board of Vyyo, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYYO), an innovative manufacturer of extended-bandwidth cable TV transmission equipment, where he also serves as Vice-Charirman. He also serves on the board of Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a market-leader in precision timing technologies for telecommunications and scientific applications.

    Prior to joining OpenTV, Jim served as President of Mystro TV, a division of Time Warner Inc. Mystro developed and field-tested the world's first server-based television program time-shifting service. Some of Mystro's features are being deployed by Time Warner Cable today in its "Start Over" and "Look Back" services, and all will become widespread in cable, telco and Internet video in coming years.

    Before starting Mystro, Jim was Chief Technical Officer at Time Warner Cable for 15 years, where he was responsible for technology strategy, engineering and R&D for the nation's second largest cable operator. He and his team led the development of optical fiber technology for cable television systems. Jim was also deeply involved with nearly every other new technology embraced by the cable industry, including local ad insertion, video-on-demand, cable modems, and digital set-top boxes.

    Prior to joining Time Warner's corporate office, Jim held a variety of engineering and operating positions with two cable companies in Hawaii. Time Warner Cable's antecedent, ATC, eventually acquired those companies. He also established a successful technology start-up in Honolulu, CRC Electronics, Inc., which manufactured automated videotape playback, delay, and commercial insertion systems. Texscan purchased the company in 1981, and CRC-designed equipment dominated cable advertising until the mid-nineties.

    Jim's interest in electronics and technology began with amateur radio in high school and continued at Cornell University, where he studied electrical engineering. During his military service he attended and then taught at the U.S. Army Air Defense Command School at Fort Bliss, Texas.

    Jim was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers in 1991. In 1994 he and his Time Warner engineering team won an Emmy Award for their visionary work on the hybrid fiber/coax architecture that has since become the standard for cable systems around the world. Jim's industry accolades include being named Cable Engineering Digest Magazine's 1989 "Man of the Year", and receiving the National Cable Television Association's 1983 Vanguard Award for work on the introduction of addressable set-top boxes, and its 1991 "President's Award" for his advancement of fiber optics technology. In 2007, the Cable Center announced that Jim had been selected for induction into the Cable Hall of Fame.

    Jim has served on a number of boards, including the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (an arm of the National Research Council), as well as the boards of the Cable Center in Denver, the Society of Cable Television Engineers, N2Broadband (now part of Tandberg), BigBand Networks, and CV-21 (a Japanese cable television company, now part of Jupiter Communications).

    Jim's father, Dr. Max E. Chiddix, is a retired research chemist. His paternal grandfather was John C. Chiddix of Normal, Illinois, a beloved high school science teacher and namesake for Chiddix Junior High School there. Jim is married to Trudy Evard Chiddix, a nationally recognized sculptor who works in clay and glass. They have homes in Evergreen, Colorado, and San Francisco. His interests include mountain biking, trail construction and model railroading. Jim recently co-authored Next Stop Honolulu, a history of the Oahu Railway (http://www.OahuRailway.com).

  • John Bickham

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    John Bickham

    President and Chief Operating Officer, Charter Communications

    John Bickham is known as one of the most influential Executives in the cable industry. Throughout the last 30 years, John’s leadership has greatly benefited the companies he has served as well as those individuals who have had the opportunity to work with him.

    John began his career in Cable in 1986 after a 13 year career at Houston Industries. Houston Industries created KBLCOM which partnered with ATC to purchase part of Group W Cable in 1986. John worked in this Partnership until 1989 when KBLCOM purchased Rogers Cable and John went to work at KBLCOM and eventually became its’ President and COO. Houston Industries sold KBLCOM to Time Warner Cable in 1995 and John went to work for TWC eventually moving to the Corporate Office in 1998 as an Executive Vice President.

    John left Time Warner Cable in 2004 to join Cablevision, reuniting with former (and current) colleague Tom Rutledge, the company’s Chief Operating Officer at the time. At Cablevision, John quickly made a name for himself, playing a pivotal role in the strategy and development of Cablevision’s triple-play offer. In the years that followed, Bickham led a streak of unprecedented customer growth and penetration increases across the company's video, voice and Internet platforms as the Company’s President of Cable and Communications.

    It was no surprise that in 2012, when Tom Rutledge was looking to hire Charter’s new COO, John got the call. Since joining Charter, John has helped the company transition from bankruptcy to the fastest growing cable company in the nation. In July 2016, when transactions with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks closed, John was named President of the newly combined company.

    “It is no accident that Charter has become the fastest growing cable company in the nation over the last several years under John’s leadership. His operational expertise will continue to be invaluable to the company as we integrate three companies into one and bring the many benefits of the Charter strategy and the Spectrum brand to millions of customers” said Rutledge.

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  • John D. Evans

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    John D. Evans

    Chairman and CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co.

    John Evans web2015 John D. Evans, Chairman and CEO of Evans Telecommunications Company, is also best known as a co-founder and past Chairman of C-SPAN and still serves on CSPAN’s Board.

    As a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, he served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon and two aircraft carriers.

    Evans began his career in 1972 and rose to regional manager of the largest operating region of what is now Time Warner Cable. As COO and investor with Arlington Telecommunications Corp., in 1978 he built the first cable television system in the Washington, D.C. area. After Hauser Communications acquired Arlington, Evans was named President, overseeing operations from 1983 to 1994. He served as president of the Washington Cable Club from 1980-2005.

    He has served on the National Cable & Telecommunications Association Board for the past 34 years. He received the NCTA 1981 President's Award and the 1984 Vanguard Award for Young Leadership. He has been inducted into the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association Hall of Fame and the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.
    As a “Patron of Diplomacy”, Evans serves on the US Department of State’s Fine Arts Committee and the US State Department’s Global Equality Fund. Through the John D. Evans Foundation, he is committed to social justice, AIDS vaccine research, environmental protection, technological innovation, education and the arts to improve mankind.

    Evans graduated from the University of Michigan and serves on the President’s Advisory Group, School of Information and College of LS&A Dean’s Advisory Councils. He lives with his partner Steven Wozencraft and has two children, John Jr. and Courtenay.

  • John Hendricks

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    John Hendricks - 2003 Cable Hall of Fame Honoree

    Founder & Chairman, Discovery Communications, Inc., 2003 Cable Hall of Fame

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    It seemed to me very obvious that after the creation of movie channels, after the creation of sports channels, news channels, that cable television would emerge with a documentary service. But it never came. So, in 1982, I decided if no one's going to create it, I would.

    On June 17, 1985, John Hendricks launched the Discovery Channel to 156,000 subscribers in the United States. Since then, Mr. Hendricks has been the driving force behind Discovery's dramatic growth of global operations that currently reach 1.3 billion total subscribers in over 160 countries and territories.

    The flagship network was originally called the Cable Education Network. The name of the network later changed to the Discovery Channel, but education remains a core component of Discovery's mission. Mr. Hendricks created the Discovery Channel as the first cable network in the United States designed to provide high quality documentary programming that engages people around the globe to explore their world and satisfy their natural curiosity.

    Under Mr. Hendricks' leadership, Discovery's stable of networks now encompass over 90 networks of distinctive programming representing 25 network entertainment brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids and Discovery Times Channel. Discovery's other properties consist of Discovery Education and Discovery Commerce, which operates 120 Discovery Channel Stores.

    As one of the leading visionaries in the media industry, Mr. Hendricks has been honored with a Primetime Emmy Award and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences highest honor, the Governors Award, for conceiving the TLC series, Great Books. Mr. Hendricks was the first corporate leader to receive the National Education Association's Friend of Education award for "innovations in education and technology and greatly expanding educational opportunity for America's schoolchildren." In 2003, Mr. Hendricks was inducted into the Cable Center Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Hendricks serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations including the American Film Institute and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. Mr. Hendricks also serves on the Advisory Board of Lowell Observatory.

    Previous to 1982, Mr. Hendricks founded and served as president of the American Association of University Consultants (AAUC), a private consulting organization, which specialized in television distribution, marketing and fundraising for educational programs and services.

    Mr. Hendricks holds a B.A. in History (magna cum laude, 1973) and an honorary doctorate (1991) from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

  • John Malone

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    John Malone

    President, CEO and Chairman, Liberty Media, 1999 Cable Hall of Fame

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    John Malone entered the cable industry in 1972, after working as president of industry equipment supplier Jerrold Electronics. Before that, he’d been an economic planner at AT&T’s Bell Labs and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Despite these credentials, he wasn’t long out of school. He’d graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics in 1963. He received a Master of Science in Industrial Management from Johns Hopkins in 1964 and a PhD. in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins in 1967.

    At Jerrold, Malone got to see the cable TV industry up close and decided it was where he wanted to be. When Tele-Communications Inc. founder Bob Magness approached him about joining his Denver-based company, Malone agreed and reorganized TCI’s complicated finances and continued to expand the company.

    By the early 1980s, Malone had begun to diversify TCI’s portfolio of assets to include programming. Malone invested in programmer’s companies, beginning a long tradition of similar partnerships that would one day be spun off from TCI as Liberty Media, one of the most influential holding companies active in cable programming, multimedia and technology.

    As he was building TCI into the largest cable company on earth, with 15 million subscribers by the mid 1990s, Malone emerged early as a visionary who not only articulated his industry’s potential to financial markets, but led cable to develop its powerful broadband platform.

    Decades ago, Malone began contemplating the role cable operators might play in providing local telephone service.  He brought that idea to reality when he forged one of the largest transactions in U.S. corporate history, merging TCI into AT&T in a $48 billion combination. The deal created AT&T Broadband & Internet Services, a company that plans to offer consumers packages of services including video, high speed Internet access and local and long distance telephone. It also included Liberty Media Corp., which received a $5.5 billion infusion of capital and will operate under the chairmanship of Malone, who also serves on AT&T’s board.

    An intensely private person, Malone has kept his life outside the office far from the spotlight. He routinely breaks up his business day by going home to lunch with his wife, Leslie. The two hit the road each summer in what one friend calls “a souped up RV” and head for Maine, where Malone indulges his love of sailing. Also part of the family are two grown children, Tracy and Evan.

    Malone’s mantra is to “achieve and have fun.” But having already achieved such honors as the NCTA’s Vanguard Award, the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Financial World CEO of the Year Award (1993), Wall Street’s Transcript Gold Award for the cable industry’s best CEO four times.

  • John O. "Dubby" Wynne

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    John O. "Dubby" Wynne

    Retired President and CEO, Landmark Communications, Inc.

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    John O. Wynne is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Communications, Inc., which has interests in newspapers, broadcasting, cable programming and electronic publishing.

    In 1997, Wynne received the NCTA Vanguard Award for Programmers and the Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Cable Programming for “his leadership and insight in making The Weather Channel the preeminent provider of weather information, and one of the most innovative and popular networks on television...”

    Wynne is Chairman of the Board, The Hampton Roads Community Foundation, and a member of the Board of Trustees, Princeton University. He is a Founding Member of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable. He currently spends significant time on Reinvent Hampton Roads, an effort to strengthen Hampton Roads’ regional economy; and on a state initiative, GO Virginia, which will encourage collaborations to strengthen the economy of every region of the Commonwealth.

    Wynne serves as Vice Chairman on the State-appointed Council on Virginia’s Future. He is a Member of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. He has held numerous volunteer leadership positions with the University of Virginia, Princeton, and the state of Virginia, among others. He is a former Director and Executive Committee member of the National Cable Television Association and former Chair of the National Satellite Programmers Group.

    Wynne received his BA from Princeton University and JD from the University of Virginia. Before joining Landmark, he was an attorney with Willcox & Savage. He and his wife, Susan, live in Virginia Beach and have two living children, four granddaughters and a grandson.

  • John Rigas

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    John Rigas

    Founder and former CEO, Adelphia Communications, 2001 Cable Hall of Fame

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    We have find ways...of increasing channel capacity so customers get as much choice as possible. Choice is what this business is all about. The more choice a customer has, the better we are doing our job.

    John Rigas is the founder and former chairman, CEO and president of Adelphia Communications Corporation. He was also president of each of the corporation's subsidiaries. Rigas started his first cable system in 1952 in Coudersport, PA., when there were only 60 cable systems in operation across the nation. Four years later, he managed the construction of his second cable system in his hometown of Wellsville, NY. The franchise for this system had been acquired in partnership with his brother, Gus; hence the name "Adelphia," the Greek word for "brothers."

    From these beginnings, the company steadily acquired cable systems in communities throughout Western Pennsylvania and New York. In 1972, he incorporated his holdings into Adelphia Communications Corporation.

  • John Saeman

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    John Saeman

    Former president-CEO, Daniels & Associates, 2005 Cable Hall of Fame

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    ...but I start to look around, to do some brainstorming and see this thing called cable television... I said, 'Here's a reasonably new industry'... we decided that we had a business and it was worth continuing.

    John V. Saeman, Jr., was born August 29, 1936, in Madison, WI, and raised in nearby farming community of Cross Plains. His dad and brother were involved with the Saeman Lumber Company which had been started by Saeman's grandfather in 1876 and remains a family business today. While his journeys have taken him far from home, Saeman has remained true to the rock-solid American values he learned in his youth.

    After graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, IA, Saeman served in the United States Marine Corps. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he was introduced to the world of telecommunications when he took a sales position with Subscription Television (STV), a joint venture between the Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation and Lear Siegler. STV was the nation's first provider of Pay per View programming over co-axial cable. This 3 channel system featuring movies, sports and cultural programs operated in Southern and Northern California. In 1965, he moved to Denver and began his association with Bill Daniels. In 1972, he was named president of the brokerage division and in 1974, president and CEO of all Daniels companies.

    In his early years with Daniels & Associates, Saeman worked in all facets of the company with system operating responsibilities in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State. Saeman also brokered cable systems to the Times Mirror Company, King Broadcasting, the Seattle Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Tribune Corp., and many others.

    His key merger while in California was his marriage to his wife Carolyn, who for more than 40 years has been his best friend and partner. They have three children: John, Craig and Catherine, and are devoted to their 14 grandchildren. In 1988, John and Carol founded Medallion Enterprises, LLC, an investment and management company located in Denver.

    Saeman is a member of the Cable TV Pioneers and served as chairman of the National Cable Television Association from 1982-83 and as chairman of CSPAN from 1981-82. He has received numerous awards, including the NCTA Distinguished Vanguard Award in 1985, the Golden Cable ACE Award in 1992 and is honored to be inducted in the Cable Television Hall of Fame. Pope John Paul II named him a "Knight of St. Gregory," a rare honor conferred for distinguished service to the religious and social mission of the Catholic Church around the world.

    With their business association successfully concluded, Saeman's friendship with Bill Daniels deepened. The two shared much in common: patriotism, service in the military, a business ethic shaped by strong values and hard work, a concern for others reflected in personal philanthropy, and a stubborn unwillingness to compromise.

    Bill Daniels spent the final years of his life carefully defining his goals in the articles of incorporation of the foundation that would bear his name. When he died in 2000, his $1 billion estate transferred to the Daniels Fund, which operates the Daniels Scholarship Program and the Daniels Fund Grants Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

    Saeman serves as chairman of the board of the Daniels Fund, and is dedicated to honoring Daniels's intent and personal style of giving. In a few short years, the Fund has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of countless individuals.

    Saeman and Daniels shared a deep friendship with Msgr. C.B. Woodrich (Father Woody), known as the "Patron Saint of Denver's Homeless." As a group, they led the effort to build Samaritan House, which provides shelter, food, medical and job services to homeless individuals and families.

    Through the Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust, John and Carol support tuition assistance for low-income parents of all faiths seeking to give their children the benefit of a Catholic education, and through the Life Education Fund and other pro-life efforts, they provide alternatives to women in crisis pregnancies seeking to keep their babies. As the chairman of the development committee of the Papal Foundation, Saeman helps support charitable and educational efforts in some of the world's poorest nations.

    Recognized as one of Colorado's business leaders, Saeman is dedicated to his faith, his family and to helping those in need.

  • John Sie

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    John Sie

    Chairman, Starz Entertainment Group LLC, 2003 Cable Hall of Fame

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    What I like most about the cable industry is it is still a collection of good people. It is not an organization. You have all kinds of egos and different agendas but when there is a threat or there is a need, the industry unites and things could happen very nicely.

    Since 1972, John J. Sie has made major contributions in all segments of the cable industry: technology, public policy, system operations and programming. Sie is a Chinese native who left his homeland during the Communist Revolution in 1949 at the age of 13. His education and expertise are diverse: electrophysics, aerospace, cable operations, technology and programming.

    In 1993 and 1994 respectively, Sie launched Starz and the Encore channels, opening a new revenue stream for Hollywood studios. The thematic packaging of library and first-run movies was subsequently launched by several other premium services, validating the Sie's packaging strategy. In 1999, Sie negotiated the first major studio contracts (with Disney and Sony) that recognized the interests of the studios, the cable programmer (Starz Encore Group), and the cable operator in new broadband platforms. The studios granted, for the first time, a premium service provider broad subscription video-on-demand rights (SVOD). Many believe SVOD will be the next big revenue generator for the cable industry.

    In the 1970s, Sie was an early pioneer in two-way interactive cable technology and advanced pay-TV delivery systems, for which he was awarded NCTA's Vanguard Associates Award in 1982. In the late 1980s, Sie worked with Congress, the FCC and the technical community to use processed digital technology as the HDTV standard against a strong broadcast lobby that was pushing hard for the analog alternative. The Japanese government and Japanese consumer electronics companies had poured billions of dollars to develop and promote an analog standard (MUSE) worldwide. Sie presented technical and public policy papers arguing that a national policy for HDTV must be 100 percent digital. While he was widely criticized for his "impossible dream," he persevered. On the last day of the HDTV standard application deadline, General Instrument (now Motorola) submitted the only all digital standard, ushering in the digital revolution.

    In 1984, Sie was among the first to renegotiate economically unviable cable franchise agreements in major cities. During the franchising frenzy of the late 1970s and early 1980s, cities extracted huge unrelated economic burdens from franchise applicants, making it impossible for urban cable systems to be viable. Sie renegotiated with Pittsburgh, making the renegotiated franchise a model for the Cable Act of 1984. The Act enabled major city franchises to be financially viable and subsequently built.

    Sie was also the first to propose new cable-exclusive programming, which he labeled "punch thru" programming that could rival broadcast network's ratings. He first formulated a Sunday Night NFL package, leading to ESPN's inaugural cablecast of Sunday Night NFL. This remains one of cable's highest rated programs.

    Sie continues his trail of innovation with his latest deployment of Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) for digital premium services. He foresees SVOD as the next big incremental revenue generator that will permit cable operators to repatriate $8 billion per year of home video rental revenues.

  • John W. Goddard

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    John W. Goddard

    Former President and CEO, Viacom Cable, 2004 Cable Hall of Fame

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    While attending the University of California, I was involved in a partnership with Scot Bergren, Claude Cody and Dick Spight, and obtained the franchises and built the systems in Pinole and Crockett, California. These systems (became) part of Tele-Vue.

    John Goddard was the former President and CEO of Viacom Cable, spending over twenty-five years with the company. He started in management positions in Viacom's predecessor companies; Tele-Vue Systems, Inc. in 1966 and CBS in 1969. Mr. Goddard became Executive Vice President of Viacom Cable in 1978 and President and CEO from 1980

    Mr. Goddard has served in numerous leadership positions in cable industry organizations: President and Director of the California Cable Television Association (CCTA), Chairman and Director of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), Director and Chairman of the California Channel, and Chairman, Interim President and Trustee of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, and Director of C-SPAN and Cable in the Classroom. He currently serves as a Director of CableLabs and Chairman of its audit committee. He is also a member of the Cable Television Pioneers.

    Mr. Goddard has previously served as a director of StarSight Telecast, Inc., ZDTV, Diva Systems Corp., Liberty Satellite and Technology, Inc. (and its predecessors: Primestar, Inc., and Tele-Communications Satellite and Technology, Inc.). He is currently a director of Bend Cable Communications, LLC and Cedar Point Communications.

  • John Walson

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    John Walson

    One of the first cable operators in the country, 2005 Cable Hall of Fame

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    One of the things that got me interested in going into cable TV in a large way, was the crowd that gathered in front of my store... in 1948. When I first put those three channels on, the street was completely blocked with viewers, people watching the pictures in the window.

    John Walson, Sr., was one of the first cable operators in the nation. Mr. Walson was born in Forrest City, Pennsylvania on March 25, 1915. After graduating from Mahanoy Township High School in Pennsylvania, he went to Chicago and entered Loyola University with the intention of becoming a physician. Some time after entering the University, he rekindled his adolescent interest with electricity. Coyne Electrical School was nearby and before long he became an engineering student and abandoned his projected medical education.

    His love of electronics led him to obtain a General Electric franchise in 1945, selling appliances in Mahanoy. Around the year 1947, Mr. Walson began selling television sets. It was very difficult, or impossible, to receive the three Philadelphia network stations in Mahanoy City because the town is surrounded by mountains and is located some 86 air miles away. Because of this situation, Mr. Walson erected an antenna tower on top of a nearby mountain so he could take his customers to that location and demonstrate his television receivers. In searching for ways to increase his sales in 1947, Mr. Walson decided to purchase some heavy duty twin-lead army surplus wire, and ran the wire on trees from a nearby mountain to his appliance warehouse. Eventually, the line was extended to Mr. Walson's appliance store, and several homes along the way were connected to the community antenna system.

    In addition to starting the nation's first community antenna television system in Mahanoy City , Mr. Walson can also claim several other pioneering firsts, including a five channel system using adjacent channels, importation of distant signals using microwave technology, and use of coaxial cable. In the spring of 1979, the 96th Congress of the United States and the National Cable Television Association recognized John Walson as the founder of the cable television industry.

    During the last 40 years of his life, Mr. Walson served as a director of the National Cable Television Association, the Pennsylvania Cable Television Association, and numerous other civic organizations. In 1993, he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Mr. Walson passed away on March 28, 1993.

  • Joseph Collins

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    Joseph Collins - 2001 Cable Hall of Fame Honoree

    Director, former Chairman-CEO, Comcast Corporation, 2001 Cable Hall of Fame

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    We are a major cable operator, but equally as important, we have the content.  We have the broadest and best set of copyrights in the world, and with AOL we have the capability to bring up and operate a nationwide digital platform that we think is unique.

    As a Harvard Business School graduate student, Joe Collins chose cable television as his thesis topic and joined American Television and Communications Corporation (ATC) as a marketing specialist after graduating in 1972.  

    Before being named ATC’s chairman and CEO in June 1988, Collins had been president of Home Box Office, the wholly owned programming subsidiary of Time Warner. When he was appointed to the HBO post in October 1984, Collins had been president of ATC and was responsible for cable systems operations, construction, engineering, programming and marketing. He had been named ATC president in March 1982. Collins joined ATC in June 1972 as marketing director of ATC’s Orlando cable system, gaining the distinction of being the first marketing specialist hired in an ATC system. A year later, he was named general manger of the company’s central Florida operations and in September 1974 transferred to corporate headquarters in Denver as division manager. He was promoted to vice president, eastern operations, in 1976, became executive vice president in 1980, and assumed the title of senior executive vice president in 1981. Collins was named chairman of Time Warner Cable in September 1989.

    Not one to seek the limelight, Collins’ voice is often not heard by the general public, but he’s nearly always consulted when the cable industry unites on regulatory, political and legislative strategies. A past chairman of the NCTA board of directors and a current board member, he helped craft the low-key approach NCTA adopted on the Telecom Act. Collins has also taken a leading role in promoting the High-Speed Education Access initiative that has won high praise from educators and local communities for its efforts to wire every school and library with cable’s high-speed Internet service.

    Collins is past chairman of the board of directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the current co-chairman of their Public Affairs Committee. Collins received a degree in International Relations from Brown University in 1966, and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1972.

    Before entering Harvard, he had spent four years as a naval officer. A native of Troy, New York, he was born July 27, 1944. Collins, his wife Maura, and their four children  now live in Darien, Connecticut.

  • Joseph Gans

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    Joseph Gans - 2002 Cable Hall of Fame Honoree

    Co-Founder, Pennsylvania Cable Network, 2002 Cable Hall of Fame

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    One trick I got from John Walson. We used to wind our coils with some pretty crude stuff. He took a washing machine, the old wringer/dryers, and he put the wire in there and turned on the washing machine wringer. That's how we used to wrap the coils.

    An early cable system builder, Joseph Gans became an active participant in the cable industry in Pennsylvania and was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Education Communications System. He attended the now legendary meeting at the Necho-Allen Hotel, in Pottsville, Penn., where the National Community Television Council, the forerunner of the NCTA, was created. He is one of the few cable operators who has remained active in the cable industry since then.

    In 1974, he was also the co-founder of the Pennsylvania Cable Network that serves 2.5 million subscribers. Gans is a member of the Cable Television Pioneers, Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), National Research and Development Committee and the National Copyrights Committee. He is past president of both the Pennsylvania Cable Television Association and the Society of Cable Television Engineers. He is a member and past director of NCTA and serves on the board of The Cable Center. Gans has been much honored by the cable industry as well as by many of the charitable causes he supports. A few of his many honors include NCTA's President Award in 1985, Pennsylvania Cable Television Association's Community Services Award in 1986 and the American Cancer Society's Excalibur Award in 1992. Last year, he shared the Pennsylvania Cable and Telecommunications Association's Cable Operator of the Year award with his wife, Irene.

  • JR Shaw

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    IN MEMORIAM – JR SHAW

    JR Shaw, Shaw Communications founder, executive chairman and former CEO, passed away on March 24, 2020. He was 85 years old.

    “My family and I are at a loss for words and are deeply saddened at JR’s passing. JR was the founder and leader of our company, but he was also an exceptional husband, a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. His legacy of love and compassion for people will live on for generations," Brad Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications, said Tuesday in a statement.

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of JR Shaw and send our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.

    He was a beloved leader, mentor, and friend to many in our industry. He will be greatly missed.

    Links
    https://newsroom.shaw.ca/materialDetail.aspx?MaterialID=6442452347
    https://www.wifihifi.ca/LatestNewsHeadlines/OBITUARY:JRShaw,Founder,ShawCommunications.html
    https://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/shaw-communications-announces-the-death-of-founder-jr-shaw/
    https://www.multichannel.com/news/shaw-communications-founder-jr-shaw-dies-at-85

    JR Shaw

    Executive Chair, Shaw Communications Inc., 2010 Cable Hall of Fame

    JR Shaw

    JR Shaw is the visionary founder of Shaw Communications Inc.; a $9 billion Canadian company providing broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services and satellite to 3.4 million customers. He also founded Corus Entertainment in 1999.

    In addition to his long service as founder of Shaw and Executive Chair of the Shaw board, he is President and Director of the Shaw Foundation, a philanthropy established by his father, Francis E. Shaw.

    Mr. Shaw was a Director from 1998 and Chairman, from 2001 to 2007, of Suncor Energy Inc. He is past Director and Chair of ShawCor Ltd., and numerous other companies.

    He has served on the Board of the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA), and chaired the Board of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

    Mr. Shaw has received awards from the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement Canada, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the CCTA, and the University of Alberta's Faculty of Business.

    In 2007 NAIT recognized his distinguished contribution with an Honorary Diploma and by naming the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT.

    He has been awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence, Alberta Centennial Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.

    In 2002, the Governor General of Canada welcomed JR as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University and three Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and Graceland University.

    JR and his wife Carol have four children and thirteen grandchildren. They live in Calgary, Alberta.

  • Judy McGrath

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    Judy McGrath

    Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks, 2006 Cable Hall of Fame

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    I always think of music and social responsibility in the same sentence, and still believe music is a way to a better life.

    Judy McGrath is the Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, a position she has held since July 2004. Prior to that appointment, she was the MTV Networks Group President.

    She currently oversees the management and operation of MTV Networks' 121 channels, which reach more than 44 million households worldwide in 169 countries and in 23 languages. The company's portfolio of channels includes MTV, MTV2, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT, TV Land, Spike TV, Logo, VH1 Classic, mtvU and the 13-network Digital Suite. Ms. McGrath manages all of the company's multiplatform efforts, as well as MTV and Nickelodeon Films, MTV Networks International, and all of the company's consumer product and digital businesses.

    Judy has held a succession of positions at MTV Networks since the launch of MTV. Under her direction, MTV has grown from a maverick cable channel to a maverick multi-platform, global brand that has come to symbolize a culture, a style, an attitude and a vibrant musical landscape. From the beginning, she helped MTV bring the creativity of music, with its passion, originality and energy, to television. For six straight years, MTV was named "The World's Most Valuable Media Brand" according to Business Week and Interbrand's "2005 World's Most Valuable Brands Study". From fashion, lifestyle and sports to attitudes, politics and trends, only MTV offers what is consistently fresh, honest and groundbreaking across a variety of linear and on-demand screens. She and her team have developed programs and events that have become cultural landmarks to young people everywhere, including the MTV Video Music Awards, the MTV Movie Awards, Laguna Beach , Real World , Total Request Live, Punk'd, The Newlyweds , Jackass, Pimp My Ride , MTV News, Making The Band 3, and The Osbournes.

    Also under her direction, VH1 has developed into a premium brand with series like I Love the '80s, The Surreal Life , Hogan Knows Best , The Fabulous Life Of and long-running, award-winning Save the Music campaign. CMT is enjoying its record viewership as the new home to the Miss America Pageant and the record-setting CMT Flameworthy Awards and Crossroads.

    MTV2, now in more than 60 million homes, reflects the way its young male 12-34 audience consumes media. The look and feel of the network is fast-paced, multitasked, and predominantly inspired by the internet and the world of video games. Music fuels the core of the programming at MTV2, presenting the best from the worlds of cutting edge hip-hop and rock through signature music programming such as the $2BILLconcert series, Sucker Free Sunday, Subterranean and Headbangers Ball.

    Consistently recognized as an inspiring and creative leader, Judy has always maintained a passionate commitment to developing pro-social initiatives at the channels. Among the programs she has championed are the Peabody Award-winning Choose or Lose campaign, as well as the Emmy award-winning Fight For Your Rights series, including "Take a Stand Against Violence", "Take a Stand Against Discrimination", and "Protect Yourself", an AIDS Awareness campaign on MTV. Throughout her career, Judy has worked tirelessly to raise the consciousness of viewers, address their issues in a meaningful way and facilitate/empower audience involvement.

    A member of the MTV family since its first days, Judy joined Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company (WASEC), MTV Networks' predecessor company, in 1981 as Copywriter, On-Air Promotions, MTV and made her mark with contests like "Devo Goes Hawaiian" and "One Night Stand with Journey." She subsequently moved up the ranks and became Editorial Director, MTV; Executive Vice President and Creative Director, MTV; and then President, MTV. Before joining the company, Judy held positions as Copy Chief of Glamour magazine and Senior Writer for Mademoiselle magazine.

    Ms. McGrath is on the board of the New York City Ballet, the McCarton School and Rock the Vote, and serves on the advisory board of LifeBeat. She has been honored by GLAAD and the Harlem Children's Zone, and in 2003, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the T.J. Martell Foundation. At the 2004 Promax & BDA conference she received the Television Century Award, which recognizes broadcasting's elite for their contributions to building brands.

  • Julian Brodsky

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    Julian Brodsky

    Founder, Director and Vice Chairman (Retired), Comcast Corp., 2003 Cable Hall of Fame

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    The Comcast alumni, in particular, tell me that the experience (educational efforts such as CTAM's) truly kicked their thinking and skills on business and marketing strategy into high gear.

    Julian A. Brodsky, a founder of Comcast Corp., has also served as a director and vice chairman of the company, one of the nation's leading multi-system cable operators. Brodsky served as chairman of Comcast Interactive Capital Group, the venture capital fund arm of Comcast, which seeks and manages Internet-related investments complementary to core Comcast activities.

    Prior to his election as vice chairman, Brodsky served as senior vice president and CFO of Comcast. As one of the company's three founding principals, he has been the chief architect of the conservative fiscal policies and creative uses of capital formation techniques for which Comcast has built a solid reputation. As CFO, he oversaw the company's merger and acquisition efforts, international development and expansion as well as capital formation and accounting activities.

    Brodsky was elected to the Pennsylvania Cable and Telecommunications Association Hall of Fame and has received the National Cable Television Association's Distinguished Vanguard Award. He is a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Director of the RBB Fund, Inc., a mutual fund, Internet Capital Group and NDS Group PLC, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Cable Center as well as that organization's Capital Campaign Steering Committee. He is a Certified Public Accountant and was graduated from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • June Travis

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    June Travis

    Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, NCTA, 2004 Cable Hall of Fame

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    When we finally started to build 21 channel systems I remember going on record saying, '...who could possibly want more channels than that?'

    June E. Travis retired from the cable television industry in late 1999. Since 1994, she had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), the industry's principal trade association based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Travis helped manage the development and implementation of NCTA's public policy strategies and initiatives, and was responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Association.

    Prior to joining the NCTA, Travis served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Rifkin & Associates, a Denver-based cable television operator. In that capacity, Travis was responsible for the operational and financial performance of cable systems in thirteen states, serving nearly 500,000 customers. Before that, she served in several executive positions at American Television and Communications Corporation, the predecessor company to Time Warner Cable.

    Travis has served as an officer and board member of a number of cable television industry boards, including NCTA, C-SPAN, Cable in the Classroom, and Women in Cable (WIC). She chaired the industry's political action committee, CablePAC, for 9 years. Her active role in the industry has been recognized by a number of awards over the years, including the NCTA's top leadership award in 1981, the NCTA special President's Award in 1991, and the 1982 WIC Accolade Award. She was recognized in 1989 as one of the top ten women in the cable industry and, in 1992, was the first woman selected by WIC for its annual leadership award.

    Prior to moving to Washington, DC in 1994, Ms. Travis was active in several Colorado organizations including the Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Colorado Forum, the University of Denver and the Colorado Women's Forum. She is also formerly a National Trustee of the National Jewish Center in Denver, and a former director of InterFaith Community Services, and TechCorps.

    Currently, Travis is a director of CommScope, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of broadband coaxial cable for Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) applications and a leading supplier of fiber optic and twisted pair cables for LAN, wireless and other communications applications. She is also on the Boards of the Denver Dumb Friends League and Young Americans Center for Financial Education, is active in St. Gabriel's Church and volunteers at a private community-based family foundation focused on helping youth develop technology and leadership skills.

    Travis received her MBA from the University of Denver Graduate School of Business and Public Management.

  • June Travis : 2018 Bresnan Award Honoree

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    June Travis  2018 Bresnan Award Honoree

    June Travis

    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
    the National Cable Television Association (NCTA)- Retired

    Bresnan Award 2018: June Travis (6:45 Minutes in)

    June Travis retired from the cable television industry in late 1999. Since 1994, she had served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the National Cable Television Association, the industry’s principal trade association based in Washington, D.C.

    Prior to joining the NCTA, Travis was president and chief operating officer of Rifkin & Associates, a Denver-based cable television operator. Before that, she served in several executive positions at American Television and Communications Corporation, the predecessor to Time Warner Cable.

    Recalling the days when cable was a much smaller business, Travis says the industry’s ethical core was apparent in the relationships between its leaders. The early entrepreneurs “were very competitive with one another, but if attacked from the outside, they circled the wagons and supported one another. The collegiality was palpable.”

    Starting her cable career as a secretary, Travis noted the admirable leadership qualities she saw practiced by industry role models. “I kept thinking, ‘Gee, if I ever get into management, that’s how I would like to manage, that’s how I would like to be involved in the community, that’s how I would like to give back.”

    Travis has served as an officer and board member of a number of cable television industry boards, including CommScope, NCTA, C-SPAN, Cable in the Classroom, TeleCorps and Women in Cable (now Women in Cable Telecommunications). She chaired the industry’s political action committee, CablePAC, for 9 years. She says such organizations made a tremendous difference to the industry’s employees.

    She has been active in a number of Colorado organizations including the Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Colorado Forum, the Colorado Women’s Forum, the National Jewish Center, Inter-Faith Community Services, Young Americans Center for Financial Education and the Dumb Friends League. She recently stepped down as chairman of the board of the Daniels Fund but remains on that board and also serves as a trustee for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

    Travis believes in business leaders’ responsibility to their communities. “It’s huge,” she says. “And it pays back a hundred-fold. If you are genuinely in the community, not for the recognition, but truly caring, and participating, and supporting the community, you can’t buy that kind of customer respect.”

  • Kay Koplovitz

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    Kay Koplovitz

    Founder and former President, USA Networks, 2001 Cable Hall of Fame

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    I like to think of myself as a visionary actually. I like to look at what isn't there and imagine what could be there... it's great to be a pioneer but I think that for those of us who are out on the edge, we don't think of ourselves as pioneers. We think of ourselves as futurists, because that's what attracts us.

    Kay Koplovitz is the founder of USA Networks and the first female network president in television history. Under her direction, USA developed into the largest provider of original programming among basic cable networks. She was the first to negotiate the national cable rights to major league sports and engineered the acquisition of top off-network series and high profile theatrical movie packages on a pre-syndication basis. In 1989, USA Network became the first basic cable network to feature regularly scheduled original movies and has developed the USA Pictures Original movie brand into one of the most successful and recognizable on television.

    In 1992, Koplovitz launched the Sci-Fi Channel, which has become one of the industry's fastest-growing networks. In April 1994, she launched USA Networks International, which now operates channels in Latin America, Europe, Brazil and Southern Africa. In 1998 she founded Koplovitz & Company, LLC, a media investment firm specializing in new media investments.

    Koplovitz was appointed by President Clinton to chair the National Women's Business Council, an influential advisory board for women-owned businesses. She is also a member of the corporate boards of Oracle, Inc., Nabisco Holdings Corp., Inc., Liz Claiborne and FirstSource.com. Additionally, Koplovitz serves on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Television and Radio, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Central Park Conservancy.

    In November of 1999 she joined the Board of Working Woman Network and became Chief Executive Officer as of January 1, 2000. She is leading the transformation of the women's business brands, Working Woman and Working Mother, into a super global brand of goods and services designed to serve the fast growing sector of career committed entrepreneurial corporate and professional women.

    Working Woman Network (WWN) possesses the leading brands in the women's business market serving the nearly 60 million working women of America and millions more worldwide. The Company recently announced a new initiative to create the global web based Vortal (vertical portal) to provide tools, applications, knowledge, opportunity and community to this large and fast-growing market.

    WWN is a new company formed by the acquisition of the brands and content assets of MacDonald Communications Corporation and its subsidiaries. Included in the properties are Working Woman and Working Mother magazines with a subscription base of 1.6 million and monthly readership of 6 million. Additionally the company owns the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), the highest membership organization with over 150,000 registrants, and the Businesswoman's Research Institute (BRI), which provides data on the emerging women's business market.

    Koplovitz holds a Master's degree in communications from Michigan State University. She is also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Koplovitz is married to private investor, William C. Koplovitz, Jr.

  • Ken Lowe

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    Ken Lowe

    Ken Lowe

    Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive

    Ken Lowe is Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading global lifestyle content company. Previously, he was President and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company from 2000 until 2008, when Scripps Networks Interactive became a separate, publicly traded company.

    Prior to 2000, Lowe was Chairman and CEO of Knoxville-based Scripps Networks. He built the company into one of the world's fastest growing and most successful creators of unique brands for television and the Internet. He founded and launched HGTV in 1994; oversaw the acquisition and transformation of the Food Network into an American pop culture icon; presided over the launches of DIY Network and Cooking Channel, as well as the acquisitions of Travel Channel in 2009 and Great American Country in 2004. He has directed the company’s rapid expansion as a global media company, including the 2015 acquisition of Poland’s premier media company, TVN.

    Lowe joined Scripps in 1980 as General Manager of the company's radio properties. In 1988, he became Vice President of Programming, Promotion and Marketing for the company's nine network-affiliated television stations.

    He began his career in radio with Southern Broadcasting in 1969 and continued with various management positions with Harte-Hanks Broadcasting in the late 1970s.

    Lowe serves on the board of directors for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, The Paley Center for Media and The Cable Center. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio, television and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Kyle McSlarrow

    Kyle McSlarrow
    Senior Vice President, customer experience, Comcast

    Kyle McSlarrow serves as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Operations for Comcast Cable. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Vice President of the Washington Region for Comcast Cable's West Division. He previously served as Regional Vice President for Comcast’s Mountain Region, overseeing all operations and employees in Utah and in Tucson, Arizona.

    Kyle joined Comcast in April 2011, leading Comcast’s office in Washington, D.C. Kyle also worked closely with the business operations in the Metropolitan area. Prior to Comcast, Kyle spent six years as President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and held positions as Vice President of Political and Government Affairs for Grassroots.com, National Chairman for the Quayle 2000 Presidential Campaign, Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell and Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel for Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott. He also served as an associate with the law firm of Hunton & Williams and as a Captain in the U.S. Army in the Secretary of the Army’s office as Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army.

    Kyle earned degrees from Cornell University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

     

  • Leo Hindery, Jr.

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    Leo Hindery, Jr.

    Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners, 2012 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Leo Hindery, Jr. is Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners, a series of media industry private equity funds he founded in January 1988 and ran continuously until February 1997.

    It was then that he was elected President and CEO of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and Liberty Media. In March 1999 TCI merged into AT&T, and he became President and CEO of AT&T Broadband until he resigned in November 1999.

    In December 1999, Mr. Hindery was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GlobalCenter Inc., a major Internet services company, which in January 2001 merged into Exodus Communications, Inc. From 2001 until October 2004, he was Chairman and CEO of The YES Network which he founded to be the regional television home of the New York Yankees. In early 2005 he reconstituted InterMedia Partners.

    Mr. Hindery is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the US Economy/Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation, and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Job Creation and Trade. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia School of Journalism and a Director of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), the Paley Center for Media, and Teach for America.

    In 1998, Mr. Hindery was named International Cable Executive of the Year and received the Joel A. Berger Award for his leadership in AIDS and HIV initiatives. In 1999, he was named Cable Television Operator of the Year and received from the National Cable Television Association its Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership. In 2005, he was recognized by the cable television industry as one of its "25 Most Influential Executives Over the Past 25 Years", and in 2010 he was named one of the "30 Individuals with the Most Significant Impact on Cable's Early History".

    He is married to Patti Wheeler, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of SPEED TV, and has a daughter from a previous marriage, Robin Hindery, who is a journalist.

  • Leslie Ellis

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    Leslie Ellis

    Leslie Ellis
    President, Ellis Edits, Inc.

    Leslie Ellis is owner of Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com, a Denver-based analysis/writing firm specializing in the technologies used in cable, multichannel video and broadband delivery systems. Her specific focus is "translating" the dense language surrounding the technologies and technology strategies of service providers, and particularly cable service providers.

    She’s perhaps best known for her long-running weekly column in Multichannel News called “Translation Please;” in 2018, she started a new column in Broadband Library called “Nerdy Little Secrets.” She’s also written two broadband dictionaries, one field guide to broadband, and is co-author of “Planet Broadband” with Roger Brown and Stewart Schley. She’s served as Senior Technology Advisor to CTAM since 2001, and is a behind-the-scenes tech translator for domestic and global service providers, networks, and suppliers.

    Previously, Leslie was Paul Kagan Associates’ Senior Technology Analyst. She was Senior Technology Editor for Multichannel News/Broadband Week from 1994-1998, and Managing Editor of Communications Engineering & Design magazine from 1990-1994. She began in the cable industry in 1987 as a technical writer of hardware and software manuals related to advertising insertion technology.

    Leslie is the 2005 recipient of an NCTA Vanguard Award, and the 2010 recipient of the national WICT/SCTE Technology Woman of the Year Award. She was inducted into the Cable Pioneers in 2015.

    When she’s not researching and writing, she’s a beekeeper, narrator/host of the documentary film “[email protected]”, Executive Producer of the movie “BEE PEOPLE,” harmony singer in a Denver-based rock-and-roll cover band called the Skware Pegs, and an active volunteer with cableFIRST, which aims to link industry people with local high-school robotics teams.

  • Marc B. Nathanson

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    Marc B. Nathanson

    Chairman, Mapleton Investments, 2010 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Marc Nathanson is one of America's leading communications executives. A 40-year veteran of the cable television industry, Nathanson founded and served as chairman and CEO of Falcon Holding Group, Inc., a cable television operator, and its predecessors from 1975 to 1999. Currently, he is CEO of Mapleton Investments LLC, an investment company he formed in 1999. In 2009, he was honored by Global Green for his contributions to the world's environment and in 2010.

    Nathanson serves on the Board of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) for Los Angeles / Orange Counties. He is a member of the Mayor's Homeland Security Advisory Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Private Sector. He is also on the Board of the Governor's Anti-terrorism Information Center.

    In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Nathanson a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) for the International Broadcasting, an independent federal agency which supervises all U.S. government-supported non-military global communications, including Voice of America, Radio/TV Marti, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Ahurra TV and Radio Sawa). He became the BBG's first chairman as an independent agency in 1998 and served until the Senate confirmed his replacement in 2002. He was also a member of the Albanian Enterprise Fund.

    He is Vice Chair and a member of the executive committee of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). He is a member of the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Aspen Institute.

    Mr. Nathanson serves on the board of a number of public and private organizations, including the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Democracy Institute, and USC Annenberg School for Communications, Center for the Digital Future, and is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). He has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Denver and a master's degree in political Science from the University of California/Santa Barbara where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. He is married to psychologist, Jane Nathanson, and they have three children and two grandchildren.

  • Maria Bartiromo

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    Maria Bartiromo

    Anchor, CNBC, 2011 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Maria Bartiromo is the anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell" and host and managing editor of "The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo," recently rated the most watched financial news program in America. It is a nationally syndicated business, financial and economic news program.

    Bartiromo joined CNBC in 1993 after five years as a producer and assignment editor with CNN Business News. In 1995, Bartiromo became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis.

    In May 2008, Bartiromo received a Gracie Award? in the category of Outstanding Documentary for her documentary "Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream." She was also awarded a 2008 News and Documentary Emmy for her "Bailout Talks Collapse" coverage. In December 2009, Bartiromo was featured in the Financial Times as one of the "50 Faces that Shaped the Decade."

    Bartiromo's book, "The 10 Laws of Enduring Success," was released by Crown Business, a division of Random House, Inc., in late March 2010. Her latest book, "The Weekend that Changed Wall Street," will be released by Portfolio / Penguin in early September 2010.

    Bartiromo is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University. She is on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and PENCIL, Public Education Needs Civic Involvement and Leadership, which is a non-profit group focusing on improving New York high schools. She is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Economic Club of New York, and the Board of Governors of the Columbus Citizens Foundation.

  • Martin F. Malarkey

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    Martin F. Malarkey

    Co-Founder and former President, NCTA, 1998 Cable Hall of Fame

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    Word got around about what I was doing and people started coming in the store and offering me money and asking, 'How much do you want to hook me up to this system that you have?' I realized, that it was a system that could be sold.

    Martin Francis Malarkey had begun his career following naval service in World War II. He worked in his father's store, Malarkey Music Co., selling pianos, violins and other instruments along with radios, phonographs and TV sets. On a buying trip to New York, he stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and was amazed by the crystal clear pictures coming out of the TV set in his room. The cord coming out of the TV set also fascinated him. It wasn't the usual flat twin lead, but instead was round and covered with black vinyl. He called the front desk and minutes later, the hotel engineer was giving him a guided tour of his master antenna system, which served 500 rooms and would soon add 500 more.

    He approached RCA, which had built the Waldorf system, about providing a similar setup for Pottsville. Before long, his system was up, running and impressing the customers who came into his store.

    Over the next few years, Malarkey would build six additional systems, in cities including Harrisonburg, VA., Altoona, PA. and Wilmington, NC. His work for the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) took him often to Washington, a city he loved instantly. Before long, he'd moved his home and business headquarters there.

    Malarkey built the NCTA steadily into a larger organization, adding members and gradually expanding the group's annual meeting. "He was just a helluva persuasive guy," recalls Al Warren, president of Warren Publishing Inc., and a long-time friend. "He was gregarious and warm. He exuded friendliness and good natured humor. He was an exceptional man."

    By 1960, at the age of 41, Malarkey had sold four of his cable systems and achieved a childhood dream: he'd earned enough to retire. So he did.

    After realizing retirement wasn't for him, he opened a one-man consultancy in 1961 and ran it until about 1963, when he partnered with ABC Inc. in a venture that aimed to acquire a group of cable systems. After more than a year, ABC decided it didn't want to enter cable system ownership and bought Malarkey out of his investment in the project.

    It was then that he convinced Archer Taylor, a respected engineer he'd recruited for the ABC project, to join him in creating a bigger consultancy which became Malarkey-Taylor Associates (MTA).

    As the franchise wars broke out during the 1980s, MTA expanded, becoming extremely active in helping major operators compete for the right to wire major cities of the United States. By 1985, it was also providing research, marketing and advertising services. It opened an office in London and completed projects for a number of overseas countries and companies.

    In 1987, MTA acquired Economic and Management Consultants International (EMCI), a company that would bring expertise in wireless telecommunications, paging, private radio and cellular services. Andrew Roscoe, who had founded EMCI, stayed on to manage that part of the company, and in 1992, led a management buyout of MTA, renaming it MTA-EMCI.

    Malarkey continued his active lifestyle, jogging and swimming laps to stay fit and holding court at lunch with Washington's power brokers in the city's finest restaurants. He never lost his trim, athletic appearance.

    From the beginning, Malarkey knew cable would be more than just a way for people in a hilly environment to get TV channels.