Tele-Media Co-Founder Robert Tudek Dies
Hailed by ACA President Matt Polka as one of great cable entrepreneurs
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/21/2012 3:43:28 PM
Tudek, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, was VP and general manager of Centre Video in State College, Pa., when he cofounded cable operator Tele-Media Corp. in 1970 with partner Everett Mundy, launching with only a few hundred customers. Tudek was chairman, CEO and president of the one-time top 25 MSO.
Tele-Media grew to 500,000 subs before spinning off systems to TCI in 1984, and Time Warner/Fanch One Co. in 1996, according to Multichannel News reports. Mundy died in 2003, also of cancer.
American Cable Association President Matt Polka remembered Tudek Thursday as one of the great cable entrepreneurs, "seeing the potential of cable in smaller markets and rural areas long before anyone else did."
"He was more than an employer to his staff," said Polka, who once represented Tele-Media. "Rather, he was a mentor and an encourager. His company's initials, TMC, stood for Tudek, his partner, Everett Mundy, and their coworkers. Mr. Tudek gave me my first lessons in the cable industry as a young lawyer in 1986 representing his company in numerous agreements and transactions, and I will always be in his debt," added Polka.
Tudek is survived by his wife, Elsie, and two children, Robert Tudek Jr. and Peggy Tudek.
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