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Contact: Lynn Stewart or Abbey Broussard, Centenary News Service,
Brian Lamb, Chairman and CEO of C-SPAN, to Address Centenary
College Graduates May 5 in Gold Dome
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Brian P. Lamb, chairman and chief executive officer
of C-SPAN, will address Centenary College graduates during commencement
exercises at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5 in the Gold Dome.
Lamb helped found C-SPAN, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, and has served as the company's CEO since its beginnings.
The concept of a public affairs network that provides in-depth coverage
of national and international issues was a natural for Lamb, who has been
both a journalist and a political press secretary.
Raised in Lafayette, Ind., he became interested in broadcasting during
childhood. He worked at Indiana radio and TV stations while attending
high school and college, spinning records, selling ads, and eventually
hosting the locally popular Dance Date television program.
After graduating from Purdue University, Lamb joined the Navy.
His tour included White House duty and a stint in the Pentagon Public Affairs
Office. In 1967, he returned home to Lafayette and its local television
station. Lamb soon returned to Washington where he worked as a freelance
reporter for UPI Audio, as a Senate press secretary and as a White House
telecommunications policy staffer.
In 1974, Lamb began publishing a biweekly newsletter called The Media
Report. He also covered communication issues as Washington bureau
chief for CableVision magazine. It was from this vantage point
that the idea of a public affairs network delivered by satellite began
to take shape.
By 1977, Lamb had won the support of key cable industry executives for
a channel that could deliver gavel-to-gavel coverage of the U.S. Congress.
Organizing C-SPAN as a not-for-profit company, the group built one of D.C.'s
first satellite up-links by March 1979, just in time to deliver the first
televised session of the U.S. House of Representatives to 3.5 million cable
With cable industry support, C-SPAN grew rapidly from a part-time video
programming service. Today, C-SPAN employs 275 people, offers two
24-hour video channels, C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2, plus a 50,000-watt radio station--WCSP-FM--which
serves the Washington / Baltimore area. Still known best for live,
gavel-to-gavel coverage of the U.S. Congress, each C-SPAN service provides
unique public affairs programming on a wide range of news and public policy
issues. Nearly 80 million households can tune in C-SPAN's flagship
Lamb currently resides in Arlington, Va., and is one of C-SPAN's on-air
hosts. At commencement, he will speak to about 200 graduates and
an audience of about 2,000.
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