From Our President & CEO
As I write to you in early March, it certainly feels as if spring is arriving “like a lion”, and we can only hope that it will go out like a lamb.” Your public pelevision stations are certainly springing forward with some programming and events in April and May.
In March CET and ThinkTV welcomed new Members as so many others renewed their Membership support during our March Membership Drive. Thank you to all who contributed to our stations! Your support truly makes all that we do possible. Membership support “from viewers like you” represents the single largest contribution to our annual budget, to the programming we broadcast and to the educational services we provide throughout the year.
Spring always seems a particularly active time at Public Media Connect. Two of our annual fundraising events return in April north and south. ThinkTV’s GreatTV Auction takes to the airwaves April 3 -8, and CET’s Action Auction takes center stage April 25 – 29. I hope you’ll be watching and bidding as you join hundreds of volunteers to support ThinkTV and CET.
Our fundraising has a single purpose: To bring you the very best programming on-air, on-line and on-demand. In April, Call the Midwife returns for a sixth season and Home Fires begins its second season/ The Great War features unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters that tell the complex story of World War I. NOVA debuts new episodes including “Holocaust Escape Tunnel,” “Building Chernobyl’s Megatomb,” “Chinese Chariot Revealed,” and “Troubled Waters.” Nature checks in to “Hotel Armadillo”, uses spy cams to join a dolphin pod and journeys to an exotic Puerto Rico. And American Epic tells the story of record companies that toured the country in the 1920s with portable recorders to capture the diverse regional music that would be heard by many for the very first time.
In May, Victorian Slum House finds a group of 21st century people moving into a recreated Victorian tenement house.. And the National Memorial Day Concert returns for its 28th annual remembrance of the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform -- and their families.
On a final note, I’m pleased to note that the annual national survey on the media once again has ranked PBS and public television stations as the #1 most trusted nationally recognized institution. It’s the 14th consecutive year that Public Broadcasting has set the standard and earned the trust of the American people. The survey also shows that parents rank PBS KIDS as the #1 educational media brand for children, recognized beyond all other media networks in helping to prepare children for their futures in school and in life.
Once again, a sincere thank you for your support – and for making so much possible for so many in our communities.
All the very best,
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV