December 31 -  Deadline for Public Affairs Achievement Award Nominations
Is there a cable public affairs executive whom you have admired and believe should be recognized by the industry? CTPAA has a new award to recognize and honor individual members for their outstanding contributions to cable public affairs. Known as the Public Affairs Achievement Award, it will be presented annually during FORUM to individual members for their work in the categories of community relations, government relations, media relations or local programming.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Current member of CTPAA
  • Member of CTPAA for a minimum of three (3) years
  • Worked in public affairs a minimum of five (5) years
  • Supports the goals of the CTPAA
  • Employed by a MSO, Local System, Cable Network, Industry Supplier, or industry nonprofit organization
  • Individuals are eligible to receive the award once for each of the four categories.
  • The current CTPAA President is not eligible for nomination until two years after his or her term in office.

Nominations must include a completed and signed nomination form and a summary of qualifications, no longer than two pages, addressing the criteria below:

  • Show how the nominee has used public affairs concepts and techniques to successfully solve problems or take advantage of opportunities
  • Detail the achievements of the nominee and demonstrate how these have advanced the cable industry
  • List Beacon entry campaigns or initiatives in which the individual had a key role
  • Other awards and forms of recognition the nominee has received for public affairs related activities
  • Service to CTPAA citing offices held or committee positions
  • Up to five (5) letters seconding the nomination of no more than one page each may accompany the nomination

The nomination deadline for the inaugural edition of this annual award is December 31, 2003. For more information about the award or to obtain a nomination form please go to the membership page of the CTPAA Web site.

 Congratulations Bobby Amirshahi!
Cable Positive, the cable and telecommunications industry's AIDS action organization, named CTPAA member Bobby Amirshahi the 2003 Brad Wojcoski Memorial Award recipient. Established in 1993 in honor of Brad Wojcoski, an HBO employee and one of the original members of Cable Positive's Board of Directors, the award recognizes cable industry employees who have made significant contributions to the fight against AIDS in their communities.

Amirshahi, director of media relations for Cox Communications, used his passion for the fight against AIDS and his position at Cox to galvanize the talents and resources of the Atlanta cable community to found the Atlanta chapter of Cable Positive in April 2003. In less than one year, the chapter held three fundraising events and raised more than $25,000. Cable Positive provided half of the proceeds to the local AIDS initiative through AID Atlanta, the Southeast's largest AIDS services organization, sponsoring education programs to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing comprehensive support and services for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, as part of Amirshahi's award, Cable Positive will grant $2,500 to Pets Are Loving Support, a non-profit organization that provides ongoing care and support to pets of Atlanta area persons living with critical illnesses and disabilities including HIV and AIDS.

Save $50 - Register by December 31 for FORUM 2004
Register for FORUM 2004 by December 31, 2003, and save $50 on the advance registration rate of $625 and save $150 from the final registration (March 5, 2004, or after) rate of $725. The theme for FORUM 2004 is "Communicating Cable's Value" and will be woven throughout the general sessions and break-out panels during CTPAA's 19th annual educational conference, scheduled for March 21 to 24, 2004, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme reflects the event's focus on how cable public affairs professionals can effectively communicate cable's value and technologically superior platform to customers, media, and government officials.

FORUM 2004 has already received speaking commitments from several esteemed industry executives including Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable; Susan Packard, President, New Ventures, Scripps Networks; Carl Vogel, President and CEO, Charter Communications; Johnathan Rodgers, President & CEO, Radio One TV; and Robert Sachs, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association. For information about FORUM 2004 registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit

 Comcast Donates $100,000 to L.A.'s BEST
Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn recently announced that Comcast Cable Communications donated $100,000 to the L.A.'s BEST After School Enrichment Program. The donation will fund general operating expenses for existing programs and is critical to the sustainability of BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow). Founded in 1988, L.A.'s BEST currently provides supervised, after school education, enrichment and recreation programs in 114 elementary school sites throughout the City of Los Angeles. The program's core activities include homework assistance and tutoring, visual and performing arts, reading, sports, science, math and computer activities, conflict resolution, recreational games, nutrition and excursions. According to ongoing longitudinal studies by the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation, children participating in the L.A.'s BEST program demonstrate higher school attendance rates and improved performance on standardized tests in mathematics, reading and language arts. In addition, children in the program report feeling safer after school and liking the regular school day more as compared to non-L.A.'s BEST students. For more information, contact Comcast's Patti Rockenwagner at 310-563-5884.

 Time Warner Cable Minnesota Golf Tournament Raises $40,000 for Crisis Nursery
The second annual Time Warner Cable Minnesota Golf Tournament raised $40,000 to support the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. The money will fund programs to prevent child abuse and neglect and to strengthen families. More than 130 individuals participated in the August 19th golf tournament at Stonebrook Golf Club in Shakopee.

The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery has offered free, short-term shelter for parents and their children since 1983. It is the only residential crisis nursery in Minnesota and one of only 20 in the United States. The Crisis Nursery's mission is to work with families in crisis and the community to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit

 Judge the 2004 Beacons
CTPAA invites its members to choose the best of the best cable public affairs initiatives from the past year by being a 2004 Beacon Awards judge. To volunteer, complete the Beacon judge form and send it to CTPAA. As a Beacon judge, CTPAA members will learn what cable public affairs professionals across the country are accomplishing and will walk away from the experience with dozens of new ideas. The first round of Beacon judging will be all day January 14 and 15 in Washington, DC, with a welcome reception hosted by NCTA on the evening of January 13. For more information, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082.

 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member in 2004, please contact Steve Jones at or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to

2003 Golden Benefactors

A&E Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
NBC Cable Networks
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

2003 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
MTV Networks
The Weather Channel

2003 Friends & Associates

Bresnan Communications
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Comedy Central
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Game Show Network
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Outdoor Life Network
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Terayon Communication Systems