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Renowned Tucson entertainers, who perform nationally and internationally, are joining Access Tucson to celebrate community media during a live telethon.
Thousands of local fans will recognize Gabriel Ayala, a member of the Yaqui people, who is at the forefront of a new generation of Native American musicians; singer/songwriter Amber Norgaard; blues musician Tom Walbank; Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton with Southwest Soul Circuit; Rialto Theatre favorites Powhaus Productions and comedian Robert Mac who appears locally at Laff's Comedy Club as well as on Comedy Central.
We will show the viewers the many faces of Tucson and the power of local, independent media as a valuable community resource," says Access Tucson's Executive Director, Lisa Horner. "We're inviting all of Tucson to tune in on December 15th, because Access Tucson really does bring Tucson into our living rooms. It will be 3 ½ hours of 'totally Tucson.'"
The telethon spotlights Access Tucson's community producers and partners in the business and non-profit sectors, as well as its strong commitment to youth media education and features local, indie voices, KXCI, Pan Left, TucsonSentinel.com and the Latino Doctrine.
"We're also very fortunate to have well-known actor and community activist, Miguel Ortega and Jared McKinley of Powhaus Productions as emcees for the telethon," says Access Tucson Board President Bob Kovitz. "We're excited about this chance to show folks how much we've been a part of their lives for the past quarter century and that the future of Access Tucson is all about community and connectivity."
The telethon provides viewers and Access Tucson supporters the opportunity to donate to the continued operation of Access Tucson as well as the future of an innovative community media center.
Catch it LIVE:
Where Tucson's On TV!-Celebrating Community Media
Wednesday, December 15th, 6pm-9:30pm
Thursday, December 16th at 7pm
Scheduled through December 31st
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 7pm and 11pm
All cablecasts on Access Tucson channel 99 (Cox) / 74 (Comcast)
Simultaneous streaming at www.accesstucson.org
The live telethon on Wednesday, December 15th will also kick off an online auction through the Access Tucson website.
Look forward to bidding on a night's stay at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa with two days of golf, Watsu Aqua massages, gift certificates for Bookman's Entertainment Exchange and passes for The Loft Cinema, art work by many local artists, dining at many fine restaurants like Janos Downtown Kitchen and Cocktails and even fly among the clouds in a Piper Arrow Three airplane to capture aerial footage.
The auction is scheduled to run from Wednesday, December 15th at 6pm to December 31st at 11:59pm.
More to come....