From Our President & CEO
June - July 2017
For Public Media Connect, the arrival of summer finds us saying a sincere “Thank You” and hoping that you’ll enjoy the summer programming on your public television stations.
June 30 will mark the end of our 2017 Fiscal Year, and on behalf of our Board of Trustees and staff – and more importantly, on behalf of the thousands of viewers and learners each day who access our programming and educational resources -- I want to thank the Members, businesses and foundations for their support, investment and generosity to this public and educational service. We receive your support throughout the year. For example, donors, sponsors, volunteers and bidders all made CET’s 50th anniversary Action Auction and ThinkTV’s 41stGreatTV Auction remarkably successful fundraising events in April. Still others will join us as Members during our closing membership campaign in June.
So, let’s talk programming! We kick off summer with music. JFK: The Last Inaugural showcases performances from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte and more in this unseen 1961 gala. Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution offers a look back at the creation and ongoing influence of the Beatles’ revolutionary album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” American Epic Session features Willie Nelson, Elton John, Nas, Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Beck and others as they recreate America’s musical past using a 1920’s recording lathe. And archival performance specials include Paul Simon: The Concert in Hyde Park - a 2012 concert recorded in London and Journey in Concert 1981.
PMC’s Summer of Adventure explores some of the world’s most amazing places and cultures with a line-up of history, science and natural history programs including: The Story of China, Big Pacific, Great Yellowstone Thaw, Nature’s Great Race, RARE – Creatures of the Photo Ark and Wild Alaska Live. Sunday night drama continues with the return of Grantchester, the premiere of Prime Suspect: Tennison - a new series about the early career of the iconic detective, and Remember Me - starring Michael Palin as the sole witness to the violent death of a young woman.
Local programming is well represented this summer with the seventh season premiere of The Art Show in June. River Valley Rhythms also premieres two new programs in July; “The Brian Newman Quintet” and “The Nati 6” were recorded live as part of Xavier University’s Jazz series. SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar will join CET/48’s weekend line-up beginning Saturday, June 17th at 6:30pm. (SHOWCASE will continue its Sunday, 8:30pm timeslot on CET Arts.)
And join us for A Capitol Fourth commemorating the 241st birth of our country, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
It’s all on ThinkTV and CET. Thank you for supporting your Public Television stations.
All the best,
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV