As we noted in our recent post about the retirement announcement from 7News anchor Mike Landess, 9News has enjoyed a run of ratings victories that's been all but uninterrupted since Landess and former co-host Ed Sardella first teamed up at the station circa the late 1970s. And that hasn't changed ye ... More >>
In recent weeks, we've been reporting about the unusual number of familiar Denver TV news faces leaving the local airwaves or taking on diminished roles amid continuing economic challenges, with most of the action happening at 9News: Entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery is already gone, sportscast ... More >>
We've been reporting about the sudden exodus of longtime Denver TV news personalities -- and while last week brought news of 7News anchor Mike Landess's impending retirement, most of the action has been at 9News, where veteran entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery and sportscaster Susie Wargin both ... More >>
Update: Since the publication of our post about the retirement announcement of Mike Landess from 7News (see our previous coverage below), we've gotten a chance to chat with the longtime Denver TV anchor -- and his comments are frank and forthright. "When someone my age leaves, the first question yo ... More >>
Last week, we noted the impending departure of entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery from 9News. Now, another veteran station staffer is headed out the door: sportscaster Susie Wargin, who's been a staple on the station's top-rated morning show for a decade. Wargin's leaving the outlet, and the br ... More >>
We got a lot of response to our post about the impending departure of Kirk Montgomery from 9News. One reader looked at the situation in the context of the many local TV-news stations that have ditched their entertainment reporters of late -- among them CBS4, which said goodbye to 25-year-veteran Gre ... More >>
Today brings word that Kirk Montgomery is leaving 9News, where he's worked since 2001. And while he's landed on his feet, albeit in a smaller market, the decision of 9News not to offer him a contract is indicative of an ongoing trend in the economically challenged TV-news business that threatens to ... More >>
Comedian TJ Miller has a commitment to comedic absurdity that has served him well throughout his career. From his roots in the Chicago improv scene, Miller emerged as one of the city's most unique standups, remarkable for his madman charisma. In short order, Miller stole scenes and joined impressive ... More >>
A cast of well-known characters came to life at the Theater Threads luncheon last week. Hosted by Channel 9's Kirk Montgomery, the annual fundraiser for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts education program gave patrons an up-close and personal look at costumes from some of its Tony-winning pe ... More >>
Last year we shared a collection of the goofiest Facebook photos by Denver TV personalities. But there's been plenty of social-media silliness since then, with assorted anchors, reporters and weather forecasters from 9News, 7News, CBS4 and Fox31/CW2 proving that serious journalism can't get in the w ... More >>
If city officials find a hundred members of a gay men's chorus picnicking in front of City Hall today, they have only themselves to blame. The cast of Von Trapped, a coffee concert at the Buell this morning, were to have lunch at El Diablo -- but that was before the city slapped the First Avenue Hot ... More >>
El Diablo does not look like this tonight. There are no crowds. In fact, the restaurant is closed, as is Sketch, its sibling next door. Very early yesterday morning, the city slapped the entire First Avenue Hotel building with notices to vacate the premise -- immediately.
Danger. That's the sign on the door of Sketch, which is supposed to host an opening for a showing of 9News reporter Kirk Montgomery's photographs tonight. The sign -- as well as five different letters signed by Michael Roach, Building Official with Development Services in the Denver Department of Co ... More >>
No denying that the Kyle Dyer on-air dog bite incident struck a nerve with the viewing public, as stories about animals often do. The fascination culminated this morning with her appearance on the Today show, which devoted more than five minutes to the subject the day after a lethal school shooting ... More >>
Kyle Dyer.In the wake of the Kyle Dyer on-air dog bite incident, 9News was accused of downplaying the story by declining to run the video and encouraging other outlets to follow suit. Now, though, the criticism has taken a turn, with some media observers accusing the station of exploiting the ... More >>
While covering the fallout from the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we noted the disappearance of a controversial Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery and wondered if he'd been pressured to remove it. News director Patti Dennis denied any censorship and called such speculation "immoral ... More >>
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 >>
The on-air dog bite suffered by 9News' Kyle Dyer started out as a simple news item. But the harder 9News has tried to control the story, the more the tale has morphed into one that touches on media ethics in the 21st century. The latest question: Did the station censor staffer Kirk Montgomery's pos ... More >>
Big photos below.Even though Facebook is great for sharing oddball photos, many Denver TV personalities aren't interested in playing. Either they don't have a page, or they maintain one that's purposefully dull. But here are some sample shots from folks in the spotlight who aren't afraid to ... More >>
Seems like just yesterday -- February, actually -- when the last round of the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, with the winners for 2010, was announced. But 2011 will see another group of honorees, because the next awards presentation has been moved up to November 3, the start of Denver Ar ... More >>
Cassandra KotnikWazee Supper Club opened its doors back in 1974 under Angelo and Jim Karagas, five years after the same duo erected My Brother's Bar just nine blocks away. Since then, the bar and restaurant, which has since been passed from the hands of the Karagas brothers to the Wynkoop Hol ... More >>
click image to enlargeEd.: This week's cover story is a cartoon by Kenny Be -- a cutting edge collection of Season's Greetings from Colorado's keenest celebrities. From former U.S. Attorney nominee Stephanie Villafuerte ... .
The July 1 Stevie Wonder concert at Fiddler's Green, reviewed in this Backbeat Online blog, was going along swimmingly when the star of the show made a startling announcement: Channel 9 entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery would be joining him onstage. In an instant, a slew of questions could be ... More >>
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Bleeped words and dropped balls mark the media frenzy around the suspension of Dan Issel.