From Our President & CEO – April 2024

Public Media Connect's President/CEO

Dear Member,

Poet T. S. Eliot wrote “April is the cruelest month…,” but I disagree. April brings brighter days, spring flowers and the chance for me to say “Thank You” to all our Members who joined or renewed their membership support during our March Membership Campaign. It’s your support that makes everything we do possible.

Our production team has uploaded the first podcast episodes of our new community affairs program, Brick by Brick, and is putting the finishing touches on our latest documentary on Dayton artist and educator Bing Davis.

As we approach the end of the school year, students, parents and educators will find many adventures to stream through our statewide educational initiative, Ohio Learns 360, including the Cleveland Museum of History, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and Gorman Heritage Farm. More information is available on our websites and at PBSLearningMedia.org.

Our development department is hard at work preparing for our online Summer Action Auction. Next month, you’ll be able to bid on certificates for events and activities to be used during the summer and early fall.

Local productions are a vital part of Public Media Connect; they focus on the people and stories that exist in the communities we serve. We’ve created a new local programming block for Sunday afternoons that will air simultaneously on CET and ThinkTV16. This local production showcase starts in May and will feature all local programs, documentaries and specials.

This month PBS national programming features the premiere of Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator, which explores how one man was able to overthrow nearly five centuries of ancient Roman democracy in only 16 years. Just in time for the total solar eclipse, NOVA: Great American Eclipse follows scientists as they work to unlock secrets of our Sun. Mr Bates vs The Post Office, from MASTERPIECE, is a four-part series based on the real-life British Post Office scandal that sparked public outrage in the UK. American Experience debuts Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy of Love Canal which delves into one of the largest, most notorious environmental and public health disasters in U.S. history and shows how the battle for justice, led mostly by women, created the basis for the landmark federal Superfund program.

There are also some great new programs on PBS Passport, including America the Bountiful, My Life is Murder and Table for All with Buki Elegbede.

From local productions and podcasts to educational projects to national PBS programming – it’s all available because of you. Thank you for supporting Public Media Connect – CET and ThinkTV.



President & CEO
CET and ThinkTV

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