Volunteer News

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.


  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!

NOTE:  If you use Windows XP operating system, you cannot access the volunteer application and you cannot record your hours or access your volunteer account.  You can access the volunteer application, access your account or record your hours in the following ways: 

  1. Use another computer that does not use Word XP and go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer.
  2. Use the web browser on your notebook or smart phone and go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer.  
  3. Contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org for additional help.


A Tribute to Leslie Smith, Volunteer Extraordinaire

Long-time, dedicated volunteer Leslie Smith died on July 25, 2016. She was a courageous woman, a dedicated volunteer, teacher, wife and mother.

2013 From the Heart Award (left to right): Volunteer Betty Flaten, Linda Hillshafer, Volunteers Bill Smith, Leslie Smith, RMPBS CEO Doug Price

Putting together a tribute to such an extraordinary woman and devoted volunteer at KRMA/RMPBS for 35 years is challenging but is also a chance to spend time in the life of a very special lady. Perhaps, the best place to start is with several tributes written by friends and RMPBS CEO, Doug Price.

From friend and fellow volunteer, Janet Weisheit: "Leslie Smith, a longtime volunteer with RMPBS died on Monday, July 25th. She had been battling cancer for many years. She started her volunteer career working on the Channel Six Auction around 1973. During the many years of the Auction she held various chairmanships. The areas she excelled at were display and warehouse. In the last several years she has been a volunteer with Super School News, chairing it for three years. She also served on the Auction Board and the Volunteer Board. She is survived by her husband Bill and two sons, Ethan and Neal. Leslie and Bill were honored as recipients of the RMPBS From-the-Heart Award in 2013. Besides spending her time at RMPBS Leslie was a Special Ed teacher, cross stitch enthusiast, creative cook and longtime member of Lakewood and Foothills branches of the American Association of University Women. There is no service or memorial planned at this time."

For those wanting to send a note to Bill, the mailing address is:
Bill Smith
5158 Yank Ct.
Arvada, CO 80002

From friend and fellow volunteer, Laura Sampson: "I am so very, very sorry to hear this sad news.  Leslie was a wonderful friend and very dedicated to RMPBS.  She started her volunteer career working on the Channel Six Auction around 1973  — we started volunteering about the same time.  As a longtime volunteer, Leslie was interviewed for the archives (Station’s Archived Memories) in 2011.  She worked for Auction for many, many years and absolutely loved doing it.  For those not familiar with the old Channel Six televised Auction, Leslie’s interview is an interesting peek into the “behind the scenes” of Auction."

From RMPBS CEO, Doug Price: "My favorite book growing up was, "A Tale of Two Cities."  The greatest opening sentence in literature begins with, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Our lives were enriched by Leslie and each of our volunteers. This richness makes the loss of Leslie even more keenly felt. Let me honor her by thanking all of you who give your time so generously. What a sad and sudden loss leavened by her legacy as a member of this community."

A wonderful picture of Leslie is captured in the transcript of her interview with volunteers, Laura and Buzz Sampson for the Station’s Archived Memories (SAM). We “hear” a woman who bubbles with enthusiasm, humor, laughter and love of life. She worked hard and she reveled in her life experiences. 

Leslie charts her geographical journey through Illinois, Louisiana (New Orleans), California, Arizona, Virginia, Missouri and, finally, to Colorado. During her journey, she graduated from college (University of Southwest Louisiana), obtained her MED in Special Education (University of Arizona) where she met and married Bill Smith, traveled with Bill while he was in the military, taught special education, welcomed sons Ethan and Neal to the family, and joined the volunteer ranks of KRMA-Channel SIX/RMPBS and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Once Leslie was settled in Denver, she started teaching as a substitute teacher and began volunteering for KRMA. “I had a friend, and she was actually the wife of someone my husband worked with. And we were new in town, and so she kind of took me under her wing, and we did a lot of things together. She belonged to two groups. She belonged to American Association of University Women, and she volunteered with KRMA-Channel Six. So she said “why don’t you come?” And the rest is history…..

Leslie immersed herself in the work of producing KRMA’s annual auction along with hundreds of other amazing volunteers. She filled a number of roles as well as becoming one of the volunteer leaders of Auction. (Leslie provides a detailed description of the Auction experience in the SAM interview. You may request a copy of that transcript by emailing SAM sam@rmpbs.org

Leslie was a “multi-tasker” long before that phrase was a part of standard vocabulary. In her own words, “Just because I have a job you pay me to go to doesn’t mean I can’t do my volunteer work. Because auction was evenings and weekends and school was weekdays and I thought well, that works. So I’d be down here (at KRMA) till midnight or 2 a.m. and I’d go to work the next day and almost be awake.” And, she didn’t volunteer alone…..she brought husband Bill along. “I had coerced him into coming down for many years when I couldn’t fill a shift –‘Bill, you’re coming down aren’t you?’” Just as Leslie became legacy volunteer, so has Bill who uses his photographic talents for auction, SAM, Super School News…..etc. 

Leslie went on to serve on the Volunteer Board and she became Co-Chair of Super School News. When asked why she volunteers, she stated “People. I have told people over the years, you know, they say why you do that every year, year after year? And I say because every year you go down there, you see those people. You haven’t seen them for a whole year, and it’s like you saw them last week. You do it for PBS. You do it for the money, the fundraiser. You do it for that, but you mainly do it to contact with your friends again, and to see how everybody’s doing and sit and chat, put your feet up, when you can, and you get to pull it off.”

When one volunteer job ended, Leslie would ask “What else do I do here?” It seems she was always asking that question in every aspect of her life. She embodied the “can do spirit.” 

KRMA/Rocky Mountain PBS was very lucky the day that Bill and Leslie Smith walked through the station doors. We send our sympathy and prayers to Bill, Neal and Ethan and to her many, many friends. We send our endless gratitude to Leslie.

Thanks to SAM and Buzz and Laura Sampson for providing the oral interview transcript with Leslie. The quotes used are from this transcript.


A Personal Letter of Gratitude to RMPBS and KUVO Volunteers

Dear Volunteers,

Like many of you, I struggle with maintaining an emotional balance in the face of all that is going wrong in the world and the 24/7 news cycle. It seems that each day we are confronted by new acts of violence, of the sadness and destruction brought on by poverty, or the stories of loss. These are all exacerbated by the constant barrage of divisive political rhetoric. 

In the face of this, our responsibility is to maintain that emotional balance by focusing on the good in the world. All of you who walk through our doors are the “good” upon which I focus. Your generosity of time and spirit, your dedication and your humor light my day and remind me that we at RMPBS and KUVO are surrounded each and every day by your warmth.

All of us on staff are filled with gratitude for your presence. Thank you.

Most Sincerely,
Susan Ewing Barber
Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator
Rocky Mountain PBS


Rocky Mountain PBS Receives 3 Emmys®!

The 2016 Heartland Emmy® Awards Gala took place Saturday, July 16 at the Denver Performing Arts Center. Rocky Mountain PBS garnered three awards, one for the original documentary, Standing in the Gap, one for a promotional piece for Inside Energy and one for "Citation Nation," an investigative news report done in conjunction with 9News. Congratulations to the talented staff members that worked on our 14 nominations.

Public/Current/Community Affairs - Program/Series/Special
“Standing in the Gap: Far Northeast Denver” - Rocky Mountain PBS
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
Douglas Price, Executive Producer


Program Promo - Single Spot
“Blackout: Reinventing the Grid (Trailer)” - Inside Energy
Rebecca Jacobson, Producer


Magazine Program - Program/Series/Special
“Citation Nation” - KUSA & Rocky Moutnain PBS
Jeremy Jojola, Reporter
Anna Hewson, Photographer & Editor
Nicole Vap, Executive Producer
Katherine Wilcox, Researcher, Reporter at Rocky Mountain PBS
Brittany Iverson, Graphics Artist


Archived Morsels of Tasty History: From the Rocky Mountain PBS Archives

By Laura Sampson - Founder, Station’s Archived Memories
Research materials and photographs provided by Station’s Archived Memories* (SAM) at Rocky Mountain PBS.

Foodies have always been loyal viewers and good friends of Rocky Mountain PBS – especially when they get the opportunity to meet their favorite PBS chefs in person! 

On August 11, 2006, local foodie fans were able to meet and greet the beloved public television chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Nick Stellino at a “Meet the Chefs of PBS” gala. The exclusive event was held at Pismo Fine Art Glass in Denver’s Cherry Creek North. The master of ceremonies was Kristen Brownin-Bias, former food editor for the Denver Post. The event kicked off the 2006 Third Annual Cherry Creek North Gourmet Series.

Sponsored by Rocky Mountain PBS in celebration of its 50th anniversary (1956-2006), the reception featured great wine and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chefs. The evening also included a question-and-answer session with the chefs plus a cookbook signing. 

The famous chefs made an appearance in the studios of Rocky Mountain PBS to the delight of the Rocky Mountain PBS Cooks Club members who enjoyed tasty samples of the chefs’ on-air cooking demonstrations. Additionally, studio guests had the opportunity to buy autographed cookbooks and have photographs taken with their favorite chefs!
Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) 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 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 volunteer or donate items to the archives, please visit www.RMPBS.org/SAM, contact the SAM office at Rocky Mountain PBS 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org.

Meet The Chefs of PBS

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to Volunteers from KRMA (Denver/Front Range)

Two of our dedicated volunteers, Audrey Sherrod and Renee Marcellis, assisted the major giving staff this month by sending out thank you letters to donors.  We appreciate the time and efforts of these volunteers who help us communicate with those whose financial contributions make it possible for RMPBS continue with our outstanding programs and activities.

Thanks to volunteer Betty Flaten who hosted an RMPBS table at Odd Squad (a favorite PBS kids’ program) screening at the Alamo Theater in Aspen Grove on July 21st . Betty had fun engaging with children and parents. In her own words, “It was so much fun and I definitely want to do this again!” 


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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