Volunteer News

Volunteers Kick Up Their Heels at Celebration​

What happens when you mix over 160 volunteers and staff with wonderful music and great food? You get a fun-filled evening honoring the work and dedication of Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers and KUVO volunteers.  In Denver, on Friday, April 15th, the tables were turned when staff served volunteers and thanked them for all they have done.  But, make no mistake… volunteers planned this wonderful celebration because, as we all know, we can’t accomplish much without the support of the volunteers! Volunteers Betty Flaten, Leo Marshall, Nasiri Suzan, Sandy Gerulat, Renee Marcellis, Janet Weisheit, Maryalyce Allery, and Teddi Wiest-Kent put together all the pieces of the puzzle for the celebration. 

RMPBN CEO Doug Price and KUVO General Manager, Carlos Landau spoke to the fact that volunteers are the heart and soul of RMPBS and KUVO noting that the combined work of RMPBS and KUVO volunteers for the past year amounted to OVER 23,000 HOURS WITH A MONETARY VALUE OF $464,000. As Doug noted, “We are the envy of PBS affiliates around the country!” Doug also spoke about the potential new building that will house both RMPBS and KUVO. “One of the most important aspects of the new building is how we plan to honor and support our volunteers. A key component of the space will be a ‘volunteer hub’ which will be a space for volunteers to work, connect and bring a variety of volunteer lead initiatives to life!”

Maryalyce, Janet, Sandy, Susan, Betty,
Renee, Leo, Nasiri, Teddi

Volunteer Advisory Team member, Betty Flaten lauded the work of RMPBS volunteers including those who work with Kids Fun Fest, Super School News, StoryMakers, Station’s Archived Memories, station tours, community screenings, mailings, front desk, Community Advisory Board and Board of Directors.  Volunteer Advisory Team member, Nasiri Suzan, followed Betty and gave “shout outs” to the KUVO volunteers including those volunteers who “work” special events, festivals, pledge, Live at the Vineyards, the front desk and those volunteers who serve on the KUVO Community Advisory Board and who serve as on-air hosts and sub-hosts.  Leo Marshall wrapped up the short but meaningful program with lovely remarks on what volunteering means to him.

KUVO volunteer Mary Diaz was surprised with the Jim Barnes Award named in honor of long-time KUVO volunteer, Jim Barnes, who died earlier this year. Mary has been part of KUVO since 1995, 22 years of service, but when she retired in 2010 that role became increasingly more significant as she now dedicates her time in helping the KUVO development team with pledge drives and Live at the Vineyards.

All of the staff of the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network (RMPBS & KUVO) toast all our wonderful volunteers all year long and our gratitude knows no bounds! Enjoy the pictures!

Volunteer Celebration

Volunteers Bring Home Another Super School News Year!​

Congratulations to the incredible volunteers at the Denver station who brought the 36th year of Super School News to a successful close!  These dedicated volunteers spent hundreds and hundreds of hours from July to April driving the Super School News “bus.”  Thanks also go to the Colorado Education Association for their generous program sponsorship!

As Betty Flaten (Volunteer Advisory Member) stated, “For 36 years SSN has produced two minute news broadcasts by 5th and 6th graders.  This year under the direction of Janell Hetrick and Ginger Sheehy Tatic, 30 plus volunteers traveled enough miles visiting schools, attending meetings and studio tapings to go from Denver to Chicago and back to Fort Morgan.  They supervised 53 schools, 65 adult sponsors, 318 on air students  and 150 behind the scenes students.  These volunteers, many former teachers, put into action the station’s educational mission, fostering the importance of teamwork, writing and oratory skills, and so much more.”

These volunteers have had a significant impact on the lives of students and is reflected in the comments from the survey sent to all faculty advisors/teachers who participated in the program. One of the questions on the survey is “Was Super School News a valuable experience for your school and students?” The response to this question – 100% of the responses checked “yes”!!!!

A sampling of comments includes:
This was an incredible experience for our kids! To be able to see a project of this magnitude through, from brainstorming to writing to creating to broadcasting, was a gift that will last a lifetime. In addition, SSN is such a positive way to highlight our school and our community. Thank you!

The personal experience and connection to the community, wrapped in Career Awareness and Opportunity for their future. It creates opportunity for Team Building with students who may not generally work together. This is an amazing program.

From the first phone call to when we left the building, everything has been 1st class. I truly enjoy being a part of your broadcast

Thank you! Please keep doing this. It benefits the kids, the school, and the entire community.

This was a once in a lifetime experience and memory for my students who participated. They really enjoyed the whole program and did a fantastic job stepping up to your requirements.

On behalf of Rocky Mountain PBS, our gratitude goes out to these volunteers who make this legacy program possible:
Janell Hetrick, Co-Chair
Ginger Sheehy Tatic, Co-Chair
Janet Weisheit, Alice Dick, Patty Boyd, Kathryn Crisler, Betty Flaten, Annette Barnett, Jocelyn Miller, Mike Cawthra, Doña Dodson, Rich Goben, Jan Lytton, Laura Hoganson, Heather Mackinnon, Jacki Perleberg, Leslie and Bill Smith, Blake Tomlinson, Donna Prince, Hannah Carrillo, David Hutchings, Luis Antunez, Gerri Falco and Cathy Tomlinson

There are many volunteer opportunities with Super School News and if you are interested in assisting, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org!


“Shout Out” To Staff From Super School News​

By Betty Flaten, Super School News Volunteer​

How often do you see the CEO of a company take time to speak to a group of children? Doug Price schedules his calendar to be available for Super School News orientation twice a year.  He greets them with warmth, information, and humor convincing each student he or she can be successful at their tasks.

Cynthia Hessin continues the upbeat, positive approach as she informs the students of what to expect as they go through the production process. Cynthia takes extra time to hold one of the workshop sessions during the morning events.

The production crew works behind the scenes with students, parents, and grateful volunteers. These individuals have no idea of what will come through the studio doors each taping day.  Some schools are well prepared, others may not have sent in advance scripts, have banners that are too large or inappropriate, and are not well rehearsed. Adults accompanying the students are not always mindful of studio police or there are too many people to accommodate the studio space.

The production crew takes it all in stride, smile and make adjustments while producing a finished product one would believe came from professional broadcasters.  

The control room staff asks the students thoughtful questions and helps them think about their own broadcast experience.

The studio crew establishes great rapport with both students and adults and don’t complain about the overbearing parent or unprepared student. At the showing of the final product, they high-five and congratulate the students on a job well done. Everyone leaves with a sense of accomplishment.

The Super School News volunteers wish to acknowledge all the staff who work with us and make us feel a part of the team: Directing: Scott Jones, Michael Reynolds, Tom Manion; Technical Directing: Jay Knott; Computer Graphics: Diane Cerafici, Susan Gatschet; Audio: Paul Cywilko; Taping: Daniel Mercure; Camera and Floor Directing: Janine Trudell, Michael Reynolds, Lisa Boehm, Matt Prazak; and Video: Dan Entingh and Nick Reith. We can never adequately thank them for their cooperation, support and friendship.


Sweet Sixteen: Station’s Archived Memories Celebrates Sixteen Years Since May 30, 2000​

By Laura Sampson, Founder-Station’s Archived Memories

Are you familiar with the award-winning volunteer-driven project that was founded SIXTEEN YEARS ago to preserve the remarkable history of Rocky Mountain PBS?  

The first meeting of STATION’S ARCHIVED MEMORIES (SAM) was held on May 30, 2000.  Since then, over 100 volunteers have given thousands of volunteer hours to SAM. 

  • The SAM Project serves the past, present, and future of Rocky Mountain PBS by assuring that the history of the station and its importance to the Colorado community and to all of public media will survive for generations to come. 
  • Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) was founded in 2000 by Laura Sampson (RMPBS volunteer since 1974) along with a dedicated group of Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers and retired staff members that recognized the need to preserve the station's rich and unique history. 
  • SAM was initially funded by two grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). 
  • In 2004, Station’s Archived Memories was recognized nationally with the Community Development Award from National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB) honoring SAM as an “outstanding outreach project to raise community awareness and appreciation of a local public television station.”
  • Station’s Archived Memories, unprecedented, innovative and unique since its inception within the entire public broadcasting system, has brought together volunteers, staff and members of the community to create a living history of Rocky Mountain PBS since the station’s inception in 1956.
  • The ongoing mission of SAM is "to identify, document and preserve the history of Rocky Mountain PBS relating to its volunteer, programming, community outreach and administrative operations."
  • Currently, thirty SAM volunteers work daily year-round collecting, itemizing, cataloguing and digitizing thousands of station-related photographs, written documents, memorabilia, local productions and oral history interviews. New volunteers are always welcome to apply!!
  • Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) provides: 
    −    Databases of current and historic information used for local productions.
    −    A public media resource about RMPBS for national, state and local use.
    −    A collaborative resource for community entities such as the Colorado Historical Society, the Denver Public Library, History Colorado and many more.
    −    Access to the archives for those interested in historical information about Rocky Mountain PBS or about general public broadcasting, from analog to digital and beyond.
    −    Accessible RMPBS database resources available for numerous purposes: station fundraising, social media, staff and volunteer recognition, RMPBS website material, public broadcasting history, public broadcasting awards, special events, volunteer newsletters, celebrations, station publications, obituary or family memories of RMPBS leaders and friends, plus information for local, regional and national publications.
    −    Promotional and informational materials for station donors, underwriters, sponsors, volunteers, staff, board members, station members, guests and viewers.
    −    Informative and interesting displays presented at statewide and special community events including the RMPBS 60th Anniversary Exhibit at the Denver Library, annual Kids FunFest, Cornerstone Events, community functions, President’s Luncheons, station receptions and more.

Meet the 2016 Station's Archived Memories (SAM) Volunteers 
Here’s to the Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) talented and dedicated volunteers who donated (at least) 5,636 hours to the history of KRMA/Rocky Mountain PBS during 2015. Each and every one of you richly deserves accolades for your curiosity, resourcefulness, stick-to-itiveness and sense of humor. 
Congratulations and THANK YOU to the SAM volunteers for their remarkable dedication to preserving the history of Rocky Mountain PBS

SAM Volunteers, March 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

To join this great group of SAM volunteers or to donate your historic materials or memorabilia items to SAM, contact the SAM Office at 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org. To learn more, visit www.rmpbs.org/sam.


Meet the Staff:
Laura Frank to be honored by Colorado Society of Professional Journalists

Journalism Matters. Sometimes called the fourth estate, journalism does more than keep us informed. It gives voice to the voiceless and holds the powerful accountable.   That’s why Rocky Mountain PBS is proud to announce that the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists is honoring our President & General Manager of News,Laura Frank, with its annual “Keeper of the Flame” award. This lifetime achievement award recognizes “extraordinary dedication to ethical, responsible journalism and professional integrity.”

"I can think of no better person to have their ethics, their responsibility and their integrity honored," said Doug Price, CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS.

We’re proud of Laura’s unwavering commitment to journalism and her leadership in our community and across our state. Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Frank is the President & General Manager of News and founder of the I-News Network, which merged with RMPBS to become the News division. Laura is a Denver native who spent 20 years at newspapers, radio and public television around the country, specializing in in-depth reporting that requires data analysis and deep public records research.


Welcome to Rocky Mountain PBS Piper Casey Jones

Rocky Mountain PBS and the volunteers of Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) welcome a new intern this spring, Piper Casey Jones. Originally from North Dakota, Piper completed her bachelor’s in Broadcast Communications and worked as a morning weather co-anchor for Western North Dakota and aided in graphics in the control room.

Since then, Piper’s gone on to work toward a Master’s in Folklore with the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She spent the fall documenting abandoned cemeteries in a rural archipelago off the coast in the field with Folklorist Guha Shankar of the Library of Congress who aided and trained Piper in digitization and the standardization of metadata.

Just before coming to Denver, Piper worked on creating an app for the heritage site, the O’Brien Family Farm, creating a GPS triggered audio-walking tour from archived interviews. She is looking forward to stepping into a leadership role for the summer months by helping to standardize and create a plan for the future of Station’s Archived Memories with the help of an incredible volunteer support staff.

Piper’s 12-week internship – approximately May 16-August 5 – will include helping formulate a plan for the transference and future direction of Station’s Archived Memories relocation to a new building. She is being asked to help us improve, modernize and standardize the archiving of all content for Rocky Mountain PBS, from local productions to newsroom content, to 60 years of materials currently catalogued in the FileMaker Pro database, including everything from thousands of photos and archived articles to marketing materials and local production reels and clips. Piper will also be asked to make a recommendation and begin implementation of a process around how best to preserve, digitize, metatag and catalog current and future content.

Piper will work with the SAM volunteers along with several members of the RMPBS staff in thinking through a sustainability plan to ensure funding, support and operation of SAM in the years ahead.  

Welcome to Rocky Mountain PBS, Piper. We look forward to meeting and working with you!


Matchwits Wraps – Thanks to Staff and Volunteers​

From Kristy Milligan, ED of Tim Gill Center for Public Media and Regional Director, Rocky Mountain PBS

Please join me in offering congratulations to the entire Southern Colorado team on our 31st successful taping of Matchwits!

Matchwits, the long-running program produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in Pueblo, is a weekly, high school academic quiz program that is hosted by Craig Eliot and broadcast STATEWIDE.

Over the weekend, 16 teams from across the state of Colorado competed in a back-to-back single elimination competition. Congratulation to the Palisade High School Team, the champions for the 31st season!

And none of it would have been possible without the leadership of our producer, Scott Jones; the support of producer Daniel Mercure; the organization of Elyse Jones; the charisma and grace of Keanna Smith; and the brilliance and devotion of at least a dozen students, contractors and volunteers!

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to Volunteers from KTSC (Southern Colorado)

  • Top left: Marge, top right: Jon, bottom left: Kay, bottom right: Cathy. Not pictured: Barb and Heidi
    The entire KTSC staff of Southern Colorado would like to extend our greatest appreciation to our dedicated volunteers over the past year. We couldn’t do what we do without your support and we are truly grateful. A special thank you to Marge, Jon, Kay, Cathy, and Barb for your commitment at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media welcome desk, and to Heidi for your support of Super School News.
  • Thank you for Cathy Reilly for your help during the “Live from Pueblo: Public Television Celebration” fundraiser at the Pueblo Union Depot on Thursday, April 14th. Your support helped us raise more than $12,000 in support of locally produced programming. 
  • We would also like to welcome Diane and Angela as new volunteers to the Tim Gill Center for Public Media.


Thanks to Volunteers from KRMA (Denver/Front Range)

  • Thanks to volunteers Dani McLeod, Maryalyce Allery, Wendy King, Hannah Carrillo and Carolyn Bidga who assisted in the breakdown of the RMPBS 60th Exhibit at the Denver Public Library!  Many hands did, indeed, make light work and we finished in only two hours!
  • Copious thanks to the planning committee of the April 15th Volunteer Celebration – Betty Flaten, Nasiri Suzan, Leo Marshall, Teddi Wiest-Kent, Janet Weisheit, Sandy Gerulat, Renee Marcellis and Maryalyce Allery.  It was a glorious event honoring all volunteers.
  • Thanks to new volunteer Holly Haynes for making sense out of the chaos of email addresses and spreadsheet so that we will be able to send invites to stakeholders for the May 19th event at the Sie Film Center featuring a screening and dialogue around Race in Colorado: A Sentenced Life.


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.

  • Indie Lens/Community Cinema – Peace Officer: The increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who's been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah's first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings.
    Monday, May 2 at 6:30pm: Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs
    Wednesday, May 18 at 6pm: Durango Public Library, Durango
  • Colorado Springs KIDS Fun Fest: Saturday, June 4 from 10am-2pm – Acacia Park, Colorado Springs

To check out programming features and changes, go to the Rocky Mountain PBS website. Or go straight to rmpbs.org/enews where you will be able to request our automatic weekly newsletter (e-news) and monthly TV schedule (e-promo).

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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