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Dan Soles Joins The Programming Service for Public Television as Vice President of Programming
Tampa, FL (October 16, 2019) – BaBette Davidson, President and CEO of The Programming Service for Public Television announced that Dan Soles will join the organization as Vice President of Programming.
“The Programming Service is fortunate to have a person of Dan’s caliber join our team.” said Davidson, “His experience and passion for the system will be a perfect fit for the quality our clients have become accustomed to.” In reference to his new position, Soles said, “I am very excited to be part of the wonderful team at The Programming Service. It has been a privilege to be part of the public television family for so many years and I am gratified to be joining a group that shares my passion and dedication to this industry. I look forward to collaborating with PBS stations around the country to help them meet the mission of public media.”
Soles has been in public media for over 27 years. Soles received his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in Atlanta. He began his career at Georgia Public Broadcasting where he was Assistant Program Manager. Since 1995 Dan worked at WTTW Chicago where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Television Content Officer for the last 13 years. In his role there, he oversaw programming, local and national productions, on-air fundraising and community engagement. Dan serves on the boards of Latino Public Broadcasting and Free Spirit Media. Dan has also been a panelist and on advisory boards for PBS Kids, ITVS, The National Endowment for the Humanities and is a past president of PTPA.
Founded in 1996, The Programming Service for Public Television is based in Tampa and currently serves 37 PBS client stations across the country. The company provides strategic program scheduling customized for each market across all platforms, consults on station program-purchase decisions and guides in crafting on-air fundraising schedules in markets including Oklahoma, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Tampa, Miami, and Detroit among others.
Vice President of The Programming Service for Public Television Awarded Jerry Trainor Award
Tampa, FL (October 9, 2019)
Justin Harvey, Vice President of The Programming Service for Public Television, was recently awarded the Jerry Trainor Mentorship Award from the PTPA. This prestigious award “recognizes exemplary leadership and extraordinary mentorship among programmers”. Harvey first began working in programming in the fall of 2005 when he became Assistant Program Manager at Nashville Public Television. Harvey joined The Programming Service in the spring of 2018 as Vice President of Programming. “I cannot think of anyone who exemplifies the character of a mentor more than Justin Harvey. Justin has been my professional mentor for the last 4 and a half years. Before I joined NPT, I was at a transitional point in my career. I had worked in TV tangentially through live production but had no formal training in TV programming. To say that Justin took me under his wing and changed my professional trajectory is an understatement. He took the time to teach me and gave me the space and trust to thrive.” said Jessica Turk, a former colleague, who nominated Justin for the award. In reference to the award, Harvey said, “It was truly an honor for me to be chosen for this award. We have such an incredible system full of caring people who are doing great work in their communities and there are many people who have shared their time and expertise with me. I love what we do and I am happy to help in any way that I can.” Justin Harvey has previously won a number of other awards such as an Emmy, Telly, and NETA awards, but Harvey states that, “This award is the most meaningful I have ever received. It was a very special night for me to be recognized by my peers for doing the work that we all love.” BaBette Davidson, President and CEO of The Programming service added, “We are so proud of Justin and grateful that he is putting all his incredible talents to work in behalf of our clients. He continues to lead and mentor in his role at TPS!”