Volunteer News

SAVE THE DATE: Volunteer Recognition Celebration on April 21, 2017 for RMPBS & KUVO Volunteers

Mark your calendars now. On Friday, April 21st, RMPBS and KUVO volunteers will be celebrated at the Denver station (1089 Bannock Street, Denver).  

Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO Jazz Public Radio invite our fabulous volunteers to a very special celebration

What: Fun, Food, Drink and Bundles of Thanks from us to you
Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Location: 1089 Bannock Street, Denver - Studio 1 (Free parking in lot adjacent to the station)
Time: 5-7pm

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain love for one another.  - Erma Bombeck


Amanda Mountain, New RMPM President & CEO, Speaks to Volunteers

It’s a thrilling time to be part of public media in general, and Rocky Mountain Public Media in particular. 

Over the last few weeks, our leadership (volunteer and staff) has affirmed and codified our collective vision for the future of RMPM: to elevate RMPM as the only truly statewide media organization in Colorado, engaging Coloradans in the civic fabric of their communities through public media. Achieving this will require time, energy, and a deep commitment to listening and engaging our audiences in compelling programs that are meaningful to them, both in person, online and over the air.

As always, volunteers are vital in bringing our vision to fruition because you are uniquely qualified and involved in all facets of our impact in Colorado and beyond. You are valued team members. Representatives of the communities we serve. Vital investors of time, talent and money to make our work possible. You are our institutional memory, our ambassadors on the ground, our organizational backbone.

Whether you’re a steady volunteer or still waiting for the right opportunity, thank you for your initiative, support, and dedication. Whatever your current commitment level, I invite you to consider deepening your investment with RMPM over the coming months – we’ve never needed you more and the potential to make a difference has never been greater.

I look forward to working with you to transform public media!

Amanda Mountain, President and CEO


Tidbits of History About Rocky Mountain PBS: RMPM Welcomes New President/CEO
By Laura Sampson | Founder | Station’s Archived Memories​

Rocky Mountain Public Media, the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS, Rocky Mountain PBS News, and KUVO Jazz, has grown immensely since its earliest days of broadcasting as KRMA Educational Television in 1956. RMPBS has developed into Colorado's only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/ Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU).

History is made daily at Rocky Mountain Public Media. Amanda Mountain wasrecently welcomed as the new President/CEO, on February 6, 2017. The volunteers of Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) that work daily to document the station’s history applaud ALL of the Executive Directors who’ve contributed to the station’s successes over the past sixty-one years. We are very excited to see what the future holds.

We thank Doug Price for his years as the RMPBS President/CEO. He took the station in new directions and recently introduced us to the future of a beautiful new Denver home for Rocky Mountain Public Media that will be located on Arapahoe Square.

The volunteers and staff will jointly look forward to the future of Rocky Mountain PBS as Amanda assumes the role as the new President/CEO. She is wished the very best and can be assured that current and future volunteers will be here to support her efforts and those of the RMPM staff in whatever ways we can.

Please enjoy a walk through the executive history of Rocky Mountain Public Media by browsing the scrapbook of archived photographs of its executive leaders, 1955-2017.

If you’re interested in volunteering for SAM, donating to the archives, or you‘re simply curious to know more about the station’s history through archived documents, productions, memorabilia, oral histories or photographs, please contact Station’s Archived Memories at Rocky Mountain PBS 303-620-5734 or SAM@rmpbs.org.

Executive Leaders of Rocky Mountain PBS since 1955

Photos and Information from Station’s Archived Memories (SAM). All research for this presentation was made possible by STATION’S ARCHIVED MEMORIES (SAM). Station’s Archived Memories serves the past, present, and future of Rocky Mountain PBS by assuring that the history of the station and its importance to PBS and to the Colorado community will survive for generations to come. SAM is a volunteer-driven project preserving the history of Rocky Mountain PBS.

To learn more about the station’s history and how to research, volunteer or donate items to the archives, please visit http://www.RMPBS.org/SAM, contact the SAM office at Rocky Mountain PBS 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org.


Volunteers and Staff Celebrate 2017 From-the-Heart Recipients

There was love, laughter, cheers and (of course) cake as volunteers and staff gathered together on February 14th to honor four very special folks.  This cherished RMPBS/KRMA tradition began in 1997. From-the-Heart celebrates those individuals (two volunteers and two staff members) who exemplify outstanding dedicated service to the Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO community and who give unselfishly of their time and energy. They exceed expectations and often work quietly out of the limelight.  

Congratulations and thanks go to:

Janet Weisheit (Volunteer/RMPBS)
Janet began volunteering in 1979 or 1981…..so at the very least, she has been volunteering for 36 years! 
She has done it all for the station: auction (regular and online), Vol Board, general assistance at all types of special events including Kids Fun Fest and NewsMakers. She and Leslie Smith co-chaired Super School News for several years and she still continues to volunteer for "Super School News." Congratulations and thank you Janet!

Phil Cortese (Volunteer/KUVO)
Phil has been a long-time member and volunteer at KUVO.  He has served on the KUVO Community Advisory Board (CAB) as a member and chairperson. Phil is generous in donating his time and energy to KUVO and RMPBS.  He has gone on the air to “pitch” during pledge drives, initiated the On-Air host recognition party and was integral in CAB participation in all aspects of volunteering. Congratulations and thank you Phil!

Arvida Rascon (Staff/KUVO)
Arvida is impressively dedicated to her role at KUVO as a volunteer coordinator and assisting with development. She always has a huge smile on her face, and is a key piece of the KUVO puzzle. She is as patient as can be and will stop what she’s doing to explain things. She frequently works late or from home. Congratulations and thank you Arvida!

Ryan Conley (Staff/RMPBS)
Ryan has been with the station for nearly a decade and has shown great flexibility in light of many departmental changes enabling team success and efficiency. Volunteers appreciate Ryan’s sense of humor, amazing patience and exceptional creativity with each and every request. He is responsible for every piece of collateral we use on a daily basis and has led the implementation of our brand refresh. Congratulations and thank you Ryan!


StoryMakers Awards Luncheon Honors Young Authors

Congratulations to the 2016 winners and finalists of the StoryMakers short story contest. These young authors (6th, 7th and 8th graders) were honored at a luncheon on February 25th at the new and beautiful Douglas County Library in Parker, Colorado.  

The young authors and their families heard from Dr. Andrea Bobotis (Lighthouse Writers Workshop), Laura Frank (President & GM, News & Chief Content Officer, RMPBS) and to keynote speaker, Dom Testa, author and radio host.

Thanks go to the students (640 of them) who are the next generation of storytellers. Thanks to the  teachers and parents who support them. Thanks to the Douglas County Libraries for the generous sponsorship of this important program. Thanks go to the 60+ volunteers led by volunteer Lauren Simmons.  Thanks go to Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Tattered Cover.

All the finalists are listed at rmpbs.org/StoryMakers along with the short stories (soon to come!) of the winners. The winners include:
6th Grade
1st - Sive Kelliher "The Desert" (Denver School of the Arts)
2nd - Lillian Sturhahn "The Chocolate Shake" (Denver School of the Arts)
3rd - Lauren Brown "Daughter of the Moon" (Coal Ridge Middle School)

7th Grade
1st - Sophia Feghali "Stinky Bleu and the Death Cheese" (Holy Family Catholic School)
2nd - Julia Thomas "The Sound of Red" (Denver School of the Arts)
3rd - Gabriel Jani "As the Fog Lifted" (Logan School for Creative Learning)

8th Grade
1st - Francee Schloesser "The Mechanics of Forever" (Denver School of the Arts)
2nd - Aadi Nashikkar "A Single Minute" (The Colorado Springs School)
3rd - William Bernstein "The Traitor and the Virus" (Logan School for Creative Learning)


30 Year Anniversary for Rocky Mountain PBS in Southern Colorado (Buell Communication Center/KTSC)
By Scott Jones, Producer/Director, RMPBS

It was 30 years ago on February 28,1987 that the Buell Communications Center (BCC), home to Rocky Mountain PBS’ Southern Colorado studio, was dedicated. (KTSC joined RMPBS in October 1999. Prior to that, KTSC was the southern Colorado affiliate of PBS, signing on for the first time February 3, 1971.)

Construction on the BCC on the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) campus started in April of 1986. On a very cold January 6, 1987, KTSC began broadcasting from the new facility after moving from the original location on University of Southern Colorado Orman campus (now Pueblo Community College) overnight.

The dedication of the building took place on February 28, 1987. Distinguished guests included Governor Roy Romer, Robert McNeil (McNeil-Lehrer Newshour) and Temple Hoyne Buell. Currently, the Buell Communications Center also houses KTSC-FM (student run radio station), the Mass Communications Department, the CSU-Pueblo Today online newspaper and the CSU-Pueblo Visitors Center.

Here is a link to a short video documenting 30 years in the Buell Communications Center. 


In Memoriam: Pamela Whitney
By Laura Sampson

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of longtime volunteer, Pamela Whitney, on January 29, 2017.  For over a decade (1985-1998), Pam shared her heart, talent and time to KRMA-TV contributing over 3,500 volunteer hours.  Pam was the epitome of a devoted KRMA volunteer that was dearly loved by both staff and her fellow volunteers.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Pam resided in Denver for eighteen years. After leaving Denver in 1998, she and her husband, John (also a dedicated KRMA volunteer) lived in Houston, Anchorage (where Pam was the volunteer coordinator for the Iditarod) and most recently in Sequim, Washington where they built their “dream home.” 

Pam was a tireless volunteer who was involved in every volunteer opportunity that the station had to offer including Membership Drives, Garage Sales, Auctions (serving most often as the Commissary Chair), Doggie Dash, and on the Volunteer Board as Chairperson of Super School News.  

Pam and John also served as hosts for the 1992 Channel Six “Murder Mystery Weekend” at the Oxford Hotel.  Several years later, when Pam served as Super School News Chair, she went above-and-beyond the job description by hosting a group of Grand Junction elementary school newscasters and their teacher overnight at her private home so they could be sure to arrive at KRMA in time for their early morning taping of SSN. 

Pam’s celebratory cakes were relished by KRMA staff and volunteers.  A talented baker by heart, Pam joyfully created and donated an abundance of delicious cakes for Volunteer Appreciation events, birthdays, Auctions, Membership celebrations and other station events.  Additionally, Pam voluntarily repaired Mrs. Bird’s (KRMA Mascot) costume, worked on Wine Tasting events, and even served as the editor for several Membership Department Cookbooks such as “P is for Pasta” and “Bountiful Harvest.”

During on-air studio visits for Membership Drives by famous PBS chefs such as Julia Child, Nick Stellino, Martin Yen and others, “Chef Whitney” was always there to work alongside the chefs both on and off the air. When visiting PBS personalities came to RMPBS and needed a volunteer chauffeur for airport runs and to be delivered to their public appearances, Pam was the “go-to” volunteer to transport such PBS stars as Shari Lewis, Trevor Bannister, John Tesh, Yanni and others – always ensuring that the special guests arrived at their KRMA destinations and airplanes on time.

We are very grateful to Pam Whitney for her many years as KRMA’s “Volunteer Extraordinaire.”  She will be missed and always lovingly remembered by her Rocky Mountain PBS family.

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to Volunteers in Denver at KUVO and RMPBS

Thanks to KUVO volunteers from Arvida Rascon 
Thank you to all the volunteers that helped us reach our Winter Pledge goal! We absolutely could not have done this without your dedication. We are very grateful for the energy you all bring!  And, in the words of one volunteer, “I don't know why I was surprised to realize, last October, that I was supremely comfortable among the KUVO people.  I listen to KUVO virtually all the time, but I felt I'd been missing hanging out with "my kind of people" till that day.  Thanks for making it so easy to get involved.”  KUVO Volunteer, GwenEllyn Nordquist

The following were Super Stars on the phone bank: 
Adisa Nickerson, Alan Warner, Alonda Martin, Andrew Jones, Audrey Sherrod, Barbara Conklin, Bernie Salazar, Bobbie Speltz, Bunny Henderson, Candace LeGault, Carol Dorris, Carol Martzett, Carol Rushton, Chad Stafford, Chuck Speltz, Crysty Holley, Cyndy Redifer, Darryl Brown, Debbie Behrens, Debra Gallegos, Doug Lee, Elfie Rosin, Ellen Fitzgerald, Ellen Slavitz, Frank Haskett, Fred Manio, Gail Strand, Glenn Hanley, Greg Glasgow, Gwen Crawford, GwenEllyn Norquist, Heeja Yoo-Warren, Isabel Nuanez, Jack Markey, Jackie McGraw, Jan Bieringer, Jan Nackerud, Jeff Baron, Jerry Andersen, Joan Blaik, Joanne Valvano, John Shippey, Jon Davis, Joshua Cwright, Julie Nordstrom, Kate Sydney, Katie Jordan, Katie O'Brien, Kayla Martinez, Kayla Okafor, Kelly Sugden, Lisa Bailey, Lois Doll, Lynn Cohen, Marilyn Ellen, Mark Kelley, Mark Montoya, Matt Herzberger, Martha Griego, Mary Anne Hunt, Mary Diaz, Mary Donahue, Maureen Tooher, Miguel Soto, Mike Lovette, Miriam Paisner, Monica Powell, Nan Campbell, Nancy Robinson, Nasiri Suzan, Natasha Pepperl, Noel Cummings, Pamela Mostart, Patricia White, Paul Boykin, Peter Furlong, Phil Cortese, Rick Hofmann, Rita Roller, Robbie Martinez, Rodney Shaw, Ronnie Woolfork, Sharon Erlacher, Sharon Powers, Steven Coddington, Stu Bellack, Stu Scales, Susan Jones, Susan Smith, Susanne Brasset, Susie Sherman, Suzanne Mikelis, Suzie Crase, Suzie Leninberger, Ted Penberthy, Ted Stein, Thad Pyzdrowski, Theresa Foster, Tom Emmons, Torrin Roberts, Travis Broxton, Val Taylor, Veronica Camargo

An open letter to Station's Archived Memories Photo (SAM) archives volunteers ...

There's no way for me to express sufficient thanks to the volunteer photo archivists who work in the SAM office on Wednesdays and Fridays. Together we are slogging through thousands of 35mm black & white images from the 1980s local production and event stills, doing research in our archives and on the internet in order to enter identification data that includes staff, volunteers, educators, donors, board members and visiting national personalities. At the same time, this terrific team is keeping up with current network events, staff activity and locally-produced programming. 

KUDOS to (in alpha order) Renee Bedard, Cat De Rose, Lee Guy, Bev Kahn, Lou Matis, Donna Prince, Bill Smith and Karen Zoltenko. Together, these eight people have almost 40 years of experience in the network's archives, not to mention the additional years of experience most have with other volunteer jobs at the station. Each person brings a unique perspective to this work. Their delightful personalities bring joy to their companions in this long-term endeavor.

Affectionately, and with great respect,  
Pat (Hoeft)

Thanks to volunteers Pat Archer, Hanna Lindgren and Audrey Sherrod who have so graciously assisted with mailings and phone work in the RMPBS membership and leadership giving departments. We so appreciate your support!

Thank you to the talented volunteer photographer, David Hutchings who memorialized the impactful Inside Energy screening event on February 23rd and the wonderful StoryMakers awards luncheon on February 25th. 

Thank you to Lauren Simmons, Betty Flaten, Janet Weisheit, Teddi Wiest-Kent, Judy Lester Smith and Pat Hoeft for organizing the From-the-Heart gathering on February 14th. Valentine’s Day was better for all of us because of your work!

Volunteers Lauren Simmons, Teddi Wiest-Kent, Judy Lester Smith, Vicki Childs, Sharon Powers and Joyce Jappelle added the warmth, welcoming spirit and “person power” to the StoryMakers’ awards luncheon on February 25th making it a very special event for our young authors and their families.

Teddi Wiest-Kent, Sharon Powers, Judy Lester Smith, Janina Martin, Vicki Childs, Joyce Jappelle, Susan Barber, Lauren Simmons


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 Pop-Up
    - March 13 at 6:30pm: Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs
    - February 22 at 6:30pm: Mesa County Library, Grand Junction

    The Bad Kids: Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It's their last chance. This coming of age story shows extraordinary educators and talented students combat the crippling effects of poverty.
    - March 2 at 7pm; Tim Gill Center for Public Media, Colorado Springs 
    Newton: Newtown uses deeply personal testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through poignant interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.

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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