Our posts about last week's layoffs at Clear Channel Denver (and affiliated stations across the country on what became known as "National Firing Day") prompted laments about pink-slipped personalities like KBCO's Keefer with reflections on what's happened to the radio biz. The comment here falls int ... More >>
This week, Clear Channel announced that it had made an agreement with Denver International Airport to install a "a first-of-its kind digital advertising program" that will feature 118 LCD screens throughout DIA, including six overhead video walls and four, 26-foot high diagonal LED video towers. Wh ... More >>
George McFly. Even though DJ George McFly has been on Colorado radio stations for more than a decade, he knows how fickle the industry is, even in good times -- which these most certainly aren't. As a result, he always resisted the urge to put down roots. But after being hired to work at KPTT/95.7 ... More >>
May Day! May Day! Today in Backbeat Online: • Fight Spider with Spider is reading my mind. • Signtologist featured in 9News news report. • Ghost Buffalo gives up the... well, ghost. • A first look at Skyfox's new video. • Freaky Friday: "Rap Chop" (featuring Vince) -- Steve Porter. Today ... More >>
Rich Bircumshaw. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports in this article that Rich Bircumshaw, news director of KCOL radio and the official voice of the Colorado State University Rams, was hospitalized after suffering a stroke yesterday -- and unfortunately, he was unable to recover. A spokeswoman for ... More >>
The quartet behind Olivea. Under whatever circumstances. Today in Cafe Society: • Olivea opening May 4. • Dos Casas at Lola tonight. • Jet's Pizza Republica ready for takeoff. • Delicious Designs: Eat this restaurant, part four. • Senor Rita's is no mas. Today in Backbeat Online: • Th ... More >>
The world is your bivalve mollusk. Today in Cafe Society: • Delicious Designs: Eat this restaurant, part three. • New Belgium Rolls Out Sunshine Wheat in a Can. • Casselman's opens in NoDo. • Dining Out for Project Angel Heart on Thursday. • Over the Weekend: Colorado Bartenders Guild coc ... More >>
Having a nice day, all you triskaidekaphobics? Today in Backbeat Online: • Aviano Coffee debuts anything-goes open mike tomorrow. • Fort Collins set to debut all-local music fest in April. • Spoke-In-Wordz debuts new single on iTunes, Amazon. Today in Cafe Society: • 231 Milwaukee back on ... More >>
The December 17 blog "Clear Channel's Lee Larsen Talks About Possible Layoffs at Denver Stations" noted strong rumors about impending staff cuts at the area outlets owned by the Texas-based mega-corp: 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 -- an ... More >>
The process of researching virtually every article produces far more material than can possibly fit into the finished piece -- and a lot of the leftovers are every bit as interesting as the stuff that makes the final cut. That was certainly the case for the May 8 Message column, which dealt with cut ... More >>
How seriously should we take Rush Limbaugh's fantasies of a disturbance in Denver?
Launched in 2004, AM 760, the local Clear Channel branch's foray into progressive talk, has never earned especially robust ratings. But the company has stuck with the format far longer than many radio observers expected, and the station will be around for quite a while more if morning host Jay Marvi ... More >>
Not getting quite enough spam? Then you'll want to enter your info on a web site accessible at RadioVote.com and DenverSurvey.com, which sign up participants to receive cyber-missives from a radio station or stations that aren't even identified.
Denver's toughest radio executive talks about (and justifies) past battles and his latest series of ballsy maneuvers.
This week's Message column concerns high-definition radio, and notes that a trio of stations owned by Clear Channel just introduced HD sister signals. But these aren't the only offerings of their type in the market. Another three so-called high-def side channels were made available by CBS-owned prop ... More >>
For at least a decade, talk radio in Denver -- and pretty much everywhere else -- has been conservative through and through. That equation changed slightly a little less than two years ago, when Clear Channel, a broadcasting conglomerate whose founder, L. Lowry Mays, is a longtime friend of a certa ... More >>
Are young listeners abandoning broadcast radio?
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
From the week of November 18, 2004
An FCC crackdown has radio stations on high alert.
Dialing for attention
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.
Music everywhere: Music Lowdown 2002 and the Westword Music Showcase covered both the recording industry and live, in-the-flesh performances.
Are gays fair game for jokes on Denver radio?
Sink or swim: Randall Shipp leads a one-man attack against CityLights Pavilion.
Barry Fey shows no fear of a Clear Channel planet.
Speaking his mind has put talk-show host Reggie Rivers on thin ice -- and that's fine by him.
A radio buccaneer blames politics for turning him into a fugitive from the FCC.
From the week of September 27, 2001
From the week of September 20, 2001
How does the media get back to normal when no one can say what normal is?
From the week of August 30, 2001
The talking heads are spinning at Channel 7 and Fox Sports Net.
Jamie White is bringing her naughty talk to a station known for playing kiddie pop.
How did Denver turn the city's reporters into publicists? By blowing stuff up.
Shopping-center execs love getting attention in the media -- as long as they call the shots.
The station says it's sorry about all the messes it's made. But it keeps making more.
KBCO's Bret Saunders is taking on the shock jocks -- and winning.
Denver's early punk rock pioneers are remembered
The dailies jockey for position for the Pulitzer.
Up, up and away with Denver's most entertaining traffic reporter.
The toughest executive in Denver radio pleads his case.