Monthly Archives: April 2006

Gladwell’s opening remarks

Malcolm Gladwell started off the Opening General Session with a ten-minute address. He told the story of David Sarnoff and how he convinced RCA to broadcast the Dempsey-Carpentier fight in 1921 and sparked a new medium. The cable industry and other businesses are filled with such entrepreneurs. Gladwell said there were three key points that […]

Kyle McSlarrow’s Keynote Address

NCTA’s President kicked off today’s first General Session with the annual report on the state of the industry. His remarks, and the first in a series of ads rebutting the telephone industries attacks on cable, indicate it will be a very good, but very tough year as we face legislation at the national and local […]

A meeting of minds

Here’s an interesting couple you might not expect to see.  Backstage before the Opening General Session, here is author Malcolm Gladwell and C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb. During their onstage discussion, they mentioned that Lamb will be interviewing Gladwell on C-SPAN soon. UPDATE: That later interview can be found here.

Supplier diversity

As mentioned earlier, today marked the 7th Annual Supplier Diversity Connection Workshop held during The National Show, organized by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Shown here is the panel “Follow the Money: Corporate Spending in the Cable Industry,” with Jim Hughes of CommScope, Greta Davis  of Time Warner, Harold Cain of Scientific-Atlanta, and Kathy Scott of […]

Gavel-to-gavel on the state level

Stepping back in time slightly, as I catch up on some events from earlier today… “Democracy is shaped by the electorate. Democracy needs to be shaped by an informed electorate.” That’s how moderator Paul Giguere kicked off a breakfast panel today on regional public affairs networks — the so-called local C-SPANs. Pictured here (L-R) is […]

What are those tall white towers anyway?

A few of us were asking that same question. Were they art? Or some sort of solar energy panels? Oil derricks? I asked a few folks, including one GWCC staff member – no one seemed to know. So I hopped on the web (thanks to the wireless connection here in the GWCC) and found out […]

Gospel Brunch at Pittypat’s Porch

The Atlanta Chapter of Cable Positive hosted a gospel brunch at Pittypat’s Porch earlier this morning. This well-attended fundraiser featured fabulous, soul-stirring music from the Voice of Altanta choir (a renowned group that has toured with Elton John) and a Southern buffet breakfast. All of the proceeds (i.e., 100% for those who are counting) benefit […]

Town Hall on Video Franchising

David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast, hosted a town hall meeting on video franchising featuring experts on franchise issues from counties, state legislatures, utility commissions, and cities.  It was a lively discussion of a big issue facing our industry. The cable industry supports fair franchise reform that expedites entry for new providers while establishing […]

On the move

Just a reminder that the mobile version of The National Show website has launched, perfect for checking on session rooms or the schedule while you’re dashing around.  It’s been formatted for your BlackBerry, PDA or other device.  Point your browser to

Sunday morning highlights

There are a number of events to look out for today. The major one is the Opening General Session at 1:00 p.m. in Hall B1. The speakers are: Malcolm Gladwell, author, The Tipping Point and Blink; John Hendricks, Discovery Communications, Inc.; Gerry Laybourne, Oxygen Media, Inc.; Brian Lamb, C-SPAN; Bob Miron, Advance/Newhouse Communications; and Tom […]