The Envelope, Please – A Benefit for KPCA Community Radio Feb. 28 at the Mystic

Petaluma Community Access Presents The Envelope Please Oscar NightThere’s an Academy Award-themed event coming up in our charming little city that you might not want to miss. It’s the premier of Petaluma’s annual Oscar-night gala, The Envelope, Please, at the Mystic Theatre in our historic downtown on February 28.

Presented by Petaluma Community Access (PCA), the nonprofit public access television station and media center, The Envelope, Please was created to benefit KPCA 103.3, the FM radio station that will begin broadcasting via the local airwaves later this year, featuring programming produced by and for the Petaluma community.

Awarded a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year, PCA still has a few major tasks ahead of it before it can begin broadcasting – completing an agreement with the Santa Rosa Junior College to place an antenna on-campus, building a radio studio at its 205 Keller Street facility, and raising the funds to get the station up and running.

The Envelope, Please was conceived by PCA’s active Board of Directors as a fun celebration of the cinematic accomplishment and spectacle that is the televised annual Academy Award ceremony, and a community media-building fundraiser for KPCA.

President of PCA’s Board of Directors Cindy Thomas referred to it recently as “a heroic effort by a small nonprofit organization to enrich the entire community.”

The Mystic will be rolling out the red carpet for guests, who can mingle with friends while watching the Oscars ceremony on the big screen, enjoy A-list appetizers and signature cocktails while emcee Tom Gaffey hosts.

John Bertucci Executive Director Petaluma Community Access
John Bertucci Executive Director Petaluma Community Access

As PCA Executive Director John Bertucci pointed out to the Petaluma Argus-Courier’s Matt Brown a while back, the desire to bring FM radio back to Petaluma spans more than a decade. As with the organization’s overall mission, KPCA radio’s goal will be to promote the free expression of ideas and conversations, and provide access to media-making resources for the entire community.

Interest in providing programming for KPCA radio has been high.

Petaluma farmer, writer and Petaluma Grange VP Connie Madden is contemplating a series of talk shows focused on issues of climate change, local culture and political change, all timely issues in this presidential election year.

From Petaluma Radio Players Website

The Petaluma Radio Players, a new radio comedy & drama troupe that came together last fall to give two sold-out, live performances of the old radio drama, The Shadow, at the DeCarli Trolley Barn Theater, are planning to present a regular series of original shows on the new radio station.

KPCA, much like PCA’s public, educational and government television channels, will further the nonprofit’s mission to be of community service by broadcasting important city events and meetings, and may also be of use to the city in communicating with the public in emergency situations, such as a major earthquake.

First things first though. We need to raise around $10,000 to get the station up and running, and fund a part-time staffer. We need your help to do this. Please join us at the Mystic Theatre on February 28 as we launch a significant new addition to Petaluma’s media landscape for the 21st century – KPCA FM 103.3 – radio of, by and for the Petaluma community.

Much more information and tickets are available at the website, or save yourself a service charge and buy tickets in person at the PCA studio, 205 Keller St, Petaluma. PCA is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 – 8 pm. Volunteers, sponsors, and donations of any size are welcome.

Positively Petaluma Welcomes Christopher Fisher To Our Contributor Staff

As mentioned previously, we intend to round out our contributors to Positively Petaluma, and we can’t think of another person more fitting than Christopher Fisher.  Fisher is a Petaluma resident since 2003 and currently Outreach Coordinator for Petaluma Community Access.  He has experience writing  about the intersection of agriculture, food and politics for Z Magazine, Civil Eats, Grist and Truthout. He is a member of the Editorial Collective of Nueva Prensa/New Press.

Please welcome Christopher to our Contributor Staff and look for his posts in the near future.


PCA Releases #Petaluma’s 2014 Veteran’s Day Parade Video

Did you miss this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade?  Our previous article #Petaluma’s Veteran’s Day Parade: Schedule, Highlights, History and Video was seen and read by many. It was also shared hundreds of times on social media.  We had several requests to share any video we get of this year’s event including a request from Barbara Fanucchi who commented on that article.  A lot of people, for any number of reasons, cannot make one of the best Veteran’s Day parades in Northern California but would like to see it.  It’s for this reason we share this video.

Yesterday Petaluma Community Access posted a whole length video of the entire parade.  So now you don’t have to miss it and you can enjoy watching the parade from the comfort of your home.

Do you know someone who missed this years’ parade or someone who was in the parade that didn’t get video of this event?  

Use the share icons below to share this video with your friends and family.  We are sure they will appreciate that you did.

VIDEO: Did you miss this year’s Butter & Egg Days Parade? No problem PCA has got your back!

Share this post on your facebook timeline or with a friend who missed the parade this year. Maybe you know someone who was in it and would like to see the video. I am sure they will appreciate it.

This video was narrated by Mark Jaramillo and Tina Jones and they announce each entry. It is more than one hour and a half of coverage of the 2014 Butter & Egg Days Parade in Petaluma. While every minute is worth it, the nice thing about video is you can pause, skip ahead, fast forward and rewind.

VIDEO: “The Hole In The Head” by #Petaluma’s Elder Environmentalist Bill Kortum

     Sonoma County Library Photograph Collection, Bill Kortum, Petaluma, CA 1955

UPDATE: History lesson accompanies Coastal Cleanup Day September 20, 2014, BY GUY KOVNER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT – Bill is also featured in this recent article.

Petaluma Community Access released this May 2011 video on YouTube yesterday that chronicles Bill Kortum’s successfull campaign to stop the PG&E nuclear power plant at Bodega Bay. Bill is a retired veterinarian, former Sonoma County Supervisor and leader of the County’s environmental movement for more than 40 years.  He currently serves as a Board of Director for Sonoma County Conservation Action.  In this video he tells how different parties including local scientists and Petaluma Argus Courier played a role in the campaign.

In my other searches I found this other short video on the Forces Of Nature website, Environmental Elders Speak.

May 8, 2015 UPDATE: We lost Bill this year to a long battle to cancer.  The Petaluma Community Access did a video of his service, a celebration and tribute to his life’s work.

Click on Page 2 below to view the Bill Kortum Memorial that took place on January 24, 2015.