Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

April 20, 2007-About ACC / Membership / FORUM 2007 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:

 Visit ACC at the NCTA Cable Show!

Be sure to visit ACC at the Cable Cares Booth (#5279) during The Cable Show in Las Vegas held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center May 7-9!  ACC has teamed up with Cable in the Classroom (CIC), the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and Women In Cable Telecommunications (WICT) to highlight the work of the cable association community.  Come by the booth to hear about the new upcoming programs and services ACC has created to serve you better. 

After you speak with representatives from each group, be sure to submit your entry for the Cable Cares! raffle each day and be eligible to win some great prizes.  Prizes for each day and times for the drawings are as follows:

  • Plantronics Voyager-510 Bluetooth Headset, Monday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m.
  • IRiver Clix 2GB multimedia player, Tuesday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Lexmark P315 4x6 Photo Printer, Wednesday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m
  • Grand Prize:  37-inch widescreen LCD HDTV, Wednesday, May 9, 3:30 p.m.

Although you do not have to present to win any of the other daily prizes, you must be present to win the grand prize!  See you at The Cable Show!
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 ACC Giving T-Shirts to Members to Promote Name Change

In order to increase awareness and celebrate the re-named organization, the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) is giving every member a T-shirt printed with ACC's new logo and tag line.  You should have received an e-mail earlier in the week that prompted you to follow a link to provide us with your T-shirt size request.  If you have not already filled out and submitted this request, please be sure to do so before April 25. 

To ensure you are mailed the best available size, please use this link to let us know your requested T-shirt size as well as to confirm your mailing information. In the coming weeks, ACC will ask you to update all of your contact information for the 2007-2008 Membership Directory in addition to the above request.

The T-shirts are white and are printed with the ACC logo in color on the front, as well as our new tag-line "Get Connected" on the back.  T-shirts will arrive in the mail to your work address during the week of April 30-May 4.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact us at or 202-222-2370.
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 Weather Channel Donation to Fund Rebuilding Efforts in New Orleans

The Weather Channel recently gave $75,000 to the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, Inc. to support rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast.  Musicians' Village provides homes for low-income musicians and other families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  Currently under construction in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, the project was conceived by New Orleans natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis in conjunction with the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity. 

In addition to supporting the rebuilding efforts with a cash donation, The Weather Channel is running a public service announcement that features Connick as he describes the Musicians' Village project.  Shown performing with his band members on the steps of one of the new homes, Connick encourages viewers to find out more about how to help "bring back the sound of New Orleans."  The PSA ran during The Weather Channel's "100 Biggest Weather Moments," a five-part mini-series hosted by Connick that aired April 15-19 and featured a look at a broad spectrum of weather events that have had a significant impact on the times we live in.

Since the project began in March 2006, 40 homes have been constructed as part of Musicians' Village.  When the full project is complete, the Village will consist of new single family homes, elder-friendly apartments, a toddler park and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.  For more information on the project, visit  
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 Volunteer for an ACC Committee

Are you interested in getting connected to ACC in a fresh way?  Do you have some great ideas for FORUM 2008 panelists or a Beacon master of ceremonies?  Each year, ACC asks its members to volunteer to serve on its various committees.  Committee members assist the association in meeting its goals and planning activities that help members to get connected to one another and to industry partners.  A description of each committee along with the co-chairs for 2007-2008 is below. 

Provide Professional Development Resources and Recognition Committee

As one of the three committees that exists to advise the ACC Board of Directors on a number of association issues, the focus of this committee is to provide superior professional development opportunities for all members; recognize and celebrate excellence in public affairs at all levels; and serve all cable communication professionals.  Co-chairs for 2007-2008 are Andrea Bernstein, senior vice president, Oxygen Media and Bill Jasso, vice president, government and media relations, Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio. 

Enhance the Role and Value of Industry Communications

Another committee created to advise the Board of Directors, this group's purpose is to communicate the role and value of ACC to all members and the industry, work with other organizations on initiatives that benefit members and the industry, develop the organizational competencies and resources needed to support achievement of the association's mission, and engage members in association leadership as well as increase their participation in available programs and services.  Co-chairs are Rosa Gatti, senior vice president, corporate communications and outreach, ESPN, Inc. and Jim Maiella, vice president of media relations, cable and communications, Cablevision Systems Corporation.

Create Outreach Activities that Enhance the Membership Experience

The third board committee, this group focuses on building and strengthening membership through local and regional events; creating a mentoring program to promote career and personal development; building a market environment for increased public acceptance and use of the industry's products and services; and integrating social goals and their accomplishments with industry and company business goals.  Co-chairs are Anthony Surratt, executive director, public relations, Cox Communications, Inc. and Lee Tenebruso.

FORUM 2008 Committee

The FORUM committee is responsible for working with the FORUM co-chairs to build on the success of previous conferences and assist staff in planning sessions and workshops that are topical and representative of communications and public affairs throughout the cable industry.  The co-chairs for this committee are Misty Skedgell, vice president of corporate communications, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Brian Wirth, vice president, government and public affairs, Time Warner Cable. 

2008 Beacon Awards® Committee

The Beacon Awards honor excellence in communications and public affairs.  This committee works with the co-chairs to plan the annual awards program, looking at everything from the judging process to the ceremony itself.  The co-chair for this committee is Ellen Kroner senior vice president, corporate communications and marketing, Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. A second co-chair has not yet been named.

If you are interested in volunteering for an ACC committee, please use this link to fill out a volunteer form to fax to ACC at 202-222-2371 as soon as possible, or pick up a form at ACC's booth (5279) at The Cable Show May 7-9 in Las Vegas.  For more information on committees or volunteer opportunities, please contact ACC at or 202-222-2370.
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 Cable Organizations Join to Sponsor Community Outreach Event

Cox Communications' Las Vegas system and Christians in Cable will join with The Inspiration Networks and its humanitarian partner Convoy of Hope to bring a community outreach event to Las Vegas on Saturday, May 5, 2007.  Held in conjunction with The Cable Show, the event will begin at 9 a.m. at Baker Park with 5,000 residents expected to attend.

The goal of the Las Vegas Convoy of Hope is to reach out to children and families by meeting some of their most basic needs.  An emphasis is placed on treating each of the guests with respect and dignity.  Free lunch, haircuts and health screenings will be available during the outreach.  Guests will also be able to enjoy carnival-style games and activities for children, live, family-friendly entertainment, bicycle giveaways and more.  Each guest will also receive two bags of groceries donated by local churches and businesses.

The Inspiration Networks' youth/young adult division, Steelroots, will also sponsor activities for Las Vegas teens during the community outreach event.  The teen activities will be set in a "coffeehouse environment" complete with food, live bands, games and an art contest.

Based in Springfield, Missouri, Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 to provide resources to organizations and churches for the purpose of making the community a better place.  The organization has served 16 million people around the world, holding 43 community outreach projects in 2006.  Presenting opportunities for members to meet at various industry shows, Christians in Cable is an organization designed to provide Christians affiliated with the cable television industry an opportunity for fellowship with other Christians.  For more information on the community outreach event, contact Kristina Hill at 704-561-7866 or  
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 ACC Conducts 2006 Community Contributions Survey

Two years ago, ACC conducted the 2004 Community Contributions survey that compiled the cable industry's contributions to local communities.  Developed to demonstrate the positive contributions cable operators and programmers make in their communities, the survey outcomes are used to educate policy makers, the press and the general public about the significant investment the cable industry makes in communities across the country.  The final figure totaled $1.36 billion in community contributions by the cable television industry for the calendar year 2004.

Now in 2007, ACC will again survey the industry to compile the cable industry's contributions to local communities during the calendar year 2006.  Surveys were distributed during FORUM 2007 and will be available at the Cable Cares! booth #5279 during The Cable Show May 7-9 in Las Vegas.  A "Cable System" and a "Programmer" version of the survey are both available.

If you would like to receive a copy of the survey, please contact ACC at or 202-222-2370 to receive a copy.  Please return surveys by the extended deadline of May 31 to Annette Arno, Director of Survey Research for Delahaye Research.  The address can be found at the bottom of the survey.  If you have any additional questions about the survey, please contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or
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 Attend the ACC Panel at The Cable Show

Now that new media is the reality, digital communications tools are indispensable assets for reaching out to customers, leveraging media coverage, channeling employee messages and projecting your company's ideas and image to the outside world.    To address these changes, ACC has organized a panel to be presented at NCTA's Cable Show in May.  "Thoroughly Modern Messaging:  Reaching Consumers in the Digital Age" will help cable communicators gain new perspectives from a panel of professional communicators on what to do-and what to avoid-in applying new media digital communications strategies. 

The panel will be held on Monday, May 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Ballroom D.  The discussion will be moderated by Peggy Ballard, ACC president and vice president of strategic communications for Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company. Confirmed panel participants include Deana Brown, president, Scripps Networks Interactive; Ellen East, vice president, communications and public affairs, Cox Communications, Inc.; Farrell Kramer, president, Farrell Kramer Communications and Todd Watson, E-Relationship manager, IBM Software Group. 

The Cable Show will occur May 7-9 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Registration for the show can be found on NCTA's Web site at  If you have any questions about ACC's panel at The Cable Show, contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or  
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 Oxygen Announces Participants for First Mentors Walk in Chicago

Oxygen announced that it will host its first Mentors Walk in Chicago this May, featuring notable Chicago business women who will serve as mentors.  Oxygen has teamed up with Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, a pioneer in the recruitment and retention of talented women, to host the event, which will include Oxygen's CEO Geraldine Laybourne and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP's vice chairman and Midwest regional managing partner Deborah DeHaas.

The event will occur the morning of Friday, May 18 and offers aspiring female professionals an opportunity to receive guidance from luminaries and trailblazers in their field.  Several successful Chicago women have been confirmed for the event, including Lisa Ling, correspondent for Oprah, Oxygen and the Travel Channel; Guilana DePandi, anchor, E! Entertainment News; Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, state of Illinois; Mellody Hobson, president, Ariel Capital Management, LLC; and Margaret Stender, president and CEO, WNBA Chicago Sky.

Oxygen has recruited mentee participants through local colleges, graduate schools, and non-profit women's businesses and mentoring organizations.  Young women interested in participating as mentees can sign up online at  After the walk, the network will host a breakfast for participants at the Rooftop Terrace.

"Mentors Walk:  Bringing Along the Next Generation" is an event in which high-profile women business leaders from a variety of professions walk and talk with other women who share their passion and dream of breaking into that field.  Oxygen launched this initiative in New York City in 2005 with participants that included Diane Von Furstenberg, Meryl Streep, Deborah Norville, Marlo Thomas and Cynthia Rowley.  For more information on the Mentors Walk, contact Rachelle Savoia at
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 SCTE and Motorola Award $20,000 Scholarship

The Society of Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this week that Justin Ko-Chang or Norcross, Georgia, would be the recipient of  the $20,000 Milton Jerrold Shapp Memorial Scholarship.  Chang, a senior at Norcross High School, will be able to use the scholarship money for a degree relevant to the telecommunications industry.

Funded by Motorola and administered by SCTE, the scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior son or daughter of a telecommunications employee and honors the memory of Milton Jerrold Shapp, a cable telecommunications pioneer and former governor of Pennsylvania.  Chang is the son of Ming-Hsiung (Allen) Chang and Tsae-Yun (Joy) Chang.  Allen Chang is a senior program manager with Motorola.  Justin aspires to study physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), engineering sciences at Harvard, or mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information on the annual Shapp Scholarship, visit or contact Joe Madagan at  or 800-542-5040.
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 Bravo Hosts Online Auction to Benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids

Bravo recently teamed up with Delivery Agent, Inc. to host an online auction of furniture and home accessories featured on Bravo's "Top Design."  The auction began on April 11 after the season finale of "Top Design" and was scheduled to continue for one week. 

Net proceeds from the auction will benefit DIFFA:  Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids.  DIFFA is one of the country's largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk.  With fund-raising efforts bolstered by strategic partnerships and unique events showcasing innovation and creativity, DIFFA has granted $35 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide.  For more information on the auction, please visit  
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 Experience FORUM 2007 Online

Not able to attend FORUM this year?  Now you can experience highlights from FORUM 2007 through ACC's Web site!  ACC has added video from both opening general sessions as well as footage from the Public Affairs Achievement Awards and the Beacon Awards ceremony on its Web site.  A photo gallery also features highlights from all sessions and activities.  Additional video and photo elements will be added to the site as they become available. 

If you missed FORUM's opening general sessions on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday March 13, take a look at the FORUM page to see video clips from the CEO Roundtable and an interview with Kyle McSlarrow, president and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association.  The CEO Roundtable included Mark Coblitz, Comcast Corporation, Laureen Ong, National Geographic Channel, Josh Sapan, Rainbow Media Holdings and Michael Willner, Insight Communications.  The FORUM page also features remarks from ACC's Public Affairs Achievement Award winners Dena Kaplan, GSN: The Network for Games; Suzee Smith-Everhard, Cox Communications; Lee Tenebruso, Courtroom Television Network; and John Wolfe, Cox Communications.

The Beacon Awards page features video footage recorded by Comcast CN8's "On the Road," and contains coverage of the 2007 Beacon Awards ceremony as well as red carpet interviews with ACC president Peggy Ballard, vice president, strategic communications, Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company and Cindy McConkey, 2007 Beacon Awards co-chair and senior vice president, communications, Scripps Networks.

Photographs from both events have also recently been added to the site.  Electronic files are available upon request. To receive electronic files, please contact ACC at  Additionally, the page includes instructions for ordering prints of photos taken during the events.  Follow this link to see the FORUM and Beacon photo gallery.

For more information on FORUM, the Beacon Awards, or upcoming ACC events, please visit  
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 Congratulations, Glenn Britt!

Congratulations to ACC Board of Advisor member Glenn Britt, chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable, Inc., for his inclusion in The Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2007.  Britt and the five other honorees will be recognized at the Cable Hall of Fame Celebration during Cable Days, two days of industry events to honor the cable telecommunications industry in Denver, Colorado, from October 10-11 of this year. 

The honorees were chosen based on their exceptional and ground-breaking work in the cable industry, and for their continued dedication to the advancement of the industry's ideals and objectives.  The 2007 Cable Hall of Fame selection committee was chaired by Geraldine Laybourne, chairman and CEO of Oxygen Media and a 2004 inductee.  Since 1998, 59 men and women have been honored as members of the Cable Hall of Fame. 

For more information about the Hall of Fame Class of 2007, contact Joanne Dant at 303-346-5527 or  
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 Thank You, Corporate Members!

Join and support ACC by becoming a 2007 corporate member. For information on how your organization can join ACC as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or at 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Cox Communications
ESPN Media Networks
MTV Networks
NBC Universal Cable
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
Smithsonian Networks
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
AZN Television
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gospel Music Channel
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Oxygen Media
Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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