The 2014 Public Media Summit Schedule


All sessions to be held at the Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown Hotel,
2401 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
(unless otherwise noted)

Please take a moment to download a PDF version of
the 2014 Public Media Summit schedule.



9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.University Licensee AssociationLatrobe Room
Contact: Polly Anderson,
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Board Orientation Roosevelt Room
(APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Board members and APTS staff only)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Annual Board Meetings Roosevelt Room
(Open Meetings)
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Major Market Group Culpeper Room
Contact: Dennis Haarsager,
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Board Lunch Sulgrave Room
(APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Board members and APTS staff only)


8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Registration for The 2014 Public Media Summit Ballroom Foyer
12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Exhibition Hall Open Ballroom Foyer
12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.Refreshments Exhibition Hall Ballroom Foyer
Meet the exhibitors of The 2014 Public Media Summit while you mix and mingle with your colleagues before The Summit begins.
Sponsored by Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP  and  Penn Hill Group
1:30 p.m – 3:45 p.m.General Session Ballroom
Welcome to The 2014 Public Media Summit and the 35th Anniversary of APTS. Join us for opening remarks from Polly Anderson, APTS Board Chair, as we kick off The 2014 Public Media Summit.

Enjoy highlights of the last 35 years with a special guest, Bruce Christensen, 2nd President and CEO of APTS and longest-serving President of PBS.

A Spectrum of Service: Education, Public Safety and Citizenship is the theme of The 2014 Public Media Summit. Come hear exactly what that means from a powerhouse of strategic partners.

The panel on public safety will include: Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA); Charles Murph, Assistant Director, State of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency; and Becky Magura, General Manager, WCTE in Cookeville, TN.

The panel on education will include: Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and President of the Council of Chief State School Officers; and Nancy Carpenter, Senior Director for Education, KET in Kentucky. Moderating the panel will be Hilma Prather, APTS Board Member and member of the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, the governing board of KET.

Governor Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana, will explore public television’s treatment of its viewers as citizens rather than consumers, and he’ll explain why he recommended State funding for public television for the first time in eight years in the Hoosier State.

3:45 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.Break Exhibition Hall Ballroom Foyer
Please take this opportunity to meet with The 2014 Public Media Summit Exhibitors. Learn about their companies, thank them for their contributions and support for public television, and register to win prizes.
Sponsored by Fast Forward from KET
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions (Closed to Press)
  • Lay Leaders Session – Roosevelt
    Cait Beroza, Advocacy & Social Media Manager, APTS, and Stacey Karp, Director, Communications, APTS.

    Leadership Council Members and lay leaders will have an opportunity to hear an update on the Leadership Council’s work and the Protect My Public Media grassroots campaign. This is a great way for lay leaders to network, ask questions about meeting with their federal lawmakers and discuss their stations’ work addressing local community needs.

  • General Managers and Station Staff Session – Ballroom
    Lonna Thompson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, APTS, and Ted Krichels, SVP, System Development and Media Strategy, CPB.

    GMs and station staff will have the opportunity to hear the findings from the recent study on spectrum by Booz & Company commissioned by CPB, and engage in a discussion with station colleagues about spectrum uses, the auction and repacking.        

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.35th Anniversary Reception Exhibition Hall Ballroom Foyer
Join the APTS Board and staff as we welcome Summit participants and sponsors, catch up with old friends and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Association of Public Television Stations.
Sponsored by LocusPoint Networks
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Dinner Ballroom
Our friends in Japanese public broadcasting will give us their perspective on public service media and the future of broadcasting.  Ms. Minori Takao, host of Asia This Week, will be the special guest speaker for the evening.
Sponsored by NHK WORLD TV
7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Registration Ballroom Foyer
10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Exhibition Hall Open Ballroom Foyer
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Breakfast SessionReimagining Radio with Kinsey Wilson, Chief Content Officer, NPR Ballroom
Join Kinsey Wilson for insights into how NPR and NPR Member Stations are expanding public radio’s ability to deliver in-depth coverage of news and culture –   while reimagining the public radio experience for digital listening. Hear the latest on NPR’s newest “verticals” – education; global health and development; and race, ethnicity and culture. And get the digital download on the creation of a seamless local-national listening platform expected to launch this Spring that will help deliver the work of NPR and stations to tens of millions of Americans everywhere they want it, in words, images and sound. Join the conversation about the vision and values that are driving NPR’s digital and broadcast audience ambitions.
Sponsored by NPR
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.General Session – Ballroom
APTS will hold its Annual Membership Meeting and introduce the new members of the APTS and APTS Action, Inc. Boards.

Please join Patrick Butler, President and CEO of APTS, as he shares his vision of the future of public media.

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.Break Exhibition HallBallroom Foyer
Please use this opportunity to learn more about our exhibitors by following up on your conversations from yesterday. Each time you visit with them you increase your chances to win some great prizes.
Sponsored by Free To Choose Network
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.General Session (Closed to Press) Ballroom
Jennifer Kieley, Director, Government Relations, APTS, and Kate Riley, Director, Government Relations, APTS

The APTS legislative team will provide a dynamic presentation of the public television issues that are front and center in Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Lunch Session Ballroom
Join CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison and special guests Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.

Senator Collins will be honored with the CPB Thought Leader Award, which is given to leaders who affirm the essential value provided by public media to the American people.

Ken Burns will give us a preview of his film “The Address.” “The Address,” funded as part of the American Graduate initiative, showcases students with learning challenges from a small school in Putney, Vermont who memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address every year for an audience of parents. The program will also feature a video message from some “friendly neighbors” that live on a very special public media street.
Sponsored by CPB

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.General Session Ballroom
Join us for an extraordinary opportunity to hear from all five members of the Federal Communications Commission on the future of spectrum auctions, public broadcasting and media in general.

Have your own questions ready about repacking, channel sharing, transition expenses, universal service, spectrum valuation, broadcast standards, mobile TV, public safety or anything else these experts in telecommunications can answer for you.

We are honored to welcome FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (by video) and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel (by video), Ajit Pai and Mike O’Rielly.

APTS Future of Media Task Force advisor Anne Schelle, Venture Partner, Acta Wireless, will moderate this discussion with APTS COO Lonna Thompson.

Please help us honor this year’s David J. Brugger Lay Leadership awardee: APTS Board Vice-Chair Edmund Driggs.

3:45 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.Break Exhibition Hall Ballroom Foyer
This will be your last opportunity to meet with our exhibitors. Please stop by to thank the exhibitors once again as you continue to register to win prizes.
Sponsored by LG Electronics
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Legislative Consultants Panel (Closed to Press) Ballroom
Please help us honor a Champion of Public Broadcasting Representative Don Young (R-AK).

The APTS Action, Inc. legislative consultants will lead a discussion about the current political environment for public media.

Panelists include:
J. Keith Kennedy, Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker Donelson
The Honorable Steve LaTourette, President, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies
Danica Petroshius, Principal, Penn Hill Group
Domenic Ruscio, Partner, Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Dinner Event Ballroom
Children’s Educational Media Matters: Why public media is essential for school readiness.

As the national conversation turns towards the critical role of early childhood education, join PBS President Paula Kerger to hear new findings outlining the importance parents place on public media for help preparing children for school followed by a discussion with Pat Butler and Pat Harrison. 

APTS prize drawing will be done at the conclusion of this event. (Must be present to win.)
Sponsored by PBS


7:00 a.m.Bus Loading/ Transportation to Capitol Hill Breakfast
Fairmont Side Lobby Entrance (M Street)
Sponsored by Covington and Burling and Wiley Rein LLP
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Breakfast Program Members Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Join us for a breakfast on the Hill as we present our first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), a Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and our station Advocacy Awards. We’ll also hear from some of public television’s most powerful and articulate supporters, including Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), as we prepare for Capitol Hill Day.
Sponsored by CARS
All DayCapitol Hill Day
All DayCapitol Hill Day Debrief with APTS Staff
Join APTS Communications Director Stacey Karp in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel to provide feedback on your Hill meetings.