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Distant Signals Hardcover – January 1, 1999

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About the Author

Thomas P. Southwick has over 20 years of leadership experience in the cable and television industry. From 1981-1988 he served as managing editor of Multichannel News, the weekly newspaper for the cable television industry. In 1988, in partnership with Paul Kagan Associates, he founed Cable World magazine, serving as its publisher until it was purchased in 1994 by Cowles Business Media. Currently Southwick is a special correspondent for Cable World.

Mr. Southwick graduated in 1971 with an honors degree in history from Harvard College where he served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Crimson. He worked on the McGovern for President campaign in 1971 and 1972 and for the Berkshire Eagle newspaper in Pittsfield, Mass. He also worked for the Griffin-Larrabee new bureau in Washington, DC, and for Congressional Quarterly magazine. From 1977-1980, he served as press secretary to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) and to the Kennedy for President campaign.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Primedia Publishing (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872887022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872887022
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tom Southwick lives on the island of Kauai with his wife, Christena. A 1971 graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in Modern European History, he served as executive editor of The Harvard Crimson. Following graduation he worked for the McGovern for President Campaign and later as a journalist in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. From 1977 through 1980 he held the post of press secretary for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in his Washington Senate office and his presidential campaign. After serving as editor of the cable industry trade publication Multichannel News, Southwick launched his own cable magazine, Cable World, in 1988 and sold it in 1994 to a unit of Cowles Publishing. From 2003 to 2012 he served as Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Government Relations for Starz Entertainment Group, a premium television network and programming producer based in Denver. He retired in 2010. He has two children, Grant and Caitlin, who live in Denver and Florence, Italy, respectively

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am new to the cable television industry and this book is just what I needed to fit in. Yes, it covers some of the key technologies in simple to understand terms. More important, it covers the key events in the industry that I could learn about from other books. If you are new to the cable television industry or just want to learn more about the cable industry, this book is great.
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