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Lynn Allen's Passing

April 19 2011 by Peter Morrill

 Lynn Allen Former Idaho Public Television employee Lynn Allen died in April while on a trip with her husband, Richard (Dick), and friends.
In recent years, Allen coordinated the Community Cinema program in Idaho for Independent Television Service (ITVS), in conjunction with IdahoPTV. The fall through spring monthly events, on participating college campuses, present free preview screenings of Independent Lens features, followed by discussions of the film’s topic.

“During her more than a quarter of a century of service to Idaho Public Television, Lynn brought great wisdom and knowledge to the educational mission of our statewide system,” IdahoPTV General Manager Peter Morrill said. “She will be sorely missed by her friends at IdahoPTV and across the state.”

Check out a video that was produced by ITVS on Lynn at:
Allen came to IdahoPTV in 1980 shortly before it became a statewide system. She worked four years as the administrative assistant to the general manager before assuming duties as the system’s first personnel manager, and writing the original policy manual.
Beginning in 1987, Allen became KAID station manager where her job included community relations and she launched the agency’s ancillary sales department, which oversees video sales. In 1995, she became outreach director and Ready to Learn coordinator, responsible for statewide community activities. She worked with organizations and agencies throughout Idaho to further learning goals, especially early learning. Projects included: workshops for child care providers and parents; hands-on opportunities for Hispanic youth and young women to experience careers in television; initiating 21 peer mediation projects in Idaho high schools; involving citizens in framing issues for political discussions; and training teachers to use technology in the classroom.
After leaving IdahoPTV as an employee in 2002, Allen was contracted to manage grants for Ready to Learn and other learning programs for IdahoPTV, in addition to her work with ITVS.
She once said: “I derive personal satisfaction from building community collaborations to address, and significantly impact, social needs.” She translated this into vibrant, enthusiastic and energetic delivery of overarching goals as approachable hands-on participatory events.

To read a rememberance of Lynn's life, check out this link in the Speeches and Columns section:



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6 Emmy Nominations for IdahoPTV

April 15 2011 by Peter Morrill

-On Thursday evening, April 14, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter announced the 2011 Emmy Award Nominations at the Idaho Black History Museum in Boise. I’m very pleased to let you know that Idaho Public Television was honored with six nominations including for a second year in a row overall Station Excellence. The following are the nominees as announced by NATAS:

Station Excellence: Idaho Public Television • Peter Morrill, General Manager

Historic/Cultural - Program/Special: Capitol of Light • Idaho Public Television • Bruce Reichert, Executive Producer

Health/Science - Program/Special: Outdoor Idaho: Eating Local • Idaho Public Television • Thanh Tan, Producer/Writer

Public/Current/Community Affairs - Program/Special: Outdoor Idaho: Wilderness in the 21st Century • Idaho Public Television • Bruce Reichert, Executive Producer

Documentary - Historical: Outdoor Idaho: Wooden Boats, Wonderous Lakes • Idaho Public Television • John Crancer, Producer/Writer

Writer - Program: Joan Cartan-Hansen • Idaho Public Television

These honors are another indication of the deep and broad tradition of content creation at IdahoPTV. Although individuals are mentioned in the nominations, it obscures the fact that a team of exceedingly talented people actually are responsible for the overall quality of our projects.

The Station Excellence nomination is especially notable given the other six nominees are all Seattle and Portland  broadcasters. IdahoPTV was the only public television nominee from the northwest region including Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Idaho.

The Emmy Award winners will be announced on Saturday, June 11 in Seattle. We’ll keep you posted how we do!



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