Volunteer News

Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network Receives Emmy® Award

The 2015 Heartland Emmy Awards Gala took place Saturday, July 18 at the Denver Performing Arts Center. Rocky Mountain PBS received an Emmy for outstanding historical documentary presented through “Colorado Experience.”  Congratulations to the creative crew for their extraordinary work!

Documentary - Historical
Colorado Experience:  "Sand Creek Massacre”
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Julie Speer, Director, Executive Producer, Writer
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Producer, Writer
Jason Bunch, Videographer, Editor, Writer
Harris Ravine, Executive Producer
Coi Drummond-Gehrig, Archival Researcher


KUVO Exhibition Brings Jazz History to Life (July 7-September 9)

In celebration of bringing jazz to Denver for 30 years, KUVO is teaming up with the Blair Caldwell Library (located at 24th and Welton) in Denver to create an exhibit sure to take jazz lovers down a musical memory lane!

Since its very first record dropped on August 29, 1985, KUVO 89.3 Jazz FM has proudly been offering a mix of jazz, Latino and blues. Located in a studio in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, KUVO has established a go-to hub for musicians from around the world.

KUVO's history will be on display at the Blair-Caldwell Library July 7- September 9, 2015 and is open to the public.

Music Director Arturo Gómez, who spearheaded the project, said cataloging the station’s colorful history was like entering a musical time capsule. “It struck me how far we have come in the past 30 years, from humble beginnings fueled mostly by inspiration to the world-renowned jazz station we are today. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Florence Hernández-Ramos, KUVO’s first CEO, says she thinks the station’s growth and success can be attributed in large measure to music lovers who tirelessly offered support and volunteered their time to keep the station alive.

“From day one, KUVO has been about community, and about culture and acceptance, and we had a staff that was committed to these principles – plus, they loved jazz and KUVO’s innovative weekend programming,” said  Hernández-Ramos.
“1985-2015: KUVO Celebrates 30 Years” will be open during regular library hours and will also include special Saturday afternoon Movie Specials. The exhibit and matinee events are free to the public, but seating for the movies is limited to a first-come, first served basis.  


KUVO Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 30 under 30

To celebrate 30 years on the air and invest in the future of jazz, KUVO interviewed 30 local musicians under the age of 30 - several of which are featured on our Live at the Oasis Vol. 11 double CD! 

These inspiring interviews demonstrate how jazz is alive and thriving in Colorado - thanks to plenty of young and fresh talent!

We'll be releasing two artist features a week June 29-October 31. Tune-in to hear these interviews broadcast over the air!

Browse the musician profiles to see their full video interview, listen to original music, and learn more about their current projects. 
We hope you are as inspired as we are by the next generation of jazz! 

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to Faux Phone Bank Volunteers

On a lovely July afternoon, six volunteers found their way to the RMPBS station in Denver and took their place on the phone bank/pledge set for a pre-taping pledge session that will be shown on the air in August. Thanks go to Heather Mackinnon, Marci and Stewart Lundy, Judy Lester Smith, Audrey Sherrod and Renee Marcellis for lending their support to Rocky Mountain PBS!


Thanks to Jazzy KUVO Volunteers 

All summer long, volunteers have staffed the KUVO booth at a variety of music festivals. They are a dedicated and fun bunch. Thanks to all of them for their enthusiasm, energy and dedication to KUVO!  Pictured (from left to right) are Torrin Roberts, Mary O’Neil and Leo Marshall at the City Park Jazz Festival in Denver on July 5th.  


Thanks to KRMJ Volunteers

For the first time in over 6 months, the KRMJ volunteers met at Colorado Mesa University for coffee and doughnuts. The goal: to meet Alex Forsett and discuss future plans for the volunteer team in Grand Junction. Patricia Amadeo and Chriss Secrest, two wonderful and long-time volunteers of KRMJ, were in attendance (among others) and shared their vision for volunteer activities in Western Colorado. 

Chriss Secrest has been helping Alex in securing Kids Fun Fest booths… and she was successful! Chriss managed to identify and sell ‘The Pallete’ which is a local art studio that will be doing free art classes every half-hour during the Western Slope Kids Fun Fest. Way to go Chriss!

Patricia Amadeo is back in the office for the day-to-day operations. She is helping update the files at KRMJ and updating the RMPBS event calendar. Patricia is very helpful for some office processes and keeping us in order. Thank you Patricia! 

Charlie Marklie, daughter of Chriss Secrest, also has helped to make KIDS Fun Fest wildly fun! Charlie thought it would be a good idea to include the Grand Junction Rockies (local baseball team) in at KIDS Fun Fest. Charlie went out and got their mascot, Corky the Coyote, to be a character at the event. Great job Charlie! 


Super School News Volunteers Celebrate 35th Year

As the curtain closes on our 35th anniversary year of Super School News, it is safe to say that the “Tradition” of quality educational programming continues at RMPBS.  Besides being a familiar institution in local programming we have strived to keep the foundation of our broadcast - content, quality, and relevance intact. This can only happen with a sturdy base comprised of excellent technicians and supportive staff. The show could never go on without the best part, the Super School News Volunteers.  They add the charm, sparkle, and dazzle that make these shows unique. Thank you one and all, OUR SUPER SCHOOL NEWS FAMILY, for your devotion and service to the students of Colorado.
Janell Hetrick and Ginger Sheehy
Co-Chairs, Super School News


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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