The Tampa Bay area will be the first community featured in an initiative documenting the history and literary life of eight southeastern cities, organized by the public affairs-centered cable channel C-SPAN.
Next week, three specially-detailed Local Content Vehicles - vans bearing the logo of the cable channel - will fan out across the area, filming stories and events for a series of programs airing May 28 and 29 on the C-SPAN 2's Book TV and C-SPAN 3's American History TV channels.
Producers plan to visit Haslam's Books, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies (which owns the St. Petersburg Times), Inkwood Books and the Tampa Bay History Center, among other places.
They'll also take a look at plans for the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa, working with local cable provider Bright House Networks to iron out logistics.
The initiative kicks off with an 2 p.m. press conference Monday at the History Center featuring newly-elected Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and some of the people to be featured in the programming.