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Rocky Mountain PBS
Rocky Mountain PBS, I-News and KUVO public radio are critical educational and cultural resources for nearly 1 million Coloradans who turn to us each week for exceptional programming and news. Over the airwaves, online, and in communities, our mission is to enrich the lives of Coloradans through engaging and essential programs, services and partnerships that inform, enlighten and entertain. Select how you would like to target your donation on the pull-down menu on the donate page.
- Rocky Mountain PBS, I-News and KUVO public radio are critical educational, informational and cultural resources for nearly 1 million Coloradans who turn to us each week for exceptional commercial-free programming, news, community events, performances and public forums. Over the airwaves, online, and in communities throughout the state, our mission is to enrich the lives of Coloradans through engaging and essential programs, services and partnerships that inform, enlighten, educate and entertain.
In 2013, Rocky Mountain PBS completed an exciting merger with I-News, the state's most trusted public-service journalism team, and KUVO, a jazz, blues and news public radio station dedicated to providing distinctive music, news and informational programs. With these mergers and exciting new partnerships, we've grown to be so much more than a television station. We have become a dynamic trans-media hub that provides compelling content and enriching experiences to families across our state on every type of media platform.
Executive Director Statement
We changed many things in the last year, including the way we do business and the way we create. With our always-lean and dedicated staff, we managed to produce more local programming, garner more Emmy® nominations (16!) and Emmy® wins (3!), grow our membership base and collaborate with more partners than ever before.
We also completed an exciting merger with I-News, the state's most trusted public-service journalism team, and KUVO, a jazz, blues and news public radio station dedicated to providing distinctive music, news and informational programs. With these mergers and exciting new partnerships, we've grown to be so much more than a television station. We have become a dynamic trans-media hub that provides compelling content and enriching experiences to families across our state on every type of media platform.
At a time when most media outlets are contracting, Rocky Mountain PBS is expanding services, developing partnerships and growing membership. We are proud of the partnerships we've developed over the years, and we're excited about improving public media for all Coloradans.
About the only thing that hasn't changed is our reliance on your support. As a nonprofit, this relationship is at the core of our existence. So we urge you to pay close attention to all the exciting things happening at Rocky Mountain PBS, and to support us throughout the months ahead - with both your time and your dollars. We are proud of what, together with you and thanks to your support, we are all creating behind our purple awning.
Rocky Mountain PBS
Rocky Mountain PBS celebrates its 59th anniversary on the air this year. The network began in Denver in 1956 as Colorado's first public television station. It is now Colorado's only statewide television network with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU).
KUVO/KVJZ public radio, affiliated with NPR and a part of Rocky Mountain PBS, has served the community since 1985 with jazz, blues, news and a weekend lineup of culturally rich diverse programming. The station is on 89.3FM Denver, 89.7FM Breckenridge, 88.5FM Vail and online at kuvo.org.
Rocky Mountain PBS I-News produces in-depth, research-based journalism that many newsrooms couldn't do alone. We collaborate with the most respected news outlets to deliver this journalism to millions of Coloradans. Together with our media partners, we're filling a void in serious public-service journalism, bringing more in-depth news to the places you already look for your news: your newspaper, radio, television, computer and digital device. We produce journalism that makes a difference.
On-air, online and in person, we serve our diverse communities as a convener of people, ideas and perspectives. Our three focus areas are Arts and Culture, Public Service Journalism and Education.
Arts and Culture
- Our local arts program, "Arts District," collaborates with 30 other major market PBS stations to collect and curate some of the best art stories from across the country, including right here in Colorado.
- KUVO has won many awards for its host-inspired, locally-produced and culturally diverse. In the last year alone, they have been recognized by Downbeat Magazine and The London Telegraph.
Public Service Journalism
I-News prides itself on news that makes a difference as demonstrated through the following initiatives:
- More doctors now disclose drug company payments after I-News helped Colorado Public Radio report hidden funding, allowing patients to make better-informed decisions.
- University and law enforcement officials do more to protect students after I-News helped Rocky Mountain PBS and other media report that some schools withheld information about assaults on campus.
- Lawmakers changed tax law after I-News helped The Denver Post reveal that movie stars and developers were getting tax breaks meant for farmers and ranchers.
- A new state law was passed to close legal loopholes after I-News uncovered dangerous and illegal treatment of hazardous electronic waste unknown even to regulators.
- 30% of the Rocky Mountain PBS schedule is devoted to children's programming.
- Each year, more than 570 students from 95+ elementary and middle schools statewide create newscasts about their schools with Super School News, the award-winning student news program now in its 34th season.
- Matchwits, our high school quiz program produced in southern Colorado and aired statewide, is in its 29th season, with more than 70 schools participating each year.
- Nearly 1000 Colorado middle schoolers enter StoryMakers, our creative writing contest, each year.
Board Chair/President Statement
Rocky Mountain PBS, I-News and KUVO all seek to enhance our offerings of local programming to the diverse audiences we engage throughout the state of Colorado.
- Marla Brazil
"Just a quick note letting you know I just discovered "Arts District" from my PBS app on Apple TV and love it. I'm a graphic designer by profession and an avid photographer and art lover. Thanks for doing a great job exploring the arts and artists on your program. I look forward to discovering more great artists on Arts District."
- Ron Cillizza
"I just missed a call from you and the voicemail was thanking me for my membership .. I sincerely appreciate that, and I thank everyone who helps put quality programming out there.. this station is a blessing to our community ... Thanks!!"
- Melanie Clay
"Watched Urban Rez last night. THANK YOU to the producers and everyone involved with this top notch informative and sensitive documentary. Learned several aspects of the Relocation of American Indians into specific cities and the personal stories of several individuals some of whom stayed in the cities and some who returned to their "home" reservation. Thank you all for telling your stories."
- Joan Sloan Potts