Here's a follow up to a Cannabis Time Capsule post from December 2013 about a wily Philly amateur pharmacist selling a hemp "cure" for tuberculosis. Actually, it's more of the prequel, as it seems that we found one of the actual advertisements for Dr. H. James's "Accidental Cure," or at least one r ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a lawsuit filed by Westword and High Times magazine related to the State of Colorado's rules for recreational marijuana advertising. The complaint called for a preliminary injunction against the regulations. But while a U.S. District Court judge has rejected that reques ... More >>
The Super (Sucky) Bowl was hellish for most of Denver (and for anyone else who watched, nationwide; it was ranked as the sixth-least-watchable big game in history by Deadspin), but it was even more so for Doomsday theorist and evangelist William Tapley, seen here. Tapley first worked his way into o ... More >>
Bud Light's twisted Super Bowl spots, featuring ex-Cali guv Arnold Schwarzenegger as a headband-wearing ping-pong player midway between Bj√∂rn Borg and Chris Evert, don't appear to have a Colorado connection beyond the participation of onetime Denverite Don Cheadle, who co-stars with...a llama; see ... More >>
Denver blog posts are thinking about the holidays, beer and food, over the next few weeks. Our Cafe Society blog has got you covered when it comes to craft beer events over the holidays. The Denver Egotist reports on Focus 4 Design, a local company that is entering a submission in the latest Super ... More >>
Back in 2010, Westword contributor Teague Bohlen put together a list of TV's scummiest get-rich-quick schemers -- and prominently featured among them was Boulder's Russ Dalbey, whose "Winning in the Cash Flow Business" infomercials attempted to separate suckers from their wallets via easy-money prom ... More >>
Smashburger, our locally born and quickly proliferating burger chain, is taking its wares to the small screen with its first-ever television ads. One thirty-second spot, created by Denver-based Definite Productions, is a burger-fan dream sequence, reportedly complete with actual beef patty-smashing ... More >>
Websites are not the only way to get news about Denver. We love learning about this city by reading the fliers posted on billboards and light posts around town -- fliers that usually hype band gigs, advertise garage sales, or lament lost pets. One flier in particular caught our eye last week. It was ... More >>
Peyton Manning is now officially a Papa. After making his first appearance in a Papa John's ad for Superbowl XLV in 2011, he inked a deal today to become the owner of 21 Papa John's franchise stores in Denver. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. See also: - Video: Ten best Peyton Mannin ... More >>
The first edition of Westword hit the streets of Denver in September 1977. Over the past 35 years, Westword has gone through many changes -- as has the publishing industry in general, and the alternative newspaper industry in particular. But our basic mission has not changed: to cover (and sometimes ... More >>
Editor's note: This election cycle,Westword is exploring the public records of television stations for information about how candidates are spending money on ads in Denver. Seems that Jude Judy has bipartisan appeal in Denver. After reporting last week that Barack Obama's campaign is pouring money ... More >>
For the past several months, the Denver City Council has been debating outdoor medical marijuana advertising. The main question: Should it be prohibited near schools or banned entirely? Now, a ban seems to have the momentum, and could be approved in the next several weeks.
Two competing medical marijuana advertising bans have been proposed by Denver City Council members, and their concepts are very different in scope. The council's Debbie Ortega and Christopher Herndon have until August to find a compromise before their colleagues take a vote.
Yesterday, the Denver City Council's Businesses, Workforce and Sustainability Committee voted in favor of an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana advertising within 1,000 feet of schools, daycares, parks and rec centers. It's a proposal Cannabis Business Alliance executive director Shawn Colem ... More >>
Michael Ledwitz.After last week's item about Denver Magazine shutting down, with its key assets purchased by rival 5280, the comments section exploded, with numerous posters accusing Michael Ledwitz, the defunct mag's CEO, publisher and editor, of ripping off advertisers. It's a charge that o ... More >>
Crispin Porter BoguskySex sells, but can it sell baby carrots?When Boulder-based advertising firm Crispin Porter Bogusky set began constructing a marketing campaign to sell more carrots, its creative team studied consumers' "carrot habits," and learned all about the importance of crunch a ... More >>
OMG: a Dogma sequal?Few companies blatantly exploit sex appeal for financial gain as much as AXE male scent products. Sure, almost every advertisement in history has employed some degree of sexual innuendo, but AXE forgets all about the innuendo part and goes straight for the junk. Exhibit A: ... More >>
So you're happily listening to your custom-made MGMT station on Pandora Radio when suddenly a dude starts talking to you about elections and stuff and a photo of an earnest-looking guy pops into your track listing. What gives? Welcome to the brave new world of political advertising. Secretar ... More >>
William Breathes.I overheard someone call our fine publication Weedword not too long ago, referencing the eight-plus pages of medical marijuana ads in the back of our print edition. Funny, and also true. As Jeremy Peters points out in today's New York Times, that greening of advertisements ha ... More >>
Tim Tebow and his mom for FOTF.Colorado Springs' Focus on the Family made a big splash earlier this year with a pro-life Super Bowl ad starring Tim Tebow and his mom. And while the publicity generated by the spot couldn't prevent 110 layoffs announced earlier this month, Focus learned that th ... More >>
Steve Hamilton is still high on K-High.On April 30, K-High, Denver's contemporary-jazz radio outlet, vanished from the airwaves after its owner, Bustos Media, sold the 101.9 FM frequency to Christian broadcaster WAY-FM. The sale price shows how much radio-property values have plummeted in re ... More >>
Focus on the Family's decision to buy a Super Bowl ad featuring Florida QB Tim Tebow and his mom has generated a gusher of publicity due largely to protests from pro-choice groups presuming the spot will push an anti-abortion agenda. This extended segment from The O'Reilly Factor is a prime example ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger's defense of the organization's forthcoming Super Bowl ad, starring Florida QB Tim Tebow and his mom, against protests by a variety of women's organizations. Since then, critics have been out in force, with Women's Media Center pr ... More >>
Last week, I expressed my confusion regarding the Quiznos campaign for its new Toasty Torpedo. Although I still can't get over the peculiar oven-man sexual chemistry, I suppose I can rest a little easier after this relatively ambiguous explanation for the ads from Rebecca Steinfort, chief marketing ... More >>
As publications throughout Colorado suffered declines in recent years, one seemed immune from problems afflicting the journalism industry: 5280. As noted in "Dan Brogan's a Mile High on 5280 ," a July 2007 blog featuring an interview with the aforementioned Brogan, the magazine's founder, editor and ... More >>
Chipotle, the little homegrown company that got very big by selling big burritos, is looking for a new advertising agency. According to Ad Age, Chipotle only lasted nine months with New York's DeVito/Verdi, and now wants to stuff its $15-to-$20 million account into some other company's coffers. "We ... More >>
The concept of advertising on the front page of the Denver dailies isn't entirely foreign; note the use of irritating stickers that are regularly affixed to their covers these days -- a topic explored in this October 2007 Message column. But the Sunday, May 25 Denver Post took up-front advertising t ... More >>
Most interviews done for the The Message column contain more information than can possibly be squeezed onto any given page, and plenty of what doesn't make the cut is very interesting indeed. Seldom, though, is it presented in such an easily digestible form as was recently the case with comments pro ... More >>
Newspapers keep cutting staff, but Jake Jabís American Furniture Warehouse is standing by them. Why?
Quiznos ads are fully baked.
Fame has its price for Video Professor John Scherer -- and he's eager to pay.
As other pubs fall, 5280 is a mile high and rising.
The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph)
From the week of May 12, 2005
Are You Positive?
They Make Beer Commercials Like This (Arena Rock)
Pete MacKay, KQMT/99.5 The Mountain
Puttin' on the Ritz
Coors Light Billboards
Two years later, a digital-video short film became an overnight ad sensation
Planet Muscle publisher Jeff Everson isn't afraid to tackle the truth about bodybuilding supplements. Sort of.
Clear Channel takes on all comers, including the largest ratings service in the country.
Duman's Custom Tailor and Uniforms
Local newscasts have plenty of style, but whereís the substance?
A Boulder company has its eye (and eyes) on the Internet.
DPS launches an ad campaign to recruit white students now that busing is over.