Volunteer News

Calling Volunteers and Staff at KRMA and KUVO: Submit Your Nomination for Annual From the Heart Awards!

Calling on volunteers and staff at the KRMA station and KUVO to nominate a very special volunteer and/or a special Denver staff member—those folks whom you have observed giving exceptional and cheerful service to the Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO community. They exceed expectations and often work quietly out of the limelight. You may see these people, perhaps in a daily basis or maybe during a special event or project working quietly and efficiently with no thought of reward or accolade.

The nomination deadline is January 16, 2017. The nominations need not be elegantly written, just heartfelt. You will be reminded again in early January of the deadline. However, we’d appreciate your submitting nominations early while the idea is in your mind. The brief and simple nomination form is available online at www.rmpbs.org/heart or contact Susan Barber at susanbarber@rmpbs.org. Past recipients are listed below. While these individuals are no longer eligible for consideration, please use them as an example of what behavior exemplifies "From the Heart."

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 14, 2017 and join in celebrating the 22nd consecutive year of honoring volunteers one of our own and staff members who have given unselfishly of time and energy to support Rocky Mountain PBS (KRMA) or KUVO.  The awards are scheduled to be presented in the Tele-conference room at the RMPBS station, 1089 Bannock Street on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 3–4pm. Volunteers and staff are invited to attend. We will be serving cake, punch and seasonal goodies.

From the Heart Award Recipients 1997 – 2016

Patty Boyd (volunteer)
Pat Hoeft (staff)

Gisela Dietrich (v)
Susan Goldsmith (s)

Barbara Braley (v)
Tom Schomburg (s)

Myron Bosch (v)
Marie Llanes (s)

Margaret Harrold (v)
Carl Hernandez  (s)

Eleanor McKeeman (v)
Bill Hix (s)

Mike Pugh (v)
Marilyn Tyler (s)

Mary King (v)
Trux Simmons (s)

June Bybee (v)
Barb Winter (s)

Ruth Smith (v)
Tom Craig (s)
Darr Jablonski (s) (special recognition)
Linda Miyamoto (v)
Julius Ames

Buzz Sampson (v)
Dona Dodson (s)

Valerie Murphy (v)
Tom Dailey (s)

Nancy Duncan (v)
Diane Cerafici (s)
Rick Morris (donor to SSN)

Cathy Buhler (v)
Helen Alvillar (s)

Marti Van Wagenen (v)
Sarah Newberry (s)

Leslie and Bill Smith (v)
Linda Hillshafer (s)

Heather Mackinnon (v)
Bob Martinez (s)

Judy Lester Smith (v)
RMPBS Engineering Department (s)

Teddi Wiest-Kent (v-KRMA)
Thomas Herndon (v-KUVO)
Patricia Laverty (s-KRMA)


Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO Thrive on the Generosity of Volunteers and Community Philanthropy

Did you know that the generous and dedicated volunteers for KUVO and RMPBS donate their time and talent to the tune of approximately 13,000 hours annually? Those hours are worth $260,000! Each and every day, volunteers walk through our doors and give so generously. Volunteers allow Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO to fulfill the mission of educating, informing and entertaining Colorado citizens.

And, on Colorado Gives Day-December 6, 2016, Colorado folks donated approximately $226,594 to KUVO and Rocky Mountain PBS. Colorado Gives Day is the state’s largest day of giving. Generous donors gave a total of $33.8 million to 2,111 nonprofits in just 24 hours. This is an increase over the $28.5 million that was donated on Colorado Gives Day 2015. A portion of the $33.8 million raised came through KidsforColoradoGives.org, a new website designed specifically for young givers.

We cannot thank enough all the volunteers and donors who donate time and dollars so generously and believe in and support public service media!


Volunteers Provide Key Ingredient to Another Successful StoryMakers Year!

58 volunteers delivered another successful StoryMakers contest along with 640 talented student authors. Each year, Rocky Mountain PBS presents StoryMakers, a state-wide short story contest for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The Douglas County Libraries generously supports this extraordinary program. Students submit original short stories of 700-1000 words. Finalists are invited to a one-day workshop at Rocky Mountain PBS where they enjoy writing sessions with Dr. Andrea Bobotis from Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Laura Frank, President of News, Rocky Mountain PBS. All finalists are also invited to a February awards luncheon where the winners are announced.  For a list of 2016 finalists, go to rmpbs.org/storymakers.

Volunteers carry the heavy load for this beloved program donating approximately 200 hours. They provide the administrative support and they pour over the hundreds of stories to determine the list of finalists. The StoryMakers volunteer corps is led by volunteer Lauren Simmons who graciously (and with good humor) steers the ship. It is such a challenging process because there are so many talented young authors in Colorado. But, it is rewarding work knowing that Rocky Mountain PBS is nurturing the next generation of storytellers!

On behalf of Rocky Mountain PBS, the StoryMakers’ students and their parents and teachers, we thank these dedicated volunteers and give a special shout-out to the Junior League of Denver who sent volunteers for all the judging sessions.

Thanks go to:
Lauren Simmons – StoryMakers Chair
Rita Lieberman, Carol Clark, Judy Lester Smith, Randall Smith, Debbie Sanders, Susan Rocco-McKeel, Teddi Wiest-Kent, Pat Hoeft, Joyce Jappelle, Holly South, Bill Juraschek, Priscilla Press, Caz Eldridge, Doyle Hanks, Vicki Childs, Sally Shaughnessy, Teresa Densmore, Robert P., Sally Seaman, Jordy Clements, Carolyn Bigda, Min Levine, Haley Hill,  Jettie Tromza, Gillian Weaver, Ken van der Laan, Travis Buricel, Julie Isaac, Veronica Penney, Nathalia Velez-Ryan, Jean Chrest, Stephanie Welsh, Meg Lineham, Renee Marcellis, Alisha Geiwite, Paul Andrews, Betsy Sweeney, Alex Engel, Jill Maxwell, Bronwyn Gallagher, Jeremy Kahn, Meghan Kerrigan, Andrea Bobotis, Sara Tiesee, Kerri Percival, Kevin Percival, Barb Hatch, Tara Butler, Betty Flaten, Gretchen Cohen, Lynn Bronkowski, Marti Richardson, Kristen Smith, Catherine McCoy, Colleen Faherty, Laura Sampson, and Cait Kennedy.


Meet the SAM Board of Directors
By Pat Hoeft, SAM Photo Chair​

The Station's Archived Memories (SAM) board and staff liaisons met on Monday, December 19, 2016 to continue the discussion of priorities and upgrades to the archives' procedures, the process fondly known as SAM 2.0. 

The volunteer-run Station's Archived Memories committee is always eager to talk with interested new volunteers who have at least 8 to 10 hours per month to devote to this dynamic group. 

The archive work is done primarily at KRMA during business hours though there is also at-home transcription for volunteers of the Oral History committee. Information is entered into the databases using Mac desktop computers in the SAM Office at Rocky Mountain PBS. 

Training is detail-oriented but easy for PC users to pick up. If being an archivist sounds like fun (and it is definitely fun as well as rewarding) visit RMPBS.org, click Support Us, click Volunteer and follow the prompts to sign up to volunteer. Or, you can email susanbarber@rmpbs.org, RMPBS Volunteer Coordinator.

Meet the SAM board and staff partners:
Standing: Patricia Laverty (incoming co-chair of Document Preservation), Ruth Smith (past chair of Document Preservation), Sue Inglis (incoming co-chair of Document Preservation), Elizabeth Mayer (Director of Community Engagement and staff-SAM liaison), Thomas Muja (Production Preservation co-chair), Buzz Sampson (Computer chair, Oral History co-chair, FileMaker guru), Patrick Treleani (Database chair-in-training)
Seated: Susan Ewing Barber (Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator), Pat Hoeft (Photos chair), Laura Sampson (Oral History co-chair, Marketing chair, Founder of SAM), Donna Dickinson (Master Databases chair)


Tidbits Of History About Rocky Mountain PBS
By Laura Sampson | Founder | Station’s Archived Memories​

Jazz is known as an international language of the soul. Jazz was highlighted on Rocky Mountain PBS when a spectacular award-winning local production, Jazz in Five Points, premiered on RMPBS on January 24, 2001.

Produced by RMPBS’ former award-winning producer, Lisa Olken, Jazz in Five Points was a celebration of Denver’s vibrant jazz scene.  The program included never-before-seen film footage, archival photos, interviews and musical performances.  Narrated by Rodney Franks of KUVO, the program won a CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Bronze Peak Award as well as the 2001 Colorado Broadcaster’s Association “Best Single Program” Award.

From the 1920s through the 60s, Denver’s Five Points was the most celebrated black business and entertainment mecca in the American West making it the hottest spot for jazz between Kansas City and Los Angeles. Denver’s jazz greats such as jazz pianist Joe Keel and classical pianist Marian Morrison Robinson shared their stories of jazz in Denver.  Many of Denver’s jazz stars had jammed with such greats as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. 

Numerous voices shared a unique perspective on the importance of jazz in Denver.  Featured in the program were legendary jazz performers from the Ragtime, Jazz, Swing and Bebop Eras of the twenties through the sixties along with local musicians, singers and dancers, including Charlie Burrell, Marian Morrison Robinson, Ernestine McClain Smith, Beatty “B.C.” Hobbs, Joe Keel, Charlotte Cowens and Harriet Butcher who shared their extraordinary stories of life and living in Five Points. Other prominent individuals and neighborhood historians were Charles “Brother” Cousins, Norman Harris, and Charlene Jordan.  

View the full program JAZZ IN FIVE POINTS online here »

The volunteers of Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) celebrate both the history and the future of Rocky Mountain PBS.  If you are interested in volunteering for SAM or contributing items to the RMPBS archives, please contact SAM at 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org 

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to Volunteers from RMPBS

Thanks to our trio of volunteers who regularly assist with mailings on behalf of our annual major giving campaign; Patricia Laverty, Carol Clark and Ellyn Crago. Their ongoing help in 2016 gave us a great way to start the new year!

Thanks to the fabulous volunteers who staffed the December 14th screening of the new Masterpiece series, “Victoria” at the Bannock Street station. These volunteers managed and executed the logistics for the 145 excited attendees. Looks like Masterpiece has another winning season in store for RMPBS fans. Thanks go to Teddi Wiest-Kent, Cindy O’Callaghan, Judy Lester-Smith, Sandy Gerulat, Sharon Powers, Therese Schoen, Betty Flaten, Jean Chrest and photographer-Robert Mercer!


Thanks to Volunteers from KUVO

Happy Holidays KUVO Volunteers! We’re so happy that you were able to join us for some holiday cheer at Falling Rock Tap House on December 12!  And, that you once again put up with the “CD Name Game” thank you for being good sports; we hope you like the CD you got.

KUVO is extremely grateful for each of you – thank you for being available when we needed you. We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2017!
Have a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

KUVO Staff & Board

Thank you Jazzy Volunteers!

On behalf of KUVO Staff and Board, we want you to know we appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedules to help out at the Gift Giving Days year-end pledge drive!  We look forward to seeing you in 2017! Happy New Year!  

Thanks to these volunteers: Bill Sekulic, Candace LeGault, Carol Rushton, Cloette Mares Amato, Darryl Brown,  GwenEllyn Nordquist, Jack Markey,Jerry Andersen, Joanne Valvano, Joel Chapa, Jon Davis, Julie Nordstrom, Kate Sydney, Katie Jordan, Kirk Sarell, Lorna Chapa,  Matt Herzberger, Michael Wulfsohn, Miguel Soto, Mike Lovette, Nancy Conway, Nancy Foster,

Peter Furlon, Phil Cortese, Purnell Steen, Rita Roller, Rob Seligmann, Robbie Martinez, Rodney Shaw, Susan Smith, Susanne Brasset, Suzie Crase, Suzie Linenberger,

Matt Herzberger, Susanne Brasett, Torrin Roberts, Bill Sekulic

Ted Stein,Thad Pyzdrowski, Theresa McCoy, Tom Emmons, Torrin Roberts,Tracey Bacidore, Yvonne Hernandez

Rodney Shaw, Susanne Brasett, Candace LeGault, KateSydney


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.

  • Colorado Experience Roadshow: "Colorado Experience" is a locally produced program of Rocky Mountain PBS (airs on Thursdays at 7:30 pm) highlighting events and people that have made history in Colorado.  The Colorado Experience Roadshow takes these programs and screens them in local communities throughout Colorado.
    - “Colorado Courthouses” & “Dinosaurs” - January 17; Ridgway; 6-8pm; Sherbino preservationists.
    - “Dinosaurs” - January 18; Durango; 7-8:30pm; Fort Lewis College (100 Rim Drive)
    - “Centennial Farms” & “San Luis Valley” - January 19; Alamosa; 6-8pm; Adams State University-208 Edgemont Blvd. 

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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