January 24thbrought arguably our most successful Cable Day at the Capitol ever. MCTA’s Cable Day is an early highlight of the legislative Session. Charter Production crews readied the Thomas Hart Benton Gallery and the House Hearing Room for taping of MCTA’s Outlook Missouri program and PSA’s and the action began. Statewide elected officials, along with Senate and House leadership, were interviewed by Kansas City’s own TV talent, Jill Jensen Chadwick. Varied discussion topics included Pseudoephedrine abuse, criminal sentence reform, unclaimed property, securities protection, education, and state budget challenges. Senators who were not running for election in 2012 participated in public service announcement tapings.
A newcomer to the Cable Day process was Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science. Licensed cosmetology students did a tremendous job applying makeup to the interview guests. We thank them for a job well done.
MCTA member company representatives used the day to make legislative contacts and networking. Lunch in the Capitol Rotunda was, again, a hit. Donita’s Catering served a delicious three-entrée feast, with all the trimmings to over 550 guests. Debbie Nelson and Angie O’Bryan, Charteremployees, were an integral part of Cable Day, keeping the participants on schedule.
The evening brought additional festivities with a reception at DoubleTree Hotel, serving smoked salmon, anti pasto, scallops, sesame chicken, shrimp and mushrooms. Former St. Louis Cardinal pitcher, Danny Cox, served as the evening’s celebrity. Cox pitched for the Cardinals from 1983 to 1988, winning games in both the 1985 and 1987 National League Championships. He was the winning pitcher in game 5 of the 1987 World Series. Members, legislators, staff and guests lined up for autographs of baseballs and pictures.
Outgoing Board Chairman Mike Zarrilli, Suddenlink, was presented a gavel and plaque for his leadership and service to the Association. Recent retiree Maurice Zion, Windjammer, received a plaque for his many years of dedicated service to the Board.
MCTA board members and other invited guests enjoyed a late dinner at O’Donoghue’s Steaks & Seafood.
Many thanks to all involved in making Cable Day at the Capitol a huge success! The weather accommodated us, as well, by providing a picture perfect for January!