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Kent State University Sponsors Western Reserve PBS Program

Posted Jan. 9, 2012 | Foluke Omosun
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Kent State President Lester A. Lefton
recorded an introduction spot for Western
Reserve PBS program NEOtropolis. The
program, which explores the business
and economy of Northeast Ohio, is
sponsored by Kent State.

Kent State University will serve as sponsor of NEOtropolis, a Western Reserve Public Media half-hour television series that explores the business and economy of the Northeast Ohio region.

Hosted by award-winning public radio reporter Luke Frazier, NEOtropolis showcases three forces of change in the Northeast Ohio region – technology, globalization and diversity. The series includes a coordinated field piece and panel discussion that explore how people work, learn, live and play in Northeast Ohio, and how organizations are doing business in new ways.

NEOtropolis profiles educators and a pool of experts, and takes viewers to policy places, including government meetings and other venues, to discover how the region is evolving. The program also features a call-in segment to get feedback from viewers.

Sixteen programs will be broadcast during the sponsorship period, beginning Jan. 10 through June 26. The program will air live on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., and repeat twice a week on Wednesdays at 3:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

More than 780,000 viewers watch Western Reserve PBS every week, which broadcasts over the air on channels 45.1 (WNEO) and 49.1 (WEAO), and is also available on most Northeast Ohio cable and satellite services.

“As a center of educational excellence, Kent State impacts the economic development of the Northeast Ohio region,” says Tom Neumann, associate vice president, University Communications and Marketing. “The university is accomplishing a lot through research, innovations, science, the arts, and more, and contributes to the development of a competitive workforce for the region. NEOtropolis provides us the platform to tell our story and those of other organizations that impact our local economy, and we are proud to be sponsors of the program.”

NEOtropolis will be produced at Kent State’s TeleProductions studio, and offers Kent State students the opportunity to participate in production. Kent State faculty will also be tapped for expertise as needed for studio and field segments.

For more information about the program, visit