From Our President & CEO
As I write in early March, the month “came in like a lion and will (hopefully) go out like a lamb.” As spring approaches, we hope you’ll find a welcomed change in weather and a welcomed array of programs on CET and ThinkTV.
As we enter the final quarter of our fiscal year, I want to thank the Members who joined or renewed their support of public television during our recent Membership campaign. Your support really does make all we do possible! It represents the single largest contribution to our funding and to the programs you watch throughout the year.
Our mission to …”strengthen the communities we serve through programs and services that inspire and inform, educate and engage….” is frequently supported through our relationships with other PBS stations. Recently, CET/Cincinnati, WVIZ/Cleveland and WOSU/Columbus were jointly awarded a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative. This two-year effort will work with local community organizations in a partnership to advance career readiness, close the skills gap, and prepare workers for the good jobs of today – and tomorrow.
In another partnership with selected stations around the country, ThinkTV and CET are developing an array of broadcast and on-line resources in response to the opioid crisis in our local communities and around the state. For more information about this important initiative, see the At Home with Your Public Media Station section of this issue.
April ushers in two of PMC’s largest fundraising events – ThinkTV’s GreatTV Auction (April 16 – 21) and CET’s Action Auction (April 24 – 28). Hundreds of volunteers will fill our studios, all in support of public TV. Check it out at www.thinktv.org/Auction and www.CETconnect.org/events.
Our fundraising has one purpose: To bring you the very best programming on-air, on-line and on-demand. In April, Masterpiece: Unforgotten tells the tale of a police investigation into a cold case murder that focuses on four seemingly unconnected couples. And Masterpiece: Little Women present’s Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel that follows the March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood. On NOVA: Living with the Weather Machine embarks on a scientific quest to better understand the complicated nature of weather and climate. Also in April, PBS pays tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination with Roads to Memphis from American Experience, followed by the special, And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK.
Then, in May, the Great American Read examines the power, passion and joy of reading through America’s 100 best-loved books as chosen by national public survey. Chinese Exclusion Act on American Experience examines the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America. And Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna are back along with Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra for the National Memorial Day Concert, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Finally, in an annual study of national institutions and media, PBS and public television stations were again named the nation’s most trusted institution in the country for the 15th year in a row. A majority of respondents believe that public television is an excellent use of tax dollars. The same survey rated PBS KIDS as the most valued educational service available for children.
Our stations are accountable to you. Thank you for your support – and making so much possible for so many in our communities.
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV