C-SPAN bus coming to Craig
September 19, 2001
By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
C-SPAN, the cable network that is famous for its comprehensive coverage of the political processes that help run our country, is making a tour stop in Craig as part of its C-SPAN School Bus program.
The program was launched in 1993 to bring the world of public affairs to communities throughout the nation.
There are two buses now touring. A second one was added in 1996 in response to all the appearance requests from schools and cable affiliates.
While in Craig, the C-SPAN School Bus will visit the Craig Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, and then be in the Centennial Mall parking lot from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Fifteen minute tours of the bus will be given, which will cover television production equipment and demonstrations, an overview of the public affairs programming offered by C-SPAN, and the value of using C-SPAN programming and educational materials in the classroom.
The C-SPAN School Bus is stopping off in Craig at the behest of AT&T Broadband. The original visit was scheduled to be longer, but the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. forced scheduling adjustments.
“This is something we’ve been trying to bring here for a while, and hopefully we’ll bring it back again soon,” said Barta Kawcak, marketing coordinator for AT&T Broadband. “We’ve been trying to bring the bus here since we installed our new cable last year. The bus shows exactly what they do behind the scenes it lets everybody see what’s going on.”
The program given at Craig Middle School will also feature history, science and media science, Kawcak said.
“We’ve wanted to bring this bus here and hopefully it’s something people will come out and support,” she said.
The bus is a 45-foot mobile television production studio and media demonstration center that carries three television cameras, an eight channel audio board, an RTS communication unit, three 20″ color television monitors, two VHS machines, two MII playback/recording machines, two laser disk players and two IBM computers.
The traveling production crew covers public affairs events in communities and produces special programs featuring sites of political, historical or social significance. These Bus Vignettes air regularly in C-SPAN and include short features on museums, historical sites, bookstores, libraries and national parks across the United States.
“Basically, we’re working with AT&T for this stop; they choose the school and the mall as our stops. We’ll be doing the educational tours, but we won’t be doing any filming in Craig,” said Monica Murphy, spokesperson for C-SPAN.
“As part of our tour, we’ll be talking about the American writers series we’re doing now,” she said. “C-SPAN is looking at American history and influential American writers of their times. We started in March, and we’ll be finishing in December with Vietnam War writers.”