From Our President & CEO – December 2022

Public Media Connect's President/CEO

Dear Member,

Welcome to December and the official start of winter! I hope you find time during the busy holiday season to relax and enjoy all your public television stations have to offer – on-air and online.

If you’re still looking for gift ideas, Passport – our streaming video service – is a wonderful benefit available with a yearly or monthly membership to ThinkTV or CET. Passport offers access to more than 1,500 episodes of your favorite PBS shows. December is also an excellent time to consider those year-end, tax-deductible donations. More information is available at www.thinktv.org/support and
www.cetconnect.org/support as well as in
the station news section of this magazine.

In October, our production team, in coordination with WVXU and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, produced the debate for Ohio’s 1st congressional district at our CET studios. Thank you to everyone who made the debate in Cincinnati possible. The digital team also hit a 50-episode milestone for our digital series, Hobby Hunting.

Our education department recently premiered new YouTube videos for Talking Jobs and Engineering Your Future: Middle School Edition. Our podcast, For the Love of EdTech, is getting great traction in the education community. And our statewide education initiative, Ohio Learns 360, is in full swing with weekly after-school 360 programs, monthly family webinars and quarterly virtual field trips. Two family webinars and one virtual field trip are available to stream in English and Spanish on the PBS App and at OhioLearns360.org.

What holiday season would be complete without holiday programming? This month Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2022 finds the midwives moving the maternity ward into new premises. Christmas with Mary Berry & Friends is packed with her delicious recipes for a three-course feast. Mary and her friends will help you prep, shop and plan before the big day itself. The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life, makes the case that when Frank Capra made his classic Christmas tale with James Stewart and Donna Reed, he had Seneca Fall, NY in mind. Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas explores how many of the classic holiday songs were written by Jewish songwriters and looks at other Jewish traditions around Hanukkah. O Holy Night: Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir features the 360-member choir backed by a 150-member orchestra. United in Song: A New Year’s Eve Special rings in the New Year with a concert taped at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.

From in-studio productions to educational podcasts to holiday programming – it’s all possible because of you. Thank you for supporting CET and ThinkTV.

Have a wonderful holiday season!



President & CEO
CET and ThinkTV