From Our President & CEO
I hope you are enjoying the waning weeks of summer. The season has seen both challenge and applause for CET and ThinkTV. Your public television stations survived a challenging 4-day interruption of our broadcasts in early July due to a rare equipment failure in our master control facility. As for applause, Public Media Connect, CET/ThinkTV productions and staff received 11 Regional Emmy Award Nominations from The Ohio Valley Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in June. The nominated productions can be viewed online at www.thinktv.org/Emmy and www.cetconnect.org/Emmy. Emmy winners will be announced August 10th.
I want to also thank all who attended our Chasing the Moon screenings and events in June and July. And we look forward to seeing many of you at PMC events in the coming months. In August, meet Super Why, Nature Cat and Curious George at Coney Island in Cincinnati. You can stop by the ThinkTV studios during Art in the City and join us at the Levitt Pavilion in Dayton for Be My Neighbor Day. We’ll hold our annual Fall Preview Reception at ThinkTV and our CET Visionary Lunch and Fall Preview in Cincinnati. In September, PMC will host several preview screenings of Country Music, an 8-part series from Ken Burns chronicling the history of a music that is truly American! And on September 26th, Live! on CET, honoring Wes Cowan of Cowan’s Auctions, will take place at Jack Cincinnati Casino. More information about Live! is available at www.cetconnect.org/events.
So now, what to watch? August and September are full of music with Woodstock: Three Days That Changed a Generation, ABBA Forever – A Celebration, The O’Jays Live in New York, Daryl Hall & Jon Oates Live in Dublin, John Sebastian Presents Folk Rewind, and Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass. And don’t forget the monumental Country Music, Ken Burns’ new 8-part, 16 ½ hour series.
For programming of the non-musical variety, look for a profile of the actor Raul Julia on American Masters. American Experience unveils the story of the Hatfields and McCoys in “Feud.” And look for new seasons of Poldark and The Durrels in Corfu on Masterpiece.
On the education side, PMC continues work on the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative. We will once again partner with our PBS colleagues at WVIZ ideastream (Cleveland) and WOSU (Columbus) for another production in the American Graduate series. Premiering in September, The Career Path Less Taken, travels throughout the state of Ohio to explore new ways of thinking about education and the world of work. More information about the film and the initiative, along with a toolkit, can be found at www.cincy-americangraduate.org.
Enjoy the final weeks of summer. Your support makes everything we do – and every program you watch on ThinkTV and CET – possible for everyone. Thank you.
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV