Lead: Some of the most effective leadership is hidden. Consider the influence of one of the most “invisible” visible men in early twenty-first century America, the founder of C-SPAN, Brian Lamb.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: He was not the best history student at Purdue University, but after graduation and a stint in the U.S. Navy, Brian Lamb embarked on a career that would bring a heightened interest to that discipline, politics, and to national affairs in general. In 1977, with his business partners, he founded C-SPAN, Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network. It went on the air in 1979. At that time, three major broadcast networks dominated the airways and provided programming for the vast majority of listeners. Cable television, which was then in its corporate infancy, was seeking programming alternatives that would give it an edge in the coming struggle with broadcast television.