Now It’s Time to Launch the Rocket


All the hoopla is behind us…the wall of beautiful ocean images…the throngs of helpful Sanctuary staff…the eager faces of excited access station staff…the boxes of business cards (when are you gonna enter them in contacts, Steve?)…the brochures and DVD‘s and speeches…the session on “A Passion for Place” with Paul Michel and LZ…it’s all over and San Francisco is just a memory…a memory that will serve as fuel to launch a web portal devoted to ocean conservation with over 100 high quality videos that are entertaining and informative…and best of all FREE to community media stations across the land and across the sea..and to individuals who carry the flag and the fight to preserve and protect our oceans for future generations. Now it’s late nights at the computer, trying to beat the deadlines…dozens of server addresses to copy and link…descriptions to write…and a big ball of anxiety wondering who will help…who will ensure this project goes forward…who will stand with this author and prove to the world we’re doing what we said we’d do…right now it’s all promises…and a long Sunday night wondering if they’ll be fulfilled. Whatever the price…whatever it takes…whoever needs to be begged for assistance…this will happen…Your Sanctuary TV will come alive at midnight on June 8th..glorious in its content, superlative in its knowledge, brilliant in its images and ready to capture future partners who will join the fight for our oceans with their own images and videos and articles. The flame burns too hot to be extinguished…..hold on for it will be an unforgettable ride…hold on for the promise to launch this portal for all to share and multiply the impressions in towns, cities, counties, states and countries throughout the world will come true if it’s that last thing we do. Please join us on June 8th at for our contribution to World Ocean Day…thank you for your time and energy. Monterey Bay NMS CoastRockyCoastlineMBNMSCormorantsCordellDolphinSeaLionsCordell Stars

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 :}


Alliance for Community Media Announces Your Sanctuary TV As Title Sponsor



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The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) announced recently that amp2‘s Your Sanctuary TV is this year’s National Conference Title Sponsor. The ACM Conference will take place May 29th through 31st in San Francisco, CA at the stately Westin St. Francis on Union Square. Appropriately enough, San Francisco Bay is on the edge of or adjacent to 3 separate National Marine Sanctuaries, namely The Gulf of the Farallones NMS, Cordell Bank NMS, and Monterey Bay NMS. The Gulf of the Farallones operates a Visitors Center at Historic Crissy Field very close to the Golden Gate Bridge and next to another landmark, Fort Mason. “With all the maritime heritage and history, Your Sanctuary TV seems an ideal Title Sponsor for this year’s conference”, remarked amp Executive Director Paul Congo. “And part of our welcome gift to attendees is a special visit to the Aquarium of the Bay,” added amp’s Outreach Coordinator Lindsey Bishop. “Your Sanctuary TV is a repository of quality Ocean and Earth Conservation video content that will be offered free of charge to members of the Alliance and all other community television stations across the country and throughout the world,” noted YSTV Executive Producer Stephen Ellzey. Among the dozens of quality programs available is a documentary by acclaimed Ocean filmmaker Robert Talbot on the Great White Sharks that favor both the Farallones and the outer edges of Monterey Bay as hunting grounds. Additional programming includes the popular Thank You Ocean PSA  and Podcast series and a collection of animated Ocean shorts by Cartoonist/Environmentalist Jim Toomey, who regularly pens “Shermans Lagoon”. “It”s hard to believe,” recalled amp Production Manager Michael Maritnes,”that 2 years ago we were sitting around the office dreaming about an Ocean Series called “Your Sanctuary” and now we’re launching an entire library of Ocean and Earth conservation content…it’s a real dream come true” The Your Sanctuary TV site will go live on June 8th, which is World Oceans Day.

Logo for World Oceans Day when Your Sanctuary TV will be launched, June 8, 2013.

Logo for World Oceans Day when Your Sanctuary TV will be launched, June 8, 2013.