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Governor DeWine names Robert C. Smith as new BEMC Chair - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Photo of new BEMC Commission Chair, Robert C. SmithGovernor Mike DeWine today named Robert C. Smith as the new BEMC Chairman effective July 1, 2019. He succeeds Mark Filippell who completes six years as BEMC Chairman on June 30. Chairman Smith, given a four-year term to the BEMC Commission by Governor DeWine, is Partner and Cleveland Market Leader for Cerity Partners LLC. In another state government role, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of JobsOhio, a private non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. Chairman Smith is a former chairman of Ohio Public TV station ideastream in Cleveland. 

With this appointment, the Commission has a full slate of Commissioners to begin the new Fiscal Year. For more information about BEMC's Commissioners and 2020-2021 public meeting dates, click here.

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COMMISSION CHAIR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT - Friday, May 10, 2019

Commission Chair Mark A. Filippell

BEMC Chair Mark A. Filippell announced at May 9th Commission meeting that he would retire from BEMC Commission at the completion of his term on June 30, 2019. Serving as Commission Chair since September 2013, Mr. Filippell has ushered in an era of modernization for the agency. BEMC Vice Chair Dr. Jan Osborn noted that Mr. Filippell was appreciated by the Commission for his friendliness, enthusiasm, energy, and humor. Commissioner George Sarantou presented Mr. Filippell with a resolution of recognition from Governor Mike DeWine’s Office. BEMC staff also presented Mr. FIlippell with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the citizens of Ohio.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK - SENIORITY - Thursday, May 9, 2019

PPhoto of Craig, who will receive 25 year service pin on May 9, 2019ublic Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.  This year, Public Service Awareness Week is May 5 –11, 2019. The Broadcast Education Media Commission is highlighting our dedicated, hardworking employees as part of a national celebration of public service. 

The State of Ohio celebrates employee service at five-year intervals with service pins.   This year, BEMC has two employees receiving service pins. During the May 9th Commission meeting, Chief of Engineering and Broadcast Operations Craig will receive his 25-year service pin. Master Control Operator Paul received his 15-year service pin.

Please join us in congratulating Craig and Paul on their service to the citizens of Ohio.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK - MASTER CONTROL - Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.  This year, Public Service Awareness Week is May 5 –11, 2019. The Broadcast Education Media Commission is highlighting our dedicated, hardworking employees as part of a national celebration of public service.Photos of Master Control Operators.

Master Control Operators are primarily responsible for  24/7/365 hour monitoring and successful execution of playlists. Most are graduates of Hocking Technical College, Ohio University or Bowling Green University. Some of BEMC's most experienced staff are Master Control Operators. The combined broadcasting experience of Lisa, Paul, Tyler, Steve, Jackie, Bryan, Scott, and Tony is 216 years!  Prior employers include WWHO-53 (TV), Channel 51 (TV), WWJM N106 New Lex (radio), WYNO Nelsonville (radio), Channel 28 (TV), WOSU-TV, Delphos Radio, and the Dispatch.

Looking forward to FY2020 and beyond, Master Control Operators are critical to the operational infrastructure that services the broadcast needs of our Public TV partners.  

 

PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK - MEDIA MANAGERS - Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.  This year, Public Service Awareness Week is May 5 –11, 2019. The Broadcast Education Media Commission is highlighting our dedicated, hardworking employees as part of a national celebration of public service.Photos of Media Managers.

Traditionally, BEMC has employed staff in Master Control, Engineer and Traffic roles. Migrating to central casting has shifted the critical Traffic role to the Ohio Public TV stations.  Stations are fully in control of each channel's playlist. To better coordinate with and response to Ohio Public TV stations' needs, BEMC created the new role of Media Manager.  Media Managers are a central point of contact for Ohio Public TV stations to address new concerns and communicate problem resolution.

The group of five Media Managers includes three new hires in addition to promotions from different BEMC departments.

  • Richard is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. He transferred to BEMC from Toledo Correctional Institute, where he was serving as a Correctional Officer.
  • Daryn joined BEMC after 19 years of broadcast experience in Master Control and Traffic roles at Sinclair Broadcasting and WOSU-TV.  He has several years of experience working in a multi-station broadcast hub, navigating a variety of systems, logs, and playlists for multiple markets.
  • Jasmine was most recently a Master Control Operator at ABC 6 / FOX 28 in Columbus.  Previously she was a radio board operator at Cox Media Group in Dayton and a production assistant for ideastream at The Ohio Channel.
  • Tony began with BEMC in 2016 as a part-time employee in the Video Conferencing Network Operations Center. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University (Communications/Theatre) and Capital University Law School (Government Affairs). Tony's work as a freelance writer has earned him recognition in this area.
  • Bruce was initially hired by BEMC in 2014 as a part-time employee in the Video Conferencing Network Operations Center. Previously he was employed as the Learning Resources Center Manager at Strayer University and the Director of Library Services at DeVry.

Looking forward to FY2020 and beyond, Media Managers are critical to responding to and coordinating with our Public TV partners to meet their broadcast and educational service needs.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK - ENGINEERING - Monday, May 6, 2019

Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.  This year, Public Service Awareness Week is May 5 –11, 2019. The Broadcast Education Media Commission is highlighting our dedicated, hardworking employees as part of a national celebration of public service.   

BEMC’s Engineering Department consists of four individuals who provide 24/7/365 hour tier 2 coverage for the agency’s broadcast operations.   

Photo of Engineering Staff. Fr right: Shawn, Craig and Eric.    Chief of Engineer and Broadcast Operations, Craig
    Engineering Supervisor, Eric
    Engineers Shawn and John

The diverse backgrounds of each member of Engineering bring fresh perspectives to resolving issues and creating solutions. As the head of Engineering, Craig has a strong background in traditional engineering and broadcast operations.  Originally hired as a Master Control Operator in 2012, John came to work for us from the radio industry, with experience working for Champlain Radio Group in Vermont, WRZZ-FM in Parkersburg, W.VA and WATH, Inc. in scenic Athens, Ohio. Eric's experience as a Master Control Operator at WSFJ TV-51 and Systems/Network Engineer at the Ohio Supercomputer Center led him to a position with us as a Master Control Operator in 2007.  He was later promoted to Engineer, then to Engineering Supervisor. Like John and Eric, Shawn was also promoted from within the agency, starting in the Video Conferencing Network Operations Center, then to Master Control before joining Engineering. 

During the modernization project of the last several years, each member of this team has been able to draw on the depth of their experiences to design and implement central casting for Ohio's Public TV stations. Looking forward to FY2020 and beyond, Engineering employees are critical to the technical and operational infrastructure that is responsive to and coordinated with the broadcast and educational service needs of our Public TV partners.

 

40 Years of Public Service to Radio Reading Services - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On February 13, 1979, Dave Brinkley and his brother walked into Akron's radio reading service to volunteer their time. Now Dave is the Radio Reading Services Manager for WEYE Seeing Eye Radio, Goodwill’s Radio Reading Service.  

The mission of Goodwill’s WEYE Seeing Eye Radio is to provide the opportunity for those with vision loss in Summit, Portage, Medina and Ashland and Richland Counties to stay connected with the world around them by providing access to the printed word through the use of technology and volunteer readers. WEYE Seeing Eye Radio endeavors to provide a radio receiver to every resident who wants one and to implement technological advancements to help provide access to those who desire and have a need for the radio reading service.

Please join us in thanking Dave for his dedication and service to fellow Ohioans.

Craig Stevenson and Dave Brinkley at WEYE Seeing Eye Radio during Fall 2018 visit

 

Groundbreaking School Leadership Starts With Vision - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WOUB has created an incredible video series on the "Tools of Effective Principal Leadership" & they start with "Vision".  They are a great warm-up to (or take-away from) the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council's 2018 Action Forum

Multimedia Production Project Grant is a joint initiative among Broadcast Educational Media Commission, Ohio's Public Television Stations, and the Ohio Department of Education. For more detailed information, visit ODE's Ohio Standards for Principals.

 

Career Connections Webinar Recordings Available On YouTube - Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Thank you everyone who participated in the Career Connections webinars with the Ohio Department of Education and members of the Ohio Distance Learning Association! Recordings available are available on the Ohio Distance Learning Association and Broadcast Educational Media Commission YouTube Channels:

https://www.youtube.com/user/ohiodla13

https://www.youtube.com/c/BroadcastEducationalMediaCommission

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Photos from webinars

 

BEMC Replaces 25 year old Satellite Dish - Friday, July 6, 2018

Engineers replaced a twenty-year-old satellite dish during June 2018. The new satellite dish will allow us to obtain content with increased reliability. Our interconnections support programming from nationally funded public broadcasting organizations and Ohio public broadcast stations.

BEMC replaces satellite dish

 

Project Spotlight: The Science of Climate - Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Multimedia Grant project has a long history of supporting educational initiatives for Ohioans. This project is a joint initiative among Broadcast Educational Media Commission, the Ohio Department of Education, and Ohio's Public Television Stations. Project Spotlight presents The Science of Climate, brought to you by the Broadcast Educational Media Commission, the Ohio Department of Education, and WOUB:

To see more videos created by the Ohio Public Television stations, please follow the link to BEMC's YouTube page.

 

Connecting Ohio's Students to the World through the OARnet Connection - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Since funding Telecommunity and Interactive Video Distance Learning (IVDL) projects in the late 1990's, the State of Ohio has continued to support efforts to expand opportunities to students. Project Spotlight presents Connecting Ohio's Students to the World through the OARnet Connection, brought to you by the Broadcast Educational Media Commission and OARnet:

Together with this introductory video, OARnet has created a Case Study on their website for more information:  https://www.oar.net/case-studies/bemc_oarnet_enable_distance_learning_opportunities  

For more information about collaboration opportunities and connecting with providers:

 To see more videos created by the Ohio Public Television stations, please follow the link to BEMC's YouTube page.