Rocky Mountain Public Media Management
President and CEO, Rocky Mountain Public Media
Amanda Mountain grew up a military brat and has called Colorado home off-and-on since 1992. She is a first-generation college graduate and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Denver in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Change Management. She is the first female CEO in Rocky Mountain Public Media history, and is the youngest CEO of a major market public media station in the country. She has nearly 20 years of media experience, most notably with Freedom Communications, where she was named one of the top 20 Newspaper executives in the country by Presstime Magazine, and Viacom, where she helped pioneer cross-platform marketing strategies under the leadership of Mel Karmazin. She joined Rocky Mountain PBS in 2010 as general manager of the Southern Colorado station and stepped into the role of President and CEO in 2017 where she is now leading the mission to strengthen the civic fabric of Colorado through public media, and to build a new $34 million Buell Public Media Center to increase innovation, engagement and collaboration across nonprofit media.
Chief of Staff
Lone is a Colorado native with a background in public policy, and event and board management. She came to the station from Washington DC, where she managed an advisory board of 200 CEOs and university presidents at The Committee for Economic Development, and was a core member of a high-level public policy strategy team. At Rocky Mountain Public Media Lone is a key thought partner to the CEO, Board of Directors, and the Executive Leadership Team, working alongside the CEO to ensure the organization’s strategic goals and objectives are met. Lone graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Political Science. She and her husband live in Golden, Colorado and enjoy international travel and adventure in all its forms.
Chief Content Officer
Sam Cohen is an experienced Content Director who elevates digital strategy within media organizations. She leads the Content team at Rocky Mountain PBS, constantly looking for opportunities to create authentic stories serving our Colorado communities, partnering with the public to both inform and find solutions around pressing issues, and collaborating with other media organizations around the state and country to bring world-class shows to RMPM. She came to the station from Sacramento, where she most recently was the Director of Content at ABC-affiliate KTVX. Her previous experience includes overseeing digital teams and strategy, managing cross-department projects to reach new audiences, and creating content for multiple platforms including broadcast and digital. She grew up on the north side of Denver, left to attend Northwestern University in Chicago and pursue her career in journalism, and is happy to be back in Colorado with her family.
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer
Dan Diamond, Rocky Mountain Public Media’s Chief Marketing and Sales Officer is a tech-savvy executive with over 40 years of executive experience and success in the network broadcast, cable, film and entertainment industries. Prior to his coming to the RMPM organization, his highly unique set of diverse skills across multiple business disciplines led to the creation and development of consumer entertainment at National CineMedia (NCM) under the brand Fathom Events. A proven leader, Diamond’s strategic vision and leadership were critical success factors in his role as senior vice president of business development, entertainment programming and marketing. Diamond was a driving force in the creation of an entirely new entertainment category leading to the transformation of movie theatres into “local community event centers.” His visionary leadership and ability to leverage and integrate numerous strategic partnerships while creating win-win scenarios, all led to the acquisition and execution of hundreds of successful “in-theater” entertainment and business events and being named the “World’s Leader in Alternative Cinema Content” (“Event Cinema”) by Screen Digest.
Prior to creating Fathom Events Diamond served as a director of creative services in both the NBC/CBS station groups where he led on air product, production, creative services, sales, promotional and marketing efforts. Diamond has been at the forefront of technology innovation/implementation including serving as director of Interactive Cable Broadcast Operations for US WEST, playing a key role in developing the world’s first fully interactive television network (FSN) in conjunction with Time-Warner and Tribune Broadcasting. Diamond’s work in broadcast and music has been recognized with multiple Emmy awards.
Chief Technology Officer
Doug Houston is Chief Technology Officer with over 40 years of broadcast engineering and operations experience including 23 years at KCNC Channel 4 in Denver. He is responsible for all Technical systems for KRMA, KTSC, KRMJ, KRMU-TV, KUVO-FM, IT networking and building/facilities. Prior to joining RMPM Doug was Director of Engineering at WCPO the EW Scripps ‘flagship’ station in Cincinnati where he was instrumental in making WCPO a top performing TV station for Scripps. He has received 9 Heartland Emmy Awards ranging from Editing to Engineering Production. He has a Masters of Business from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a BA in Radio, Television & Film from the University of North Texas. Doug’s interests include being a Commercial Pilot Glider and Single Engine Land, Certified Flight Instructor holds a Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certificate and is a Three Diamond Soaring Pilot, as recognized by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
President & General Manager, KUVO
Carlos has more than 40 years experience in radio. While still in high school, his first night on the air was January 13, 1968 on the Armed Forces Caribbean Network in Puerto Rico. In 1970, Carlos was the week night host on WOUR in Utica, NY, one of the first FM “underground rock” stations in the country.
Carlos moved back to Puerto Rico in the late ’70s where he produced and hosted a new show on WZAR called Jazz Where It’s Been and Where It’s At. During this time, he met and interviewed many jazz greats, including Count Basie, Betty Carter and Dexter Gordon.
Carlos returned to Denver in 1980 where he spent five years as Music and Program Director and mid-day host at the nationally recognized soul station KDKO. After working a year for KBCO in Boulder, Carlos joined KUVO in 1987. As Program Director, he helped establish KUVO as one of the most respected community-based jazz stations in the country. Carlos remains committed to airing culturally diverse programs with significant appeal to people in the Latino and African American communities.