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Access Tucson telethon to focus on community media

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Access Tucson telethon to focus on community media

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Access Tucson will hold a telethon Wednesday night to celebrate community media.

The public access agency, which has seen its budget cut by 60 percent over the last several years, will raise money and awareness from 6-9:30 p.m.

"Where Tucson's On TV!-Celebrating Community Media" will air on Cox channel 99 and Comcast channel 74, and on the organization's website.

While you won't find any familiar Jerry Lewis jokes, the telethon will feature a number of Tucson entertainers.

Yaqui musician Gabriel Ayala, singer/songwriter Amber Norgaard, bluesman Tom Walbank, Kevin and Tanisha Hamilton with Southwest Soul Circuit, Powhaus Productions and comedian Robert Mac will show their support.

"We will show viewers the many faces of Tucson and the power of local, independent media as a valuable community resource," said Lisa Horner, Access Tucson's executive director.

"We're inviting all of Tucson to tune in, because Access Tucson really does bring Tucson into our living rooms," she said.

The program will also spotlight Access Tucson's connections with other local media, including, KXCI radio, Pan Left and the Latino Doctrine.

The telethon will be hosted by community activist Miguel Ortega and Jared (Kitty Katt) McKinley of Powhaus Productions.

"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," said Bob Kovitz, the president of the organization's board of directors.

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