Volunteer News

Station’s Archived Memories

Since its beginnings in 2000, Station’s Archived Memories ("SAM") has become an integral part of Rocky Mountain PBS as the station’s "go-to archivists" and historians. SAM provides an incredible electronic time machine through its digitized photographs, memorabilia, video interviews, documents and local productions that have been archived for the past 15 years! And, the work continues.

Archiving the station’s history means preserving its great moments and events as well as the everyday life that happens at RMPBS. As we all know, "History is Made Every Day!" Every day, Rocky Mountain PBS continues to provide the archivists with interesting events, projects, productions and notable accomplishments that need to be preserved so that generations to come will appreciate our community treasure, Rocky Mountain PBS.

Did you know that Rocky Mountain PBS has the only volunteer-driven archive project in the country? There are more than 30 volunteers working daily on the archives throughout the year. Offering flexible volunteer schedules, the bulk of the work is done during business hours at the SAM Office in Rocky Mountain PBS.

Volunteer help is needed: Throughout this milestone year, SAM volunteers will continue to meticulously preserve the past and present activities of the station as Rocky Mountain PBS prepares for a major anniversary celebration of SIXTY YEARS of public broadcasting in Colorado. You can help. 

Both new and veteran volunteers are always welcome to join SAM. Volunteers do not have to possess prior knowledge of the station’s history. The willingness to volunteer time, computer skills, an inquisitive mind and an enjoyment of history are the prerequisites to be a SAM volunteer. Along with general skills, SAM also relies on volunteers with high-level skills such as researchers, interviewers, database managers and more.

Whether you have a general or high-level skill to share, please contact Station’s Archived Memories  in Denver at 303-620-5734  or email SAM@rmpbs.org to offer your time as a SAM volunteer.

To learn more about Rocky Mountain PBS and its volunteer-driven archive project, please visit Station’s Archived Memories . Then, give the SAM office a call and schedule a time to "meet" SAM.


Colorado Film Office & Rocky Mountain PBS announce statewide Colorado Experience Road Show

DENVER - Fri., Sept. 18, 2015 - The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) and Rocky Mountain PBS today announced "The Colorado Experience Road Show", a statewide tour celebrating history and original television content. The tour will extend to theaters throughout the state and screen episodes of the original program "Colorado Experience" over the next six months. 

A weekly history series produced by Rocky Mountain PBS, "Colorado Experience" explores the people, places and events that have shaped the state. From the colorful characters who built the state to the events that shaped who we are and the places we call home, this series educates as well as entertains. COFTM provided incentives for seasons one and two of the show.

Many of the screenings will be held at theaters that were part of the state's 2013 Rural Theater Project, a public-private grant program that helped rural theaters stay in business when the demand for new expensive digital projection equipment for movie theaters was a threat to many small rural theaters. Not only do theaters provide entertainment, they play a crucial role in enhancing culture and creating community in many downtown areas. To date, the program has helped 12 theaters afford to stay in business, and has increased funding for seven additional theaters.

Tour Schedule:
Sept. 23
Plains Theater, 6pm
1304 Maine Street, Eads, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / Boggsville
Reception to follow

Sept. 24
Capitol Theatre, 6pm
148 E 9th Avenue, Springfield, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / The Dust Bowl
Reception to follow

Sept. 30 
Ute Theatre, 6pm
410 4th Street, Saguache, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / Jewish Pioneers
Reception to follow

Oct. 7
Cliff Theater, 6pm
420 Main Street, Wray, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / Nation Western Stock Show
Reception to follow

Oct. 14
Fox Theater, 6pm
715 Main Street, Walsenburg, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / The San Luis Valley
Reception to follow

Oct. 22
Hippodrome Arts Centre, 7pm
215 Cedar Street, Julesburg, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / National Western Stock Show
Reception to follow

Oct. 28
Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 6pm
215 S Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO
Showing Episodes: The Sheriff / Garden of the Gods
Reception to follow

Oct. 29
Rocky Ford
Grand Theatre, 6pm
405 S Main Street, Rocky Ford, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / Boggsville
Reception to follow

Nov. 20
InfoZone News Museum, 6pm
100 E Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo, CO
Showing Episodes: The Sheriff / Pueblo Border Wars
Reception to follow

Feb. 4
Paradise Theatre, 6pm
215 Grand Avenue, Paonia, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / Ladies of the Mines
Reception to follow

Feb. 10
Holly Theater, 6pm
115 S Main Street, Holly, CO
Showing Episodes: Cinema on the Plains / Pleasant Hill Bus Tragedy
Reception to follow

All screenings are free and open to the public. RSVP at www.coloradofilm.eventbrite.com or to Courtney.Potts@state.co.us. For more information please visit rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience.

Season Three of "Colorado Experience" premieres Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS.


Update from the Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Advisory Team

Submitted by Susan Ewing Barber, RMPBS Volunteer/Special Events Coordinator

The Volunteer Advisory Team for 2015-2016 is hard at work in their new venture. Last year, the Volunteer Board was dissolved by a vote the Board and a new model for volunteer leadership was adopted. The purpose of the Volunteer Advisory Team is to increase effectiveness and efficiency of volunteer engagement with the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network. It is an exciting time! Eight volunteers are generously donating time and talents to lead this new venture. Thanks go to these individuals: 

  • Volunteer Recruitment: Lauren Simmons
  • Database/Volgistics Assessment: Nasiri Suzan, Sandy Gerulat
  • Volunteer On-Boarding, Engagement: Betty Flaten
  • Community Engagement Liaison: Kimberly Brock
  • Membership Liaison: Joyce Jappelle
  • Administrative Liaison: Wendy King, Kira Broer

On September 23rd, the Team met and reported on their work since the first meeting in August. Joyce led a session on team values that will assist us all in the work ahead. Nasiri and Sandy are hard at work in tackling an assessment of the volunteer database. Betty is contacting and welcoming new volunteers and learning more about each one. Lauren is charting a course regarding volunteer outreach via social media and other community organizations. Joyce, Kim, Kira and Wendy are working with volunteers and staff to become more familiar with the volunteer needs of various departments and projects.   

If you have any questions or feedback about the Volunteer Advisory Team, please email Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org


Super School News Begins 36th Year!

After a great new start to our 36th year of Super School News, we still have those Ah Ha moments. Our guest speaker was Kim Christensen from Channel 9 NEWS. The students asked the appropriate questions about journalism, news casting, and reporting. One 5th grade student dared to ask the question that we were all thinking, “Who does your hair?”

So, if this sounds like a fun volunteer opportunity and you want to work with 5th and 6th graders we have the right place for you, Super School News. You can work as little as 10 hours a semester and we NEED YOU! Contact  superschoolnews@rmpbs.org!

Super School News

Denver KIDS Fun Fest—A Fabulous Success

This year’s Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS Fun Fest in Denver, Colorado, was our biggest event yet. Thousands of participants came out to enjoy the warm weather and to join in the activities provided by local vendors. Highlights included lots of smiling faces, great stage performances, character appearances from Curious George, Clifford, Peg, and Cat, and a special rendition of the Hokey Pokey by none other than Doug Price.

A special thanks goes out to all of our wonderful sponsors who helped make this year’s event such a success!

Denver KIDS Fun Fest 2015 Volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Volunteers Handle Largest KIDS Fun Fest on September 12th!

Submitted by Susan Ewing Barber, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator, Rocky Mountain PBS

"Don’t ever question the value of volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers. The Titanic was built by professionals." (Author unknown)

Yessiree….60+ volunteers (and KRMA staff) managed to successfully present what I believe has to be the largest street festival for kids in Denver!  The September 12th Fun Fest in Denver had more attendees than any other Denver KIDS Fun Fest. And we are talking thousands and thousands and thousands!

Volunteers handled a vast variety of tasks from leadership roles, to character roles and handlers, to set-up and breakdown, to crowd management, to vendor assistance, to traffic control, to lunch production, to handling lost children, to flyer distribution prior to the event, and to the creation of a photo record of the event. (This list is not all inclusive!) Thanks also go to our fabulous stage performers who donated their time and many talents! Enjoy the slide show that captures volunteers in their different roles.

On behalf of Rocky Mountain PBS, I offer our heartfelt gratitude to the following volunteers:

Kids Fun Fest Volunteer Leaders
Heidi Danzig Miller-Manager/Coordinator of Volunteers
Hannah Wold-Booth/Stage Coordinator

Character Volunteers and Handlers
Emily Bertelson-Clifford the Big Red Dog; Chris Graff-Handler
Regina Huerter-Curious George; Luis Antunez-Handler
Wendy Booth-Peg; Dana Gaffin-Handler
Jeanette Smallwood-Cat;  Lisa Peterson-Handler

Pat Hoeft
Alan Lunn

Stage Performers
Land of Smiles
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
Personal Achievement Martial Arts
CM Dance
Jumping Eagles

The Wildly Amazing Volunteer Corps
Geri and Gordon Baron
Melanie Allen and Patrick
Ellyn Crago
Renee Marcellis
Mary Colonno
Topher Barber
Tyler Barber
Lisa Brazil
Rebecca Bernai
Jean Chrest
Haley Cisneros
Parker Clonts
Carissa Cooper
Doña Dodson
Sandra Dow
Victor Escarcega
Jackie Fritz
Farida Gutierrez
Zoe Ann Hall
Joyce Jappelle
Roy Kent
Mary King
Patrick Kitts
Tai Le
Scott McGarigal
Hank Miller
Leo Morales
Teresa O’Connell
Beth Osolin
Adrienne Pederson
Kendall Rames
Julia Rieth
Matt Rieth
Sophia Snider
Tia Terlaje
Teddi Wiest-Kent
Alec Wilcox
Laren Williams
Jana Yoder
Niki Zumbro
Erin Zumbro


Thank You for Denver Front Desk Volunteers

A special thanks goes out to all of the rockstar volunteers who help out at the front desk at the Denver KRMA office. Your enthusiasm and hard work are an incredible asset to the office. Thanks to Mike Cawthra, Kaz Hellickson, Art Belefonte, Sharon Schonhaut, and Bettye Clement for keeping the place running!


Volunteer Reminder

Volunteers: Please note that if you sign in on the computer but don't sign out, the computer only gives you credit for 3 hours. Not only do you cheat yourselves out of time, but the station also. Please send an e-mail to judylestersmith@rmpbs.org if you need to make a correction to your hours. In the email, include the date, time, and job assignment and we will make the adjustment. Thank you!


Check the Rocky Mountain PBS website for breaking information about station events at rmpbs.org/events.

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There are MANY ways to watch Rocky Mountain PBS content besides TV. You can stream our shows on the RMPBS website, on YouTube, on the KUVO app (where you can also stream KUVO radio live), or on the PBS and PBS Kids apps. You can also watch on Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick, XBox, Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes and more. Learn more at rmpbs.org/anywhere.



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