KRCB staff and volunteers were very busy engaging with the community through a variety of events over the past few months. Take a look at these events, and if you are interested in future events, make sure to subscribe to our Friday e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
(Pictured - Harvey and Linda Abernathey with Mannheim Steamroller at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, November 29, 2017. Members-only meet and greet hosted by KRCB's Vanessa Bergamo)
50th ANNIVERSAY OF PUBLIC MEDIA
On November 7, 2017, public media in the United States turned 50 years old. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 into law and soon after PBS and NPR were launched. These media outlets provided balanced and commercial-free news, information, education and entertainment to American's starved for high quality media.
This fall, KRCB staff including Nancy Dobbs - President and CEO, Darren LaShelle - Content Manager, and Steve Mencher - News Director, joined Sonoma State University Professor of Communications Ed Beebout and many of his students for a discussion of public media in society - yesterday, today and tomorrow.
This lively discussion covered gatekeeping, media literacy and the role of media in the education and civic life of all people, of all ages, in our nation.
When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act into law on November 7, 1967, he described its purpose as:
"It announces to the world that our nation wants more than just material wealth; our nation wants more than a 'chicken in every pot.' We in America have an appetite for excellence, too. While we work every day to produce new goods and to create new wealth, we want most of all to enrich man's spirit. That is the purpose of this act.
"It will give a wider and, I think, stronger voice to educational radio and television by providing new funds for broadcast facilities. It will launch a major study of television's use in the Nation's classrooms and its potential use throughout the world. Finally — and most important — it builds a new institution: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."
"THE VIETNAM WAR" SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
On November 9, KRCB News Director Steve Mencher led a panel discussion of Sonoma County Vietnam veterans and a Vietnam War widow in an emotional look back at their experiences during that challenging time in American history.
The discussion followed a one-hour screening of the film (which will air on KRCB on January 20 and 21 as a weekend-long documentary marathon). Audience members were eager to ask many questions of the panel and engage in a wide-ranging talk about the effects of the war on our nation and post-traumatic stress on individuals and families.
MY AMERICAN DREAMS: THE ONLY HOME I KNOW
On November 16, KRCB Content Manager Darren LaShelle, acted as host and emcee of a remarkable community event recognizing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in the North Bay. KRCB has been partnering with the My American Dreams organization for a number of years, broadcasting the stories of young people who found new-found freedom and inclusion in our community once they gained DACA status. This status is now under threat by political forces, proposed legislation and Executive Order.
These brave and talented young people shared their stories, and family histories, before and after a screening of a new 30 minute documentary that tells their stories. The program then aired on KRCB TV on Monday, November 20.
Christopher Kerosky and Liliana Gallelli gave a moving and informational update on the topic of What You Need to Know About Immigration Today. The talk was educational and myth-busting. The film maker, Rhian Miller, also discussed how the film came to be and her experiences bringing these remarkable stories to the screen.