I'm up bright and early today as the 2009 Cable Show is getting ready to open today in Washington, DC. I arrived yesterday to start my duties as this year's Convention Co-Chair, along with Johnathan Rodgers, the CEO of TV One. We participated in a very successful "Cable Cares" event at the Hart Middle School where a truckload of food was donated for DC families in need. The highlight for the kids was a fabulous concert starring Robert Randolph and the Family Band, sponsored by The Gospel Music Channel.
Jonathan and I got some Segway experience as we prepared for our welcoming introduction at the opening session today at 1:45 pm and we'll cut the ribbon to this year's terrific exhibition hall at 3. The buzz about the displays is all about Broadband Nation, a presentation of the many advanced services that today's cable industry provides to communities large and small. I hear there's a high def 3-D demo of the band U-2 that dazzles the senses. I definitely intend to sneak a peak.
Last night, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a candid assessment of his agenda as the incoming Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet to cable's Key Contacts members, our grassroots lobbying organization.
Today, before the official opening, Comcast's David Cohen, Johnathan and I will cut the ribbon opening a brand new media center that is being provided by Cable Cares and Comcast to the Truesdell Educational Campus. Then some meetings, a public policy luncheon, followed by the opening general session and the exhibit hall ribbon cutting. Finally, a long day will end at the Cable Pioneers dinner tonight where I will introduce the new chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA).
I'll be up early tomorrow morning to report on some of the events of today and to tell you about some of the neat things on display and being discussed.