From Our President & CEO
As I write in early September, a heat wave is upon us, but we have also felt a glimmer of autumn. Whatever October brings, we’re looking forward to fall. CET and ThinkTV are busy preparing for a new programming season. As a new school year begins, Public Media Connect’s educational services for teachers, students and schools see a burst of activity.
I certainly want to welcome new and renewing Members who made their pledge of support to our stations during the August Membership campaign. Membership support is the single largest contribution to our annual budget and your generosity makes everything we do possible. Thank You!
We hosted several events – programming previews and educational gatherings – at our studios in August and September. Thanks to all who attended the Visionary/Fall Screening events at CET and ThinkTV. (Members of our Visionary Society are those who have included public television stations in their estate plans.) PBS EdCamp Dayton returned for another unconference in September, an opportunity for educators to share resources and technology that can engage students. (Another PBS EdCamp is planned for January.) Also in September, Live! on CET honored Clever Crazes for Kids and its Founder and CEO Dianne Dunkelman. Hundreds gathered to help us recognize this unique educational resource which is just one of the more recent contributions that Diane has made to the Greater Cincinnati community.
Now, let’s talk about programming. On the local level, PMC is proud to partner with our PBS colleagues at WVIZ ideastream (Cleveland) and WOSU (Columbus) to produce Talking with Ohio’s Next Governor, a livestream forum with gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray. The forum, in early October, focuses on creating Ohio’s workforce of the future and filling the skills gap in the new economy.
What is the country’s favorite book? Find out on The Great American Read finale on October 23. CET and ThinkTV have partnered with local libraries to hold a series of The Great American Read watch parties in Cincinnati and Dayton. Until the finale, watch the TGAR broadcast series on Tuesdays at 8 P.M.
Autumnwatch – New England is a three-night live event capturing the color, landscape, wildlife and seasonal culture of the region. The four-part series Native America highlights the history of America before the Europeans arrival. And Great Performances presents a stellar line-up, including “An American in Paris the Musical,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music,” “John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway” and “Hal Prince: A Director’s Journey.”
On November 6th, PBS NewsHour Election, anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, will provide comprehensive coverage on the U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial mid-term elections.
Enjoy fall in all its colors,
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV