The Cable Center’s president and CEO Larry Satkowiak.

The Cable Center’s Larry Satkowiak

While the annual Cable Pioneers dinner is known for many things, breaking news isn’t one of them. Yet the packed house at Monday’s 48th annual soiree at the stately Biltmore Hotel witnessed an unannounced occurrence; earlier the Pioneers board voted to make The Cable Center chief Larry Satkowiak an honorary Pioneer.

Satkowiak became only the 4th person so honored. The move was not only a complete surprise to Satkowiak, it wasn’t even printed in the evening’s program. Actually, Satkowiak made other news Monday, announcing that The Cable Center board had charged The Center with initiating new projects, including “Cable Today and Tomorrow,” a series of interviews with luminaries looking at cable’s present and projecting its future; “The Cable History Project,” which will issue a 16-20-page publication about cable’s history this summer, eventually a 200-300-page book and later a documentary. TCC executives Diane Christman and Jana Henthorn will direct the projects.

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