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8. City News Releases 2017

Posted on: November 4, 2017

C-SPAN reveals Springfield history and highlights authors during week-long visit


The Honorable Mayor Ken McClure and Mediacom will welcome C-SPAN to Springfield on Monday, November 6, to kick-off a week-long visit to record the city’s history and non-fiction literary life for programs to be produced and televised on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).

In conjunction with its cable partner, Mediacom, C-SPAN announced the selection of Springfield as its featured city for a program series that provides the networks’ national audience with an up-close look at mid-sized cities across America. C-SPAN video journalists will be in Springfield November 5-9.

During Monday’s kick-off reception in the Gallery of the historic Gillioz Theatre, C-SPAN producers will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored by the national network. During their time in Springfield, C-SPAN producers will visit various literary and historic sites, interview local historians and non-fiction authors and conduct educational and community outreach in the area.

Local segments recorded during next week’s visit will air on BookTV (on C-SPAN2; Mediacom ch. 87 or 82-21) and American History TV (on C-SPAN3; Mediacom ch. 88 or 82-13) on January 6-7 during a special Springfield weekend as the featured programming of the series, C-SPAN Cities Tour.

WHAT:  Kick-off Reception hosted by Mediacom, Official welcome by Springfield City Mayor

WHEN:  Monday, November 6, 2017, 5-6:30 pm With remarks and program announcement at 5:30 pm

WHERE: The Gallery in the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, Springfield, Missouri 65806

REMARKS:  The Honorable Mayor Ken McClure

                        Steve Bennett, Mediacom Senior Director for Area Operations

                        Debbie Lamb, Coordinating Producer, C-SPAN Cities Tour

Guests attending reception are encouraged to RSVP to:  [email protected]

  • Media welcome on shoot locations. C-SPAN producers available for in-studio and on-location interviews during Cities Tour itinerary in Springfield.



C-SPAN’s 2017 Cities Tour takes Book TV and American History TV on the road. BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and American History TV (on C-SPAN3) are featuring the literary life and history of each of these selected cities during special weekends on the public affairs network.



The programs C-SPAN produces in Springfield will air throughout a Springfield special feature weekend January 6-7--literary programming on Book TV (on C-SPAN2, Mediacom channel 87 or 82-21) and history programming on American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Mediacom channel 88 or 82-13). C-SPAN is available in Springfield on Mediacom channel 97 or 82-3.

For more information, visit the C-SPAN Cities Tour website and follow the program on Twitter @CSPANCities.


City of Springfield Contact:

Cora Scott

Director, Public Information & Civic Engagement

Office: 417-864-1009 | Cell 417-380-3352

Email:  [email protected]

Mediacom Contact:

Phyllis Peters

Director, Communications & Community Relations

Cell: 515-707-7148

C-SPAN Contact:

Debbie Lamb, Coordinating Producer (on-site in Springfield)

765-426-4452 [email protected]


Robin Newton, Media Relations

202-626-8910 [email protected]



About Mediacom Communications

Mediacom Communications Corporation is the 5th largest cable operator in the U.S. serving over 1.3 million customers in smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Mediacom offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services to households and businesses, including video, high-speed data, phone, and home security and automation. Through Mediacom Business, the company provides innovative broadband solutions to commercial and public sector customers of all sizes, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at


About C-SPAN:  Created by the cable TV industry and now in 100 million TV households, C-SPAN programs three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C- SPAN Radio, heard in Washington DC and nationwide via XM Satellite Radio; and a video-rich website which hosts the C-SPAN Video Library. Visit

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