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Startup Boulder week 2014: reflection

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We at Boulder Channel 1 Employ 8 full time / part time people. Four of whom are in sales. They sit on the phones and or go to

selling ads on the phone and on the streets.

selling ads on the phone and on the streets.

see Boulder retailers and sell advertising.  They come from a group known as pitchmen (women). They hit the streets and talk to Boulder about our company and our ad packages. A typical package includes a video profile of their goods for a given season. We invented this here in Boulder and have created over 1000 business profiles since 1987. We also produce banner ads on our site only. We run Social media campaigns for customers and do PR too. Then we design and build websites for our advertising customers. We do promotions for them and we run focused ad campaigns on other platforms. We also do local appearances and remote broadcasts for advertisers where we come to a car dealership and broadcast live on a Saturday during a big sale. Or we will go to a restaurant and broadcast live and talk about the food , interview the chefs and owners.

We are both traditional Television and new media with a news and production department. So what does this have to do with Boulder Startup week 2014 ?? Absolutely, nothing except it gives us a chance to pitch Boulder Channel 1 and tell you about us and why you should use us.

bestofboulderReason number 1 is that we are not minimalists. We are maximists  we don’t lie to you. If you are going to spend your money with us here in Boulder we feel it is our responsibility to you and your retail operation that you get immediate response from advertising with us. If you don’t then fire us.

Reason Number 2 we are Boulder. we are from Boulder. We didn’t just move here and set up shop.  We have been in business since 1975. Most of our customers are our friends from years of relationships or they become our friends.

Reason Number 3  We are on TV every day and night of the week on Comcast BV-22 which plays to 250,000 subscribers all over Boulder County.  They include houses, apartments, businesses and CU dorm rooms. We are also on the net right here.

Reason Number 4  We are the voice of Boulder. We show all points of view and ask the tough questions. One tough question we have for StartUp Boulder is who are you and what do you stand for ?

We know that is is organized by a hippie homeless guy who calls himself a vagabond. We know a group of so called investors from Boulders App world get together  drink beer, have chair races and party day and night call themselves the community. But are they trustworthy ?? Are they really from Boulder or are they former college students cycling through our city playing at business??  They all seem to be new here without jobs living off of mom and dad. And that is part of the Boulder Story too.

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Rain closes Lefthand Boulder creek rising #boulderflood

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It is raining Boulder. As of 8:00pm the following are the only incidents that the city or county are working. The city recommends you go to the OEM website. OEM does not have a feed with updates. We suggest listening to sheriffs office scanner. If things get bad later tonight we will broadcast all scanner emergency traffic here, call dispatch and command and report for you
July 7 – 5:40 p.m. – Lefthand Canyon Drive closed
Lefthand Canyon Drive is closed between Olde Stage Road and James Canyon Drive. Debris flows caused by the thunderstorm have impacted some roads mountain roads in western Boulder County.

July 7 – 5:20 p.m. – Boulder Creek flows expected to increase

With the heavy rainfall this afternoon, the City of Boulder is expecting to see an increase in Boulder Creek water levels. Last night, the creek was running at 161 cfs. It is currently at 287 cfs and is likely to run between 500 and 600 cfs by nightfall. This is not expected to cause significant spillage along the banks, but pedestrians and cyclists in the area are urged to use caution. Please remember that it is not safe to seek shelter under bridges or in other underpasses. These are designed to move floodwaters through and can be very dangerous in these conditions.

The city is also receiving some reports of nuisance street flooding in the Table Mesa area and a few other neighborhoods. Safety officials would like to remind motorists to avoid driving through floodwaters, which can be deeper than they may seem.

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Boulder Art and Jazz Fest May 5-6

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The 7th annual Boulder Arts, Craft and Jazz Festival kicked off today Saturday May 5th and runs through Sunday May 7. It features music all day from a main stage on the Pearl Street Mall at the court house. Other musicians are spread up and down the mall. There are literally hundreds of arts and crafts tents from one end of the mall to the other. Interspersed are food tents with everything from Mexican, Oriental  to American. It was a beautiful day on Saturday at the festival with a friendly relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of a Boulder old school event. A lot of Boulderites were present with a fine mixture of tourists. This is the big event of the year that kicks off summer in Downtown Boulder. The event is promoted by the folks from the Dickens Store who started the original Bands on the Bricks many years ago They really know how to put on a family event. You don’t want to miss this one because it was not a crush of people who have been drinking all day.  Of course the bars and restaurants are all open on Pearl Street and they were packed with festival goers as well. The theme is early 1969 Woodstock and for those of you who were there, it is all love, peace and music at the The 7th annual Boulder Art and Jazz Festival.  The music is excellent too. Bands played all day today and will start on the stage at 11:00 am til 6:30 pm: see the line up below.  This appears to be the largest authentic music festival in Boulder. There are some others but they  take place in theaters and bars and not on one stage. The Boulder Creek Festival is of course the very largest muical event just 3 weeks away on Memorial Day weekend with  5 music and dance stages. But Sunday afternoon will be the highlight of the festival.   The event is a charity event for Olive Branch a non-prot organization which brings resources and opportunities to widows and orphans in Rwanda and Uganda. They are active in building Orphanages, Medical Clinics and Schools in this country!

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CU: Out with the old, in with the “new” journalism

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FIRST CLASS OF CU-BOULDER UNDERGRADUATES
SHOULD BE COMPETENT IN THE DISCIPLINES THEY REPORT ON, ACCORDING TO PLAN

As a new year and the spring semester begin, the University of Colorado Boulder is welcoming the first class of journalism students entering under a new undergraduate degree structure called “Journalism Plus” that CU officials say will create better journalists, better news content and, over time, a more informed society.Currently, more than 45 new students are expected to enroll for spring semester under the new Journalism Plus requirements. Journalism Plus stipulates that students supplement their journalism degree requirements with an additional field of study in a specific arts and sciences discipline, an approach that Journalism Director Chris Braider says will make better journalists and communication professionals, better university students and better citizens.

“Journalism Plus ensures that the journalists and communicators CU produces will not only possess the updated skills they need to create and deliver messages, but will also possess the analytical abilities, research tools and knowledge of a subject to communicate something of value in those messages,” Braider said.

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward–the

“old” journalism?

“Our students will understand, with depth and context, the content they will create as journalists. We think this will set them apart from other journalism programs across the nation.”

Journalism and Mass Communication will continue to grant the Bachelor of Science degree in one of five sequences: advertising, broadcast news, broadcast production, media studies and news-editorial. Under the new requirements, students also will enroll in a 30- to 33-credit-hour additional field of study, the equivalent of work in a major in a discipline of their choice — anything from English, physics and history to political science, environmental studies or film studies.

Students admitted prior to spring 2012 have until May of 2016 to earn a degree under the former requirements, or they can elect to complete the Journalism Plus degree requirements.

The changes, say CU-Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore, were deliberate and in line with CU’s larger goals for its students.

 

“We want CU-Boulder students to be both knowledgeable and engaged in the world they live in,” said Moore. “So the goal for us was never to make journalism go away, but to pair it with a discipline that would add the depth of knowledge of a liberal arts degree to the skills developed in a journalism curriculum.

Lyndsay Lohan is news?   Who decides?

 

I think this is going to answer a call we’ve heard from media professionals — don’t just send us skilled graduates, send us graduates who can interpret and understand the information they gather with some depth and context.”

At a practical level, Braider says, this will mean better, more contextual reporting to inform and shape our democratic society.

“In this model, science writers will possess first-hand knowledge of the sciences they report on,” Braider said. “Reporters covering government or business will bring an in-depth knowledge of political science and economics to the events they chronicle. Advertisers and graphic designers will explore the full range of expressive arts on which their professions rely.”

As Journalism Plus is implemented, more students will be admitted directly to Journalism and Mass Communication as freshmen.

The university is continuing on a path to creating a new interdisciplinary college or school of information, communications, journalism, media and technology, which will one day house journalism and companion disciplines in an environment of sharing, innovation and scholarship.

Journalism and Mass Communication continues to be accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education for Journalism and Mass Communications. In two years, the accrediting council will make a determination on accreditation for the following four years.

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Boulder, U.S. set emergency alert Wed.

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Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for Nov. 9 at noon

 

Boulder County, Colo. – The first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will occur on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at noon Mountain time and may last up to three and a half minutes.

 

The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

The public will hear a message indicating “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for radio, broadcast television and cable. The National-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers across all states and territories.

 

As federal, state, and local governments prepare for and test their capabilities, this event serves as a reminder for residents to make an emergency plan and gather emergency supplies for themselves and their families, and in their communities and businesses. Visit www.boulderoem.com or www.Ready.gov for more information about how to prepare for emergencies and stay informed in the event of an actual emergency.

 

Over the past two years and as part of ongoing national preparedness planning efforts, FEMA, the FCC and other federal partners, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, EAS Participants, and others in the EAS Community have been working toward making this test a reality.  For more information about the National-level EAS, visit www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm.

CU Buff TV

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Welcome to C.U. Channel 1 This is Boulder Channel 1′s University of Colorado TV Channel with CU News, Sports and CU video. Some comes from Channel 63 or Buff Athletics. Some from Students. It is all CU Buff TV Below is NEWS TEAM BOULDER weelky news cast.

Below is CU SPORTS MAGAZINE:

C.U. Boulder Channel 1 is looking for a C.U. Student, broadcast interns to host “This Week at C.U.” A 3 minute video blog for 6+ months. This channel is also open to student 3 minute party videos, send to: CU@boulderchannel1.com

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Television: An Introduction

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Are you like me?

I am so old that I remember when people didn’t have televisions in their homes. Back in the Olden Days, we had radios and listened to radio stories while we “watched” them in our minds.

For example, as a kid I listened to and “watched” “The Lone Ranger,” “Straight Arrow,” “Tom Mix” and “Billy Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders.”

The Lone Ranger, horse Silver and trusted Indian companion Tonto.

Google ‘em, Dudes and Dudettes.

So, when I heard about television, how it was the “coming thing” and how it added pictures to radio, I naturally assumed that all my favorite radio programs would just automatically migrate to new-fangled television.

Well, of course, some of them did, but many of them didn’t.

Other favorites of my radio listening were “Inner Sanctum” and “Suspense.” Imagine my surprise when years later after I became older and developed an interest in reading and I would read stories by famous authors and recognize some of those same stories that I had listened to and “watched” on radio!

Yes, Dear Reader, Hollywood recycles stories. But then, so did Shakespeare. (Google him, Dudes and Dudettes.)

Anyway, when my parents bought our first television set, guess what. The pictures weren’t in color! They were in black and white! Imagine that. And we were so fascinated with this new-fangled technology that we sat in front of it and watched whatever was being broadcast until the station went off the air at the end of the night.

Yes, Dear Reader, in the Olden Days, TV stations weren’t on 24 hours a day and when they signed off, they showed a picture of a waving American flag and played “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

As a matter of fact, in the city where we lived, there were only three TV stations in operation, which broadcast television programs from the only three networks that existed at the time! (Google ‘em, Dudes and Dudettes.)

And all those television signals come through the air from the stations’ broadcast towers right to our television set and the rabbit-ears antenna on top of our TV set. And we didn’t even have to pay for it! Our only expense for watching television in those days was what we paid for our television set! And TV sets were so large that they were just like furniture in the room!

That’s right. Back in those days, so-called “cable-TV” was used only for homes that couldn’t get over-the-air reception from the broadcast towers.

And, then, guess what. When cable-TV became popular and people were willing to pay for television broadcasts, some people were so naive as to believe that if they had to pay for television, there shouldn’t be any commercials!

But then television became so popular, more stations popped up in town, more networks came into existence, and even more commercials took over the programming.

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In fact, back in those Olden Days, advertisers owned the programs! There was only one advertiser for an entire show! You could google it.

Another oddity back then was that a program lasted all year long! Yes,there would be 39 new episodes each year, followed by 13 repeats during the summer. Imagine that.

Then color showed up, and that meant that it became more expensive to buy a TV set. That also meant that it became more difficult to adjust the picture. And adjusting the picture meant actually getting up out of your chair, walking over to the TV set, and turning dials on the back of the set!

As a matter of fact, the first remote control that I ever owned was actually connected to the TV set by a wire! Can you imagine? Picture it in your mind.

Talk about ancient history!

Kids today just don’t appreciate how easy it is to watch television.

Back in the Olden Days, watching television was an experience. It was something we appreciated, because we had to make an effort to watch it.

And don’t even get me started about kids who have their own television set in their own bedroom! I didn’t own a TV set until I was an adult and had moved away from home!

Well, that’s enough for now. All this reminiscing has made me tired and it’s time for my nap.

Goodbye and good watching.

Bruce Borowsky : Boulder Public Access TV

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What’s After Public Access?

Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Author:  | Filed under: CommunityFilm/Video Production | Tags:  | No Comments »

Remember when we were promised 500 channels on TV? Well, it’s funny; now that it’s here, I’m wishing they would take some away. It seems like out of that 500, about 300 of them are “reality” shows of some sort, then another 150 are sports channels, and the remainder show back-to-back episodes of “Law & Order” or “CSI.”  Whatever happened to programming of the people, by the people?

Back in the day (meaning about 20 years ago), there was this thing called Public Access television.  It was where Zach and I, and many people we work with now, got their start in professional video production. It was a place where you could make a TV show about anything you wanted, and then have it broadcast to the whole city. For free. Did I mention it could be about anything you wanted?

Public Access: Anything You Can Imagine

Public Access TV was where you could find people talking about their cultures, their communities, their individuality. There were no class wars, because it was a level playing field: everyone had access to the same equipment, and it was all shown on the same channel. What mattered was how you told your story.  And boy, were there a lot of stories!  Living in San Francisco in the late 1980′s, there were shows being produced by everyone in that colorful community:  on any given day, you’d see Hmong stories, Laotian stories, Vietnam veteran stories – it was a gold mine, a treasure trove of community-based TV programming.

Camera One for Public Access TVIn those days, I used to volunteer on a show called The Doghouse. I was shown how to operate one of the three video cameras in the studio, and then all of a sudden, we’re broadcasting live to the whole city.  There’s a great feeling of excitement when working on a live TV show – any mistakes you make are seen immediately, there’s no editing.  So it would always be fun, during my several month tenure on that show, to see and hear the wild things guests would do, especially frequent guest-host Jello Biafra, who always had something fun to talk about.

When I moved to Boulder a little over 20 years ago, I started hanging out in the little Public Access facility here, volunteering on a variety of shows, meeting people, learning new equipment. There was a great energy, and it was exciting to see what people were doing in a town a lot smaller than San Francisco. Like most cities, the City of Boulder has a franchise agreement with Comcast, and as part of that agreement, Comcast would provide three TV channels, along with funding (equipment) for those channels! Those channels were to be for what is known as “PEG” programming:  Public, Educational, and Government.

Alas, these days in Boulder, Public Access is no more. For a variety of reasons, the wonderful Public Access channel we used to enjoy here is dead.  Somehow it got absorbed into the Government channel and the Education channel, so unfortunately people have to go to neighboring cities who still have a local station.

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However, one could give the argument that, now in the 21st century, the Internet has made a “TV channel” irrelevant.  Now one can make that same program – about anything they want – and the world can watch it, not just a small town. BDA tries to fill the many gaps of Public Access by offering the Filmmaking Incubator that gets people to collaborate on a new short video project every month, a greenscreen production studio at well-below-market rates, and high-quality, professional trainingat very affordable prices.

Since the City actually still gets the money from the franchise fee (it’s just not used for Public Access), perhaps one day BDA will even have equipment to check out to people for free! Boulder Digital Arts would LOVE to be able to do that; as we have the perfect existing infrastructure to make it happen pretty easily. Maybe tell your Boulder City Councilperson, or the Boulder City Manager, if you think it’s a good idea. Maybe they might agree – weirder things have happened in Boulder!

Bruce Borowsky, Co-Founder
Boulder Digital Arts
www.boulderdigitalarts.com
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Boulder council moves ahead on municipalization questions; final vote scheduled for Aug. 16

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City Council took a significant vote last night on the question of how residents and businesses will get their electricity in the future. Council refined, and then unanimously approved, ballot language that will ask voters on Nov. 1 to give the city authority to create a local electric utility.

One final vote on this issue is scheduled for Aug. 16, but council has indicated this can go on the consent agenda, so no significant changes are anticipated.

The approved ballot language includes several provisions that place limitations on the authority to issue bonds and chart out clear citizen involvement and representation on an advisory board to guide future decisions. These include:

A provision that rates cannot exceed those offered by the current provider, Xcel Energy, on the date that the city purchases the system from Xcel;
Guiding principles for the municipal utility, once established, that make rate parity and the city’s commitment to lowering greenhouse gas emissions key factors in future ratemaking and operations decisions;
A commitment to a nine-member advisory board, appointed by City Council, with staggered five-year terms; the board can include up to four non-residents (to allow for involvement of business owners and employees of businesses that pay electric bills within city limits), and council will seek broad, but not rigidly defined, representation of customer classes; and lastly,
A guarantee that the city will cover taxes that would have been paid to the Boulder Valley School District as well as a mechanism to allow for the payment of similar taxes to other governmental entities.

Each of these issues is covered in the ballot language and accompanying ordinance for the first of two measures voters will be asked to consider.

The second, related question will ask voters to approve an increase in the Utility Occupation Tax that Xcel currently collects from customers. This increase is necessary to fund legal and engineering costs the city will incur while working to determine a final price to purchase Xcel’s system. The tax, which would raise up to $1.9 million a year, would last either until Dec. 13, 2017, or until the city makes a decision about whether or not to proceed with buying the system, whichever occurs first. The idea of the tax is to provide the funding for the period before the city could actually launch a utility without having to move forward on issuing bonds. This period is expected to last three to six years.

“This is an exciting time for Boulder, and it was very satisfying to see council come to some important conclusions last night,” said Mayor Susan Osborne. “The language that we expect to go before voters includes carefully thought out opportunities and limitations that address both the city’s economic and environmental objectives. Although there are still some differences of opinion on council, we are unanimous that it is time to ask voters to play their part in charting out our future.”

More details, including specific ballot language and staff memos to council, are available at http://www.boulderenergyfuture.com. A complete broadcast of the council meeting is available for viewing under http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/channel8 under the Council Archives menu item.

Boulder Police: Update on graffiti suspect

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Update on graffiti suspect

A teenaged boy turned himself in to a school official this afternoon after his friends notified him that his photo was being broadcast by the news media. Earlier today, the Boulder Police Department sent out a news release asking the public for help in identifying the young man, who is suspected of vandalizing a condominium complex in the 1300 block of Rosewood Avenue. No further information will be provided about the suspect.

The Boulder Police Department would like to thank the media and the public for assisting us in this case.

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