C-SPAN media contact: Doug Hemmig,
"50 CAPITALS TOUR" BRINGS C-SPAN BUS TO DENVER ON MAY 1
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CABLE CENTER
DENVER, April 24, 2018 – C-SPAN’s state-of-the-art 45-foot customized motor coach is traveling to Denver on April 30 to May 1 as part of C-SPAN’s "50 Capitals Tour." Partnering with Comcast to engage teachers, students, community members, and elected officials through interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN's multi-platform public service resources, the C-SPAN Bus will welcome visitors at events over two days. On April 30, parked outside the Colorado State Capitol Building, C-SPAN will host Governor John Hickenlooper aboard the Bus for a live interview for our signature morning call-in program, Washington Journal. On May 1, parked outside The Cable Center, C-SPAN will host and welcome University of Denver students, faculty and staff, and the local Denver community aboard the bus for a tour and other educational activities.
To launch its newly built Bus, C-SPAN embarked on a "50 Capitals Tour" in September 2017 and is heading to every U.S. state capital, culminating in November 2018 for the 25th anniversary of the Bus program. Throughout this 14-month tour, the C-SPAN Bus will open its doors at each state capitol to welcome visitors. C-SPAN Representatives will also gather video responses from visitors as part of its "Voices from the States" – an opportunity for visitors to share viewpoints on state issues and what they think Washington leaders should do to address local concerns.
The high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes these resources:
• Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources
• A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
• A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
• A 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN's unfiltered coverage of high-profile events and insightful, behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. landmarks
• A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their Bus experiences through social media
Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN's cable and satellite providers for local interactions through visits to schools and community events. Visitors to the Bus will engage with the C-SPAN Bus crew and the onboard interactive tools to learn about the unique public service television network, C-SPAN's online presence and C-SPAN Classroom's comprehensive educational resources. Bus visitors will learn about C-SPAN's unique non-commercial, editorially-balanced, non-biased coverage of public affairs and political events and the cable industry's commitment to funding its operations.
"The Cable Center is thrilled that C-SPAN is continuing their long tradition of visiting communities across America sharing their political and educational resources. We're particularly proud to partner with C-SPAN along their '50 Capitals Tour' featuring Colorado and the issues we find most important,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO of The Cable Center.
EVENTS (press invited):
MONDAY, APRIL 30
7:30 AM Colorado State Capitol Building visit; taped interview with the Governor aboard the Bus.
8:30 – 9:30 AM Open Bus at the Capitol
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO
TUESDAY, MAY 1
12:00 – 2:00 PM Open Bus and cookout at The Cable Center
2000 Buchtel Boulevard, Denver, CO
While on the "50 Capitals Tour" the C-SPAN Bus will visit local schools in each state. Students and teachers will learn about C-SPAN Classroom, a free online educational resource, and C-SPAN's extensive online Video Library. C-SPAN has archived its programming since 1987 and now contains more than 235,000 hours of searchable public affairs content for viewing, research, and education purposes.
In Denver, C-SPAN programming is provided by Comcast as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 98; C-SPAN2 on channel 170; and C-SPAN3 on channel 169, and on the web at C-SPAN.org. All funding for C-SPAN operations, including Bus visits, is provided by cable and satellite providers.
Media can access photos and videos of the new C-SPAN Bus online here for reporting purposes. Fans can follow the adventures of the C-SPAN Bus on Twitter and Instagram @cspanbus, and online at C-SPAN.org/community.
About C‐SPAN: Created by the cable TV industry in 1979 and now in nearly 100 million TV households, C‐SPAN programs three public affairs television networks; C‐ SPAN Radio, heard in Washington D.C., at 90.1 FM and available as an App; and C-SPAN.org, a video‐rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‐SPAN programming. C-SPAN established the C-SPAN Bus community outreach program on Nov. 2, 1993.
About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship, connecting people and ideas to advance innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.