PBS station plans move to Fine Arts

Rocky Mountain PBS is splitting its staff and moving off the Western Colorado Community College campus.

Producer Greg Mikolai and an engineer will move into Colorado Mesa University’s Fine Arts Building over the next few months. The broadcasting group’s development team, Aaron Hoffman and KRMJ Station Manager Penny Mitchell, will share office space by mid-September with Colorado Public Radio at 414 Main St.

Mitchell, who serves as Rocky Mountain PBS’s regional manager, said there wasn’t enough room for every employee to move to the university, but she’s happy with the new location for the development team, which handles membership, underwriting and public awareness.

“I think Main Street will be a better location for us. It will give us more recognition,” she said.

Similarly, Mikolai is pleased with the production side’s planned move onto the university campus. Mikolai recently became a Colorado Mesa employee and will teach video production and video editing at the school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. He said he’ll fit in Rocky Mountain PBS work on Mondays and Fridays and any other time he can fit it into his schedule. Rocky Mountain PBS will reimburse the university for times when Mikolai is working on PBS projects.

Mikolai said he wants to develop a production-related internship or independent study program for mass communication students as soon as next semester.

That way, students could follow him when he worked on documentaries or video segments for Rocky Mountain PBS and possibly develop videos of their own for station’s website or regular broadcasting.

“The idea is to incorporate as much real world experience into their education as possible,” Mikolai said.

Colorado Mesa spokeswoman Dana Nunn said moving Rocky Mountain PBS from WCCC to the university campus will offer a greater number of students more opportunities.

“There’s no question that it’s really a great opportunity for mass communication students to be taught by a producer who has won two Emmys,” Nunn said.

Rocky Mountain PBS will move equipment into a studio at Colorado Mesa and is in the process of changing transmission licenses. Viewers should not notice a change in service during the move, but Mitchell said anyone with questions can call the station at 245-1818. That number will remain the same after the move.


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