Grit. Welcome here.

09.01.2021

Hello PBS12 community! We are so delighted to have you here with us, always! As summer comes to a close, we enter my favorite time of year, the Fall. For me, it has always seemed like a season of possibilities. I assume because that’s when school started, but I still feel excitement as the days grow slightly cooler and we all sleep a little deeper. It’s also a perfect time to get back to our routines and catch up on our favorite shows. We have some fantastic things in store for you that I’m excited to tell you about!

This month we’re exploring the concepts around grit. It’s a term that is bandied about that seems to be related to toughness or picking yourself up by your bootstraps. But that’s not the kind of grit we’re trying to understand and indeed, tell important stories about. Grit, to us, is about passion and it’s a process for mastery of something you care about over time.

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Generation GRIT, a PBS12 original program we’re pioneering with a group of amazing young Coloradans, experts, and nonprofits. The G.R.I.T. in our series stands for grow, restore, inspire, and transform, and it’s something we see a lot of in Generation Z.

The series is an attempt to get inside the minds of this storied and dynamic group and have a look into what our future could be. From what we’re learning, they’re ready to grow, restore, inspire, and transform to help build a better world. In a hosted discussion format, you’ll meet young people who are passionate and thinking hard about issues like the emotional and intelligence quotients of music and healing, financial literacy, gender identity, suicide prevention and mental health, the environment and climate, homelessness and more.

Being able to share the perspectives of committed youth who are speaking up for what they believe in is in the heart and soul of PBS12. It aligns with our core values of inclusion and respecting others’ viewpoints. Generation GRIT debuts on-air and online on October 1 at 7 p.m.

Speaking of passion, we’re delighted to bring the story of Frank Mechau to you in Mechau. This PBS12 original documentary shares the life of one of Colorado’s finest artists, who left an indelible mark in the art world and the state of Colorado, including being commissioned to paint no fewer than 11 murals in various post office and several government buildings around the country. Tune in for Mechau on September 15 at 8:30 p.m.

A couple of other programming notes that we’re feeling passionate about… our new (exclusive to Colorado) series, The Indian Doctor joins our regular Monday drama lineup at 8 p.m. on September 13th, right before season 4 of Unforgotten on Masterpiece, which airs at 9 p.m. Both are beautifully acted and sure to please.

Like the young people you’ll meet in Generation GRIT, we’re committed to learning and making a difference in our community. We want to hear your ideas about what issues you’re concerned about and what you’re doing to solve them. Please share them on our contact us page.

As the summer days fade and the excitement of Fall and all of its wonder is right around the corner, we look forward to sharing some time with you.

With resolve,

Kim C
Interim President & General Manager