Release Date: September 26, 2007
C-SPAN CEO to Visit Angelo State
Brian Lamb, network chairman and CEO of the C-SPAN cable network will deliver a pair of public information sessions at Angelo State University Oct. 9-10 in the Houston Harte University Center.
During his two appearances, Lamb will focus primarily on politics and the news media, with an emphasis on how viewers and listeners can become more discerning observers and more informed participants in the voting process. The sessions will run from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, and from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Both sessions are open free to the public.
Also the founder of C-SPAN, Lamb has been at the helm of the public affairs channel since he helped the cable industry launch it in 1979. Today, C-SPAN employs 265 people and delivers public affairs programming on three television channels to most of the nation’s cable and satellite customers; globally to internet users via C-SPAN.org and nine other internet sites; and to radio listeners through C-SPAN radio, an FM station in Washington that is also heard on the XM and Sirius satellite services.
Still a regular on-air presence at C-SPAN, Lamb has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton and world leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. Once a week, he hosts “Washington Journal,” C-SPAN’s morning political call-in program, and moderates “Q and A,” the network’s Sunday night interview program.
A native of Lafayette, Ind., Lamb began his broadcasting career at local radio and TV stations as a DJ, salesman and, eventually, the host of his own TV program. After graduating from Purdue University, he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Thuban, at the White House during the Johnson administration and at the Pentagon during the Vietnam War.
After leaving the Navy, Lamb worked as a freelance reporter for UPI radio, a U.S. Senate press secretary, and in the White House Office of Telecommunications. He also served as Washington bureau chief for Cablevision magazine, where his vision for C-SPAN began to take shape.
It was also during his time at Cablevision that Lamb met now-San Angelo businessman Ken Gunter. Gunter was a key financial backer in the creation of C-SPAN and is sponsoring Lamb’s ASU appearances along with his wife, Brenda Gunter, and San Angelo Mayor J.W. Lown.