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As Public Media Connect (ThinkTV/CET) heads into the second half of our March Membership Drive – our biggest membership drive of the year – we know everyone is torn on what to watch each evening and which organizations to support annually. We want you to know that Public Media Connect is working to make sure the money our members donate is spent wisely and in ways that positively impacts our communities.

 

Check out these quick facts:

 

  1. Public Media Connect is the most widely used non-profit educational, cultural and informational resource in the Cincinnati/Dayton area reaching more than 2.3 million viewers on air and thousands more online.
  2. Workshops for caregivers and parents are available year-round to offer guidance and education on everything from reading readiness to asthma awareness.
  3. Public Media Connect was born out of a 2009 decision that combined CET and ThinkTV into one regional non-profit public broadcasting and media corporation. This merger allowed both stations to continue to provide quality services and programs while cutting administrative costs and remaining fiscally responsible.
  4. Our organization hosts on-site and virtual learning labs to help teachers and other educators in a variety of topics, including using mobile technology in the classroom and using video games to engage children in learning. This year we’re expecting to reach about 500 educators.
  5. On-demand services on thinktv.org and CETconnect.org provide access to thousands of videos from throughout the PBS system and more than 250 local productions you can watch anytime.
  6. CET was the nation’s first television station, the first to go HD and the first to carry a 24-hour arts channel.
  7. ThinkTV produces “Our Ohio” for stations across the state. This show, which airs on Saturdays on ThinkTV and CET, introduces people around Ohio’s people, communities, festivals, farms and other special features of the Buckeye State.
  8. Public Media Connect is continuously involved in educational projects for the community such as Facing the Mortgage Crisis, American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen and Speak Up! for the Arts.
  9. In addition to our on air and online presence, Public Media Connect hosts and is involved in a number of free community events including A Day at the Park, the ThinkTV 5k, Clifford’s 50th Birthday, The PBS KIDS GO! Writing Contest and more.

 

Public Media Connect is eternally grateful for the support of our members, whose contributions help us to ensure we can continue to provide quality programs and services to the Dayton and Cincinnati communities.

 

If you’d like additional information on any of the mentioned above, please contact Kellie May at kmay@cetconnect.org.

 

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a member, renewing your membership or making a general contribution of any amount, please visit www.CETconnect.org/support or call 513-345-6582 for CET or visit www.thinktv.org/support or call 1-800-247-1614 for ThinkTV. Our March drive runs through Sunday, March 17. Thanks for your support!

03/07/2013 Education, Membership, Station News 0 Comments
     

Each March we host our largest and longest Membership Drive – From March 2 to March 17. During these two weeks, ThinkTV and CET pull together a plethora of special programs of everything from behind-the-scenes specials to flashback musical performances.

 

This year we’re excited to announce that the line-up of programs is perfect for music lovers! We’ll have programs featuring Andrea Bocelli, Daniel O’Donnell, The Tenors, Chris Mann, Jerry Lewis and some of your favorite acts from the 1960s just to name a few.

 

Here’s the rundown of the biggest musical programs we’ll be showing during the Membership Drive. We’ve only included the first prime-time broadcast on each of our four main channels. To see when we’re encoring certain programs , to find if the program you’re interested in is airing during the day or late at night, or for the full program listing, visit our schedule pages: www.CETconnect.org/schedule or www.thinktv.org/onair/schedule.

 

60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo

Saturday, March 2, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Saturday, March 2, at 8pm on CET

Sunday, March 3, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

Monday, March 11, at 9pm on CET Arts

 

Love for Levon

Saturday, March 2, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

Sunday, March 3, at 8:30pm on CET Arts

Wednesday, March 6, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Thursday, March 7, at 9:30pm on CET

 

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan

Saturday, March 2, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Saturday, March 2, at 10pm on CET

Wednesday, March 6, at 9:30pm on CET Arts

Thursday, March 7, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

 

Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli – Love in Portofino

Saturday, March 2, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

Sunday, March 3, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Tuesday, March 5, at 8pm on CET Arts

Friday, March 8, at 9pm on CET

 

Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers

Sunday, March 3, at 8pm on CET

Wednesday, March 6, at 9:30pm on ThinkTV14

 

Aaron Neville: Doo Wop

Sunday, March 3, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Sunday, March 3, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

 

Daniel O’Donnell From the Heartland

Monday, March 4, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Wednesday, March 6, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

 

Goat Rodeo Live

Monday, March 4, at 8pm on CET

Thursday, March 7, at 8pm on CET Arts

 

Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann for All Seasons

Monday, March 4, at 9:30pm on CET Arts

Tuesday, March 5, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Friday, March 15, at 9pm on CET

 

The Piano Guys: Live at Red Butte Garden

Monday, March 4, at 8pm on CET Arts

Thursday, March 7, at 9:30pm on ThinkTV16

Thursday, March 7, at 9:30pm on CET Arts

Wednesday, March 13, at 9:30pm on ThinkTV14

 

Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live in Las Vegas

Tuesday, March 5, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

Wednesday, March 6, at 8pm on CET Arts

Thursday, March 7, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

 

Magic Moments – The Best of 50s Pop

Wednesday, March 6, at 8pm on CET

Saturday, March 9, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

 

Rock, Pop & Doo Wop

Thursday, March 7, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

Friday, March 8, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

 

Tenors: Lead with your Heart

Sunday, March 10, at 8:30pm on ThinkTV16

 

Motown: Big Hits and More

Sunday, March 10, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Friday, March 15, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

 

Oscar Hammerstein II – Out of My Dreams

Wednesday, March 13, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

02/28/2013 Membership 0 Comments
     

 

Every day women – known and unknown – are making impacts across the globe. They’re fighting to end inequality; they’re serving as the first women leaders of major organizations and companies; they’re groundbreaking authors, comedians and actors and they are proud of the work they are doing.

 

Next week, CET and ThinkTV16 will be airing Makers: Women Who Make America to highlight stories just like these. This three-hour comprehensive and innovative series chronicles women’s advancement over the last 50 years through the tales of the women who lived it.

 

Makers is narrated by Meryl Streep and features commentary from Hilary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem, Phyllis Schlafly and others. The program will air at 8pm Tuesday, Feb. 26, on CET and ThinkTV16.

 

Makers and PBS have put together a really cool website for the program that includes the personal stories and interviews of the women in the show as well as many who aren’t. Check out www.makers.com for the background stories of Danica Patrick, Dusty Roads, Nichelle Nichols, Judy Blume, Erin Brockovich and many many more.

 

Let us know about the strong, innovative women in your life in the comments!

02/22/2013 Programs 0 Comments
     

 

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, PBS has put together a line-up of complimentary programs to examine the life of Adam Lanza, the evolution of guns in the United States, the mind of a killer and the Safe School Initiative.
 

Here’s the run-down:

 

After Newtown: Guns in America

Tues., 2/19/13 – 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
Guns USA will trace the evolution of guns in America, their inextricable link to violence, and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity.

 

FRONTLINE: Raising Adam Lanza
Tues., 2/19/13 - 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
In the wake of the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, FRONTLINE investigates a young man and the town he changes forever.

 

NOVA: Mind of a Rampage Killer
Wed., 2/20/13 - 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
As the nation tries to understand the tragic events at Newtown, NOVA separates the fact from fiction, investigating new theories that the most destructive rampage killers are driven most of all, not by the urge to kill, but the wish to die.

 

Path to Violence
Wed., 2/20/13 - 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
The Path to Violence tells the story of a powerfully effective Secret Service program - the Safe School Initiative - that's helped schools detect problem behavior in advance. Yet, despite the progress made, recent attacks reveal a gaping hole in our safety net.

 

For additional information, including multiple previews, visit http://www.thinktv.org/onair/programs/featured/pbs-focuses-newtown-gun-control or www.cetconnect.org/programming/pbs-focuses-newtown-gun-control.

02/14/2013 Programs 0 Comments
     

 

Seventy years ago, humans had never seen Earth from space. According to the Smithsonian Institute, the first picture of the blue and green planet was taken in 1946 from the back of a rocket launched 65 miles into the air. When the rocket crashed back into the desert a few minutes later, soldiers and scientists were treated to a film roll filled with grainy, black-and-white photos of the planet.

 

In 1950, National Geographic published the “V-2 Rocket-Eye View From 60 Miles Up” - http://media.airspacemag.com/images/V2-panorama.jpg - which included a variety of panoramic photos taken in 1948 stitched together to form the horizon.

 

Science and space exploration have come a long way since the 40’s, but today’s photos and video of our planet can be just as astonishing to a 21st century audience as those 35mm photos were to the people of 1946.

 

NOVA is presenting Earth from Space at 9pm Wednesday, Feb. 13, on CET and ThinkTV16. In this special two-hour NOVA, created in partnership with NASA, viewers will get an up-close and personal look at what our planet really looks like and how the intricate web of forces sustains life on Earth. Join us to see how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon, how a vast submarine “waterfall” off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents and how the sun’s rays can cause a hurricane.

 

One of the first photos of the Earth from Space

 

 

(Left: One of the first photos of Earth from space. Right: Image from NOVA: Earth from Space.)

 

 

 

Get more information and watch a preview here: http://www.cetconnect.org/programming/nova-earth-space or http://www.thinktv.org/onair/programs/featured/nova-earth-space.

02/05/2013 Programs 0 Comments
     

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