First Round Judging for 2004 Beacon Award Completed
CTPAA members from across the nation converged at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) building in Washington, D.C., January 14 and 15 to participate as first round judges for the 2004 Beacon Awards. Wednesday morning Peter Kiley, CTPAA's president and director of affiliate relations C-SPAN Networks, welcomed the group and thanked them for volunteering their time over the next two days to review 366 Beacon entries. Rob Stoddard, CTPAA board member and NCTA senior vice president, communications & public affairs, also thanked the judges for participating in this important cable industry and CTPAA function.

Brian Wirth, vice president government and public affairs Time Warner Cable and chair of the Beacon judging operations work group, then lead the group through an in-depth review of judging procedures. Frank Gallagher, assistant director of education, Cable in the Classroom, joined him to introduce the scoring rubric. Tuesday evening NCTA hosted a reception for all Beacon judges at The Front Page Restaurant and Grille on Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

The final round of Beacon judging will be on Thursday, January 29. Approximately 40 senior public affair professionals will review the entries that advanced to the final round and will determine which ones will be finalists and 2004 Beacon winners. CTPAA will announce the finalists in mid-February and the winners during the 2004 Beacon Awards gala on March 23 at the conclusion of FORUM 2004.

Thanks to all 55 volunteers who participated as first round Beacon judges earlier this week:

Al Aldridge, Bright House Networks, Indiana
Lisa Alston, Court Television Network
Portia Badham, BadWyn Communications
Peggy Ballard, Scientific-Atlanta
Karen Benson, Cox Communications
Andrea Bernstein, Oxygen Media
Denielle Bertarelli, Noggin
Donelle Blubaugh, Cable in the Classroom
Jocelyn Brandeis, Hallmark Channel
Catherine Brett, ESPN, Inc.
Thursa Crittenden, Cox Communications
Phyllis Dickerson-Johnson, CTAM
Bev Dribin, Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Todd Eachus, Comcast
Elizabeth Ferrier, Cablevision/New York City
Pam Ford, NCTA
Allison Frey, NCTA
Kate Getzfread, Comcast
Candace Gibson, Cox Communications Gulf Coast
Jessica Graham, APR, Time Warner Cable
Melissa Gregg, Esq., Cox Communications
Cristino Griego, C-SPAN
Reg Griffin, Comcast
Kristen Grossnickle, Comcast
Susan Gunn, CTSi
Tania Hindert, Cox Communications, Inc.
Maureen Huff, Bresnan Communications
Scott Hults, EWTN Global Catholic Network
Rachel Jones, Comcast Cable
Maryann Kafer, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Melody Khalatbari, Comcast of Montgomery County
Jennifer Khoury, Comcast
Sonya Lockett, BET Holdings, Inc.
Julie Madere, Cox Communications, Inc.
Leigh Majors, Turner Network Sales, Inc.
Bill Mushrush, TechTV
Daniel Newham, Cox Communications
Ron Orlando, NCTA
Taffy Patton, Patton Pending
Stacie Reedy, Cox Communications, Inc.
Patti Rockenwagner, Comcast
Mead Rust, A&E Television Networks/The History Channel
Stacy Schmitt, Time Warner Cable/Waco Division
Todd Schoen, ABC Cable Networks Group
Laurie Schopp, VH1 Save the Music
Mike Smith, Comcast
Thomas Southwick, Starz Encore Group
Lynn Stirling, NBC Cable Networks
Melany Stroupe, Cable ONE
Sara Stutzenstein, Scientific-Atlanta
Danielle Ulwick, Adelphia Communications
Craig Watson, Charter Communications
Beverly Wilhide, Comcast Atlantic Division
Brian Wirth, Time Warner Cable
Kim Wonson, NCTA
Maria Zoccolillo, NBC Cable Networks

 Save $100 - Early Bird Registration for FORUM 2004
Register for FORUM 2004 by March 5, 2004, and save $100 from the final registration (March 6, 2004, or after) rate of $725. The Early Bird registration rate is $625. 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

 MTV Launches "Choose or Lose" Campaign
MTV announced its "Choose or Lose 2004" campaign to encourage young adults aged 18-30 to vote in the 2004 election. The campaign is titled "20 Million Loud" and its focus is to motivate, inform, and educate the young adult population on the 2004 Presidential election. Organizations such as Rock the Vote, Hip-Hop Team Vote, Smack Down Your Vote, New Voters Project and Declare Yourself are working with MTV to achieve the goal of 20 million votes in this young age bracket in 2004.

In the 2000 presidential election nearly 18 million people aged 18-30 voted, representing nearly 16% of total voters. The common misperceptions are that young people are not involved in the political process and will not turn out to vote in November. "20 Million Loud" and "Choose or Lose 2004" will work throughout the year to motivate, inform, educate, activate and bring to the polls this diverse group of Americans, all the while refuting the conventional wisdom associated with their behavior. 20 million votes are up for grabs in November 2004 - in 2000 the young adult vote was split almost equally between the Democrats and Republicans - so it is ultimately up to the politicians and political parties to appeal to this powerful block.

Throughout the year, "Choose or Lose" and its partner organizations will conduct a series of high-profile events on-air, online, and off-air kicking off with two MTV News Specials: "Diary: Gideon in Iraq" that aired January 14th and "Louder Now!" airing February 2. The programming will include regular news segments, candidate interviews, issue-based specials, primary and convention coverage and grass roots events and an election night wrap-up. The campaign will culminate in the fall with MTV's first-ever national, online "PRE-Lection" in which young adults will cast their votes and declare their choice for the President of the United States.

"Choose or Lose" was launched in 1992 to inform young adults about the political process, voice their concerns, compel leading Presidential candidates to address those concerns and mobilize mass numbers of young adults to register and vote. will allow users to register to vote, get information on Presidential candidates and issues, join online forums, and join MTV's partner organizations. For more information, contact Janine Iamunno at

 Annual CTAM/Multichannel News Mark Awards Competition Launches
CTAM, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, and partner Multichannel News have issued a Call for Entries for the Annual Mark Awards competition, with a submission deadline of Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 6:00 p.m. EST. For more than 20 years, the Mark Awards have honored consumer and trade marketing excellence. The 'Top of the Mark' award, introduced in 2003, will return in 2004. It recognizes the top-scoring campaign of the year. The winners will be announced at the Mark Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 18, 2004, during The CTAM Summit in Boston. Entries are welcome from all sectors of the business, including cable companies, program networks and trade suppliers. The entry form and details are found exclusively at the dedicated Web site:

 Deadline Approaching for Public Affairs Initiatives Guide (PAIG) Submissions!
The deadline to submit descriptions of your successful public affairs initiatives to NCTA's Public Affairs Initiatives Guide (PAIG) is quickly approaching! NCTA and CTPAA are teaming to relaunch the Guide as a full-scale, on-line searchable database with updated information about public affairs initiatives conducted by cable companies, systems and networks at both the national and local levels. The revamped Guide will debut at the CTPAA FORUM in March. Submissions are due to NCTA by Friday, January 23. Please visit NCTA's Web site for more information and to download a submission form.

NCTA and CTPAA appreciate members' help and look forward to offering this valuable resource tool to the industry. Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact Allison Frey in NCTA's Communications & Public Affairs Department via telephone at 202-775-3629 or via email at

 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

2004 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.

2004 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
MTV Networks
The Weather Channel

2004 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

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