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El Paso, Lubbock PBS Stations announce partnership plans

On Monday, officials with KCOS PBS in El Paso and Texas Tech Public Media (KTTZ) in Lubbock announced their plans for a formalized partnership that will leverage the resources and programming of each station to reach a wider audience.

“Texas Tech Public Media and KCOS share similar missions of informing and educating their local communities, as well as bringing innovative programming that challenges younger and older viewers alike,” said Texas Tech University President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec. “It is this mission alignment that will allow our partnership to thrive and allow each station to have an even bigger impact in their communities.”

Under the new partnership, which was approved by the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System on Friday, August 9th and filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today, KCOS will remain based in El Paso and will continue to produce local programming and serve as an educator and storyteller in the community.

“This partnership will allow KCOS and KTTZ to consolidate operating expenses and activities and build capacity for innovation and greater local and regional service in the areas of content and education,” said KCOS General Manager Emily Loya.  “Both stations will continue to produce and air their own programming, and both stations will continue to work with their existing partners to provide educational and cultural offerings to their diverse local audiences.”

“The Texas Tech Public Media family is excited to welcome KCOS, and we are looking forward to collaborating with Emily Loya and our colleagues in El Paso,” said Texas Tech Public Media General Manager Paul Allen Hunton. “We are committed to continuing local programming and outreach in El Paso, including increasing the use of PBS Learning Media in El Paso schools and developing more robust local content that tells the amazing stories of the people of El Paso and West Texas.”

KCOS and KTTZ expect to collaborate more on regional programs and stories through their partnership.  KTTZ has won two Emmys and has been nominated for three additional Emmys under Hunton’s leadership. He will lead the combined organization.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) supports the new partnership and will provide access to new funding streams and grants to solidify the partnership.

“Local partnerships enable local public media stations to flourish by streamlining operations and  allowing them to focus on producing quality educational programming with a strong regional flavor. We support the consolidation efforts of KCOS and KTTZ and hope the citizens in West Texas will benefit from the combined strengths and increased capacities of these two stations, said Ted Krichels, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Senior Vice President, System Development and Media Strategy

“This merger reaffirms PBS’s commitment to serve West Texans with content that educates, inspires and entertains. We’re thrilled that our member stations will team up to expand its footprint and continue to do what it does so well: strengthen communities, prepare children for success in school and help viewers explore the world around them,” said Jim Dunford, PBS Senior Vice President.

Viewers will continue to tune into the same KCOS channels after the stations combine resources and transfer the KCOS broadcasting license to Texas Tech University.  An El Paso advisory board will provide feedback on local programming and encourage local support of the station, and KCOS will continue to be a valued partner to area nonprofits, businesses, and its valued members and donors.

“El Paso is rich in culture, people, history, and geography and there are so many stories that this community could share with the rest of Texas,” said Chris Cook, Managing Director of the Office of Communications and Marketing for Texas Tech Public Media. “We are excited to collaborate with KCOS to explore what’s new and exciting in and around El Paso such as  new restaurants, the underground music scene, as well as promote the rich history in El Paso and share this with the rest of Texas. This partnership will provide the platform for us to do so.”

“KCOS is an example of one of EPCC’s many community partners, the station is a strong collaborator with El Paso’s education community and has been a dynamic partner to EPCC for many years. We look forward to the opportunities that will be created by their new partnership with Texas Tech, and continuing our collaborations with KCOS to educate and engage El Pasoans of all ages,” said Dr. William Serrata, President, El Paso Community College (EPCC).

“As the voice of El Paso, KCOS has been an important source of local programming, including shows about health and well-being that reach all El Pasoans.  We share KCOS’s commitment to our region, and to improving the quality of life for those who live here. It has been and will continue to be a vital partner in our mission to build a healthier El Paso. We are delighted to see our hometown PBS station formalize its relationship with our Texas Tech University family, ” stated Dr. Richard Lange, President, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

In order to capture the operational efficiencies made possible by their new relationship, KCOS and KTTZ will bring their eight broadcast channels (KCOS PBS Channel 13, KCOS Create Channel 13.3, KCOS EPCC-TV Channel 13.2, and KCOS-HDTV Channel 13.1 in El Paso and KTTZ PBS Channel 5, KTTZ HDTV Channel 5.1, KTTZ Create Channel 5.2, KTTZ 24/7 PBS Kids Channel 5.3 in Lubbock) and four radio stations (KTTZ-FM Channel 89.1, KTTZ HD2, KTTZ BBC World Service on HD3 in Lubbock and KNCH-FM Channel 90.1 in San Angelo) under the operating umbrella of Texas Tech Public Media.

KCOS and Texas Tech Public Media filed an application today with the FCC to approve the partnership between the two West Texas public television stations. The Federal Communications Commission will have 30 days to review the application, and members of each station will be able to submit comments during this 30 day window.

To learn more about this formal partnership click here, and to see what community leaders are saying about this partnership click here.

Video – Only in El Paso/Season 5: Rafael Garcia’s Boxing Museum

A true hidden gem in the Sun City, Rafael Garcia’s Boxing Museum is a must-visit. It’s been Mr. Garcia’s passion to showcase his love for the culture and sport of boxing.

From signed gloves from legends like Mike Tyson, Images of Rocky Marciano and Mayweather, Jr.

Produced and Directed by Roberto Tibuni  |  Shot on location, in El Paso, Tx., 2019.

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Only in El Paso is a digital webseries telling unique and positive stories of people and places one can find only in El Paso. Created by KCOS, Destination EP & PBS Digital.

Upcoming Episodes

Isaac Marquez: A Perspective from El Paso
Cassius Casillas: El Paso Comedy
Weird Moved West: The History of Kern Place
Viridiana Villa: El Paso Murals
R-Unity Productions (Rafael PrietoAdrian Romero Richard Gonzalez): Life of a Border Student
Luis Galindo: El Paso Skate Park Association
Monica Riehl: Cinco Punto Press
Tony Dueñez: History of Durangito
Roberto Tibuni: The Boxing Museum

As always, a big hug to our sponsors.

Visit El Paso
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department – City of El Paso
El Paso Electric
PBS Digital Studios

A special thanks to our judges.

Kyle Alvarado
Natalie Eckberg
Mario Ramirez
Gracie Torres

Creative Director

Frank Luna

Operating Manager

Emily Martin Loya

Produced by

Kcos-Tv, El Paso PBS station

Video – Only in El Paso/Season 5: Crossing Borders – An International Student’s story

In this episode we follow international student Gabriela Robles on her daily odyssey crossing the border from Cd. Juarez to El Paso every morning to get to school.

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Only in El Paso is a digital webseries telling unique and positive stories of people and places one can find only in El Paso. Created by KCOS, Destination EP & PBS Digital.

Upcoming Episodes

Isaac Marquez: A Perspective from El Paso
Cassius Casillas: El Paso Comedy
Weird Moved West: The History of Kern Place
Viridiana Villa: El Paso Murals
R-Unity Productions (Rafael PrietoAdrian Romero Richard Gonzalez): Life of a Border Student
Luis Galindo: El Paso Skate Park Association
Monica Riehl: Cinco Punto Press
Tony Dueñez: History of Durangito
Roberto Tibuni: The Boxing Museum

As always, a big hug to our sponsors.

Visit El Paso
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department – City of El Paso
El Paso Electric
PBS Digital Studios

A special thanks to our judges.

Kyle Alvarado
Natalie Eckberg
Mario Ramirez
Gracie Torres

Creative Director

Frank Luna

Operating Manager

Emily Martin Loya

Produced by

Kcos-Tv, El Paso PBS station

Video – Only in El Paso / Season 5: Peter E. Kern & Kern Place

Little is known of our very own Kern Place, let alone the man himself, Peter E. Kern. Check out today’s episode and learn a bit more about your El Paso.

Produced by Weird Moved West

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Only in El Paso is a digital webseries telling unique and positive stories of people and places one can find only in El Paso. Created by KCOS, Destination EP & PBS Digital.

Upcoming Episodes

Isaac Marquez: A Perspective from El Paso
Cassius Casillas: El Paso Comedy
Weird Moved West: The History of Kern Place
Viridiana Villa: El Paso Murals
R-Unity Productions (Rafael PrietoAdrian Romero Richard Gonzalez): Life of a Border Student
Luis Galindo: El Paso Skate Park Association
Monica Riehl: Cinco Punto Press
Tony Dueñez: History of Durangito
Roberto Tibuni: The Boxing Museum

As always, a big hug to our sponsors.

Visit El Paso
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department – City of El Paso
El Paso Electric
PBS Digital Studios

A special thanks to our judges.

Kyle Alvarado
Natalie Eckberg
Mario Ramirez
Gracie Torres

Creative Director

Frank Luna

Operating Manager

Emily Martin Loya

Produced by

Kcos-Tv, El Paso PBS station

KCOS launches fifth season of digital video series, Only in El Paso

Only in El Paso, the digital video series by KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, is back for it’s fifth season.

“Using our platform as a television station and content curator to showcase talent in filmmaking and to improve the image of our beautiful city is an absolute honor,” said Emily Loya, KCOS General Manager. “At KCOS, we are proud to work with our partners on this very special project, which I know, will make a difference. The world should witness the excitement and beauty that lives in El Paso and this video series does exactly that.”

This joint venture of KCOS and PBS Digital Studios, much like the first fourth seasons, will capture unique people, places and more that you can find Only in El Paso and the broader border region.

From historical architecture to the story of El Paso’s Star on the Mountain, you’ll discover more to our Sun City through each of these fun and informative mini-documentaries.

Season Five of this great series is possible thanks to generous support from El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, El Paso Electric and Destination El Paso.

Below is a list of filmmakers participating in Season Five and their corresponding topics. All were selected through a competitive application process in the Fall of 2018 and are listed below in no particular order.

Topics & Filmmakers

The Mexican Wolf – Carlos Corral
Drainage – Isaac Marquez
Duranguito – Tony Dueñez
Standup – Cassius Casillas
The History of Kern Place – Weird West
Crossing Borders – Richard Gonzalez, Rafael Prieto, Victor Romero
Boxing Museum – Roberto Tibuni
El Paso Skatepark Association – Luis Galindo
The History of Cinco Puntos Press – Monica Riehl
Murals Art – Viridiana Villa

Videos will launch weekly for the next ten weeks after the premier of the first episode on the Only in El Paso YouTube Channel.  Fans can also follow the Only in El Paso Webseries Facebook page for more information and info on the filmmakers.

Select videos from past seasons are featured on the ELPVirtuwall at the El Paso International Airport and on the Digital Wall at the El Paso Museum of History.

Video: Tuff Hedeman – Our American Cowboy | KCOS Only in El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

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Tuff Hedeman is a Legend in bull riding, who was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Richard Neale “Tuff” Hedeman – (born March 2, 1963, in El Paso, Texas) is an American retired three-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World Bull Riding Champion as well as the 1995 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Champion Bull Rider, and is the ambassador of Championship Bull Riding (CBR).

Written, Directed and Produced by
Roman G. Robles

Executive Producer
Xavier Vazquez

Music
Befun – The Town Shop
Clarity – Ian Post
On The Way – Ian Post

KCOS Annual ‘PBS Kids Writer Contest’ Underway

KCOS’ annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is now underway for kids in the El Paso and Las Cruces area.

Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, the contest empowers children in grades K-5 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories

“KCOS is committed to helping El Paso & Las Cruces area children build valuable literacy skills through fun, hands-on opportunities to express their creativity and explore their imagination, said Emily Loya,  General Manager,  KCOS.

Loya adds, “Through providing opportunities for kids in our border region to learn and explore through creative writing, KCOS is making a commitment to its children and their long term success, in school and in life.”

The Contest, made possible in part by local financial support from El Paso Electric, Superior Health Plan, and El Paso Kids Inc.   

Children in the El Paso/Las Cruces area can submit their entries to the KCOS PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Volunteer judges from the UTEP Department of Teacher Education will select local winners and award prizes including free books, gift certificates to local kid-friendly businesses, and PBS Kids prizes in May 2018.

Local winners’ stories will be published on www.kcostv.org, as well as on El Paso Herald-Post, and recognized in the May edition of the El Paso Kids Inc.  

Additionally, any classroom or community organization that submits at least five stories will be entered for a chance to win a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog.  PBS LearningMedia also offers a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.  

The contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers which can be found online. Story ideas, activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process.

 To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit www.kcostv.org/write.  The deadline for entries is April 6, 2018. 

 

Video: The Sun Bowl: El Paso’s Premiere Event | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

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The Sun Bowl is one of the oldest traditions in college football storied history, with the first Sun Bowl played on January 1st, 1935 as a fundraising event for a local club, and has grown into one of El Paso’s top national attractions. With its stadium nestled between two mountains, it has become a piece of Southwestern sports history.

Directed, Edited and Motion Graphics by Tony Dueñez (Sir Realistic Productions
Music by Mano Sol

Thanks to Hyundai Sun Bowl

Executive Director – Bernie Olivas

Marketing Director – Jay Pritchard

Media Relations Director – Eddie Moralos

Video: Club101 | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

There was a club that truly redefined an era in music and pop culture, CLUB 101. Club 101 hosted bands such as Nine Inch Nails, No doubt and Blue October.

In this mini-doc, We explore the historical significance the club had towards El Paso and talk to the people that experienced it.

Produced by Bored Film Studios
Directed by Jorge Barahona
Edited by Frank Acosta & Jorge Barahona
Original Music by Enrique Ponce – Composer
Music Mix Engineer Nitish Kulkarni
Joe Dorgan

Video: Pachucos: A Culture of Unity | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

“Pachucos” features direct access to those in the local Pachuco scene who are responsible for keeping the culture and legacy alive.

Filmmaker Viridiana Villa follows the current scene of the Chicano subculture that was born in El Paso, during the 1940s, and shares how being a Pachuco today is not only all about dressing up but having a deep-seeded root in community support and identity.

Directed and Produced by Viridiana Villa

Music by Roberto Portillo Lincoln Park

Production by Bobbie Ramirez

Translator by Brian Craig Ceely

Special Thanks 915 Pachucos & Pachucas Unidos David Gonzalez

Video: The Spiritual Warriors: Danza Omecoatl | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

The Spiritual Warriors of Danza Omecoatl is a local group of individuals that hold fast to their ancestral Aztec traditions. This tight group, who considers each other family, are one with the earth and one with keeping tradition alive. They have amazing personal stories, gorgeous ceremonies and beautiful dances.

Directed and Produced by Christina Pietrowski

Edited by Dan Gross

Directors of Photography Christina Pietrowski, David Corral

Camera Operator David Corral

Music Blessed Be Man

Video: Dinosaur Tracks: Evidence of an Ancient Beach | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

El Paso is the site of hundreds of dinosaur tracks, namely at the base of Mt. Cristo Rey. What did El Paso look like before humankind evolved?

Produced by DoubleScope Films

Produced by: Megan O’Toole-Pitts

Directed by: Megan O’Toole-Pitts & Alan Esparza

Director of Photography: Alan Esparza

Aerial Photography: Carlos Luevano

Visual Effects: Carlos Luevano

Edited by: Alan Esparza Music: Mattox

Special Thanks to Eric Kappus, Robert Ardovino

 

Video: A Depth of Talent | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

Star City Studios is one of the few creative spots in El Paso that not only give a place for artists to showcase their work, but also engage the creative community to progress all aspects of becoming a professional artist.

Produced by DoubleScope Films

Jesús Nunez –  Creative Director

Jaime Blanco – Founder/Cinematographer

 

VIDEO: Connect to Nature | KCOS’s Only in El Paso Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

Heritage Park sits upon an Archaic-period archaeological site, wetlands, and a desert botanical garden. The 4,500-year-old site is one of the oldest villages in the United States. The wetlands are home to many birds, and over 200 species have been spotted there on their seasonal migrations.

The botanical garden features a variety of native plants, and includes a pavilion and a replica of an Archaic period brush hut. The newest component, The Chihuahuan Desert Experience, is a work in progress that will allow visitors to stroll the 900-mile (1,400 km) length of desert over a 17-acre recreation of the plant indigenous life.

Produced by Roberto Tribune

Production Assistant Jorge Flores

Curious George, Dinosaur Train Visit for the 3rd Annual PBS Kids Fiesta

KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, will once again host the 3rd annual PBS Kids Fiesta  from noon to 5 p.m. on December 2, 2017 at the El Paso Convention Center.

Thanks to support from The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital, Texas Education Agency (TEA), Start Smart Texas and other local sponsors, families will have the chance to meet and take their photo with Curious George and Buddy from Dinosaur Train.

Children and families can enjoy an exciting day of live music, dance performances, as well as many fun educational activities and games.

Via a news release, KCOS officals shared, “The purpose of the PBS Kids Fiesta is to provide a fun environment for families and children to have access to important educational resources. Alongside the wonderful performers that are attending the event are going to be educational agencies and organizations that promote healthy child development and early childhood literacy.”

“One of the main goals of the event is to empower parents with the necessary tools to sculpt their child’s success.”

At the event, parents can sign up for the Start Smart Texas texting pilot program to receive free parenting tips texted to their mobile phones. Families that sign up for the texting will receive a free book.

Start Smart Texas empowers parents with tips that inspire positive interactions between caregiver and child to promote healthy brain development, early literacy and reading skills.

Start Smart Texas, a component of Governor Greg Abbott’s Texas Public Elementary School Reading Initiative – Texas Readers – which was announced earlier this year, is a parent-focused initiative designed to work with families, community leaders and schools to promote the role of parents in making any time a learning time. To learn more, visit the Start Smart Texas webpage.

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