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C-SPAN to feature Columbus in weekend programming, March 21-22

Posted March 20, 2015    

 Mediacom and our local employees were proud to bring to Columbus the video cameras and expertise of a C-SPAN journalism team that captured many wonderful segments to cast a spotlight on significant aspects of history and authors of greater Columbus. 

Now we want to encourage you to tune-in and watch the special features to be televised nationally this weekend. You may want to set your DVR, and also spread the word to your family and friends living anywhere in the U.S. and using a subscription television service where these public service networks are carried. The summary details appear below.
The history of Columbus is filled with influential events and remarkable people, and a selection of those events and people will be presented to a national television audience this weekend as C-SPAN televises is Columbus, Georgia weekend March 21-22.
Coverage begins on Saturday at 12:00 pm (noon) when Book TV, shown on C-SPAN2, will feature a series of Columbus authors who have written about local history and interesting people whose actions altered the course of history or left a lasting impact.  A second series of programs will air on Sunday beginning at 2:00 pm on C-SPAN3 as part “American History TV” (AHTV).  Both networks, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 are commercial-free, public affairs channels founded and supported by the cable television industry as a public service.
C-SPAN journalists chose Columbus as one of the American cities to be given a spotlight with features that present slices of the historical and literary life of Georgia’s second-largest city. As C-SPAN’s local cable television partner, Mediacom hosted the city visit February 26 – March 4 and C-SPAN video journalists visited numerous museums and interviewed authors and historians to explore the unique history and literary cultures of Columbus.
Mediacom carries C-SPAN2 as channel 87 (or 1-226) and C-SPAN3 as channel 88 (or 1-227). The networks also are available on other subscription television services. Following the initial telecasts on March 21-22, viewers can watch the Columbus features online at the community section of C-SPAN’s website:
Program features include an up-close look at The Columbus Museum exhibit, “Troublemakers and Trailblazers,” as well as a session with museum curator Rebecca Bust who takes viewers on a tour of the Chattahoochee Legacy as she relays the history of the area from its earliest residents, thorough the growth of Columbus’ textile industry. Other history segments take a look at the military’s presence through several eras; and the BookTV programming explores the work and subjects of four local authors.  A complete program summary is listed below. 


TELEVISION SUMMARY:  when and where to watch 

 Saturday, March 21 – 12:00 pm  (NOON) – C-SPAN2 for BookTV Features

 Sunday, March 22 – 2:00 pm – C-SPAN3 for American History TV (AHTV)

BOOK TV FEATURES – C-SPAN2, Mediacom ch. 87 (or 1-226)

* Learn about “Red Clay, White Water, and Blues: The History of Columbus, Georgia" from author Virginia Causey. Hear about the development of Columbus as a trade city, its role in the Civil War, women’s suffrage and the Civil Rights movement. 

* Hear John Ellisor, author of the “The Second Creek War: Interethnic Conflict and Collusion on a Collapsing Frontier” talk about the conflict that arose when the federal government attempted to move the Creek Indians from their land to make it available for cotton farming.

* Learn about the life and career of General Walter Beddell Smith from Dan Croswell, author of the “Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith”.

* Visit The Columbus Museum “Troublemakers and Trailblazers” exhibit. Learn about the life and career of American author and playwright, Carson McCullers from curator Rebecca Bush.  McCullers was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1917 and went on to write several novels and plays inspired by her life in Columbus. 

* Hear military historian and author Dan Crosswell, recount the life and career of Col. Richard R. Hallock. Col. Hallock played an integral role in transitioning the U.S. Army from using the M-14 as the primary service rifle to the M-16 during the Vietnam War. Crosswell’s book on Col. Richard R. Hallock is forthcoming.

AHTV FEATURES  C-SPAN3, Mediacom ch. 87 (or 1-227)

* Visit the National Civil War Naval Museum to capture a rare glimpse onboard the CSS Jackson, a Civil War era ironclad ram built for the Confederate States Navy in Columbus, Georgia in 1864. National Civil War Naval Museum archivist Jeff Seymour talks about the importance of Columbus to the Confederacy as an industrial hub during the Civil War and shares how the CSS Jackson was designed.

* See artifacts at The Columbus Museum related to the city’s 19th century history. Curator Rebecca Bush tours the Chattahoochee Legacy, which tells the history of the area from its first pre-historic residents, through the growth of Columbus’ textile industry. Learn about three formative eras in Columbus through artifacts on display including newly acquired items related to “Blind Tom,” a blind African American savant, born into slavery who toured the world after teaching himself to play various musical instruments, and more.

* Learn about the history of Fort Benning, located in Columbus, Georgia. National Infantry Museum Director Frank Hanner talks about the role the military base has played since the early part of the 20th century.  Hear about  the various type of Army training schools located at the base including the Army Rangers, Officer Candidate School, and Jump School. 

* See the remains of the CSS Chattahoochee, which was built to protect Columbus’ growing manufacturing center during the Civil War. National Civil War Naval Museum Archivist Jeff Seymour talks about the steam powered sailing ship and explains why she was sunk by her own Confederate Naval officers in April 1865.

* Learn about some of Columbus’ “Troublemakers and Trailblazers” in an exhibit featured at The Columbus Museum. Curator Rebecca Bush shows the exhibit and talks about four of the people who made a lasting impact on Columbus in the 20th century. Learn about author Carson McCullers, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, Suffragette H. Augusta Hoard and journalists Julian and Julia Harris.

NOTE:  in addition to the series of features to be televised in complete program blocks on March 21 and 22, the pieces listed above will appear at various times throughout the weekend on the respective networks. 

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

About Mediacom: Mediacom Communications is the nation's eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional and advanced video services such as digital television, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, high-definition television, as well as high-speed Internet access and phone service. Through Mediacom Business, the Company offers affordable broadband communications solutions that can be tailored to any size business. 


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