From Our President & CEO

October/November 2019

As I write on an early October day, I hope the arrival of fall finds you enjoying a more temperate climate and the beautiful fall foliage.

CET and ThinkTV have been full of activity in the last few weeks with membership drives, station events and even winning regional Emmy awards! It’s been a busy time.

First, a sincere Thank You and Welcome to the new and renewing Members who pledged their support during Public Media Connect’s August Membership Campaign. Your support makes all that we do possible for everyone in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton communities.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Fall Preview/Visionary Society Recognition events, the Ken Burns’ Country Music preview screenings, the Downton Abbey movie event at ThinkTV and our Meet the Helpers/Be My Neighbor event at Dayton’s Levitt Pavilion.

As you receive this edition of Public Media Connect, hundreds of CET viewers and supporters joined us for Live on CET! at Jack Casino to honor Cincinnati’s own Wes Cowan of Cowen’s Auctions, a long-time supporter of public television and featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.

David Fogarty

In October, CET will host a special Volunteer Party at the station to recognize the extraordinary contributions of the all the volunteers who help us throughout the year. And on November 21st and 22nd we hope many of you will be with us as America’s Test Kitchen chefs, Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster visit southwest Ohio. We’ll keep the chefs busy with several special events in both Dayton and Cincinnati.

And about those Emmys… In August, Public Media Connect received four Emmy Awards from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. While we take great pride in our talented staff, it is the stories and talents of our communities, our production partners, and those who provide vital support that allow us to produce unique local programming that matters. We share these awards (and the 40+ awards we’ve won over the past several years) with you.

A special note: On October 18th at 10am your public media stations along with other television stations in southwest Ohio, will move frequencies (Not channel numbers). Viewers who watch CET and ThinkTV using an antenna will need to rescan their TV to keep watching our channels. Please see the At Home with Your Public Media Station section for more information.

As for programming. Frontline’s “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” investigates Mohammed bin Salam (MBS) and his inner circle; tracing the rise of MBS as well as the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Retro Report, a new series with hosts Celeste Headlee and Masud Olufani, uncovers surprising connections between today’s headlines and the past. College Behind Bars, a new four-part series, explores the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees. American Masters profiles Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday, a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature. PBS salutes Broadway’s best on Great Performances with the premieres of “42nd Street”, “The King and I”, “Red”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, and “Kinky Boots”.

It’s all here and it’s all possible – because of your support. Thank you!

David Fogarty

David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV