On January 30, 1956, Rocky Mountain PBS began broadcasting in the Denver area as KRMA-TV, Channel 6. The 60th anniversary of RMPBS is a milestone of public service and community support for Colorado. To celebrate the momentous occasion...
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The First 60 Years- A history of Rocky Mountain PBS
Do you remember shaking your hips to Max Morath's Ragtime Era? Did you ooh and ahh over the cute and cuddly Klondike and Snow? Revisit the local programs, community events and educational opportunities Rocky Mountain PBS has offered for 60 years.
To volunteer or donate materials to the Rocky Mountain PBS archives, contact the Station's Archived Memories (SAM) office at 303-620-5734 or e-mail SAM.
You are invited to apply to volunteer to preserve the rich history of Rocky Mountain PBS.
Station's Archived Memories, initially funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), is a totally volunteer-driven project established in 2000. Over 40 volunteers are dedicated to preserving the illustrious history of Rocky Mountain PBS.
Awarded the 2004 Community Development Award by National Friends of Public Broadcasting, SAM is unique within the entire PBS system. The purpose of SAM is to identify, document and preserve the history of Rocky Mountain PBS relating to its volunteers, programming, community outreach and administrative operations. SAM serves the past, present and future of Rocky Mountain PBS by assuring that the history of the station, its importance to the PBS system and to the Colorado community will survive for generations to come.
Accomplishments of SAM Volunteers
56,969 Photographs have been archived and electronically preserved
15,903 Station documents have been archived and electronically preserved
3,588 Memorabilia items have been archived and electronically preserved
199 Oral History interviews have been conducted and electronically preserved
14,098 Local production videos and tapes have been inventoried
758 Rocky Mountain PBS local productions have been preserved to DVD
Volunteer schedules are flexible depending on individual availability. SAM volunteers give their time from home or in the SAM Office at Rocky Mountain PBS. Training and supplies are provided. The fun of volunteering for SAM includes the opportunity to make new friends, the joy of working with fellow volunteers who love Rocky Mountain PBS, the thrill of making new discoveries, the satisfaction of learning new archive and computer skills, and the pride of knowing that you are playing a part in preserving the history of our beloved community treasure: Rocky Mountain PBS.
What do SAM volunteers do? Volunteer opportunities abound for SAM volunteers: take photographs at special events, identify and scan current and historic photographs and memorabilia, conduct and transcribe oral history interviews of past and current Rocky Mountain PBS staff and volunteers, research historic documents, insert data into the SAM databases, set up archive displays for special in-house or community events, preserve historical programs produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and much more. Since history is being created every day at Rocky Mountain PBS, the volunteers delight in documenting both "fresh" and "historic" events.
Along with needing more volunteers, SAM is searching for original copies of KRMA PROMOS from the 1970s. If you have PROMOS or other station-related materials to contribute to the archives (photos, documents or memorabilia), please contact SAM.
To apply to volunteer for the preservation of the station's history, contact the Station's Archived Memories office at 303-620-5734 or e-mail SAM. We want to hear from you.
2016 Station's Archived Memories (SAM) Volunteers (3-22-2016)
Back row L to R: Sam Shank, Anne Christener, Pat Hoeft, Lou Matis, Rita Lieberman, Bill Smith, Peggy Dong, Jim North, Dani McLeod, Bob Thompson, Laura Sampson, Thomas Muja
Front row L to R: Teddi Wiest-Kent, Karen Zoltenko, Olive Aithie-Wilkison, Ruth Smith, Maryalyce Allery, Donna Dickinson, Lloyd Anderson, Buzz Sampson
SAM Volunteers not pictured: Renee Bedard, Cat deRose, Gerri Falco, Sandy Gerulat, Richard Goben, Mervin Guy, Sue Inglis, Donna Prince