Volunteer News

President’s Message

Submitted by Betty Flaten, President, Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board

URGENT! The Restructure Task Force of the Volunteer Board sent all volunteers a survey within the last couple of weeks. The purpose is to provide a better understanding of how the volunteer leadership of Rocky Mountain PBS can best serve, engage, and retain volunteers in the changing world of public media. It is most important that we hear from every volunteer. If you have not already done so, please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey before the deadline of August 15, 2014. The results are vital in the task force's charge to find a structure which best serves all volunteers and staff at Rocky Mountain PBS.

CONGRATULATIONS to the staff of Rocky Mountain PBS for receiving significant Heartland Emmys® this past month. Volunteers can read all about them in this bulletin or by going to the website www.rmpbs.org and search for the Emmys.

BACK ROW: Dan and Lisa Sheley, Margaret and Mike Cawthra FRONT ROW: Thomas and Ryan Sheley (Children)

I had a fantastic time assisting staff member, Jessica Snider at the Colorado Railroad Museum's Dinosaur Train event on July 19. I adore the Dinosaur Train programs and what fun it was to see children excited with the dinosaurs, dinosaur projects, and train rides. Their enthusiasm was infectious and certainly brought out the kid in me. We gave away all our Sesame Street buttons, many Space Racers stickers and lots of erasers and coloring sheets. It was also encouraging to see many visitors from out-of-state who enjoy PBS programming at home and who wanted to stop and share their thoughts with us. It was a great opportunity for us to publicize Kid's Fun Fest.

Jessica and Ben Snider

Kid's Fun Fest is coming September 6 and you can feed your "inner child" for a day helping children and parents enjoy all the events. You even get to see Clifford, Word Girl and Curious George. Maybe you'll get to be a handler for one of these terrific characters. Heidi Danzig Miller is heading up the event for volunteers and she can be contacted at: heidimiller@rmpbs.org/719-502-1335.

KUVO still needs volunteers for the City Park Jazz Concerts on Sunday evenings. Grab a friend and volunteer while hearing some of the best jazz west of the Mississippi. See "Volunteer Opportunities."

An exciting August event will feature historian and film producer, Ken Burns and Colorado State Historian, William Convery in a conversation about Burn's new fall series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Volunteers are needed for various jobs that are listed in our "Volunteers Opportunities" section of this publication. Strum Hall at DU is the setting for the 7:00 p.m. gathering which no one should miss.

I look forward to seeing and chatting with our volunteers at these events and helping Rocky Mountain PBS celebrate great programming and events.

The KRMA Connection:  Denver History, Local Personalities and Public Television

By Laura Sampson, Station's Archived Memories Volunteer 

On the set of Smith & Muse, 1980

The history of our Colorado community has been presented, shared and enjoyed by many of us throughout the nearly sixty years of broadcasting on Rocky Mountain PBS. Through in-depth discussion, local productions have given us the opportunity to become better-informed citizens.

The 1980's Smith & Muse program is a great example of an informative and popular local production. The series premiered on KRMA on Thursday, September 11, 1980 as a production of the Cultural and Community Affairs Unit. KRMA volunteers and staff, along with local citizens, were invited to be a part of the in-studio audience. Audience members were asked to participate by asking questions or making comments.

The weekly series presented live personalities discussing topics designed to appeal to all ages. The co-hosts explored subjects that varied from serious, lighthearted and sometimes bizarre. Producer, Lauren Casteel, spotlighted such topics as Violence Against Women, Denver's Occult World, Fashion Models, Witchcraft and POWs and the Psychology of Captivity.

Was it a welcomed concept or a sore thumb?

Thinking back to 1981, do you remember how you or your fellow citizens felt about the development of downtown Denver's 16th Street Mall? Would you like to hear the story first-hand from people who were directly involved in the planning and development of Denver at that time?

CLICK ON THE VIDEO to watch the original local half-hour 1981 KRMA production of Smith & Muse discussing the development of Denver. The program featured co-hosts Harry Smith (yes, the Harry Smith of NBC News who got his start on KRMA) along with Reynelda Muse, a beloved Denver television journalist.

About Station's Archived Memories
Along with archiving oral histories, documents, productions, memorabilia and photographs, volunteers of Station's Archived Memories (SAM) are preserving the real-life stories behind our Denver community so that you and those who follow can appreciate the important role of public television in Colorado. If you'd like to join the volunteer efforts to preserve the history of Rocky Mountain PBS, please contact SAM@rmpbs.org or call 303-620-5734.

Rocky Mountain PBS Brings Home Three Heartland Emmys®

Congratulations to the following staff members who received Heartland Emmys® in July.

Historic/Cultural Program - Feature/Segment
"Colorado Experience: Fly Girl"
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Julie Speer, Executive Producer and Director
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Associate Producer
Jason Bunch, Editor and Videographer
Michael Dondero, Grip, Research, Assistant Editor
William Convery, Talent and Senior Researcher

Magazine Program - Feature/Segment
"Arabella Tattershall"
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Janine Trudell, Segment Producer
Lisa D. Olken, Managing Producer

Program Promo - Single Spot
"Arts District: First and Only"
Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver
Lisa D. Olken, Executive Producer and Writer
Carrie Saldo, Host
Janine Trudell, Director of Photography and Editor
Paul Cywilko, Videographer
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Associate Producer

"Urban Rez" selected for American Film Showcase international tour

Rocky Mountain PBS' Emmy Award winning documentary "Urban Rez" was selected for an international tour as part of the U.S. State Department's American Film Showcase. Our own Lisa D. Olken was the writer, editor and executive producer on the documentary, which explores the effects of relocation of American Indians. "Urban Rez" was honored by the Native American Indian Film & Video Festival of the Southeast, and was part of the 2013 American Indian Film Festival. This is the first film from Rocky Mountain PBS selected for this honor. Click here to read the entire Denver Post article.

Red Power Energy Selected for Vision Maker Media Funding

Rocky Mountain PBS' Red Power Energy, produced by Lisa D. Olken, is honored to be selected to receive support from Vision Maker Media. Read the news release below.

Lincoln, Neb.: Vision Maker Media is pleased to announce support for thirteen new projects for production, new media, and acquisition. Eleven producers and Public Television stations were selected for funding and two for acquisition for their documentaries by and about Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media's Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Since 1990, filmmakers have been invited to submit proposals in various stages of their film--from research & development, to production, post-production/completion, and outreach. All proposals are reviewed by a group of public television professionals, station programmers, independent filmmakers, educators, and executives from indigenous organizations.

"The goal of the Public Media Content Fund is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers," said Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux), executive director of Vision Maker Media.

The final slate of documentaries represents Native voices and stories from across the United States including California, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and a couple documentaries will span coast-to-coast.

Red Power Energy
Larry Pourier (Oglala Lakota), Lisa D. Olken, 
Rocky Mountain PBS Production
Red Power Energy is the first-ever, trans-media film project (TV, radio, web-exclusive videos, print articles, photos, and timelines) that explores the promises and perils of fossil fuel and renewable energy production on 14 American Indian reservations in a five state region--Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships. For more information, visit www.visionmakermedia.org.

PBS Announces Fall Lineup

Curious about what you may be able to view this fall on Rocky Mountain PBS? PBS recently announced its programming for fall. Read about the programs here. Be sure to check Rocky Mountain PBS program listings to find out which shows are being aired locally and to see the viewing schedule.

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers are truly generous and we appreciate all that they do. Volunteers are critical to supporting the mission of public media. They bring great energy, enthusiasm, talent and good humor to their work. In short, they bring joy to all the staff! For the month of July, thanks go to the volunteers who donated their time:

  • Betty Flaten-for her continuous time and devotion to her duties as President of the Volunteer Board and, in July, for her assistance at the Colorado Railroad Museum/Dinosaur Train where she spread the word about Rocky Mountain PBS to some of our youngest fans and their families. 
  • Teddi Wiest-Kent, Judy Lester Smith and Doña Dodson-for their speedy! assistance in getting 500 pieces of mail out the door for I-News. 
  • Heidi Danzig Miller, Nathalia Velez Ryan, Victor Escarcega, Darren Etengoff, Gerri and Gordon Baron-for spreading the word & flyers to the station’s neighbors informing them of the upcoming Denver Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS Fun Fest.

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