‘Creative Living’ shows off new set

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer

The host of “Creative Living” has a new set in KENW TV’s new facilities, thanks to the help of several people.

Sheryl Borden loves the comfortable new set — and the fact that her helpers don’t have to move its pieces whenever it’s time for another show.

The set includes a kitchen donated by Lance Heft of Lance Heft Enterprises, furniture provided by Scott Davis of Valley Furniture and walls painted by Kelley Salas of Valley Furniture.

Borden has been producing “Creative Living” for more than 30 years, and she thanked the many people who helped with the new set during an open house Wednesday evening.

She received her fair share of thanks as well.

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble commended Borden for helping with the annual PBS auction that partially supports KENW-TV’s programming, for her civic leadership in community organizations and for running “a syndicated show that originates right here in little old Portales, N.M.”

“The leadership for this show came from one person,” he said. “We have a first-class set in a first-class building.”

KENW-TV’s facilities are housed in Eastern New Mexico University’s new Communications Building.

The open house included a tour of the technology behind the scenes of “Creative Living” and other shows that appear on KENW-TV.

Broadcast Engineering Director Jeff Burmeister described the television station as a “state-of-the-art facility” that now is all digital. The station includes three studios, two of which are still under construction. The move to digital allows the station to broadcast three programs simultaneously.

It’s quite a change from 40 years ago, when black-and-white broadcasts from the Student Academic Services Building went directly to cable, said Duane Ryan, director of the broadcast center.

Don Criss of TV production services said the switch from analog to digital is “a change every bit as big as the change from silent movies to television.”

KENW-TV now has several transmitters that carry its signal over 35,000 square miles — the eastern third of the state, Burmeister said.

The three-year-old building cost $5 million, Gamble said.

Technology and equipment cost around $2 million, and the transmitters cost about $6.5 million, Burmeister said.

Funding for the building and equipment included grants; federal assistance obtained with the help of Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.; state legislative appropriations, thanks to the efforts of Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Sen. Rod Adair, R-Roswell, a graduate of ENMU’s communication program; and general obligation bonds supported by taxpayers, Gamble said.