From Our President & CEO – March 2024
Welcome to March and welcome to spring! As we usher in a new season, we look forward to new programming from PBS and new content from our local productions, too.
First, I want to thank everyone who attended our Gin & Baking event last month at the OTR Stillhouse; it was a wonderful way to spend a wintry afternoon and a good time was had by all. Our development team is now working on our next event, the Summer Action Auction, coming in May.
This month we are conducting our most important membership drive of the year. We’ll ask our members to renew their generous support, and we hope new members will join you in supporting the most widely used non-profit organization in our region. This is also the time of year we begin to make commitments to PBS and others to invest in the programming you enjoy each week and it’s your membership support that makes those commitments possible.
Public Media Connect’s production team has created new episodes of SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar and they are now available to stream. The Baking Journal continues to post new weekly features on The Baking Journal YouTube channel. Our new documentary on Dayton artist and educator Bing Davis is close to completion and will premiere in May. Brick by Brick, our new community affairs program, is currently in production and has begun recording podcasts with the first broadcast special coming this fall.
PBS national programming finds the premiere of Nolly on Masterpiece. Nolly, starring Helena Bonham Carter, is based on the true story of Noele Gordon, one of British TV’s most famous faces in the 60s and 70s, whose unceremonious firing made front-page news. Also premiering on Masterpiece is the romantic drama, Alice and Jack, which follows a couple’s relationship over the course of 15 years. Call the Midwife returns for Season 13 and finds the folks of Nonnatus House welcoming two young trainee midwives. This month also includes the premiere of Dante: Inferno to Paradise, a two-part film that explores Dante’s great masterwork, The Divine Comedy, “set within the riveting circumstances of the poet’s own life and of the turbulent times he lived in.”
NOVA explores the power and potential of the latest generation of artificial intelligence in A.I. Revolution. And The Cancer Detectives, on American Experience, revolves around three main characters and examines “how one of the most impactful, lifesaving tests for women was created and popularized by a Greek immigrant and his wife, a famous Japanese American illustrator who was detained in a World War II internment camp and a groundbreaking Black female surgeon.”
From local productions and podcasts to national PBS programming – it’s all possible because of you. Thank you for supporting your public television stations.
President & CEO
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