GrassRoots TV gets combined $50,000 grant |

GrassRoots TV gets combined $50,000 grant

Aspen Times Staff

GrassRoots TV, channel 12, will purchase $50,000 worth of production equipment because of two new grants.Bowden Development gave the station a $25,000 grant, matching a $25,000 challenge grant from the Rodel Foundation.”GrassRoots TV is about having a voice and empowering the community,” said Jessi Bowden, spokesperson at Bowden Development. “We value freedom of speech and expression, and we have a passion for community discourse. GrassRoots TV offers the public an opportunity to voice opinions and to create dialogue between all sides, which is important for any healthy society to embrace. As such, we challenge the community to follow the lead of both Bowden Development and the Rodel Foundation by contributing another $25,000 so GrassRoots TV can reach its total goal for new equipment.”GrassRoots TV is able to provide only single-camera coverage in the field, which doesn’t necessarily provide viewers with a total picture, according to the station. With the grant money, the station will replace antiquated technology with new broadcast-quality equipment for productions in the field.According to John Masters, executive director of GrassRoots TV, “It’s the Rodel Foundation’s mission to identify and remove the major roadblocks to achieving a healthy community, so they offered this matching grant to GrassRoots TV to specifically help us bring the Aspen Institute presentations to the community in a professional and all-encompassing manner. Bowden Development also shares the Rodel Foundation’s interest in enabling the entire community to access the institute lectures as well as spotlighting high school athletics and other relevant programming.”Masters said the station is now close to its ultimate goal of $75,000. The station hopes not only to produce multi-camera panel discussions in any community venue, but to bring “a greater excitement to local athletic championships and other large community events.”For more information about GrassRoots TV, call 925-8000 or visit

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