From Our President & CEO

Kitty LensmanFebruary/March 2021

Dear Member,

As we get into February and we work toward getting our lives back to normal, your public television stations are busy continuing to provide educational support to our community while bringing you new local programs, both from our own production team and in coordination with local partners. We are also busy planning our Summer Action Auction, our LIVE! on CET Reimagined event (details coming in the next issue of this magazine!) and more. We are getting 2021 off to a great start and we hope you are too.

To support our community’s young learners, we started airing Let’s Learn, a new hour-long daytime program featuring instruction by educators and virtual field trips for kids ages 3 to 8, especially those learning at home. SOITA also continued to offer a robust schedule of educator-and-student-focused workshops, including new age-specific courses about Google Classroom. We are also creating new videos as part of American Graduate: Getting to Work.

In the production space, we are continuing to produce new episodes of The Art Show and SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar and, as I write this, we are working to build a new remote-interview set-up in our studios, which we can continue to use well after the pandemic has ended. Our team is hard at work on our documentary about women’s suffrage and the second part of The Dayton Arcade: Waking the Giant. Our programming team is also working with local producers to schedule films like Long Story Short and Future Black City. There are also multiple digital projects in the works, including 60-Second SHOWCASE and Hobby Hunting, which will continue with new episodes through the spring.

From PBS, February and March feature shows like Europe’s New Wild; The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song; Fast-Forward; NOVA: Beyond the Elements; Extinction: The Facts; and our March Membership Drive programs.

We are excited to announce that our Summer Action Auction will be held from April 9 to April 19. This event, which complements our fall broadcast auction, will include gift certificates and items best enjoyed during the summer and early fall. Check out our Connecting with CET or Connecting with ThinkTV section of this magazine for more details.

Finally, I want to say thank you. We had a successful year-end giving campaign and are off to a strong start in 2021 thanks to your support. We appreciate your viewership and your membership, which allows us to continue to serve our community.

My best to you.

Kitty Lensman

Kitty Lensman

President & CEO
CET and ThinkTV