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Rocky Mountain PBS Has Celebrated its Anniversaries In Style

Submitted by Anne Marshall Christner for Station’s Archived Memories
Photos Selected by Pat Hoeft from the SAM Archives

Since the 60th anniversary of Rocky Mountain PBS is coming up in 2015, it seemed a good time to look back on earlier anniversary celebrations. We will start with KRMA’s earlier events and will turn to KTSC and KRMJ in subsequent months.

25th Anniversary events at KRMA

To celebrate Channel Six's 25th (Silver) Anniversary. Organizers barricaded Glenarm and opened the station to stage a western-style party, called “Hi Ho Silver!”

On Sunday, June 21st, 1981, the station front on Glenarm magically became a western town complete with good guys, banditos, a western band, and cowboy-type mirth and frivolity.

Meanwhile, back in the studio, Max Morath tickled the ivories in Victorian splendor (Studio A), along with the Queen City Jazz Band. Out back, there were barbershop singers, birds, cake, ice cream, and party favors.

The Hi Ho Silver! birthday celebration went off without a hitch. Those who joined in the folksy frolic enjoyed themselves mightily as they yipped and skipped up and down Glenarm, through the studio, and all around the back lot.

Diversions on Old Glenarm Street included Cat Ballou, Dean Stevens, and the Littleton Mountaineers. The back lot buzzed with the KPPL mime, the Sound Celebration Sweet Adelines, and the KRHA Birds. And then there was the 10-foot high birthday cake stacked with 25,000 cupcakes . . . you had to see it to believe it!

Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of KRMA

KRMA- TV, Channel Six celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a Community Recognition Luncheon on October 25, 1996 at the Denver Athletic Club.

Nominated by members of the community, the 11 finalists include community leaders who, along with Channel Six, share a 40-year history serving the Rocky Mountain community. Finalists in five categories include:

  1. Business/Corporate Leaders -- Mel Coleman, Sr. of Denver, John B. Rogers of Denver 
  2. Educational/Lifelong-Learning Professionals – Fitzroy "Buck" Newsum of Denver, Joseph A. Raab, of Pine, Colo. 
  3. Media Professionals – Gene Amole of Denver, Gail Pitts of Pueblo, Colo. 
  4. Community Volunteers – Ann Love of Denver, Laura Sampson of Evergreen, Colo., Suzanne W. Joshel of Denver 
  5. Miscellaneous "In a Class by Themselves" – Jean Yancey of Denver and Naida "Tootie" Crowner of Walden, Colo.

Keynote speaker and award presenter was Charlie Rose, PBS personality and host of his own show, Charlie Rose, which aired nightly on Channel Six at the time. Special promotional assistance was provided by The Fashion Group International of Denver.

The general public was invited to attend the luncheon celebration. Ticket prices ranged from $40 for individual tickets to $1,000 for corporate tables.

According to Station Manager Donna Sanford, "KRMA is the premiere public television station in the state, celebrating 40 years of service in 1996. We recognize that our community is our strength," Sanford added, "and we want to honor individuals in our community who have made a difference."

Channel Six has been a part of the Public Broadcasting Service and its predecessor, ETV, since the 1950s and has become a part of high-quality programming consortia like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Pacific Mountain Network and more. KRMA-TV, Channel Six reaches nearly 4 million people in communities throughout the Rocky Mountains and Western Great Plains. For 40 years, as Colorado's first and foremost public television station, Channel Six has provided lifelong learning, the full PBS schedule, and extensive local programming to communities in a five-state region.

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