Robert Rosencrans

Bob Rosencrans
Robert Morris "Bob" Rosencrans (March 26, 1927 – August 3, 2016) was a cable television industry pioneer who helped create C-SPAN, an American public affairs television network.wikipedia
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Robert Morris "Bob" Rosencrans (March 26, 1927 – August 3, 2016) was a cable television industry pioneer who helped create C-SPAN, an American public affairs television network.
Among them were Bob Rosencrans, who provided $25,000 of initial funding in 1979, and John D. Evans, who provided the wiring and access to the headend needed for the distribution of the C-SPAN signal.

Bloggingheads.tv

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He was also an investor in the video discussion website Bloggingheads.tv in 2007.
In January 2007, it was announced that cable TV pioneer and C-SPAN founding chairman Bob Rosencrans, with a loose network of others, would become an angel investor of Bloggingheads.tv.

Television network

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Robert Morris "Bob" Rosencrans (March 26, 1927 – August 3, 2016) was a cable television industry pioneer who helped create C-SPAN, an American public affairs television network.

BET

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In addition, he helped launch the television networks BET and MSG, a predecessor of the USA Network. Rosencrans offered Robert L. Johnson air time on Friday evenings, which led to the creation of BET, a basic cable and satellite television channel targeting African American audiences.

MSG Network

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In addition, he helped launch the television networks BET and MSG, a predecessor of the USA Network.

USA Network

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In addition, he helped launch the television networks BET and MSG, a predecessor of the USA Network. He and Kay Koplovitz helped create this as a sports channel, which later expanded its programming to become USA Network, the first basic cable channel distributed via satellite.

Woodmere, New York

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Rosencrans was raised in Woodmere, New York.

Dartmouth College

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He had plans to attend Dartmouth College until his older brother died in combat during World War II.

World War II

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He had plans to attend Dartmouth College until his older brother died in combat during World War II.

United States Army Air Forces

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Rosencrans enlisted and served in the United States Army Air Forces, then earned bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Columbia University in 1949.

Columbia University

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Rosencrans enlisted and served in the United States Army Air Forces, then earned bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Columbia University in 1949.

Closed-circuit television

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After several jobs in retailing, Rosencrans joined Box Office Television (BOT), which produced programming for hotels and wanted to offer closed-circuit programming, such as sports games and live theater, to movie theaters.

UA-Columbia Cablevision

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In 1975, Rosencrans' Columbia Cable Systems (which later became UA-Columbia Cablevision) invested nearly $100,000 to become the first cable operator to install a satellite receiving station.

Thrilla in Manila

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The company did so in order to broadcast "Thrilla in Manila", the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, to its subscribers in Florida.

Boxing

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The company did so in order to broadcast "Thrilla in Manila", the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, to its subscribers in Florida.

Muhammad Ali

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The company did so in order to broadcast "Thrilla in Manila", the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, to its subscribers in Florida.

Joe Frazier

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The company did so in order to broadcast "Thrilla in Manila", the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, to its subscribers in Florida.

Kay Koplovitz

He and Kay Koplovitz helped create this as a sports channel, which later expanded its programming to become USA Network, the first basic cable channel distributed via satellite.

Robert L. Johnson

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Rosencrans offered Robert L. Johnson air time on Friday evenings, which led to the creation of BET, a basic cable and satellite television channel targeting African American audiences.

Stroke

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Rosencrans died at a hospital from stroke complications on August 3, 2016, in Greenwich, Connecticut, at the age of 89.

Greenwich, Connecticut

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Rosencrans died at a hospital from stroke complications on August 3, 2016, in Greenwich, Connecticut, at the age of 89.