Volunteer News

URGENT MESSAGE for ALL VOLUNTEERS:
Update Your Information NOW in Volunteer Database!

We are so excited!  After 6 years, we have updated the volunteer online profile in our volunteer database. This will enable us to better match volunteers with volunteer opportunities.  We received feedback from volunteers and staff prior to making the changes.  Now, we need YOU to update your records.  The directions are below.  This will take about 10 minutes of your time. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE DOES THIS! Thanks in advance for your assistance in helping us to better serve volunteers and the station. If you run into any problems, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org.

Directions:

  1. Go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer 
  2. Under “Record Your Hours/Update Your Information/Schedule Yourself…”, click on “Click here to make sure your hours are counted”
  3. On the next page, click where it says “click here to schedule yourself for….”
  4. Enter login (your email address) and password
    *If you have forgotten your password, follow the prompts to reset your password.
  5. After you have logged in, on your home page, click on the “My Profile” tab. Review all the information and update. *Remember to hit the green “SAVE” button whenever you make a change! Everyone must update the “Skills and Experience,” and the “Computer Skills and Hardware” sections. *Don’t forget to click on green “SAVE” button!

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Tax Deduction for Volunteers

The IRS allows volunteers who itemize their taxes to claim a deduction in the amount of 14 cents per mile they drive when volunteering for a charitable organization. You can get more information on the IRS’ page.

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Rocky Mountain PBS Nominated for 14 Heartland Emmys!

The 2016 Heartland Emmy® Awards Gala will take place Saturday, July 16 at the Denver Performing Arts Center. Rocky Mountain PBS earned 14 nominations in 12 categories. See the list of nominations below! Full list of 2016 nominations. 

Program Promo - Single Spot

“Inside Energy: Blackout Promo”
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Rebecca Jacobson, Producer

Director

“Colorado Experience: The Town of Boggsville”
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Daniel Mercure, Post Production Director

Editor - Program

“Trudell Editing Composite”
Rocky Mountain PBS
Janine Trudell, Editor

Documentary - Historical

“Colorado Experience: National Western Stock Show”
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Julie Speer, Executive Producer & Director
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Producer
Paul Cywilko, Videographer, Editor & Writer
Janine Trudell, Videopgraher
William Convery, Expert & Talent
Aaron Marcus, Archival Research Specialist
Coi Drummond-Gehrig, Archival Research
Ariane Osborne, Production Assistant

Historic/Cultural Program - Feature/Segment

“Colorado Experience: Last Stop 'til Denver”
Rocky Mountain PBS
Julie Speer, Executive Producer & Creator
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Producer, Director & Writer
Janine Trudell, Videographer & Creative Editor
Paul Cywilko, Videographer
William Convery, Expert & Talent
Aaron Marcus, Archival Research Specialist
Coi Drummond-Gehrig, Archival Research
Ariane Osborne, Production Assistant

“Colorado Experience: Jewish Pioneers”
Rocky Mountain PBS
Julie Speer, Executive Producer, Creator
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Producer, Director, Editor
Janine Trudell, Videographer
Paul Cywilko, Videographer
William Convery, Expert and Talent
Aaron Marcus, Archival Research
Coi Drummond-Gehrig, Archival Research

Documentary - Topical

“Colorado Experience: Colorado Coined”
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Julie Speer, Executive Producer & Creator
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Producer, Director & Editor
Paul Cywilko, Videographer & Finishing Editor
Janine Trudell, Videographer
William Convery, Expert & Talent
Aaron Marcus, Archival Research Specialist
Coi Drummond-Gehrig, Archival Research
Ariane Osborne, Production Assistant
Dan Levitt, Production Assistant

Nostalgia Program - Series/Special

“Colorado Experience: Cinema on the Plains”
Rocky Mountain PBS
Julie Speer, Executive Director & Creator
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Producer, Director & Editor
Paul Cywilko, Videographer
Janine Trudell, Videographer
William Convery, Expert & Talent
Aaron Marcus, Archival Research Specialist
Coi Drummond-Gehrig, Archival Research


Informational/Instructional - Program/Series/Special

“Colorado Experience: Hydro Power”
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Julie Speer, Executive Producer, Director, Creator
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Producer, Assistant Director, Editor
Janine Trudell, Videographer
William Convery, Expert and Talent
Aaron Marcus, Archival Research

Public/Current/Community Affairs - Program/Series/Special

“Standing in the Gap: Far Northeast Denver"
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Julie Speer, Executive Producer, Writer, Director
Mateos Alvarez, Writer, Producer, Outreach Director
Alan Gottlieb, Writer, Producer
Burt Hubbard, Writer, Producer
Aaliah Hartley, Associate Producer
Justin Lewis, Editor
Peter Wigand, Director of Photography
Mary Seawell, Executive Producer
Dan Levitt, Production Assistant
Adam Espinoza, Graphic Artist
DouglasPrice, Executive Producer

 

Magazine Program

“Arts District #492”
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Carrie Saldo, Reporter, Writer
Daniel Mercure, Post Production Editor
Janine Trudell, Director of Photography, Editor
Paul Cywilko, Director of Photography, Editor
Leslie Dodson, Producer
Lisa D. Olken, Series Executive Director and Producer
Adam Stielstra, Videographer, Editor
Lisa Boehm, Production Specialist

Arts/Entertainment - Program/Series/Special

“Arts District #491”
Rocky Mountain PBS
Carrie Saldo, Reporter, Writer
Janine Trudell, Director of Photography, Editor
Paul Cywilko, Director of Photography
Daniel Mercure, Post Production Editor
Lisa D. Olken, Series Executive Director and Producer
Ryan Borgman, Videographer, Editor
Lisa Boehm, Production Specialist

“Arts District #490”
Rocky Mountain PBS
Carrie Saldo, Reporter, Writer
Janine Trudell, Director of Photography, Editor
Paul Cywilko, Director of Photography
Daniel Mercure, Post Production Editor
Lisa D. Olken, Series Executive Director and Producer

 


Public/Current/Community Affairs - Program/Series/Special 

“Choice Cuts: Meat in America”
NET / KCPT / RMPBS / Harvest Public Media Video
Brian Seifferlein, Producer
Grant Gerlock, Producer/Reporter
Randy Mason, Reporter
Katie Kuntz, Reporter
Joe McMullen, Graphics Specialist
Ian Edgington, Video Production
Erin Green, Audio Engineer

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Congressional Update—Public Broadcasting Funding

Michael Riksen, Vice President-Policy & Representation, NPR

Good news to share on the beginning of the congressional appropriations process. On June 6th, the Senate subcommittee responsible for public broadcasting funding approved $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for FY 2019 as part of funding the federal government for FY 2017. Additionally, the subcommittee approved $50 million for interconnection assistance during FY 2017. This is the first step in the annual appropriations process.

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A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF PUBLIC TELEVISION: Former President Gerald R. Ford

by Laura Sampson, Founder of Station’s Archived Memories

To formally announce KRMA’s 1992 Capital Campaign, Don Johnson -- former KRMA General Manager --   arranged for President Gerald R. Ford to be the keynote speaker at a private reception at the Stouffer Concourse Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street in Denver, on July 22, 1992.  President Ford was proudly known as a staunch supporter of public broadcasting.

Over 200 local community leaders joined President Ford (1974-1977), Don Johnson (KRMA General Manager), Fred Deering (Capital Campaign chair) and the Capital Campaign Steering Committee. The reception was covered by both local and national press.

The 1992 capital campaign provided funds to pay for acquisition, expansion and renovation of the Rocky Mountain PBS studios at 1089 Bannock in Denver.  In addition, the campaign funds were used for the expansion, equipment and improvement of KRMA’s production and transmission throughout Colorado and the West.

During his remarks on July 22, President Ford said, “Over the years I’ve had a few opportunities to try to raise this kind of money, so I understand and appreciate how important it is to get not only viewer support, but corporate, foundation and other support. I think it is a good investment for Denver which is a growing city, and for the state of Colorado which is equally successful and growing.  It’s important for you to have a public television facility such as Channel Six in this community and this state.”

Following his comments, President Ford took the time to shake the hand of every guest. The momentous occasion left lasting memories for all that attended.

Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) wants to take this moment during our 60th Anniversary to recognize the important role played by former President Gerald R. Ford in the continued success of Rocky Mountain PBS.  

Photographs and research information courtesy of Station’s Archived Memories, a volunteer-driven award winning project of Rocky Mountain PBS since 2000. To contribute or volunteer for SAM, contact SAM@rmpbs.org.

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to Volunteers from KTSC (Southern Colorado)

Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who came out to our Kids Fun Fest event on Saturday, June 4th to support us, including Kay Davis, Cathy Reilly, Jon Horton, the Lagana family, Kandy Drake and her group of Colorado Springs Utilities volunteers, and the Friends of the Uncle Wilber Fountain.​

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Thanks to Volunteers from KRMA (Denver/Front Range)

Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) Adds 3 New Volunteers
From Piper Jones, Intern, Station’s Archived Memories

Welcome to Rocky Mountain PBS Ellie, Griffin and Cali!  Thank you for assisting the Station’s Archive Memories project!

Cali Neuberger will be working in SAM to integrate best practices into databasing.  She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and just finished her first year in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Denver where she is focusing my studies on archives. When she is not studying she likes to read, play with her cats Tink and Meatball, and explore Colorado. She is excited to be volunteering at the Rocky Mountain PBS!  

Ellie Schmidt recently relocated to Denver from Saint Paul, MN.  She enjoys hiking, swimming, and attempting yoga poses that are way beyond her skill level (someday she will master the handstand).  She's thrilled to have the opportunity to mesh her love of film with history as a SAM volunteer.   

Griffin Woolsey will be working with SAM to offer man power to the production archival efforts, burning legacy content to DVD and preparing for the future of digital archiving.
He is a Colorado native who loves being outside, producing and performing, and putting smiles on people's faces. In his own words, “I don't want to be an artist for the money, I want to be an artist that makes you think and more importantly, makes you want to do better for the world."

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Thank You David Hutchings

Thanks go to David Hutchings for taking such wonderful pictures at a breakfast hosted by Rocky Mountain PBS for the Buell Foundation at The Lobby restaurant in Denver on June 23rd.  As always, David delivers a quality project and we thank him for his work!

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Thank You “Get Outdoors” Volunteers

On Saturday June 11th, Rocky Mountain PBS participated in National Park Service’s National Get Outdoors Day! The event was held at Sloan’s Lake in Denver and attracted over 4,500 people! The annual event is held to encourage families to engage in healthy, active outdoor fun. 

The free event featured fishing, rock wall climbing, dancing, biking, paddling, live music and much more. Rocky Mountain PBS had a booth present at the event with a “Sprout a Bean Seed!” activity for the kids. In addition, we brought along Nature Cat to entertain the crowd!

A very special THANK YOU goes out to the volunteers who participated that day, playing a big role in running the RMPBS booth and guiding Nature Cat along the event. Thank you Betty Flaten, Annette Barnett, Kira Broer, Janet Weisheit, Kathleen Holmes and Sharon Oh-Willeke! We couldn’t have done it without you! 

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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!

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