KO-AM TV station opened to customers to monitor Korean tragedy

screenshot of the KOAM website

Comcast and KO-AM are opening channel 257 on Comcast systems in Western Washington so people can monitor events in Korea in the native language. The above is a partial screenshot of KO-AM’s Web page, which you can access by clicking on the image.

Following the terrible ferry accident in Korea, the Federal Way-based TV station KO-AM and Comcast are cooperating to offer KO-AM, channel 257,  free to Western Washington customers through at least Friday, April 25. This will allow people from Korea to monitor news from the area in the native language.

“Since so many of us here at Comcast are parents, we can only imagine the emotions of this terrible situation, and we hope opening up the channel will at least provide more information to more people,” said Dave Shirley, Comcast’s vice president of sales and marketing in Washington. “Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy reach to everyone in Korea touched by this horrible tragedy in any way.”

For more about KO-AM, Puget Sound’s Korean American TV station, please see http://www.koamtv.net/

Here are some times when news programs are expected in the next few days, according to KO-AM. However, especially considering the tragedy, times may change.

Tonight, Friday, April 18: 6:30, 8 and 11:25 p.m.

Saturday: 7, 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Blood Drives Give Fluid Feel to Comcast Cares Day 2014

Our video manager Ed Hauge visited the Fife blood drive with his camera.

Most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around. People who find it in their heart to donate truly become someone’s hero – in fact, they could help save more than one life with just one donation. In the Comcast Cares Day spirit, coming April 26, Comcast employees recently showed up fully prepared to be heroes.

Although the blood mobiles could only make it to a few select locations,  the Auburn, Fife and Spokane teams filled the vans with over 100 eager volunteers. In Western Washington, Cascade Regional Blood Services helped collect blood and in Spokane Inland Northwest Blood Centers collected onsite.

“The turn-out was phenomenal. And everyone was so willing to help,” said Candace Robson, an administrative assistant in the Fife Call Center. “We were so happy to be a part of this opportunity, and we had so many donors that the team needed leave to get another blood cooler.”

And there’s more to come: the Puyallup office’s blood drive will be Wednesday, April 24.

Written by Karie Houghton a marketing manager at Comcast and one of the organizers of the blood drives. In the photo at the video link above, Robson is on the left and Houghton on the right.

Comcast Cares Day 2014 in Grays Harbor to Focus on Seaport Landing

Posted with the kind permission of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. You can read a local news story by KXRO about this project here.

2 tall ships in the water

The work by Comcast Cares Day volunteers will prepare Seaport Landing for the return of the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Aberdeen on June 5.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to spruce up Seaport Landing 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 as part of Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort that will include 80,000-plus Comcast volunteers participating in more than 700 projects across the country. At Seaport Landing, Comcast employees and their families wearing green “Comcast Cares” T-shirts will construct a railing on the Seaport Landing pier, build picnic tables, and clear brush from the Chehalis River shoreline. Comcast volunteers will return on April 27 to finish work not completed the previous day.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Comcast on this exciting community event,” said Les Bolton, executive director of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates Seaport Landing. “Comcast employees in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties understand the importance of Seaport Landing to Aberdeen’s future. Their contribution demonstrates strong community support for our plans.”

Everyone in the Grays Harbor area–not just Comcast employees–is welcome to lend a hand. Volunteers are encouraged to register ahead of time at http://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/. A Facebook or Google+ account is required. Volunteers can also register at Seaport Landing, 500 N. Custer St., Aberdeen, at 8 a.m. April 26-27. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening tools, such as gloves, rakes, and brooms.

Seaport Landing is a new tourism destination and home port maintenance facility on the Chehalis River in South Aberdeen. GHHSA acquired the 38-acre former sawmill from Weyerhaeuser in 2013. The Historical Seaport is now working with a number of partners on a master plan for the property. Work completed by the Comcast Cares Day participants will prepare Seaport Landing for the return of the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Aberdeen on June 5. Social media users can follow activities on Comcast Cares Day via the hashtag #CCDay.

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington. GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.

Comcast Cares Day, 1 year later: how we helped a wildlife rescue center

 “We had over 200 volunteers here, and we truly felt like we had won some kind of a home makeover show.”

~ Suzanne West, executive director, Sarvey Wildlife Care Center

We’re used to seeing everything at a Comcast Cares Day project site, but it’s not every day you see an eagle! This year, we’re asking employees to again sign up for Comcast Cares Day 2014, and we wanted to show them videos of how their hard work makes a difference. Here’s one of those videos, from a visit to Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington. We’re already had hundreds of employees sign up for the exciting projects for Comcast Cares Day 2014, which will be April 26.


Comcast Cares Day, 1 year later: how we helped a Seattle youth home

“One of my best memories of Comcast Cares Day 2013 was the look on the kids’ faces at the end of it all, looking at the paint, the new furniture, and all the computers.”

~ Jenna Gearhart, program director, United Indians Youth Home

Last year’s signature Comcast Cares Day project in Seattle was at Labateyah Youth Home  in Seattle, where, among other things, we installed a new computer lab. A year later, our video wizard Ed Hauge returned with his camera and saw how things have changed there, for the better. This video will be shown to employees to encourage them to volunteer for Comcast Cares Day 2014, which is coming up on April 26. But we thought you might enjoy the video too, because what the video really says is, volunteering matters. 


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