Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

December 16, 2011 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:

Food Network, Share Our Strength and Whole Foods Begin Holiday Food Drive

Judges from Food Network’s Chopped, and representatives of Whole Foods Market and Share Our Strength appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday, December 6 with members of the Congressional Hunger Caucus to announce a food drive for Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia and to help raise awareness of childhood hunger in America. Through this food drive, Food Network will deliver 90,000 meals in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas and 45,000 more in the Philadelphia area by Christmas. Food Network and Whole Foods Market are partners in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

Following the announcement, chefs Marc Murphy and Amanda Freitag, judges on Food Network’s Chopped, visited a local Whole Foods Market store in Washington, D.C., to purchase nutritious pantry items and fresh foods to be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. A Food Network truck visited six more Washington, DC, area Whole Food Markets to collect donations during the holiday season.

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WWE, USA Network and NBC Sponsor a Holiday Tribute to the Troops

WWE, USA Network and NBC honored the men and women of the United States Armed Forces with the ninth annual holiday special, “WWE Tribute to the Troops”. The program aired as a two-hour special on USA Network on Tuesday, December 13 and will air as a one-hour special on NBC on Saturday, December 17.

In the grand tradition of Bob Hope, the patriotic holiday special featured performances by Grammy award winning R&B sensation Mary J. Blige, multi-platinum rock band Nickelback, comedian George Wallace, and WWE’s biggest Superstars and Divas for thousands of Fort Bragg military personnel and their families at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC. Miss USA 2011, Alyssa Campanella, made appearances along with Extra’s Maria Menounos, who laced up her boots and stepped into the ring for a special Diva’s match. The special also included messages of encouragement and thanks from various celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Jackman, The Muppets, Robin Williams, Bradley Cooper and Nicole Kidman, among others.

In keeping with the spirit of “WWE Tribute to the Troops” and bringing a little piece of Americana to our service men and women overseas, the special chronicled WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and Superstars Kofi Kingston, Brie Bella and Nikki Bella’s goodwill visit to our troops in Afghanistan, as well as WWE Superstars and Divas visit with the troops and families of Fort Bragg. WWE is proud to partner with the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs, to expand entertainment and outreach efforts to soldiers and their families around the world.

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Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Awarded 2011 All-Star Teacher with $20,000 for his School

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area named Robert “Corky” Black of Oak Grove High School in San Jose as the winner of the 2011 All-Star Teacher Award and presented him a $20,000 check for his school. This year, Comcast SportsNet teamed with Provident Credit Union to increase the grand prize for the winning teacher’s school, up from $10,000 in past years. Each All-Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive $2,000 for his/her school.

During an on-field ceremony prior to a San Francisco Giants/Cincinnati Reds game at AT&T Park, Ted Griggs, vice president and general manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Heidi Parks, Provident Credit Union vice president of marketing; Rachelle Chong, Comcast California regional vice president of government affairs; and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt presented Black the $20,000 check.

The All-Star Teacher Award was created to recognize middle and high school teachers in Northern California who go above and beyond to inspire their students and community. An esteemed panel of community leaders selected five finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment, Excellence in Teaching, Rapport with Students, and Level of Distinction. This year’s five finalists were Robert “Corky” Black of Oak Grove High School (San Jose, CA); Stefanie Blanco of James Lick High School (San Jose, CA); Victor Doan of San Leandro High School (San Leandro, CA); Ken Klieman of Bowditch Middle School (Foster City, CA); and Tony Manno of Alameda High School (Alameda, CA). Members of the public voted for the All-Star Teacher finalists online at and

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Get Further Connected to Your Fellow Cable Communicators via the New ACC Online Member Directory & Community

The new ACC Online Member Directory & Community was activated in late November and is available to all members as a new member benefit. The online community’s key features enable all members to create an enhanced individual profile to help build stronger bonds with other cable communicators and facilitate the exchange of best practices or other cable industry related information, and the search functions make it easier to get connected with fellow members. Now members may upload professional and personal information easily and search a variety of data points, add a picture, or link to social networks and blogs.

How Do You Access The New ACC Online Member Directory & Community?

You must be logged into the members-only area of to access the new ACC Online Member Directory & Community, and you can log in through the member log in box in the left-hand corner of any page of the ACC Web site. Typically, your username is your work email address, and the password is your last name all in lowercase letters. Please contact ACC at 202-222-2370 or email if you need login assistance.

How Can You Make Yourself Shine in the New ACC Online Member Directory & Community?

Your profile is fully customizable with social media accounts, additional biographical information, background, expertise and other attributes. You can also post updates and photos to your wall and join groups within the ACC directory & community.

The editing features of the New ACC Online Member Directory & Community include:

Profile Home brings you to your own profile and shows how it is displayed to everyone else who logs in to this new directory/community.

Manage Profile is what you would click on to make edits to your information and to add more information.

Groups display what groups ACC may have already enrolled you in. Currently, we have two types of groups - ACC Mentor Program and Institute Alumni from 2011, 2010 and 2009. There is information and opportunities to exchange information within each group, and ACC plans to introduce more groups in 2012.

Networks is where you would add other social media networks to your profile. For example, ACC staff member Michelle Butler added links to her LinkedIn, facebook, twitter and wordpress (blog) accounts. There are many other choices as well.

Messages connects you to the internal messaging system in this new community (think messaging in LinkedIn and/or Facebook)

Connections allows you to "connect" (similar to friend in Facebook) with fellow members.

One of the core missions of ACC is to bring cable communicators together, and the new ACC Online Directory & Community will make it easier for you to network with your peers. We want this new feature to serve your needs, so please send any comments or questions to Michelle Butler at or 202-222-2372 or Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.

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Editor’s Note

Due to the holidays, the next CPR Facts will be published on Friday, January 6. Happy New Year!

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Thank You, Corporate Members!

Support ACC by becoming a corporate member! For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2012 corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A+E Networks
AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cox Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Communications
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Minnesota Cable Communications Association
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Texas Cable Association

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