From Our President & CEO

Kitty LensmanAugust/September 2020

Dear Member,

I’d like to introduce myself as the next President and CEO of Public Media Connect – CET, ThinkTV and SOITA. I’m no stranger to Public Broadcasting – my 34-year career has been dedicated to the mission of Public Media and, for the last 21 years, I’m proud to have called this region my home. It’s an incredible honor to work with some of the most dedicated, talented and creative colleagues in our industry. I look forward to leading this organization – continuing the great work in educational services, quality programming and creation of local content for our communities.

All of this is made possible by your generous membership support. So, thank you.

As I write this letter, we still face unprecedented times in our nation. Our local communities still anticipate working remotely, possibly teaching our children at home for another school year, and facing the unrest and racial tension felt by many throughout many communities.

CET and ThinkTV will continue to strive to provide tools and services for our families, students and teachers during this time. Also, our mission to provide a place where voices can come together to share an honest, but healthy, dialogue, has never been more important.

This commitment to our local communities is what makes us more than just television stations.

We just concluded our June membership campaign and are proud to say we enjoyed your trust, viewership and support.
The more than 30,000 members who support CET and ThinkTV made this campaign, our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign and our Day of Giving successful.

This year we will face some cut backs in our State funding for our educational services. While we anticipated some of this shortfall, it comes at a time when we are working harder to provide even more educational services for our learners across many different media platforms. Your support means we will be able to continue to meet the needs of our community and it comes exactly when we need it most.

There is much to enjoy on our stations over the next few months. We will launch our online and on-air CET/ThinkTV Action Auction from September 9 through September 12. There are many items to explore and I encourage you to preview the items online, tune in and bid high. We also have some wonderful new programs to enjoy, including Season 7 of Endeavour and ABBA Forever – A Celebration in August as well as Hacking Your Mind, Islands of Wonder and the newly re-imagined Van Der Valk coming in September.

By the way, if you’re looking for our regular programming during our membership drives, you can find those shows on
CET 48.2, ThinkTV 16.2 and ThinkTV 14.2.

Hope to thank you in person soon. All the Best,

Kitty Lensman

Kitty Lensman

President & CEO
CET and ThinkTV