Rob Kennedy, C-Span

It’s evident that Kennedy and Swain have left a lasting impression on their audience and colleagues during their more than 30 years at C-SPAN. When word broke of their retirements this year, a flood of commendations and well wishes followed. The duo has steadfastly adhered to C-SPAN’s mission while expanding its digital initiatives, increasing product licensing and launching advertising on its digital platforms. Swain and Kennedy have paved the way for their successor, establishing a sturdy foundation for the public affairs network as it marked its 45th anniversary in March.

Was Charter’s Disney deal precedent setting? Yes. It was a welcome marriage of streaming and linear. Hopefully, it lasts a long time…

Which industry executive do you wish was running for president and why? Brian Lamb. Down the middle and no BS. (OK, I’m biased.)

Business speak phrase or buzzword I find most annoying: “Efforting”

Biggest takeaway from the Hollywood strikes? There is lots of good “library” content out there!

What celebrity would you hire for your company and why? Celebrities + C-SPAN = Oxymoron

The last thing A.I. got wrong was… Not sure, but HAL 9000 was the first…

What’s your position on Stanley cups (not the NHL kind)? smh

What emerging industry trend are you most excited by and why? Video delivery via app instead of STB. The Spectrum app is superb!

Do you personally still have a traditional cable video package? YES

TV series everyone should binge: “The Greatest Night in Pop” is pretty wonderful. Just 97 minutes, too!

If you were a social media influencer, what product would you peddle? This would never happen 🙂

Book, movie or TV series that greatly influenced my leadership style: “Undercover Boss”

Favorite way to destress? Get outside; go for a run.

Fast food guilty pleasure: Taco Bell tacos (Crunchy!)

Summer Olympics event you most want to see in person? The marathon.

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