A Tangled Web

Radio finds new life on the Web.

Guzzo himself wound up in an embarrassing predicament over a considerably more trivial matter. Beacon Journal management declared that no staffers could write for the Internet, even on a personal Web page. Then, in the midst of labor negotiations with the newspaper guild, a reporter discovered that Guzzo himself was running a site dedicated to a rotisserie-type sports game called Strat-O-Matic. Shortly thereafter, the Beacon Journal backed off its position.

In the recent Post article, Guzzo said his new responsibilities would probably prevent him from keeping his sports site going. That sounds like a safe call.

Mr. Microphone: These are heady days for Sam Stock and Web radio.
Jonathan Castner
Mr. Microphone: These are heady days for Sam Stock and Web radio.

The approaching October 1 grand opening of the Pepsi Center has unleashed a hype-fest in the ignominious tradition of Denver International Airport, the Denver Pavilions and Park Meadows, which was touted at the time of its debut not as a mall but as an "entertainment resort" -- albeit one with a food court. But the gushy stories that have appeared ad nauseam on all four Denver television stations in the past week or so were nothing compared to "The Building of the Pepsi Center," an advertising supplement in the September 26 edition of the Post, a "founding partner" of the arena that has a vested interest in the project. The route from the far end of the parking lot to the center is called the "Denver Post Fanway"; among other things, it takes visitors past (gag) "flowing waters that lead to Coors Meadow, the headwaters of the outdoor Pepsi Center experience." And inside is a mock-Post newsroom where youngsters without lives can pretend to be Woody Paige. With such tie-ins, how on earth can the paper do any objective reporting on the arena? "I don't see that as a problem," Post sports editor Neal Scarbrough has told Westword. "Things like the newsroom are just an extension of arena-branding. We want to be somewhere where the turnstiles turn, but that doesn't mean we're there with a relationship that the Pepsi Center benefits from too much." Except for the cash, that is.

The September 26 Post also presented a mammoth article about the family of Columbine shooting victim Isaiah Shoels, complete with a special semi-logo on two inside pages that read "Mourning Isaiah." Not to be outdone, the Rocky Mountain News ran the umpteenth feature about Columbine survivor Patrick Ireland in its edition of the 26th. Couple that with sweeping coverage of the chopping down of two controversial trees planted by a Littleton-area church and a report that Cassie "She Said Yes" Bernall might not have said yes after all, and you've got the latest barrage of journalistic overkill in a story that's left all but the most luridly fixated locals with a severe case of Columbine fatigue. Thank goodness, then, for the families of injured students such as Anne Marie Hochhalter, who have decided that the best response to the continuing thirst for exploitation on the part of too many press people is to just say no.

As for ex-News gossip Norm Clarke, he's just saying sorry -- as usual. The Rocky's correction king recently moved to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he managed to get all the way to his second column before having to apologize for misidentifying one of the area's best-known tennis pros. Good to know he's picking up where he left off.

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Remember meeting Soundgarden Sam?  They laughed at you behind your back!  The things they were saying about you had me rolling you poser!  They tossed your demo in the trash right outside your studio door! LOL!  They were rippin on you all the way out the office! LOL!