From Our President & CEO
As I write on a cold day in February, I hope spring will arrive more quickly than many predict.
March not only heralds the arrival of spring, but it is an important time of the year for Public Media Connect, CET and ThinkTV. This month we enter a critical part of the fiscal year with our most extensive membership campaign at hand. As we ask many members to renew their generous support, we hope others will join in supporting the most widely-used non-profit service in our region. Our March campaign is particularly important as we plan and make commitments for future programming. Your Membership support makes our commitments and that programming possible.
Speaking of Membership, PMC is always looking for new and innovative ways to interact with members and viewers. In January, our Membership Department held a PBS Nerd event in Cincinnati. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and to the supporters who signed up to participate in peer-to-peer fundraising that will benefit your public television stations.
March is full of signature series and programming specials. For music, Daniel O’Donnell: Back Home Again finds the Irish crooner performing his signature hits and traditional Irish tunes. Tom Jones: A Soundstage Special Event features the iconic singer in concert; Patti LaBelle hosts 70’s Soul Superstars and Rock Rewind 1967 – 1969 offers rare, vintage TV appearances by Sonny and Cher, The Supremes and more. Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30 celebrates the 30th anniversary of this iconic concert; newly edited and remastered. And Friar Alessandro: The Voice of Assisi finds the talented tenor performing sacred standards.
The final episode of season one of Victoria on Masterpiece premieres at 9pm on March 5th. At 10pm, the series gets a royal sendoff as cast members and creators relive favorite scenes and special moments with Victoria After-Party. To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters on Masterpiece tells the story of how Charlotte, Emily and Ann achieved success in a male-dominated 19th century world. Dead Reckoning takes a look at the evolution of postwar justice and war crimes. And Nature: Yosemite investigates how global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses.
Looking beyond March; April will see our annual on-air auctions – ThinkTV’s GreatTV Auction April 3 – 8 and CET’s Action Auction April 25 – 29. Watch for updates about the auctions at www.thinktv.org and www.cetconnect.org.
There’s much to watch and enjoy this month. Your support makes all we do possible. Thank you for your generosity.
All the best,
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV