Appreciation

6 in favor, 2 absent

WHEREAS,

Terrible recent wildfires in southern California have caused loss of life and destruction of property on an enormous scale throughout the region; and

WHEREAS,

In covering the story, public radio and TV stations, KPBS in San Diego, lost their signals on Mount Miquel the morning of October 23, due to the wildfire; and

WHEREAS,

FM94/9 in San Diego, unaffected by the fire, suspended the broadcast of its music format during the height of the tragedy and carried KPBS-FM's continuous coverage of the unfolding events.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting offers its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to FM94/9 and KPBS for their extraordinary collaboration in providing outstanding coverage to the community of San Diego during the catastrophic events that unfolded in late October of the year 2007.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2007
6 in favor, 2 absent

WHEREAS,

Terrible recent wildfires in southern California have caused loss of life and destruction of property on an enormous scale throughout the region; and

WHEREAS,

Public broadcasters in that region have steadfastly provided vital lifelines of information, both to the hundreds of thousands of persons whom the fires have forced to flee their homes, schools, and workplaces, and to those whose homes and businesses have been destroyed and who must now try to rebuild their lives; and

WHEREAS,

The hard-hit communities of southern California will continue to depend on their public broadcasters during the many months of recovery that lie ahead.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting offers its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the members of the public broadcasting community within southern California for their extraordinary work during this catastrophic event.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2007
6 in favor, 2 absent

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Contributions of

William F. Baker

Public Television Pioneer

President & CEO, Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 1987-2007

Member, PBS Board of Directors

Winner, Six Emmy Awards

The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions of William F. Baker, who has worked tirelessly to ensure that public television reaches its highest educational, entertaining and inspirational potential.

Mr. Baker's service for the last 20 years as president and chief executive officer of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW, has capped a career spanning more than 40 years in diverse aspects of both commercial and public broadcasting.

Under his leadership, WNET began broadcasting 24 hours per day and expanded its role as a leading producer of public television content, including programs such as Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Wide Angle, American Visions, Cyberchase, Frontier House, Slavery and the Making of America, and the landmark telecast of Wagner's "Ring" cycle on The Metropolitan Opera Presents.

Educational Broadcasting Corporation raised more than $1 billion during Baker's tenure and secured the largest endowment in public television history, enabling its move into a state-of-the-art production and broadcast facility and to the forefront of the revolution in digital media.

Mr. Baker's career has shown how passionately he believes in television's potential to help its audiences learn, creating the National Teacher Training Institute, the Educational Resources Center, as well as 24-hour educational channels and on-demand program services for children, and making Thirteen the first public television station to air GED en Espanol.

The Board extends many thanks to William F. Baker for being a trailblazer and steadfast advocate for public television, and for his other innumerable contributions to both commercial and public broadcasting over the years.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2007
6 in favor, 2 absent

Resolved, That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Accomplishment and Vision of

Henry P. Becton, Jr.

President of WGBH, 1984-2007

Member of the Board of Directors, PBS Foundation

Vice Chair of the Association of Public Television Stations

The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Henry P. Becton, Jr., a creative and visionary force whose dedication to public broadcasting for the past 37 years has improved the lives of millions of Americans.

Henry Becton joined WGBH as a producer in 1970, rising to guide the Boston station to become one of public broadcasting's industry leaders. He led WGBH to national prominence as a production powerhouse (the source of such television icons as American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Between the Lions, Curious George, Frontline, Masterpiece Theatre, Mystery!, Nova, and This Old House, and radio's The World and Sound & Spirit) and technological innovator (including as a pioneer in online content and in media access for people who are hearing- or visually impaired).

Beyond the signature series and hundreds of awards lies a track record of unparalleled breadth -- and underlying it all, a profound commitment to public broadcasting's strength of purpose, editorial integrity, and public service mission. The high standards and trailblazing course set by Henry Becton have inspired public broadcasting's distinctive enterprise, and we are deeply grateful.

The Board expresses its admiration and sincere appreciation for Henry Becton's many years of dedication to enhancing the lives of his fellow citizens through public service media.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2007
Six in favor, two absent

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation to

KVZK-TV, Pago Pago, Territory of American Samoa

KGTF-TV, Barrigada, Territory of Guam

KPRG-FM, Hagatna, Territory of Guam

Kaua'i Community Radio, Hanalei, Hawai'i

Hawai'i Public Radio, Honolulu, Hawai'i

and PBS Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i

for their Service to the People of the Pacific Islands

The Public Broadcasting Act calls on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to encourage public telecommunications services that are responsive to the interests of people in particular localities, to address the needs of unserved and underserved, and to ensure that all citizens of the United States have access to public telecommunications services. The public broadcasters of the Pacific Islands have provided invaluable community service as we work together to fulfill this mandate.

Shaped by a geography, history, and mix of cultures distinct from the continental United States, the islands of American Samoa, Guam, and Hawai'i represent unique audiences. We are grateful to the region's public broadcasters, both radio and television, for helping their communities share in public broadcasting's ability to inform, educate, and inspire.

We at CPB are proud to work in partnership with these public broadcasters, and we look forward to building on that partnership in the future.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, August 6, 2007
Six in favor, two absent

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses its Deep Appreciation for the Life and Work of

E. WAYNE BUNDY

Public Broadcasting Champion

Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Murrow Award Winner

The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions to public broadcasting of Wayne Bundy, who championed public radio and television through a career spanning five decades.

Known as "the grandfather of New Mexico public television" for his work at KNME in Albuquerque, Wayne also served as executive director of the Rocky Mountain Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he worked with Congress and other federal officials to ensure that public broadcasting in western states received appropriate funding, assistance, and recognition. In 1991, he received the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Murrow Award for his central role in promoting the growth of public radio in the west.

The Board expresses its gratitude for Wayne Bundy's dedication to public broadcasting and extends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, May 7, 2007
Six in favor, two absent

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses its Deep Appreciation for the Rasmuson Foundation and for its Contributions to Public Broadcasting in the State of Alaska.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes that the Rasmuson Foundation, with deep roots in Alaska and a mission of improving the lives of all Alaskans, has contributed greatly to strengthening public broadcasting in Alaska and throughout the entire country.

Working in partnership with the State of Alaska and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rasmuson Foundation has helped public broadcasting extend its reach through the state, and allowed Alaskans to share in public broadcasting's ability to inform, educate, and inspire.

Elmer Rasmuson, the foundation's first president, noted that helping others is an Alaskan tradition. We at CPB are proud to be part of that tradition, and look forward to continuing it in the future.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, May 7, 2007
Six in favor, two absent

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Expresses its Deep Appreciation for the Life and Work of

JACK VALENTI

Public Servant

Architect of Public Broadcasting

Member, Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1968-75

The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the contributions to public broadcasting of Jack Valenti, who helped shape the modern-day public broadcasting system.

As a member of President Lyndon Baines Johnson's White House staff, Valenti played a key role in drafting and passing the Public Broadcasting Act, which established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. After leaving the White House, Valenti joined the CPB board where he served for seven years.

The Board expresses its gratitude for Jack Valenti's dedication to public broadcasting and extends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, May 7, 2007
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Contributions of

Frank H. Cruz

Member, CPB Board, 1994-2006

Vice Chairman of the Board, 1997-1999 and 2003-2005

Chairman of the Board, 1999-2001

The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Frank Cruz, who, during his long and distinguished tenure on the CPB board, encouraged greater service to underserved populations, stronger links within the public broadcasting community, and more innovative use of new technology.

As the Board's first Hispanic chairman, Frank Cruz encouraged us to be more mindful of America's changing demographics. His leadership helped produce breakthrough programs like American Family, the first Latino drama to air in primetime, and Maya and Miguel, a show specifically designed to aid children in English language acquisition. He also played an important role in assisting Latino Public Broadcasting, a member of CPB's Minority Consortia, through its early days.

Frank Cruz built relationships with his peers both within the public broadcasting community and with the many civic organizations who share our strong interest in public service. He urged new voices be heard and through public broadcasting helped connect these voices more closely to their communities.

The Board expresses its gratitude to Frank Cruz, who has been a determined advocate for public broadcasting, an invaluable colleague, and a treasured friend.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
6 in favor, 2 absent

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Contributions of

Fred DeMarco

Executive Vice President, CPB

Convener of the Modern Public Broadcasting System

Winner, Ralph Lowell Medal

The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting extends its sincere thanks to Fred DeMarco for his role in creating the modern public broadcasting system and his contributions to the success of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Throughout his nearly two decades at CPB, Fred DeMarco has focused on strengthening relationships throughout the public broadcasting system, creating an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in which issues and opportunities -- from the funding crisis of the mid 1990's to the challenges of new technology -- could be addressed in a collegial way. That spirit of collegiality and cooperation provides a strong foundation for advancing public broadcasting's mission far into the future.

Fred DeMarco brought to this work a deep grounding in history, a thorough knowledge of the issues, and commitment to the people who make public broadcasting a reality. His accomplishments have been recognized by his peers with every major public broadcasting award, including CPB's Lowell Award.

We, the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are profoundly grateful for the work, leadership, commitment, and friendship of Fred DeMarco.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2006