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Texas Cable Network Collection
An Inventory of the Collection
The Texas Cable Network (TCN) was an Austin, Texas based television network that provided Texas related programming to multiple television markets in the state. Founded by Paul Smolen, TCN programming first went on the air in in Austin in March, 1983 on cable channel 15. Fifteen more markets were added to TCN’s distribution network by 1985. Texas Cable Network programming was focused on the state and made a point to visit, showcase, or otherwise promote cities, businesses and events from across Texas. The network produced 20 hours of programming each week, reaching an estimated 4 million households throughout Texas. Programs distributed by TCN included: Down to Earth (a Texas focused gardening and landscaping show), Filmscape (classic movies with commentary from Southern Methodist University professor Dr. Bill Jones), Fishing Texas, Lone Star Tennis, Online (focused on the latest in audiovisual and computer technologies), Outdoor Odyssey (outdoor activity opportunities in Texas), Portfolio (a Texas focused lifestyle show), Quarter horse Weekly (produced in cooperation with the Texas Quarter Horse Association), and Texas All Star Wrestling (not to be confused with the wrestling organization founded in 1994). Texas Cable Network ceased operation in October, 1986.
This collection consists of video tapes and documents relating to Texas Cable Network (TCN) programming. The recordings include local commercials, episodes from various series (Fishing in Texas, Portfolio, Online, and Down to Earth) that have an Austin connection, promotional spots for these and other TCN series (Two Mile Workout, Cinematractions, Lone Star Tennis, Outdoor Odyssey, Quarter Horse Weekly) and raw footage for some of these programs. There is a promotional folder containing documents from TCN that includes marketing and viewership information, newspaper and magazine clippings, show listings and program information.
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Digital video access copies of the tapes in this collection are available at the Austin History Center Reading Room on the Digital Workstation.
The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
Tapes were donated by a former employee of the Texas Cable Network
Texas Cable Network Video Collection (AR.2012.014). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2012/027
Donation Date: 02/04/2012
Finding aid created by Tim Hamblin and encoded by Danica Galbraith in 2012. Revised by Afsheen Nomai March, 2020.
Digital access copies of the video tapes in this collection are available on a dedicated workstation in the Austin History Center Reading Room.