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David FogartyJune/July 2020

Dear Member,

The past few months have brought significant changes – from the way we work to the way our children learn to the way we connect with each other. CET and ThinkTV have worked to quickly adapt to those changes.

We are also approaching the final quarter of our Fiscal Year 2020, and I’d like to say a timely “Thank You” to the Members who joined or renewed their support during our March Membership Campaign. Your support makes all we do possible – and makes all that we offer available to everyone across our region.

In our own organization, our staff largely works from home with notable exceptions for those who assure that we stay “on-the-air” and others who make essential periodic visits into our facilities. In cooperation with the Ohio Department of Education, we’re now broadcasting instructional and educational programming for students during the day and creating newsletters and online resources for students, parents and caregivers under the banner of Learning @ Home. You’ll find the educational content engaging, useful and entertaining. We’ll certainly continue to be your educational partner.

Speaking of partners, we would like to thank everyone who donated to Public Television during GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th. Your support, now more than ever, really does make everything we do possible for everyone in the communities we serve.

While COVID-19 has caused some production delays in new local programming, we do have some wonderful programs premiering in June. Masterpiece’s Grantchester returns for Season 5 and Beecham House, set in 19th century Delhi before the British ruled India, makes its debut. PBS’ landmark documentary series POV debuts And She Could be Next, the story of the movement of women of color who are transforming American politics. And Prehistoric Road Trip is a three-part natural history series that explores prehistoric life in the Western United States. PBS will also air encore presentations of Ken Burns’ National Parks. Check out our new online programming, including Art in Isolation.

The end of June marks the end of Public Media Connect’s fiscal year. And it also marks the end of my tenure as President and CEO of CET and ThinkTV. As I wrote in my letter to our Board of Trustees, 2020 is my 11th year as president of Public Media Connect, the regional partnership of the Cincinnati and Dayton public television stations. It also marks my 27th year as president of ThinkTV and my 40th year in public broadcasting. I am grateful for the trustees, staff, community partners and professional colleagues who have been a part of my professional and personal life. Just as importantly, if not more so, I appreciate more than ever that what we do is made possible by the generosity of others. Thank you for your support. May it continue as CET, ThinkTV and SOITA welcome Dorothy (Kitty) Lensman as our new President. I hope that many of you will soon get the opportunity to meet her (even if it’s at a safe distance!).

All the best – and thank you!

David Fogarty

David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV