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  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Meet Gordon Klingenschmitt, Exorcism-Doing, Gay-Slamming, Just-Elected State Senator

    Republicans' domination in the recent midterm -- John Hickenlooper's squeaker of a reelection win was among the few Democratic bright spots -- extended to the Colorado State Senate, which will now be under GOP control owing to a vote count not formally announced until days after the election. And wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Here's why YouTube shouldn't screw over indie labels

    Starring an outraged Adele, an EU lawsuit and social media's tendency to distort information, the "YouTube vs. Independent Labels" fiasco that's played out over the past several weeks highlights most of what's wrong with the Internet these days. In case you missed the brouhaha, here's a quick recap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Giving thanks for Rain Dogs by Tom Waits

    In what's become an annual tradition for us, we ask a few members of Team Backbeat to reflect on an album they're thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving. The first time I remember hearing Tom Waits was when his video for "Downtown Train" was played on Teletunes. It was sometime during the mid '80s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    KGNU launching next week

    KGNU has always been about variety. For nearly four decades, the Boulder-based community radio station has followed a fiercely eclectic on-air approach, offering listeners a daily mix of news, debate and, of course, music. That model is about to change, thanks to the web and a grant of about $19,000 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Clean comedy isn't comedy -- it's politics

    On Sepember 19 Denver crowds will unload a serious amount of cash on an event titled "The Clean Guys Comedy," which features such stand-up legends as Jamie Kennedy (Scream), Uncle Joey from Full House, and some other folks you vaguely remember from somewhere. The comics themselves aren't what's sell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Free Press media reform panel answers the question: "Is journalism dead?"

    Journalism is dead: That seems to be the familiar refrain among the public these days. But last night, a panel of practitioners and free-press advocates at a preview event for the National Conference on Media Reform taking place in Denver next month, begged to differ. In their view, journalism is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Rocky Mountain News: Marking anniversary of its death four years ago today

    Four years ago today, the Rocky Mountain News closed on the cusp of its 150th birthday. The changes in the Denver media scene since then have been profound. And while the Denver Post, the city's surviving paper, continues to exist, its present doesn't look much like the future that seemed in the off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    KUVO's Carlos Lando on station merger with Rocky Mountain PBS, I-News

    These days, radio and television stations are known in some quarters as "old media." How can such operations survive in the wake of the Internet revolution? By combining forces. At least that's the theory of folks at public-radio station KUVO, at 89.3 FM in Denver, public-TV service Rocky Mountain P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Obama campaign ads in Denver target viewers of Judge Judy (and Divorce Court!)

    Editor's note: This election cycle,Westword is exploring the public records of television stations for information on how candidates are spending money on ads in Denver. Our latest dive into the political ad spending records at Denver television stations reveals that President Barack Obama's team i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Cinebarre: Turn up, tune in, drop cash

    For me, going to the suburbs for anything is like taking a spaceship to a distant planet populated by strange aliens and strip malls. Still, on occasion I'll haul my shorts out to an outlying town. In this case, it was Thornton, because I'd heard that Cinebarre has movies, booze and food -- all at t ... More >>

  • Film

    June 28, 2012
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    April 20, 2012

    Wyclef Jean contract with CU confirms $80K fee, plus a look at the performance rider

    See Also: • (Photos) Free Wyclef Jean 4/20 show at CU in Boulder draws unbelievably paltry crowd • 4/20 at CU Boulder: Wyclef Jean concert, police crackdown to shrink event? • Wyclef Jean at Coors Event Center on 4/20 So the figure first reported yesterday by Whitney Bryen of the Colorado Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Kyle Dyer dog bite: 9News exec denies muzzling staff, defends coverage

    Yesterday, in a followup to our items about the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we wrote about the disappearance of a critical Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery, and wondered if the station had censored it. This post incensed news director Patti Dennis, who categorically denies any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Top 5 greatest Super Bowl halftime shows

    See also: Super Bowl commercials: Elton John, Flava Flav, Echo and the Bunnymen and more and Video: M.I.A. flips off Super Bowl audience during halftime show Judging by the voluminous groans echoing across the country, word is spreading that Madonna will be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    J.R. Smith is going to regret taking that easy Chinese money if NBA lockout ends soon

    J.R. Smith.​Denver blog posts play hurt. Denver Stiffs' Andrew Feinstein thinks J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler and Kenyon Martin will rue the day they locked in to play basketball in China until March if the NBA lockout ends soon. Free Colorado's Ari Armstrong on the student-loan bailout. BigM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Lil Wayne gets Unplugged, and we've got suggestions for his set list

    ​Hip-hop lyrics often get lost amongst the bass, snare and 808-drenched beats and production of a song. That's why, when a rap artist -- like Jay-Z, for example -- decides to take on MTV's famous Unplugged series, the outcome can be amazing, as was the case with Jigga, and hopefully will be th ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011
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    January 14, 2011

    Canada bans "Money for Nothing," but still missed a few offensive songs

    ​Yesterday the Canadian equivalent of the FCC decided to ban the Dire Straits' song, "Money for Nothing" from the radio because of the use of a certain slur. Fair enough, but it seems like they might be a little late to the party, as we're pretty certain Mark Knopfler and Sting could really ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Mike Rosen's use of racial slurs during KOA show appropriate, says Clear Channel exec

    Mike Rosen.​Update below: An item on the message board reveals that last week, veteran KOA radio host Mike Rosen used a variety of racial slurs on the air -- and claimed that his new boss, Greg Foster, head of AM programming for Clear Channel's Denver cluster of stations, gave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Stupid Ad of the Week: The Danish Road Council is not F-ing around

    Could produce some unintended side effects.​For as good as we have it here in the USA, we definitely miss out on some amazing media due to the prudish nature of much of our culture. Not so in the land of the Danes. The Danish Road Council is a million times cooler than any DOT in America -- se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Qwest, CenturyLink merger on the line for Colorado Public Utilities Commission

    ​Colorado's Public Utilities Commission is slated to sign off on Qwest's merger with CenturyLink today, a day after Montana became the fourteenth state to okay the deal, pushing memories of Mountain Bell even further down the line. The PUC was initially scheduled to approve the merger last we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Top Five Most Outrageous Musician Stunts

    Last week, on the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles, a previously unknown rap-rock group called Imperial Stars stopped traffic so they could play an impromptu gig on the roof of the panel van. Appropriately, the Imperial doofuses performed a song titled "Traffic Jam 101." This über-lame, Airhea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Quiznos' toasty oven love

    I am comfortably ensconced in the 18-35 male demographic that so many companies are desperate to grab. And we are relatively easy. Give us something with closeups of food, perverted humor, boobies or LeBron James, and we will mindlessly buy your product.So, I should be enjoying the new ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Colorado Public Radio dropping plans to expand news programming

    In the July 2008 blog "Colorado Public Radio Plans Two-Hour Weekday Info Block," CPR vice president of programming Sean Nethery said an announcement about expanding Colorado Matters, the service's thirty-minute weekday news program, and launching a one-hour weekday talk show would be made "in a matt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Channels 7, 9 and 20 won't wait until June for digital-TV conversion

    "The Digital Conversion Will Leave Some Coloradans in the Dark," and blogs like this one note that a percentage of locals who've been receiving free, over-the-air TV during the analog era will lose this service once stations switch to all-digital broadcasting. Concerns about problems like these cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Update: No delay in analog-to-digital conversion -- or in problems for some Denver viewers

    Update below: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of delaying the scheduled February 17 switchover from analog to digital broadcasting. If the House of Representatives follows suit, President Obama will sign the bill into law, pushing back DTV-day until June 12. But such a move will do nothin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Public TV stations grapple with digital switchover

    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 >>

  • News

    January 22, 2009
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    December 12, 2008

    Hear from the man behind KBFR, Boulder's pirate radio station

    Yesterday's blog "Pirate Radio Station KBFR Back in Boulder" provided info about an unlicensed radio signal using call letters that date back for the better part of a decade. In that piece, the main commentator was Rob Smoke, a former Boulder City Council candidate who's producing a regular talk sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Pirate radio station KBFR back in Boulder

    Unlicensed radio broadcasts, popularly referred to as pirate radio, come and go by necessity. Stations surface only to disappear without notice, generally because operators get information that the authorities are closing in or the Federal Communications Commission has physically pulled the plug and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Q&A with Minor Threat, Fugazi and Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye

    Ian MacKaye. If Ian MacKaye had a different value system, he could be one of the wealthiest men in the music business. After all, he was the primary force behind Minor Threat and Fugazi, two of the most revered rock acts of the past three decades, and he co-founded and continues to run Dischord Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Channels 2 and 31 merge -- and that's bad news for the former

    The KWGN news team -- for now... Since late spring-early summer, I've been hearing rumblings about negotiations to combine operations at two rival TV organizations: Channel 2, a Tribune outlet and CW affiliate, and Channel 31, part of the Fox system. Indeed, I mentioned this very prospect in a Jul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    George Carlin in Westword and Beyond

    It wasn't very long ago that George Carlin, who died on June 22, graced the pages of Westword. A piece with the now-ironic headline "Carlin Continues" appeared in the paper's April 3 issue in connection to an appearance at the Buell Theatre to benefit Channel 12, which issued a press release after n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    Comcast's TV Trashing Event and Its Connection to the Digital Switch

    Comcast's "Screen to Green TV Recycling Rally," which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 on the Auraria campus (click here for details), is being given a predictably planet-friendly spin. Press materials quote Denver mayor John Hickenlooper lauding the Screen to Green initiative, which is intend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    KUVO's New Expansion Plan

    In the January 10 Message column, Gene Craven (pictured), the new president and general manager of KUVO/89-3 FM, Denver's jazz-centric public-radio station, talked about his desire to expand the outlet's reach. A couple of weeks later, he's already moving forward with this plan. On January 23, the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Colorado Public Radio Purchases FM Signal

    Colorado Public Radio has finally landed a second FM signal in the Denver area. On January 16, the network announced that it had agreed to acquire KFDN, at 88.1 FM, from California-based Educational Media Foundation for $8.2 million. Once the Federal Communications Commission approves the transactio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    Airing Mile High on Denver Sports Radio

    The folks behind Mile High Sports magazine have announced that they'll begin broadcasting a radio version of their print product at 1510 on the AM dial -- the current home of KCKK, a classic country purveyor known as "15 Kicks" -- beginning on July 30. But plenty has to go right for that to happen. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2007

    Going Green at the PUC

    Governor Bill Ritter's just-announced choice of Ron Binz for chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities ought to generate considerable buzz in the blessedly smoke-free back rooms of power this morning. It's a modest move in a fresh direction--sort of like naming Ralph Nader to head General Motors, or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    More Messages: The Towers That Be

    The long-running battle over a Lookout Mountain antenna farm has been declared at an end numerous times in recent years -- and this weekend's developments precipitated the loudest victory claims to date from those supporting the construction of a new broadcasting tower in the area. During the waning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2006

    More Messages: A Pirate Takes Another Gamble

    A December 2002 Message column entitled "Piracy, Hip-Hop Style" told the tale of Bass Ghost, a Denver emcee whose crew briefly took over a small slice of Denver's airwaves with Skyjack Radio, a pirate radio station that blasted unexpurgated rap to the masses. The folks at the Federal Communications ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2006

    More Messages: Challenge From a Schoolyard Bully

    In the August 3 edition of Westword, the lion's share of the letter below is slated to be published. Its author? Consumer advocate and self-proclaimed "troubleshooter" Tom Martino, whose local duties include hosting a weekday talk show on KHOW and reporting regularly for Channel 31, Denver's Fox-TV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2006

    More Messages: Doubling Up

    This week, Gannett announced that it had won FCC approval for its purchase of KTVD-TV/Channel 20; since the company also owns KUSA-TV/Channel 9, the deal creates a television tag team known as a duopoly. The news hardly came as a surprise, given that a memo about the formal transfer of Channel 20's ... More >>

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Digital Dilemma

    Will new royalty fees kill Web radio?