2020 cast Broadcast Educational Media Commission (BEMC) in a brighter light as a Pandemic struck around the world. Ohioans increasingly became aware of BEMC as the State's Broadcast Team via the Ohio Channel and Statehouse News Bureau production of regular COVID-19 briefings from Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio's Health Director. BEMC played a key role in sharing the Governor's briefings to Ohio's Public Radio Stations via National Public Radio's (NPR) Content Depot, and to commercial stations across Ohio and the nation via satellite connections.
As the State of Ohio's Broadcast Team, BEMC:
BEMC Executive Director Geoffrey Phillips appreciates the faithful staff that supported public broadcasting in Ohio over the past months.
"Despite the challenges of COVID-19, through social distancing, separating work areas, and providing Proper Protective Equipment, BEMC's lights in our Joint Master Control never went out. Staff has been on duty on-site during the pandemic so Ohioans can continue to enjoy the enrichment of public educational television," said Phillips.
The Broadcast Education Media Commission is highlighting our dedicated, hardworking employees as part of a national celebration of public service. Public Service Recognition Week honors the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees.
Like many of BEMC's employees, Shawn has worked in several areas within the agency. He started 10 years ago in the Video Conferencing Network Operations Center, then moved to Master Control as an Operator before being promoted to Engineering six years ago. 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.
In the last year, Shawn was the agency mentor to a high school senior working on his OhioMeansJobs Readiness certificate. Photos included in this collection were taken while Shawn was demonstrating safe practices in daily tasks. Photo top left was taken during Public Service Recognition Week 2019 with the Engineering Supervisor and Chief of Engineering and Broadcast Operations.
Thank you, Shawn, for your service and dedication to the citizens of the State of Ohio.
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 4–8, 2020. The Broadcast Education Media Commission is highlighting our dedicated, hardworking employees as part of a national celebration of public service.
The past couple of months have shown more than ever that longtime public employees are critical to the health and wellbeing of Ohio citizens. Public employees at all levels of government have pulled together to support their fellow Ohioans in a great time of need.
The current situation makes it difficult to conduct our usual pin ceremonies during Public Service Recognition Week. In the meantime, please join BEMC in offering congratulations and sincere gratitude to the following employees:
Thank you, Tony, Shawn, Tyler and Scott, for your service and dedication to the citizens of the State of Ohio.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Ohio, Broadcast Educational Media Commission (BEMC) has been dedicated to keeping Ohioans informed. Working directly with The Ohio Channel, BEMC connects Governor Mike DeWine’s daily briefings to Ohio Educational Television Stations.
“BEMC serves as a Joint Master Control and is available to all Ohio Educational Television Stations”, according to BEMC Executive Director Geoffrey A. Phillips.
To assist in bridging the digital divide for Ohio’s K-12 students, the Ohio Educational Television Stations will begin a new offering in most communities on Monday, March 30. Educators at the television stations select programming from PBS to provide age and grade-level appropriate, standards-based programs so Ohio students can continue to learn with limited or no internet access. BEMC employees match the schedules from each station with the media from the digital archives for playback in each community.
Additional details about this exciting opportunity for Ohio’s K-12 students are in the attached media release from Ohio Educational Television Stations.
For the first time since Broadcast Educational Media Commission (BEMC) opened its doors, educators are now broadcasting lessons to K-12 classrooms across the State of Ohio from BEMC's 63-year-old facility.
The Commission is excited to play a key role in supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Strategic Initiative through Partnerships. East Central Ohio Educational Service Center's (ECOESC) distance learning educators reach K-12 students across Ohio in partnership with Licking Area Computer Association (LACA).
ECOESC educators, whose specialties include American Sign Language and Mandarin Chinese, had been housed in the Fawcett Center on the OSU campus but were losing their space because of renovations. These educators officially relocated to BEMC’s facility for the 2019/2020 school year. Welcoming the ECOESC teaching staff is a natural fit as BEMC serves to connect academic courses with students across Ohio. While BEMC's primary focus is Public Television for Ohio’s 11 Public TV stations, BEMC connects Ohio’s K-20 classrooms for interactive video distance learning.
In addition to BEMC's Executive Director Geoffrey A. Phillips, Commission Chair Robert C. Smith and Commission Vice-Chair Dr Jan Osborn, the ceremonial event was also attended by State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, LACA Executive Director Chad Carson, ECOESC Superintendent Randy Lucas, MCOECN CEO Geoffrey Andrews, and State Senator Teresa Fedor, as well as staff from the partner organizations.
Governor 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.
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.