Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, an organization devoted to changing media and technology policies, is among the headliners for "The Perfect Storm: Democracy in the Age of Big Money and Big Media," taking place tomorrow at the Tivoli Center. But while the event can certainly stand on it ... More >>
Early this year, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CSBC) decided to ban the Dire Straits song, "Money for Nothing" because of the use of a homophobic slur in the song's lyrics. In a somewhat surprising move, they've reversed the decision, which means Canadian broadcasters can go back ... More >>
Update below: KMGH-TV, better known as 7News, is on the block -- and so are Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, according to an announcement by McGraw-Hill, the stations' parent company. Officially, the move is part of a "portfolio review" -- but the real ... More >>
Finances drove the decision by E.W. Scripps executives to shutter their largest newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, in late February. However, it's clear from data released this morning that removing the tabloid from its books didn't suddenly make everything better. According to a Wall Street Journa ... More >>
John Malone, the local mogul at the helm of Liberty Media, didn't become one of the richest men in the state by making foolish investments. But his decision, made public moments ago, to provide $530 million in loans to Sirius XM Radio in exchange for a 40 percent equity stake in the struggling opera ... More >>
In today's financial environment, TV stations don't have a lot of extra cash to offer executives. But they can usually afford to shift around folks already on the payroll -- which explains today's announcement about Channel 7's Byron Grandy. As pointed out in the September 2008 blog "Changes at Chan ... More >>
The Message column "DTV or No TV" discusses a likely complication in the move from analog television signals to the digital kind, which is scheduled to take place on February 17. Specifically, some viewers west of the main digital tower on Lookout Mountain who have been receiving free analog signals ... More >>
Yesterday's blog "The Bloodletting Starts at Clear Channel Denver" documents ten layoffs at the Texas corporation's local properties: five FMs -- KTCL/93.3 FM, The Party/95.7 FM, KBCO/97.3 FM, The Fox/103.5 FM and KBPI/106.7 FM -- and three AMs -- KHOW/630 AM, KKZN/760 AM and KOA/850 AM. This mornin ... More >>
"DTV or No TV," a Message column in the January 22 issue, reveals that some people who've been receiving analog television signals for decades will likely lose free TV service entirely once the conversion to digital broadcasting takes place on February 17, the scheduled switchover date, or at some p ... More >>
Watch out, radio stations. I'm no longer impotent when it comes to determining your success of failure. Suddenly, I'm a force to be reckoned with. Sort of. Kind of. In a way. A few days back, my beloved received a letter from Arbitron, the Maryland-based radio-ratings service. "Be Part of the Radio ... More >>
Rocky Mountain PBS said Tuesday it has hired Doug Price as its new president and chief executive officer. He replaces James Morgese, who explained to Westword's Michael Roberts in August why he was leaving the public television service after fifteen years. A former top executive with First Bank of ... More >>
As is the case with all articles, plenty of interesting stuff gathered for Westword's December 11 feature about the dire circumstances facing the Rocky Mountain News and sidebars focusing on Rocky writers who the Denver Post should try to hire and the joint-operating agreement between the Rocky and ... More >>
When radio executive Steve Keeney commented for a March 6 Message column about changes in the local radio scene, he was exceedingly forthcoming, noting the reasons the outlet formerly known as Sassy had flipped to a format dubbed One FM and outlining an audio revamp at Martini, another property unde ... More >>
On June 13, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., which owns Fox, announced its intention to sell nine of its owned-and-operated television stations, including KDVR/Channel 31 in Denver. A June 14 Denver Post piece on this development correctly points out that such moves are not exactly rare these days; the ... More >>
HD radio rocks -- but is anyone listening?
It's official. On July 13, a press release sent out under the auspices of Channel 9 president and general manager Mark Cornetta confirmed that the station's new acquisition, Channel 20, will become an affiliate of My Network TV, a fledgling Fox service, as of September 5. The release offers little a ... More >>
It's official: The nation's (not to mention Denver's) highly competitive live concert business just got a little less, well, competitive. Live Nation today announced that it will purchase House of Blues Entertainment for $350 million in cold, hard cash. As part of the deal, Live Nation will presum ... More >>
Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli Student Union
From the week of November 18, 2004
A jury may finally get to hear a juicy suit against Clear Channel.
If Clear Channel can't afford Internet radio, who can?
A local college student is on a one-man mission to attack lousy radio.
An adult advertiser complains that explicit radio stations won't run his not-very-explicit commercials.
Still battling Goliath, Nobody in Particular Presents claims a clear victory in court.
Old Ship of Zion
Deluxe Speedometer & Radio Service
Does the sale of five major Denver radio stations mean big changes, or more of the same?
Colorado Public Radio is selling itself as a kinder, gentler network. But its critics aren't buying it.
The government killed TV, and Hollywood's begging it to revive the corpse
From the week of February 7, 2002
Most radio stations pick songs that are good for everyone but aspiring musicians and listeners.
A local lawsuit against the world's largest radio/concert firm threatens to expose the dark side of the entertainment business.
A lawsuit brought by nobody in particular presents could muddy the waters of the Clear Channel empire.
Lynn Carey, Metro Traffic
When Fox-TV canceled American High, the network hit a new low.
Clear Channel merger
Rick Barber, KOA-AM/850
Protestors in other areas aren't faring any better.
Lookout Mountain is a hot spot in the battle over broadcast emissions.
Denver's radio shakeup may leave some big names without a home.
The world may be in the hands of a bunch of hams on New Year's Eve.
Denver's two public-television stations get together, technically speaking.
Denver's pirate low-power radio station is pillaged by the FCC.
What can you get in trouble for saying on the radio these days? Not much.
Are Denver listeners getting the radio they deserve? A Backbeat investigation.