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Document Details


Title: Tom Mitchell
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: Roy Bliss and Tom Mitchell became partners in the early 1950s and built one of the first cable systems in the west in Worland, Wyoming, in 1952. Their oral history discusses the construction of the early cable systems, the type of equipment used, financing, how much they charged, competition from translators, the transition from single-channel to 12-channel systems, improvements in technology and equipment, relations with the telephone companies, and other matters. Mitchell served as the engineer and Bliss handled the business. During the 1950s they expanded to build cable systems in other towns and used microwave systems to deliver television signals to the systems’ headends. They formed a microwave company, Carter Mountain Transmission Corp., to deliver signals to systems they owned and systems owned by other Wyoming operators. One of the systems they planned to serve was in Rock Springs, Wyoming, which also had a local broadcast station.
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=243
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1991 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Bliss, Roy (2)
Speaker gender: Male
Document location: Mesa, AZ
Document date: 04-Oct-1991
Interviewer: Allen, Robert
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: OHI0022806-24083