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From Our President & CEO – August 2022

Public Media Connect's President/CEO

Dear Member,

Welcome to the waning weeks of summer! First off, I would like to thank you for a successful fiscal year end and Day of Giving. Your support makes everything we do for our communities possible. I’m excited to update you this month, especially when it comes to our work in education.

While many of our school districts are still on summer break, our Educational Services department has been hard at work all summer helping students, educators and families. CET and ThinkTV are putting the finishing touches on two series of educational videos. One of the projects is called Talking Jobs and is designed to help students think about their future pathways and explore careers – the series was developed from a student point of view. Another project, which is for middle school students, is called  Engineering Your Future. This project is designed to encourage students to go into engineering and related fields and features a dynamic, young on-camera host, graphics and animation.

Our other big education project in the works, Ohio Learns 360, is a collaboration of Ohio’s PBS stations working to help accelerate learning during out-of-school time, providing PBS resources to local summer programs, after-school programs and families at home. Ohio Learns 360 is designed to help kids learn, even when they’re not in school. Our team has been busy planning and collaborating and that work is kicking off in earnest this fall.

Now let’s talk about programming. Music is well represented this month with new shows from Bela Fleck, Coldplay and Chris Botti. August will see the end of Season 7 of Grantchester and the finale of The Great American Recipe.

Looking forward to September, Masterpiece Mystery is back in a big way this fall – stay tuned for information about new seasons of Guilt, Van Der Valk, Miss Scarlet and the Duke, and the new Magpie Murders series. We’re also looking forward to new specials from NOVA, Nature and more.

Also in September, our CET/ThinkTV Action Auction returns with our on-air showcase of items and online bidding. Online bidding starts on September 5, with the on-air showcase of items being broadcast the evenings of September 7 through September 10 on CET and ThinkTV16. Additional information is included in the Station News section of this magazine.

From educational projects to programming to events – it’s all possible, thanks to your generous support.

Enjoy the final weeks of summer.

All the best,

Kitty


Kitty

President & CEO
CET and ThinkTV