This month, on April 21 and April 29, Western Reserve PBS will showcase a 3.5-hour block of the best television programming that Northeast Ohio has to offer. What makes this programming so good? It’s all about you and the people, places and ideas that make our region—in our humble opinion—the best place to live, work, play and learn.
Two of the five programs we have chosen to broadcast are premieres: THE WOMEN WHO HELPED WIN A WAR and A MORE PERFECT UNION. We are offering this first view during this time because Saturday, April 21, from 6-9:30 p.m. isn’t just any old time slot on any old day. It’s the day we have chosen to celebrate our local programs and the independent producers who create them.
It will be a local programming party! We are going to conjure up excitement and support so that our commitment to telling stories that inform, entertain and enlighten viewers about Northeast Ohio will continue well into the digital, multi-platform future.
Before and after every uninterrupted program we are going to spend 10 minutes letting people know the importance of keeping quality, trustworthy local storytelling alive. We are also going to ask viewers to partner with us by making a $20-per-month sustainer donation to keep local programs on our air.
We are shooting for a total goal of $20,000. This means that we are counting on an average of 14 people during each break to call us and say, “Yes, we appreciate that Western Reserve PBS is locally owned and operated and dedicated to telling stories about Northeast Ohio, and we are willing to back that up with a $20-a-month sustainer pledge.”
These days the owners of commercial broadcast television stations do not live in the area. Cable and satellite companies are headquartered in faraway places and it is very difficult to trace the origins of most internet stories.
Locally owned and operated public television stations are the last bastion dedicated to creating programming that reflects our region’s identity. Western Reserve PBS has presented many local programs over the years, but we want to do more, with your support.
Please tune in on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 6 p.m., or Sunday, April 29, beginning at 3 p.m. Stay with us the entire evening and call in with your $20-a-month sustainer pledge of support.