San Francisco Here We Come!!!

Home of ATT Park, SF Giants, Transamerica Pyramid, Golden Gate Bridge, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the Alliance for Community Media National Conference where amp Community Television’s co-production with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Your Sanctuary TV will be presented to over 400 Television Stations this coming Wednesday….what a day and night we have planned…It all starts at 7am when the early risers gather, sucking up the Starbucks and laying out the Pop Ups for Four Full booths in the Exhibit Hall at the Westin St. Francis. There’ll be folks from the Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries…dignitaries from the Washington DC Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Dan Basta and Matt Stout…and amp staff on hand to build an exhibit 4 booths long. We’re expecting over 400 folks to traipse by our digs as we’ll be giving away a beautiful DVD collection of Ocean video programs and shorts. The type of content community TV stations across the country will enjoy broadcasting. Along with that there will be plenty of information about our National Marine Sanctuaries, Thank You Ocean, and our other partners. Plus, tickets for the Welcome Reception Giveaway, overseen by the comedy duo Michel and LZ, two guys are act normal during the day but become wild and crazy after 5pm…which is a good thing since that’s when they’ll be giving away prizes at the Your Sanctuary TV Welcome Reception…great stuff like Rocket Boat Rides, Catamaran Sails, Alcatraz Tours, Tickets to SF Playhouse, and very special tickets to visit ATT Park and see our own SF Giants take on their cross town rivals…the Oakland A’s. The wine will be flowing and food will be munched as the crowd checks out the premier of Your Sanctuary TV guided by Director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Daniel Basta. After the remarks, more giveaways then it’s all hands on the streets for a mad dash to Pier 39 and the Aquarium of the Bay. Here the crowd will be treated to succulent desserts and tasty dessert wines in the Cafe, followed by a grand self-guided tour of the amazing underwater Aquarium of the Bay. Then it’s back to the Westin for any additional imbibing…or maybe out on the town for those who still have some gas…what a blast. Not to be forgotten will be the special session offered Thursday from 10:30a to 12p starring that comedy duo Paul and Steve, who shed their wacky evening personas for more formal facades in order to present: “Extending Your Reach Through Strategic Collaborations: A Passion For Place”. Yep…this year’s ACM conference will be a blast and it launches tomorrow morning…don’t miss the trip blog as timid Pacific Grove resident Steve E. makes his way north in harrowing holiday traffic to land in luxury at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square…an adventure in any language :}


What Is Your Sanctuary TV?


This is the most common question in my life right now…What is Your Sanctuary TV? Even though we have press releases, a Color Brochure, a ton of emails, a website, a treatment and many other explanations/descriptions/examples. Still, the question hangs over my head like the dirty cloud over Charles Schultz‘ character “Pigpen”. So to disperse the cloud cover and open up a shiny Spring day, I’ll answer the question once again: Your Sanctuary TV is a website that will act as a portal for Earth and Ocean Video Content from a multiplicity of providers including amp Community Television, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA, Thank You Ocean, Waterways, the National Park Service, Everglades National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations Environment Programme, Cartoonist/Activist Jim Toomey, and more. And just like the old Ginzu Knife commercials….but wait…there’s more! Your Sanctuary TV is also a website with direct links to all 13 National Marine Sanctuaries and 1 National Marine Monument. Your Sanctuary TV is a listing of Stewardship Organizations and links to their websites: Save Our Shores, Save the Whales, and Marine Life Studies are three great examples. Most importantly, Your Sanctuary TV represents an open door to the 600 plus Community Television Stations across the Country. On May 29th, Your Sanctuary will be presented to these stations and the over 100 programs available for free download will be showcased. In the end, Your Sanctuary TV is another tool of technology for generating massive numbers of impressions in the hope that these impressions will inspire viewers to participate in stewardship efforts and conservation methods that serve to protect and preserve precious natural resources for future generations. That’s what it’s all about and we hope you join us. For information or to become a video/informational partner please email Thanks for listening…spde

Your Sanctuary TV Will Be Reality

The launch of Your Sanctuary TV on June 8th represents the culmination of 2 years of Production, Collaboration, Public Relations, Marketing, Convention Sponsorships, DVD duplication, Conference Calls, Emails, and so much more…but it will be well worth it. We started out with a magazine format television program, “Your Sanctuary” whose mission was to engage viewers […]

The USA Will Be Okay So Let’s Create a PNN (Positive News Network)


YoungPeople2In spite of what we see on the local and national news, if the maxim that our future is  our next generations holds true, I’ve seen some great evidence that the USA will be okay in the coming years. First time I mentioned this was a month ago. Having experienced the Next Generation Jazz Festival presented by Monterey Jazz Festival for nearly 50 hours from Friday through Sunday, I was introduced to a fresh-faced, polite, passionate group of young musicians. This experience was enough to bolster my beliefs in the future of our country. Now, it’s time to sound the trumpet once again. For the past several weeks, our television station and internet sites have been abuzz about an event taking place today, May 5th. It’s a benefit for the Salvation Army, and includes a lineup of 3 local bands whose members are in their teens, several still in high school. They’re performing simply for their love of music and to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The organizer of this wonderful event is Aaron Dally, a talented young musician. The benefit is Aaron’s Eagle Scout project. His father, Dave Dally is one of the foremost musical forces of the Central Coast. Along with being a virtuoso on violin, Dave conducts the MPC Orchestra, several strings groups, and plays in a multiplicity of bands including Monterey International and the  Monterey String Quartet. Like the Next Generation musicians, Aaron is passionate, ambitious and also polite. He refers to me as “Mr. Ellzey”. Since my own son started calling me Steve when he was 12 years old, having a young person refer to me as “Mr. Ellzey” really sets them apart from the crowd.

So if you’d like to hear some great music, dance a little, and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, come to the Carmel Youth Center today, May 5th from 2:30p to 5p. Please bring clothes or food as a donation. And get ready to experience some talented, passionate, young musicians, who will make you realize the USA’s going to be in good hands when we pass on the baton. And I include my own son in that group. He completed his Eagle Scout project last year and is one of the talented young  musicians donating his time today for the cause. For this I say, the USA will be okay, despite the gnarly headlines and if-it-bleeds-it-leads stories on our local news. Maybe it’s time to create PNN….Positive News Network, where we hear all about the Aaron Dally’s of the world…..what do you think….are we ready for that?