I’ve become a big fan of tracing my family history. The popularity of The Learning Channel’s “Who Do You Think You Are”, and PBS’s “Finding Your Roots” suggest it is of interest to many. Today we are passing on heritage in a transformed world where relatives are spread out across states – or even worse – across boroughs, with a curiosity of how life was ‘back then.’ How has the past shaped who we are?   In any event, I hope you will agree that there is value in taking stock in where you came from.

In these past months, we tried to provide some insight to the history and evolution of CTN. There have been some twists and turns in our history but we have stayed steady to our mission to provide educational media to enhance Elementary and High School teaching. NET TV has taken the helm for reaching millions of adults.

The amount of people who have contributed their talent and expertise over 50 years is immense. Few are represented in the pictures and text of this website. There are two people who need special recognition:

Michael Dempsey, for over 40 years, executed the vision of how technology could serve the educational ministry of the Catholic Church. He had great foresight in 1963, when the FCC announced a new band of educational frequencies and he was instrumental in 2001, convincing Congress to safeguard this educational resource when commercial companies wanted it for their own. He built the system for the Brooklyn diocese and made it his personal ministry to advise and assist other dioceses in developing their own.

The second person who has had great impact on CTN is Msgr. Kieran Harrington, who brought us into the fold of DeSales Media Group. He saw the importance of our being a digital-based media service so that we could grow concurrently with the national standards being developed on use of technology in lessons. At a period when schools were struggling to fund their Internet capabilities and consequently could not access CTN services, his vision was to help schools upgrade their infrastructures. He has assigned significant DeSales funding as Grants for installing wireless systems which support laptop and tablet use. To date, DeSales has extended Grants to over 21 Schools and Academies. With additional help provided via Sprint WiFi modems, CTN is assured an active place in the digital classroom.

There is no benefit in looking at the past if you are not projecting to the future. CTN is a reflection of the advances in educational media, and with no end in sight to the digital revolution, we know there is great promise in the advances technology can bring to this present generation. We look forward to continuing this journey with you.

With all sincerity, thank you.


Gina Krainchich, Director of Educational Media Services