24 hours of ‘Aspen’s conscience’
The late Nick DeWolf – known to some as “Aspen’s conscience” and to all as a brilliant, eccentric inventor and visionary – will in a sense come alive again this weekend on GrassRoots TV in Aspen.GrassRoots TV 12 will air 24 hours of programming featuring DeWolf, a longtime station supporter, starting at 1 a.m. Saturday. DeWolf died April 16 after a decade-long battle with cancer.
“Nick DeWolf Day” will feature footage or programming in which DeWolf was a guest or that he produced. Some highlights include: “Nick’s Journals” of Vietnam and Burning Man, “History of GrassRoots TV” (1981), “Hall of Fame Speech” (2006), and “Greening of Aspen” with Aspen Daily News owner David Danforth.According to Corby Anderson, station manager and executive producer at GrassRoots TV, “GrassRoots TV wouldn’t be around today if not for DeWolf. He literally saved us with his ingenuity and unique vision when the station was going through a difficult transition in the ’80s. He moved GrassRoots from being run by a bunch of professionals to putting it back in the hands of the regular people.”
Anderson lauded DeWolf’s commitment to the concept of community access television, noting, “He opened the station up to the community; he was adamant that everyone have access. He technically rebuilt the station to simplify production, so anyone could come in and do a show, which we have continued and expanded over the last few years.”DeWolf also was “the pioneer of the community bulletin board, which community television stations all over the country now use, so community members have access,” Anderson said. “Plus, we adored his energy – he was freaky.”
GrassRoots TV’s mission is to strengthen the community by reducing the restrictions and barriers to television access and by helping all residents create locally relevant programming. For more information on “Nick DeWolf Day” or other programming, call Corby Anderson at 925-8000, ext. 2, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Grassroots TV is recognized as the first community television station in the United States, and this year it’s celebrating its 35th anniversary.
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