Gardeners. Dog lovers. Artists. Welcome here.
Making a positive difference in our community every day is the carrot that we chase at Colorado Public Television, and the gardener in me really loves that.
I’m Kim Johnson; and in addition to being a passionate advocate of local public media, I’m a glass artist, a dog lover, and a gardener. Each is a role that defines me as much as the almost 24 years that I’ve been working behind the scenes at Colorado Public Television (CPT12). In stepping into an interim role as general manager, I wanted to introduce myself and perhaps provide a bit of insight into the heart and soul that is CPT12.
Careful management of our membership dollars has kept the business aspect of our operations moving steadily along. But it’s more than budgets and technical capacities that inspire me to rededicate myself to our mission everyday. I am part of a team comprised of individuals with interests and passions outside of work, that feed the ideas that make our programming so unique. Like our audience, we’re citizens and consumers that see our viewers as individuals, not merely Nielson rating numbers. We know that our members are not just financial donors; you are the backbone of a community doing what you can to improve and enrich the lives of others.
In 2012, the animal lover in me was proud to assist the Freedom Service Dogs organization by producing and broadcasting messages about their service to our community as part of our CPT12 Gives Back initiative. In turn, the artist in me delighted as we produced and aired, Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey, and the cultivator in me was gratified to see our very own home-grown music series, Sounds on 29th, garner a Colorado Broadcasters Award Certificate of Merit in its first season.
With that same passion for feeding the curious and engaged citizen in all of us, and mindful of the trust placed in us to be stewards of our community’s financial support to provide compelling programming and community engagement, I’m enormously proud to report that CPT12 is thriving! And while fiscal health is the foundation from which we continue to provide our services, the big juicy carrot for me and for my colleagues is having the opportunity to live our passions everyday by making CPT12 the critical community asset that it is.
As I make my way into the office each morning, I am inspired by the people who walk through our front door on a daily basis. A business card or volunteer badge identifies them as employees or advocates of Colorado Public Television; but put that title down and you’ll see artists, athletes, musicians, world travelers, glass blowers, car experts, gardeners and students of life-long learning with rich, multi-faceted lives, just like you.
We take that same inspiration, passion and commitment into 2013. And the gardener in me looks forward to continuing to tend this garden.
CPT12 General Manager