I’m an official member of the press at the NCTA’s “The Cable Show.” Whoot! Whoot! I am in my element and I’m all smiles. It feels so great to back with all my friends again…I’ve spent over 15 years with some of these folks and I haven’t seen them for over two years. It is absolutely wonderful.
Already I’ve bumped into and hugged Kent Gibbons and Tom Umstead of Multichannel News, John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Seth Arenstein of CableFax and all my dear NCTA Public Affairs Staff colleagues Rob Stoddard, Pam Ford, Eric Thomas and Christina Anderson. The press room is quiet, but we’re all in festive moods and ready for the Show to begin. So Bring It!
I’m excited about the slate of celebrities that will be gracing the exhibit floor, of course, in addition to the top executives who will be present. Tomorrow, I hope to get a glimpse of Gold Medal Olympian Shaun White who’s here on behalf of KarmaLoop TV (?) and Wednesday – that day is action packed with the likes of my favorite MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews; Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Showtime’s Justin Kirk from “Weeds,” and then there’s the Fox Sports NFL guys – Aikman, Bradshaw, Johnson and Long. I’m also excited about Joe Buck being here. He and I worked together his first couple of years at Fox and it would be nice to re-connect and get his autograph.
Speaking of celebs, the person who inspired me to try my hand at social media and produce video content will be here moderating a session – Daisy Whitney of New Media Minute. I can hardly wait to see her again. She rocks the media world!
I was able to conduct my first interview today with the folks promoting the CIO Track at the NCTA. This part of the organization is rapidly expanding as the IT and cable worlds continue to converge. So watch below for the latest in this area with Christina Anderson, NCTA’s Senior Director of Web Strategy and Michelle Manire, President of Manire – a trend-setting thought-leading communications firm. Together they produced one of the best giveaway items I’ve seen at the Show.
Off to the Media Welcome Reception and other night life!