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.


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)


By Nasiri Suzan, Above and Beyond Travel Writer

After welcoming Djamila Ricciardi to the Volunteer Community Advisory Board at KUVO, I got to sit down and find out more about her in a quiet moment.

She grew up in Denver, and attended Wheat Ridge School.  Her love of jazz started in elementary school where she played alto saxophone in the concert band and the ‘cool’ jazz band.  
During high school, her involvement with the Colorado Conservatory of Jazz Arts allowed her to be mentored by professors and musicians who are educators.  

 After a short stint away at Scripps College in California (Women’s College), where she earned her degree in Art History, Djamila came home to Denver.  But she brought something else home with her … a love for broadcasting. While at Scripps, Djamila worked at the college radio station, KSPC, 88.7 on the dial.  As she says, she was, “an NPR Nerd growing up.”  She credited her parents with instilling her love of jazz and KUVO at an early age.

Her road to on-air host started as a volunteer working with the library at the station, getting music ready for DJs.  As the advocacy and relationships grew with the full-time on air hosts, so did her role at KUVO.  She submitted a demo; which is a polished audio piece with her voice talking about and introducing music, to Carlos Lando.  Carlos then took the time to provide some honest feedback based in a desire to educate and invite people.
Djamila got her opportunity in January, 2014 when she subbed on-air for J.J. and his Saturday morning show, “Breakfast Jazz with JJ”.  I asked her the most ‘memorable thing’ about her first time on air.  She said it was a few things:

  • telling her friends and family she was going to be “on the air” 
  • watching the Sunrise on her ‘first’ KUVO live broadcast on the way to the station
  • and the ‘inner circle’ feedback of her peers/mentors.

When asked to share an embarrassing moment or a blooper with me, she laughed.  She told me she hadn’t asked anyone how to operate the turntable to spin vinyl.  Well, we’re glad she figured it out quickly!
On September 9, 2016, she got her show (which she alternates with Allen Scott), Saturday Afternoon Jazz from 2-4pm, every other Saturday afternoon.

As a volunteer on-air host, she has a day time job in the ‘real world’ working for RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver as a part-time Visitor and Volunteer Coordinator. RedLine’s mission “to connect artists with the community to create positive social change” resonated with Djamila’s own desire to dignify artists and be a part of the creative process.

Djamila says, “Creative Arts/Jazz is ultimately about freedom and the way you express your creativity.”  We closed our time together with the words she ends every show with …“Until next time, keep on living the jazz life.”


Remembering Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill died on Monday, November 14, 2016.  Many of us at Rocky Mountain PBS had the opportunity to meet Gwen and work with her.  One comment from a colleague describes her smile, “You could read by the light of her smile.”  She brought that light to all of us.  Below is a lovely tribute published on the PBS NewsHour website www.pbs.org/newshour.

Gwen Ifill, a journalist to her core, who served as the PBS NewsHour’s co-anchor and managing editor and, in her own words, sought to always “tell the stories that shed light and spur action,” has died from complications of cancer. She was 61.

Gwen covered eight presidential campaigns, moderated two vice-presidential debates and served for 17 years on the NewsHour and as moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week.” In her early career, she covered politics and city hall for some of the country’s most prominent newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Baltimore Evening Sun, carving a path as one of the most accomplished journalists in U.S. media. She won countless awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award, and was the best-selling author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

Gwen’s death has left her colleagues devastated.

“She was a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change,” said the NewsHour’s executive producer, Sara Just. “She was a mentor to so many across the industry — a journalist’s journalist who set an example for all around her.”

And from her co-anchor, Judy Woodruff: “She was not only my dear friend, she was the best partner one can imagine, because she was committed to fairness and to the finest in journalism. You always knew when working with Gwen that she had your back. I’m crushed that she won’t be sitting by my side on the NewsHour any more, but her mark on this program and on American journalism will endure.”

President Obama touched on Gwen’s death at a press conference on Monday, calling her an “extraordinary journalist” who “always kept faith with the fundamental responsibility of her profession.”

“I always appreciated Gwen’s reporting, even when I was at the receiving end of one of her tough and thorough interviews,” said Obama, noting that Gwen was one half, along with Judy Woodruff, of the first all-female anchor team in broadcast journalism.

He added, “She not only informed today’s citizens, but she also inspired tomorrow’s journalists.”

At the PBS NewsHour, Gwen brought abundant wisdom and guidance to daily editorial meetings, championed stories that likely would have been orphaned on other news networks and always challenged her colleagues to look past simple explanations to uncover the deeper realities behind the news, especially when faced with a difficult or elusive subject.

“I wanted to be a journalist, because I like to ask questions,” Gwen said in a 2009 interview with Julian Bond for the Explorations in Black Leadership Series. “And I like the idea that someone might feel responsible for answering them.”
Moderating the 2004 vice-presidential debate, Gwen demonstrated her knack for bringing forgotten issues to the center of the national discussion. After pressing Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards on the economy, Iraq and Iran, she turned to the issue of the startlingly-high rate of HIV/AIDS among black women in America.

“I want to talk to you about AIDS — and not about AIDS in China or Africa — but AIDS right here in this country,” she said. “Black women between the ages of 25 and 44 are 13 times more likely to die of the disease than their counterparts. What should the government’s role be in helping to end the growth of this epidemic?”

After describing the epidemic as “a great tragedy” against which America had “made great progress,” Cheney admitted he wasn’t aware of the data about black women in America.

In moments big and small, and in the field and on camera, she combined journalistic integrity with a deep humanity, especially when talking directly to the people behind the story. Gwen prided herself on always considering “that someone else may have a better point.”

“By nature, I am someone who hews to the middle,” she wrote in a NewsHour column last December. “I need to hear all sides of a story. Unless I am engaged in a tough round of dominoes or Scrabble, I think of myself as unreasonably reasonable.”

Gwen’s leadership guided the NewsHour through multiple transitions, difficult stories and a constantly changing media landscape. But no matter how much the media changed, Gwen remained staunchly committed to her core values.
“In the early days, they joked that we dared to be boring,” Gwen said of the NewsHour in a recent Reddit Ask me Anything chat. “I think now it’s more that we dare to be engaging. And we think enough of the viewers and consumers who come to us for in-depth, fair coverage to make sure we provide cogent, smart analysis. We do it every day, go to sleep, and get up to do it again.”

Gwen Ifill was born on Sept. 29, 1955, in New York City. She was the fifth child of Urcille Ifill Sr., an African Methodist Episcopal pastor and civil rights advocate who immigrated to the United States from Panama, and Eleanor Ifill, an immigrant from Barbados.

During Gwen’s childhood, her family moved around New England and the Northeast for Urcille Ifill’s ministry, with stops in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, New York.

Gwen attended Simmons College in Boston, and it was there that she took her first steps toward a career in journalism. Gwen interned at the Boston Herald-American as an undergraduate in the late 1970s, where, despite facing racist threats in the newsroom, went on to work for the newspaper after graduation.

“When I got in, I had to prove to them that I could write, that I could meet a deadline, that I could be a good colleague in a newsroom, in a newsroom environment where, once again, I was one of very few people of color,” Gwen said in the 2009 Julian Bond interview. “Just getting in the door isn’t enough.”

From there, Gwen went on to work for the Baltimore Sun. She joined the Washington Post in 1984, and worked there until 1991, when she was hired by the New York Times. Gwen served as the Times’ White House Correspondent from 1991 to 1994, and as NBC’s chief congressional and political correspondent from 1994 to 1999.

Karen Tumulty, a national political correspondent at the Washington Post and longtime friend of Gwen’s, recalled meeting her for the first time, during the 1988 presidential campaign.

“She was a very young reporter at the time,” Tumulty said, but “she just had this kind of self assurance and ability to get right to what the truth was. It was really remarkable.”

As she climbed the ranks in the journalism world, Tumulty added, Gwen never lost her sense of humor or her ability to connect with people in all walks of life.

“She certainly made her mark in print journalism. But there was just something about her on television. People could really connect with her,” Tumulty said. She added, “Gwen was somebody who could find something to laugh about in just about any situation.”

Gwen took over as moderator of Washington Week in 1999, which was then known as Washington Week in Review, and began to regularly contribute to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In 2013, she joined Judy Woodruff as co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, the long-format news program originally founded by Jim Lehrer and Robin MacNeil.

Gwen loved all music, especially gospel, rock and show tunes, and was especially smitten with the Broadway show, Hamilton. She was a connoisseur of Maryland crabs and always had a jar of Twizzlers in her office that she shared with staff.

In a 2015 interview with the Washingtonian, after winning an award from the magazine, Gwen summed up the importance of journalism: “We can’t expect the world to get better by itself,” she said. “We have to create something we can leave the next generation.”

We will miss her.


By Laura Sampson | Founder, Station’s Archived Memories (SAM)
Article contents from the RMPBS Archives


On December 3, 1952, a landmark meeting was held in Denver Public School’s Morey Junior High School auditorium that laid the foundation for what we now know as Rocky Mountain PBS.  On this date, the “Committee on Educational TV” initiated a community discussion to consider the establishment of educational television in Denver.

Representatives on the committee consisted of people from Denver Public Schools, the University of Denver, Denver Public Library, Adult Education Council and University of Colorado.  Following several small preliminary meetings, the committee widened its audience by inviting representatives from over seventy-five community and state organizations to attend the December 3rd meeting to publicly discuss the concept of creating Denver’s very first educational station.

Several things transpired prior to the 1952 historic December 3rd meeting:

  • For nearly a year, the Committee on Educational TV had been brainstorming the concept of having educational television in Denver.  
  • Three key subcommittees had been established.  These three committees concluded in-depth studies only a few weeks before the December 3rd public meting
    • A subcommittee on administration and organization
    • A subcommittee on program building
    • A subcommittee on technical aspects and problems.
  • On November 25, 1952, Dr. Kenneth Oberholtzer, Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, sent an invitational letter to over seventy-five local organizations outlining the committee’s thoughts on educational television for Denver and inviting them to send a representative to the December 3rd meeting.

The invitational letter written by Dr. Oberholtzer to community organizations contained several key statements:

  • Now that commercial television has come to Denver, people are intensely interested in the development of television because it holds such great promise for us in the field of education.
  • Interest in educational TV has been so great and so widespread that last year (1951) educators throughout the country prevailed upon the FCC to set aside 242 channels to be used for programs of noncommercial television
  • Due to the concerted efforts of the Denver Public Schools, The University of Denver, the Adult Education Council and the University of Colorado, a VHF channel has been reserved for educational purposes in Denver  . . . to serve the educational needs of the community.
  • It was unanimously decided to hold a public meeting . . . to consider certain issues relative to educational television in Denver.

The resulting December 3 meeting addressed several questions:

  • Would your organization be interested in presenting programs over an educational television station?
  • What kind of community organization could be developed to promote and administer this kind of program?
  • Who would own the station?
  • How would the construction and operation be financed?
  • How much financing would be required?

Along with the overview of the committee’s deliberations, a questionnaire was distributed on the merit of the idea, the interest of telecasting and the amount of financial aid that would be needed for operation and expenses.  The survey results were tabulated revealing extremely positive results. Dr. Oberholtzer proposed that the Denver Public Schools be the licensee for Channel SIX (now Rocky Mountain PBS) and assume the responsibility for the capital costs of the station.

As a result of that overwhelmingly affirmative response at the December 3rd meeting, the original organizational group forged ahead and the Denver Public Schools made application for a studio construction permit from the FCC.  The permit was granted.  The committee selected the site for the studio to be on the corner of Thirteenth and Glenarm Place adjacent to the Emily Griffith Opportunity School.  By March of 1953, blueprints were drafted to begin construction on the new studios.  

The Colorado community should remain grateful to Dr. Kenneth Oberholtzer for his foresight to establish educational television in Denver.  As a result of his wisdom, RMPBS continues to play a significant role in today’s public broadcasting and we look forward to its exciting future. 

Photo:  Rocky Mountain News, May 10, 1954 - Isadore Samuels (left), president of the Denver School Board and Dr. Kenneth Oberholtzer, DPS Superintendent, admire the scale model of the studio & transmitter of KRMA-TV, Denver’s future education channel.

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 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 KRMA

Carol, Joyce, Patricia and Pam

Thanks to four lovely ladies who pitched in with Leadership Giving Dept. major mailing.  Love having them in the “house!”  They bring lots of energy and good humor wherever they work. Thanks go to Patricia Laverty, Carol Clark, Pam Herrlein and Joyce Jappelle.

Thanks to Katherine Garretson who graces the Membership Department with her presence and her continual assistance with mailings.  Always great to have her at the station.

A huge “StoryMakers” thank you to Rita Lieberman, Judy Lester-Smith, Carol Clark and Teddi Wiest-Kent who worked many hours printing off the 650 stories from 6th, 7th, 8th grade students who submitted stories for the annual RMPBS StoryMakers contest.  Students and staff appreciate your time and energy and your dedication to accuracy.


Thanks to Volunteers from KUVO

Thanks go to Mr. Thomas and Mary Donahue for assisting with a major mailing for KUVO.  We appreciate your time, energy and great spirit.

Thanks to Mr. Thomas for all his hard work in assembling, packaging and shipping the KUVO pledge premiums.  He does this after each KUVO pledge drive!  He is tireless.

And thanks from all the staff at Rocky Mountain PBS to Mr. Thomas for keeping us all going with his never-ending supply of treats and snacks.  He keeps our spirits and our blood sugar very high.


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.
    Trinidad and Dana Crawford:  December 7 at 5:30 pm - Trinidad, Southern Colorado Repertory Theater. Trinidad: Take a walk on the “Trinidad” imprinted brick-paved city sidewalks dating back to 1910 and discover the beauty of this Southern Colorado town that is constantly reinventing itself. Dana Crawford: Meet Dana Crawford one of the country's most influential preservationists.
    - Perry Mansfield and Suffrage: December 14 from 6-8pm - Steamboat Springs, Chief Theater

  • 2016-2017 Indie Pop-Up Lens: Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series of documentaries that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Meet the Patels: Ravi Patel is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still unmarried. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravi submits to his parents' wishes and allows them to play matchmaker. The true-life romantic comedy Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one's life — love.
    - Colorado Springs: December 1 at 7pm - Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 Costilla St.
    - Grand Junction: December 7 at 6:30pm - Mesa County Library, 530 Grand Ave.

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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