Update: Occasionally, we have to report bad news -- and that's what we're bringing to you now. To whit: Justin Kraemer, the Wichita anchorman caught muttering "Let's get the fuck out of here" line at the end of a recent newscast (see it below), isn't coming to KOAA in Colorado Springs, despite a Gaw ... More >>
Yes, it's true. Over the weekend one of the interchangeable blonde anchors on Fox and Friends reported that, despite the WWII memorial being closed during the government shutdown, "some things are continuing to be funded . . . President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum o ... More >>
While Jon Stewart was away directing his first film in the Middle East, CNN took the opportunity to revamp Crossfire. One of the first politically polarizing talk shows on the first cable news network, Crossfire had a 22-year run before it was shut down in 2004, after Stewart called the show "partis ... More >>
The 7News story about CIA director David Petraues's resignation that featured a doctored book cover reading All Up in My Snatch instantly joined the pantheon of great Denver TV news bloopers. But while some gaffes -- like '80s-era KCNC anchor Madeline McFadden asking weatherman Larry Green what happ ... More >>
Videos below.'Tis the season for Bill O'Reilly and other Fox News personalities to rail against the alleged "War on Christmas" -- and they're doing so. But they've also found time to deride the "War on Tebow," tackling questions about Tim Tebow's religiosity with the same fervor they defend ... More >>
Like all modern TV stations, 9News is extremely dependent on up-to-date technology. What to do if it fails? That's what happened during the 10 p.m. newscast on Monday night, when the crew was forced to move from a 21st century broadcasting approach to one more akin to the early days of telev ... More >>
Theron and Teague Harrison, Manual High School's top debaters and the subjects of our recent feature, "Say What?", left Denver yesterday bound for New York City and the Urban Debate National Championship. Their coach, Charlie Smith, went with them, as did debaters Danite Reda and Talon Lousi ... More >>
These are not the best of times for KOA, at 850 AM. A trio of part-timers were let go earlier this year and the longtime powerhouse's ratings are off. So how does head of AM programming Greg Foster hope to boost the station in general, and the drive-time staple Colorado Morning News in partic ... More >>
Problem, Fox News?Close to twenty years after the slang was first coined in those primitive internets forums of yore, at least one Fox News affiliate out of Los Angeles is on the case, intrepidly investigating just what it is that the kids are saying nowadays. Last week, the station dedicated ... More >>
Leland Vittert and his hair.The fastest way for a local television journalist to make the leap to a national network has nothing to do with scooping the competition on a groundbreaking story that produces headlines around the globe. Nope, it's all about the hair -- especially at Fox News, wh ... More >>
Rasheedah Watley in a 2009 ESPN report.Update, May 21, 6:28 a.m.: The violent athletes report described in this item, intially published at 1:19 p.m. on May 20, didn't appear on last night's CBS news broadcast. As noted below, the possibility remained that it could be bumped by breaking news; ... More >>
Griffin Scott showing off an AP award he won earlier this year.Longtime observers of local media will recall the name Melissa Klinzing. She was the Channel 7 news director circa the mid-'90s who launched "Real Life, Real News," a format that attempted to freshen standard newscasts with infot ... More >>
During the morning and night newscasts on Channel 2, the station has been showcasing local acts on their Guitar Center-sponsored stage. All of the acts thus far have been rock-oriented with nary a hip-hop artist -- until last week. On Friday morning, the Deuce reached out to ManeLine and asked the c ... More >>
The radio news in Fort Smith, Arkansas will originate from Denver. In a small item about this week's layoffs at Clear Channel Denver, the Denver Post's Joanne Ostrow mentioned that KOA/850 AM "will now provide news for four other markets: Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Ft. Collins, Minneapolis and Ft. Sm ... More >>
The idea of Channel 2 rechristening itself as "The Deuce" -- a popular slang term for bowel movements -- in a strained attempt to woo a more youthful audience was mighty amusing. Still, even this decision couldn't adequately prepare viewers for the off-the-rails catastrophe that was last night's lau ... More >>
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 >>
Barack Obama in an image from Fox News (above) and his own website. During one of my regular surfing expeditions through the Internet, I came upon the photo of Barack Obama above, which appeared on a Fox News election page ranking the net's list of the top eleven conventions in U.S. history from 1 ... More >>
Beginning on Monday, July 7, Channel 2 will launch a new half-hour weekday newscast at 5:30 p.m. A station press release calls the move "a milestone for the television station," not to mention another opportunity for anchors Ernie Bjorkman and Kellie MacMullan and chief meteorologist Dave Fraser to ... More >>
If it bleeds, it leads: That's the implicitly critical cliche about the way news directors at television stations choose the first report in the average newscast. Sometimes, though, outlets that consciously stay away from the goriest stories do so at the peril of their own credibility. Witness the i ... More >>
Moments after I completed my strange appearance on the CNN program hosted by Nancy Grace (see this blog for details), my wife received a phone call from a friend in New York. Even though he's not someone likely to be a regular Nancy Grace viewer (he works for The Daily Show on Comedy Central), she n ... More >>
If journalists condemn Bill O'Reilly, he'll strike back anytime and anywhere -- even in the parking lot of a local Wild Oats.
Although most information programs long ago adapted to the 24-hour news cycle, network morning shows continue to reach viewers in the Mountain time zone on a two-hour tape delay -- a practice whose archaic nature was put on display again on the morning of April 4. During the 7 a.m. half hour, news b ... More >>
More newspaper reporters are taking the leap to TV -- a move some print pros still see as consorting with the enemy.
The curtain falls on the latest JonBenét revival.
Top TV news stories often scrape bottom.
On June 22, Diane Woolwine, 65, died after being hit by a motorhome while participating in the annual Ride the Rockies bicycling tour; the accident took place outside the small community of Salida. Even though the motorhome driver wasn't cited in the accident, the story seemed likely to get big play ... More >>
The next generation takes a pop quiz on the media.
Will Ferrell's Anchorman is dumb, and funny, as hell.
The Old Guard
News directors debate what is, and isn't, breaking news.
Political commercials outnumber political reports on local television.
Channel 7 readies a new computer system that makes the newspeople behind the scenes all but obsolete.
How does the media get back to normal when no one can say what normal is?
Heath Ledger's in no rush to be a star. Why's everyone else in such a hurry?
Marty Coniglio, Channel 7
Channel 31 staffs up for its evening news show.
Local newscasts have plenty of style, but where’s the substance?
A look at who's up and who's down.
A journal of the media madness sparked by the JonBenét grand jury.
The media go on a Columbine rampage.