From Our President & CEO – July 2024

Public Media Connect's President/CEO

Dear Member,

Welcome to July and welcome to our members who joined or renewed their support during our June Membership Campaign. Your support makes everything we do possible – from local productions to educational initiatives to PBS programming – it’s all available to the communities we serve because of you. Thank you.

Thank you as well to everyone who attended CET is ME at MadTree Brewing last month. It was an evening of activities, food and fun as we honored four community heroes in the Cincinnati arts.

This month we celebrate 70 years of CET, the first licensed public television station in the United States. WCET began broadcasting on July 26, 1954, from a converted closet on the third floor of Music Hall! We’ve come a long way since then and we look forward to continuing to serve the people of Southwest Ohio.

Our education department has completed work on Ohio Learns 360 (OL360), the statewide initiative that accelerated learning for Ohio students in grades K-5 with free resources for after-school and summer programs as well as families at home. Our last OL360 webinar is about fighting the “summer slide” and is available on our ThinkTV YouTube channel. We also have some amazing resources for kids who are home for the summer — visit the Education and Kids & Family sections of our websites for more information.

Our production team continues to work on our community affairs program, Brick by Brick: Solutions for a Thriving Community. New podcasts are uploaded bi-weekly and the producers would like your feedback. Visit the Brick by Brick page on our websites to listen to the podcasts and let us know what you think about the housing crisis and what a thriving community looks like to you.

Wonderful programming from PBS is coming your way this month. A Capitol Fourth, now a 46-year tradition, returns to honor our country’s birthday with an all-star salute from Washington, D.C. NOVA’s Sea Change is a three-part series about a sea within a sea, which is warming 99 percent faster than the global ocean. Hotel Portofino returns for Season 3 and finds Bella preparing for her father and sister’s arrival.

I am often asked, “What sets Public Television apart from all the other broadcast services available?” The answer is simple: It is our commitment to produce local programming that is meaningful for families and future generations, our engagement with the communities we serve and, most of all, the educational services we provide to our students, teachers and life-long learners. This is why your support makes such a difference. Thank you!



President & CEO
CET and ThinkTV

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