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New CATV Center Dedicated To Former Springfield Mayor Ted Dimauro

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A new $1 million community access television center was dedicated Monday in honor of a former Springfield, Massachusetts mayor who brought cable TV to the city.

   City officials, former staffers and about two dozen family members gathered for the dedication of the Theodore Dimauro media center.  Dimauro, a three term mayor who left office in 1984, died last year.  His son, Andrew Dimauro, spoke on behalf of the family.

    "  To this day, some 30 years after he left office, I am still reminded by people on the street about his kind acts and deeds."

     Dimauro negotiated and signed the city’s first cable T.V. contract. It set up a fund to subsidize local programs and required a discount rate for senior citizens.  The contract was a template for  later municipal cable contracts across the state..

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.