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With the end of the year upon us – and many considering making their final 2013 donations – we thought we’d tell you a few things about CET and ThinkTV you might not have known. Enjoy!


1. CET and ThinkTV serve a regional community of more than 3 million people. In a typical year, 90 percent of these people use our programming and educational services – and that’s not including our online services such as streaming video, online classroom resources, social media pages and more.


2. As public television stations, CET and ThinkTV are the most trusted source for children’s programming by parents, the most trusted source of educational materials by teachers, and the most trusted source of public affairs programming by viewers.


3. Four out of every five children between the ages 2 and 8 watch CET & ThinkTV’s educational programming during the year. ThinkTV & CET provide more than 160 hours of children’s programming every week.


4. The resources and workshops provided by CET and ThinkTV reach more than 3,000 childcare providers each year. We’re also the #1 source of video content for preschool teachers.


5. Through special initiatives and partnerships, such as the American Graduate project and our role in Ignite Innovation, CET and ThinkTV are working to reduce high school dropout rates and support the crucial role STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education plays in our region’s future.


6. CET Arts, the first local 24-hour arts and cultural broadcast service of its kind in the country, provides viewers a front-row seat to national, regional and local performances. This year’s local programs included titles such as LumenoCity, The Cincinnati Boychoir: A Treasure of Youth and Song, Monteverdi at CCM, An Evening with Gerald Wilson, selection from the CCM Mahler Marathon and others among more than a dozen episodes of SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar.


7. For every dollar in annual federal funding, our stations raise 6 dollars. In fact, federal support for public television nationally represents only 1/100 of 1% of the federal budget. CET & ThinkTV rely on a unique public-private partnership to support our educational, cultural and public service mission.


While limited government support offers some essential “seed funding” for our stations, voluntary community support remains the single most important contributor to our organization’s mission, service, financial health and capability.


To make a gift – even something as small as $5 per month – please visit us online at, call 1-800-808-0445, or mail at CET, Attn. Member Services, 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 43214. For more information about how a financial, stock or vehicle gift to CET can benefit you and our community, visit

12/26/2013 Membership 0 Comments
Kids Holiday BlogChristmas morning should be a time to spend with family – enjoying the spirit of the season, snacking on gingerbread cookies and relaxing.
If that’s what your schedule looks like this Christmas Day and you have little ones at home, CET and ThinkTV16 are excited to share a day packed with holiday-themed kids programs. You can get the full schedule of holiday programs for December online at or, but here’s the rundown for Christmas Day – starting bright and early.
Thomas & Friends: Tinsel and Trains
6am on ThinkTV14
12:30pm on CET
2pm on ThinkTV16
Super Why! The Nutcracker
6:30am on ThinkTV14
11:30am on ThinkTV16
11:30am and 2pm on CET
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
7am on CET
9am on ThinkTV14
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
8am and 4pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
5pm on ThinkTV14
Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow
9:30am on ThinkTV16
9:30am and 2:30pm on CET
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
10am on ThinkTV16 and CET
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Snowflake Day
11am on ThinkTV16 and CET
Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Holiday Adventure
12pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
WordGirl: Oh, Holiday Cheese
5pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
6pm on ThinkTV14
12/19/2013 Programs 0 Comments

In an era when it seems like half the shows on television are crime dramas or based in a police station, most people are familiar with words like crime scene investigation, fingerprints, DNA evidence and so forth. But where did using evidence like we do today really come from? Like so many great ideas, it came from literature. Sherlock to be exact.


The fictional Sherlock Holmes was a scientist who used chemistry, bloodstains and minute traces of evidence to catch criminals. In an time when eyewitness reports and “smoking gun” evidence were needed to convict criminals, Sherlock Holmes’ crime-scene methods were revolutionary. Forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal for the first time the astonishing impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation had on the development of real-life criminal investigation and forensic techniques. With a mix of interviews, dramatic reconstruction and archives, the program tells the story of the impact and legacy of the most famous crime fighter in history.


Join us for How Sherlock Changed the World at 9pm Tuesday, Dec. 17, on CET and ThinkTV16.


Here’s a preview: 

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Christmas is a magical time for many all over the world – and the same was true for the soldiers fighting in World War I in 1914. For one evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and Scottish soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season.


CET and ThinkTV are excited to celebrate the season with a broadcast presentation of the operatic retelling of the true story of the Christmas Eve truce of 1914 with the program Silent Night. This two-act production was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November 2012 to national acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts. With a libretto by Mark Campbell, Silent Night is sung in French, English, German, Italian and Latin with English subtitles.


Silent Night will air at the following times:


Friday, Dec. 13, at 9pm on CET

Saturday, Dec.  14, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Monday, Dec. 16, at 8pm on CET Arts

Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 9pm on ThinkTV14 


We're also excited to let you know that the Cincinnati Opera will present this production at Music Hall on July 10 and 12, 2014, just days away from the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. To commemorate that conflict, Cincinnati Opera is collaborating with the city’s leading cultural institutions to present “Cincinnati Remembers World War I,” a series of community programs focused on the World War I era. For more information, please visit


Here’s a preview of the program: 

12/05/2013 Programs 2 Comments

CET and ThinkTV are thrilled to announce that veteran journalist Tom Brinkmoeller is writing previews for a new section on our station websites called Mark your Calendar!


Tom, who has covered broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer and David Bianculli's TV Worth Watching website, recently moved back to Cincinnati after more than 20 years of living in Florida. Tom’s first preview is of Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn, which premiered on Nov. 29th but has multiple encore presentations this week.


Mark your Calendar is a fun, insightful addition to the content available online from CET and ThinkTV. Tom interviews experts and people connected with the show, pulls in the culture context of the program and brings a wealth of experience to these previews. Take a look and Mark your Calendar:

11/27/2013 Station News 0 Comments


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