BUZZ is an inspiring television show that profiles nonprofit organizations and the marketing pros that help them do more, do better, by creating more buzz.

Our team broadcast our first seven episodes in 2020 on Blue Ridge PBS and on our social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. We have produced four episodes in 2021 that aired in April and May and are currently reviewing nonprofits and funding opportunities to produce more episodes starting this summer. Contact us for more info!

Meet our Team

Cast & Crew

Learn more about the people in our HIVE who create the buzz.

Building Buzz

Creator

Learn more about host and creator Michael Hemphill.

They’re not the rich and famous. They don’t run for office, preside over boardrooms, walk the halls of power. In a society seduced by celebrity and status … they have neither. Their capital isn’t financial, but social. Their profit comes not from the thing they sell, but from the good they do.

They are our nation’s nonprofits. The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.

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Episode 12 revisits Mill Mountain Zoo & EastMont Community Foundation

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As originally broadcast June 16, 2021, on Blue Ridge PBS … In 2020 BUZZ featured two…

BUZZ features Blue Ridge Women’s Center

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As originally broadcast on May 5, 2021, on Blue Ridge PBS … https://youtu.be/lmXmZHO7weE A woman confronting…

BUZZ produces “Friends of the Blue Ridge JAM” for PBS

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As originally broadcast May 1, 2021, on Blue Ridge PBS … “Friends of the Blue Ridge…

BUZZ Episode 10 features Giles County foster care

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As originally broadcast on April 28 on Blue Ridge PBS … episode 10 of BUZZ, featuring…

BUZZ Episode 9 featuring Virginia 811

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As originally broadcast on April 14, 2021, on Blue Ridge PBS … You wouldn’t think underground…

BUZZ | Episode 8 featuring Feeding Southwest Virginia

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As originally aired April 7, 2021, on Blue Ridge PBS … Feeding Southwest Virginia operates in…