Station opens a window on Aspen
December 12, 2006
Aspen, CO ColoradoGod bless GrassRoots TV.Aspen continues to change, proceeding down a pathway that has more to do with money than community, but our local television station is strong evidence that the town still has a pulse. Tune in to GrassRoots, and you won’t hear the pounding music or see the swooshing graphics of big-money television, but you will see a slice of Aspen community life – whether it’s a local sports match, an arts and entertainment chat, or a performance at the Wheeler Opera House. On the government channel operated by the station, you can catch the goings-on of the Pitkin County Commissioners, Aspen City Council or the Snowmass Village Town Council.Community television isn’t always pretty, but it’s true to our values and it’s part of the reason that Aspen, for all its money and attitude and hassle, can still be called a “small town.” Aspenites care about their home and they want to communicate that passion to their friends and neighbors. Some choose to produce their own show, some enjoy appearing on others’ shows, some just appear on screen by virtue of sounding off at a City Council meeting or an election-season Squirm Night. But GrassRoots provides the medium, and Aspen is better for it.In much the same way that a local newspaper provides a forum for citizens to learn about their community and take part in civic affairs, a community television station allows everyone to hear exactly what was said at last night’s council meeting and, if they have the time and inclination, to air their own views. Admittedly, there are few who watch a council meeting start to finish, but when your pet issue appears on the council agenda, you’ll be glad that GrassRoots was there to tape the discussion and broadcast it.Why are we devoting this Wednesday’s editorial to GrassRoots? Because the station is 35 years old this December, an amazing achievement for any Aspen institution, but all the more noteworthy because GrassRoots has remained so true to its original vision – a media outlet by the people and for the people of Aspen.We’re glad and grateful that GrassRoots has survived and thrived for so long, and we wish the station well for many more years.