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Document Details


Title: William D. Arnold
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: Bill Arnold is one of the pillars of the cable television industry in the state of Texas. After obtaining a degree in accounting from the University of Texas and holding several financial jobs, he was hired in 1966 to be the chief financial officer of GenCoE, one of the largest cable companies in the country during the mid-1960s and 1970s. He worked with two other pioneers of the industry, both Texans, Ben Conroy, Jr., and Jack Crosby, who had helped for GenCoE. He also worked with Gene and Richard Schneider, two of the other principals of the company and later founders of United Cable Television Corp. In 1969 he left GenCoE and, along with Conroy and Crosby, helped found Communications Properties, Inc. (CPI), the cable company that was later sold to Times Mirror Co. Arnold served as treasures for CPI and also later handled its relations with city councils and other franchising authorities. After the sale of CPI in 1979, Arnold remained with Times Mirror until 1982, when he became executive secretary of the Texas Cable Television Association (TCTA), one of the nation’s largest ant most influential state cable associations.
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=208
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1990 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Arnold, William
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: President
Document date: 15-Jun-1990
Interviewer: Pavelko, Kathleen
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Broadcasting; Cable television--United States; North America; Oral history; Public broadcasting; Television; Television programs; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cable administrators
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022678-24067