Grace Hill Retires From CET After 47 Years of Service
CINCINNATI – Grace Hill, longtime Director of Programming at CET, will retire on Wednesday, September 30 after dedicating 47 years of service to the organization.
Hill began her iconic career and dedication to Great Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation, CET, on Wednesday, October 3, 1962 as a switchboard operator. Mrs. Hill is credited for bringing CET Programming Department from the 20th century into the new millennium.
Hill's influence stretched beyond the station when she embraced the concept of multiple channels, long before other stations adopted this concept with the digital conversion. As far back as 1980, Grace and her colleagues at CET programmed multiple channels for the community using both broadcast and cable only.
Today, Hill is instrumental in content development for CETconnect.org, an on-demand service of CET that provides thousands of hours of free, local videos in a wide range of subject areas.
Through Hill's countless hours of enthusiasm and compassion she has served as Executive Producer for many of CET's local programs, including a bi-weekly public affairs program, Focus. Other programs Hill has served as producer for include: Joe Nuxhall: My Life, Baseball and Beyond, Relive the Magic, Glorifying the Lions and Powel Crosley Jr. and the 20th Century. Her work has been recognized both locally and nationally; one of which, Cincinnati Reflections, receiving two regional Emmys and two National Telly Awards.
''More than any single person, Grace Hill is the personification of public broadcasting in the Cincinnati Area'' said Jack Dominic, CET Vice President. ''She is always looking for programs from the local community and is an advocate for spotlighting the talent and creativity of CET staff, as well as local independent producers. In doing so, she has advanced the careers of many talented media professionals and has brought some extraordinary programming to CET viewers.''
Due to her life-long service to excellence, Hill has received an award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, as well as the Ohio Valley Chapter Silver Circle Award. She currently serves as a member of the Ohio Educational Broadcasters' Program Advisory Committee, The Lawrence Welk Advisory Committee, Caillou Advisory Committee and is the past Chairwoman of the Eastern Educational Network Program Managers' Council.
Hill has spent countless hours involved with membership drives, the annual Action Auction and other fundraising events throughout her career. She is also a passionate advocate for quality local and national programming and is continually supportive of CET's devotion to education in living rooms and classrooms throughout Greater Cincinnati.
Thu, 09/24/2009 - 12:00am