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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Austin History Center

Texas Cable Network Collection

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Cable Network
Title: Texas Cable Network Collection
Dates: 1985, 1986
Abstract: The Texas Cable Network (TCN) was a cable programming service producing 20 hours a week of original programming during the period of March 1983 through October 1986. The collection mainly consists of 13 U-matic 3/4" videotapes with examples of some of the shows produced by TCN. There are some documents related to the marketing and promotion of the TCN brand.
Accession number: AR.2012.014
Quantity: 1 linear foot (1 Box)
Location: A/V Stacks Room G-22, Row 11, Bay 1
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Contents

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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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Jackson, Chuck.
Smith, Robert.
Young, Jerry.
Austin, Debra.
Bass, Rebecca.
Beck, Malcolm.
Blake, Brian.
Broussard, Bobby.
Buffin, Chris
Burke, Joe.
Burks, George.
Campa, Dennis.
Colburn, Steve.
Conner, Jimmy.
Coughlan, Michael.
Crum, Jack.
Crunk, Joe Dell.
de Luna, Fernando.
DeMoss, Molly Gartner.
Dromgoole, John.
Farah, Helen.
Flitter, Carolyn.
Forbes, Clyde.
Frier, Billy.
Godinez, Adrian.
Guy, Steve.
Hinds, Dave.
Hinds, Kate.
Howard, George.
Hutson, Lucinda.
Keel, Patrick.
King, Larry.
Krueger, Elroy.
Lawson, Jack.
Livia.
Masters, Marshall.
McMullem, Terry.
Morris, Chip.
Parant, Jean-Pierre.
Parker, Roger.
Plummer, Charles.
Reinartz, Paul.
Rhoades, Steve.
Ritz, Pam.
Robertson, Brent.
Russkey, Tim.
Rycaj, Jerry.
Shadrick, Dennie.
Shelly, Ron.
Steinbomer, Robert.
Stuart, David.
Taylor, Tom.
Vitone, Joe.
Warren, Alan.
Westlund, Burford.
Subjects (Organizations)
Sony Corporation of America.
Texas Instruments Incorporated.
Hobie.
American Exotica.
Academy house.
Kate’s restaurant.
Texas Music Network.
Oak Hill Native Plant Nursery.
Dallas boat show.
Subjects
Cable television.
Cable television – Access.
Television programs – Marketing.
Television broadcasting – Marketing.
Cable television – Marketing.
Television commercials.
Television programs.
Television broadcasting.>
Fishing.
Computers.
Computer software.
Computer graphics.
Gardening.
Landscape gardening.
Boats and boating.
Fishing boats.
Motorboats.
Boatbuilding.
Quarter horse.
Tennis.
Tennis players.
Audio-visual equipment.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Dallas (Tex.)
Document Types
Videocassettes.
Marketing.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.).

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Tapes were donated by a former employee of the Texas Cable Network

Preferred Citation

Texas Cable Network Video Collection (AR.2012.014). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2012/027

Donation Date: 02/04/2012

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Tim Hamblin and encoded by Danica Galbraith in 2012. Revised by Afsheen Nomai March, 2020.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Digital access copies of the video tapes in this collection are available on a dedicated workstation in the Austin History Center Reading Room.

Box Tape
1 001 Portfolio; Online, (U-matic). 1986
002 Down to Earth, (U-matic). 1985
003 Hobie Power Project, (U-matic). Undated
004 Sesquicentennial, (U-matic). 1986
005 TCN Christmas Tape, (U-matic). 1985
006 Ask Livia Live!, (U-matic). 1992
007 Livia Live! Open and Close, (U-matic). 1992
008 Texas Quarter Horse Weekly, (U-matic). 1986
009 Online, (U-matic). 1986
010 Lone Star Tennis Promo/Show Preview, (U-matic). 1985
011 Computer Fair #2, (U-matic). 1985
012 Vital Signs/TCN Tag Video, (U-matic). Undated
013 TCN Sales Demo, (U-matic). 1986

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