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February 1, 2006
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John Salley to Host The Best Damn Beacon Awards™ Ceremony Period

Washington, DC — Today the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) announced John Salley, TV and radio personality and co-host of FSN’s Best Damn Sports Show Period, will be the master of ceremonies for the 2006 Beacon Awards™ Ceremony on Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Beacon Awards are cable’s highest award for public affairs excellence, and the ceremony will be a high point of CTPAA’s FORUM 2006, March 19-22.

“Salley is the only person in NBA history to win world titles for three different teams as a player,” Steve Jones, executive director of CTPAA, said, “and he’ll bring a touch of that winning attitude to the 2006 Beacon Awards Ceremony.”

John Salley is appearing courtesy of Fox Cable Networks and FSN. He helped lead the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back World Championships in 1989 and 1990, was a defensive specialist for the Chicago Bulls 1996 championship team, and came out of retirement to play for the 1999 champion Los Angeles Lakers. Salley joined FSN in the fall of 2001 as a contributor on the Best Damn Sports Show Period before later becoming a full-time co-host.

Salley, no stranger to television, co-starred in NBC’s “Come To Papa” and starred in “Salley’s Alley” and “Showtime at Halftime,” both also for NBC. He’s appeared in several other television shows and movies. Most recently, Salley hosted “BET Live” for 86 episodes and serves as the host of the Los Angeles morning radio show, “The John Salley Block Party” on 100.3 The Beat, KKBT-FM.

During the Beacon Awards Ceremony, CTPAA will honor the best work by MSOs, cable systems, programming networks, cable associations and technology providers in cable public affairs.

FORUM is the cable industry's annual educational event dedicated to the issues facing public affairs professionals, and this year’s conference theme is “Cable at the Crossroads: Shaping Change in a Competitive World.”

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CTPAA is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry's public affairs professionals. Its mission is to develop and promote public affairs excellence to help achieve industry, corporate and social goals. A strong advocate of the public affairs professional's participation in all aspects of corporate decision-making processes, CTPAA works to enhance each member's status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on CTPAA, go to


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